Paul Rodgers Quotes.
Free got famous fast, and it was a shock. You’re working towards it, and when you suddenly get it with bells on, it is a bit much. I don’t know how well I dealt with it.
If you look at my history, my history is that of forming bands rather than joining them.
With any band, there’s two sides – there’s the image, and there’s the music.
I still love ‘All Right Now,’ strangely enough. But then that’s probably because I didn’t play it for some twenty years.
I got the idea for the song ‘Bad Company’ when I saw a poster for the Jeff Bridges movie, and it reminded of an old Victorian picture that I’d once seen, and it said, ‘Beware of bad company.’ So I sat down at the piano and started to write the song.
I carry my own tea, food, and Tabasco on the plane with me.
One overindulges when you’re younger, and you pay the price in later years. But I always realized how important it was for me to take care of myself and my voice if I was gonna have a voice when I was older.
I’m a big fan of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac.
There is magic on earth.
I was brought up in a fairly emotionally repressed kind of society in Northeast England where one didn’t express emotions and was expected to keep a stiff upper lip.
You go through periods of times where bands are calling the shots, and then sometimes, you’ve got the record companies calling the shots. I think it has to be a bit of both to make the thing work.
I look back on the early days of Free with Paul Kossoff with the most fondness of any of my bands, because I met him at a time when I was in London and very hungry, and we believed in each other.
In order to write music, you need lots of Tabasco sauce.
I got the idea of what a band should be from listening to Booker T and Otis Redding.
I was conscious of vocalists from an early age.
I saw The Jeff Beck Group at the Marquee Club in 1967, when he was with Rod Stewart, and holy smokes, they were amazing.
I honestly have really deep reservations about releasing everything you ever did. Every time somebody farted in the studio, now it’s out there.
I loved the ‘Free Spirit’ tour and the guys who helped create the magic: Pete Bullick, Rich Newman, Ian Rowley and Gerard ‘G’ Louis.
With Free, we were teenagers, and, ummm, there was a lot of raging hormones.
Only Freddie Mercury could do Freddie Mercury. He was absolutely brilliant – I loved him to pieces, and I had a great deal of respect for him.
Soul and blues were a definite influence on me. It was raw and naked emotion which you didn’t get much where I come from.
Once I’d become a songwriter, it just stays with you. You always want to write more songs because it’s such a great feeling.
In Free, we managed ourselves, and it was too tough for us to handle all of what that entailed when we got to touring America.
Life is so mundane, isn’t it? It’s great to hear a guitarist getting into it and the rhythmic section blasting, even if it’s all meaningless.
A lot of those early blues records and soul records were pretty much live. It was what it was, and they had goofs and mistakes, but it still kept its charm. We have to remember to keep the feel. It’s so important.
I got the idea of meditation from The Beatles. It was a fad, but I’ve found it beneficial in my crazy life.
I liked the 12-bar blues because everybody could play it, but they could also play it their own way, and they could express their own emotions using that as a structure.
When I left Free back in 1972, I didn’t play ‘All Right Now’ until about 1996, when I was touring with Jason Bonham, and we were supporting the tribute record we had done to Muddy Waters.
There were personality clashes in Free, really. I think it’s as simple as that; I think we felt we weren’t leaving each other enough room to develop in our own way, and we were restricting each other. So we said, let’s go different ways.
I love it when people come from all over the place in separate vehicles, and they all come to this venue and become one energy. When that happens, it’s a very magical thing. I think that helps the world go around, and it’s what we do as performers – bring people together.
I always think the audience should be part of the show.
As a performer, the thing that I love is to see people come together.
Music takes me where I go. I’m always open to wherever the journey will take me.
There’s a lot of trickery that can go on in the studio, and there’s a lot that one can do – none of which I am interested in even slightly. I mean, you can actually tune vocals and stuff like that, but it’s so hideous, I can’t believe it.
I met Paul Kossoff for the first time when I was playing in the back of a pub room in Finsbury Park in London in 1967. It was kind of a blues thing going on, and he came up and said, ‘I’d like to have a jam.’ So he came up and jammed with me, and I just loved his playing right from the start.
My mother said I used to dance to all this radio music when I was a young kid.
I like following whatever’s right for me at any given time. I could have stayed with Free for 40 years, but it becomes a corporate entity after a while, and once I become locked into it and governed by it and am expected to do a certain thing all of the time, I tend to want to move on.
I tend to want to form bands and then create new music within them. Queen was an exception, and we joined forces because it just seemed to work when we played together.
The first record I bought was actually Booker T and the MG’s ‘Red Beans and Rice.’
I am proud to be a Canuck.
I have a secret weapon. My wife Cynthia is very good at keeping me in shape. She’s very good for me. She’s the best thing that happened to me.
When you can touch the spirit, whatever that is, and when you can feel the love, and you can feel the song is cooking and it’s in the pocket, you know, everybody knows that’s the one that’s grooving.
Ann Wilson has an amazing voice and is a brilliant songwriter.
You’ve had all that punk and New Wave thing, and I think people have really got sick up to here with it. I know I have.
Horses are such a powerful part of human development and have been since the early ages. We humans owe them so much.
The thing about simplicity is it’s not easy to achieve. To many, simplicity can mean repetitiveness and maybe even a lack of intelligence, those kind of things, but simple yet unique is the key.
I think it is tiring to listen to digital music for too long.
There are so many challenges and different parts to the job of singing. When you’re in the studio, you have to be really, really, precise. You’ve got to keep everything clean and nice because that’s going to be something that’s down forever. And then you go onstage, and it’s much more in the moment.
Songs do write themselves through you; I know people find it hard to believe, but it’s true.
We come from a generation where the music was very innovative, a lot of it coming out of blues and influenced by blues: the idea was that you would jam on things, and you’d try things out. You took a journey, and you took a left turn, and you experimented live right there in the moment.
When Free came together, there was a creative magic around us, something unique and different.
I was 17, and it was my first summer in London as a professional singer. One hot, humid evening, I heard that the Jimi Hendrix Experience was playing in a blues club above a pub in Finsbury Park. I was flat broke and couldn’t afford a ticket, so I went along just to stand outside and listen.
Live music is where you get the inspiration and the creativity.
The spirit of the music and the energy that kicks back from the fans inspires me. To stay centered amidst the chaos I meditate. I first meditated at age 17 and have continued off and on through the years.
The one thing I loved about blues and soul was the way they taught the world how to express such deep feelings.
There are just so many people making music out there. I’ve always promoted the idea that everybody needs to make music. I think the more music there is in the world, the better, but it does make it highly competitive.
I just sort of grew up with music always in the background like a soundtrack. And it really hit me hard when The Beatles came along, like so many people. That got me started digging back further to Chuck Berry.