Music box: Powerful vocals from ex-Free frontman

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Powerful vocals from ex-Free frontman

ONE of rock and roll’s most powerful vocalists, Paul Rodgers, comes to Sheffield this spring.

The former frontman of Free, Bad Company and The Firm will playas part of a solo tour.

His last UK solo tour in 2006 culminated with the filming of Live in Glasgow – his debut live concert DVD, which charted at number one in Canada, number three in the US on the Nielsen soundscan charts and got to number two in Japan and number four in the UK.

His bluesy, strong, soulful voice has been immortalised in anthems such as Feel Like Makin’ Love, All Right Now and Bad Company.

But it was on Free’s lesser-known material where Rodgers’ vocals really shone, on tracks such as Creepin’ and Woman.

But Rodgers needs no media endoresement – he has been described as being one of rock’s most incredible signers by fellow incredible singer Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.

He has sold more than 90 million albums in his lifetime, indeed, he is still counting,

Recently, BMI presented Rodgers with his fourth Million Air award in recognition of more than four million plays of Free’s All Right Now on US radio.

All Right Now was a radio staple for more than 40 years.

“When I started writing All Right Now the lyrics and the melody flowed easily. It felt special then and still does,” said Rodgers.

The song, despite his familiarity with it, will still be a part of his forthcoming solo set.

For his City Hall performance Paul Rodgers will be supported by Sheffield’s Joe Elliott from Def Leppard and his band Down ‘n’ Outz, who will perform the songs of Mott the Hoople.

Paul Rodgers plays on Saturday April 16 at City Hall.

Good-time band

SHEFFIELD’S masters of eclectic folk, lively ditties and raucous fiddle-playing, Johnny and the Prison Didn’t Help Boys, will be playing in Maltby this week.

The band, who describe themselves as “a good-time band,” comprises Johnny2Guitars, Trevor ‘Telecaster’ Thomas, Chris ‘Fingers’ Coates, Will Hiorns, ‘Smiley’ Dave Young and Country Dave Chang, who plays the erhu, a Chinese fiddle.

Playing country-style folk numbers, Johnny and the Prison Didn’t Help Boys have carved out their own, highly original, version of roots music that’s well worth a watch.

Sheffield acapella quartet The Fates will be joining the band for the second half of the show.

Johnny and the Prison Didn’t Help Boys play at the Rock in Maltby tomnorrow, Friday (January 14).

Atlantic crossing

TWIN Atlantic play in Sheffield on Saturday January 22.

The band, who recently toured with My Chemical Romance, You Me at Six and the Lost Prophets, will headline at Sheffield University Student Union in the campus Fusion bar.

The Glaswegian alt-rock band released their debut mini album, Vivarium, in 2009, which has been followed by a string of singles, including Lightspeed and You’re Turning Into John Wayne.