Simon Kirke Interview, Free & Bad Co: “We get high, catch a 6-ft shark & then put it in the bathtub”

On this Simon Kirke Interview, Going from no running water, to a council house, to touring the world – TONS of cool stories! Getting Free started by mailing out 200 letters, playing the Isle of Wight to over 600,000 people in the audience, working with Peter Grant (great story), Wilson Pickett, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Chuck Berry, the impact of Paul Kossoff’s substance abuse on the band, riding his harley from San Francisco to NYC (great story), What prompted Simon to get sober, and “I’m glad I got sober… I like myself much better now.” The Waverly Diner, India, Brazil, shark-fishing from the Edgewater Hotel… Great convo!

Simon is most well-known for being the drummer and a founding member of Free & Bad Company. Over 5 years, Free released 6 studio & 1 Live LP, sold more than 20 Million LPs and played more than 700 concerts. When Free disbanded in 1973, Simon and Paul Rodgers formed Bad Company, and signed to Led Zeppelin’ Swan Song records. Bad Company released 12 Studio LPs and a half-dozen live LPs, 4 records went gold, and 4 went multi-platinum. Simon’s played with some amazing musicians including Paul Kossoff and Mick Ralphs in Free & Bad Company… he’s also recorded or toured with Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band, Mick Jones (Foreigner), Ron Wood, Jon Lord (Purple), Jim Capaldi (Traffic), John Wetton, Frank Black & others…


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