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Paul Rodgers, who toured and recorded with Queen from 2004 to 2008 and Bad Company from 2008 to 2010, is at long last returning to the U.K. with his solo band.

"Playing with Queen was brilliant they interpreted my songs on an entire new level," says Rodgers. "With Bad Company the musical fireworks were still there but creating and touring solo is where my heart is."

Paul's last U.K. solo tour, in 2006, culminated with the recording of his debut solo DVD, Live In Glasgow, which charted at #1 in Canada, #2 in Japan, #3 in the U.S., #4 in the UK and is now certified gold.

Rodgers has announced that drummer Jason Bonham (Black Country Communion, Led Zeppelin) will be joining him on tour. Rodgers states, "Jason played with Joe Perry and myself in L.A. recently and was so hot that I asked him to join us for the U.K. tour."

Also in the band the familiar faces of Howard Leese (Heart guitarist), Lynn Sorenson (bass) plus some surprise guests.

Rodgers will perform new songs from his upcoming solo CD, making it 31 album/CD releases since 1968, plus hits from his expansive back catalogue such as Free's All Right Now, Bad Company's Feel Like Makin' Love and The Firm's Satisfaction Guaranteed.

Says Rodgers: "Developing the set-list is always a bit of a balancing act but in the U.K. it will be FREE-heavy for the fans."

Supporting Rodgers are very special guests Down 'N' Outz. Fronted by Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and backed by The Quireboys, Down 'N' Outz will be an evening of music by Mott The Hoople and its collective works.

Tickets are priced at £34.50, in advance, regionally, and £32.50, £37.50, £40.00, £50.00 in London (subject to booking fee) and are available from Livenation.co.uk.

Dates for the tour are as follows:

April 15 - Blackpool, UK - Opera House
April 16 - Sheffield, UK - City Hall
April 18 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall
April 19 - Glasgow, UK - Clyde Auditorium
April 21 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
April 22 - Nottingham, UK - Royal Centre
April 24 - Bournemouth, UK - Internation Centre
April 25 - Southend, UK - Cliff Pavilion
April 27 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall (plus Joe Perry)
April 28 - Birmingham, UK - NIA

Photo below courtesy of PaulRodgers.com

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