Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Paul Rodgers 'Free Spirit' Release On June 22nd, 2018

The text below is from Paul's website, the track-list from Amazon. I do wish when this kind of stuff goes out to press they'd check it. Free played both 'Love You So' and 'Catch A Train' live numerous times!! In fact FREE played 'Catch A Train' at the Royal Albert Hall on February 10th, 1972! The only track on this set I'm unaware Free played 'live' over their career is 'Magic Ship', which is a really nice addition and was one of the show highlights.

The 'Free Spirit' tour seemed to split fans into those who enjoyed the shows, and those who didn't. Now everyone will have a chance to make up their own minds as to how well the material was performed on the last night.


On June 22, 2018 Paul Rodgers – Free Spirit – Celebrating The Music of Free will be available on CD/DVD, Vinyl, Blu-ray and across all digital platforms.

The 16-song collection recorded at a sold-out performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall includes inspired performances of rock hits like “All Right Now,” “Wishing Well,” “Fire and Water,” and many deep tracks—some of which were never performed live by the original band, such as “Love You So” and “Catch a Train.” Along with this collection, those who purchase the Blu-ray and vinyl can expect exclusive footage and bonus tracks from opening acts Jasmine Rodgers, artist and multi-instrumentalist daughter of Paul, and Deborah Bonham, rock and blues vocalist sister of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

“When I went down to London in ’67 I had three things in mind,” says Rodgers. “To survive, to find peace of mind, and to make music doing it. When Free came together there was a creative magic around us, something unique and different. I felt again the strength of that magic on the 2017 Free Spirit Tour. Playing the songs we wrote, I felt the love and recognition the fans have for this music. The band, the fans, and I inspired each other to create and capture these moments in time.”

“We are very excited and extremely honored to be part of this historic event,” says Bruce Quarto, president of Quarto Valley Records. “This performance, perfectly captured in a variety of formats, is truly a rare event that any Paul Rodgers fan will definitely want to watch and listen to, over and over again.”

Paul will be performing with his solo band and a few select dates with Bad Company in the upcoming months. Starting July 18, Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers will embark on the co-headlining Stars Align Tour, with Ann Wilson of Heart serving as the opening act, along with Deborah Bonham.

01. Little Bit Of Love
02. Ride On A Pony
03. Woman
04. Be My Friend
05. My Brother Jake
06. Love You So
07. Travelin' In Style
08. Magic Ship
09. Mr. Big
10. The Stealer
11. Fire & Water
12. The Hunter
13. All Right Now
14. Wishing Well
15. Walk In My Shadow
16. Catch A Train

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Free Appreciation Society Magazine - Issue #142



Free Appreciation Society
Magazine Issue #142
April 2018  

Gov't Mule - 'The Revolution Is Free'
Live in Amsterdam Halloween 'Free' show.
Full review from the balcony plus part one of an exclusive interview about the gig & Free with Warren Haynes.


Bad Company - Live At Red Rocks 2017
CD & DVD set reviewed plus a great selection
of period press from 1974/1975


Paul Kossoff (aka 'The Lad').
Selmers mystery guitar teacher revealed !!


Full review of Gov't Mule's nineteen song 'Free' set in Amsterdam (12 pages) along with an exclusive interview with Warren Haynes about this specific Halloween show (7 pages). This is part one of a two-part interview.

Complete in-depth look at the new Bad Company 'Live At Red Rocks' CD & DVD set with a detailed review of both audio and footage (5 pages) and some really excellent reproduction press from 1974 and 1975 with period interviews and a glimpse into the rising fame of the band at the time.

Reader Robin Daley turns up information of a guitar teacher Paul Kossoff had while he worked at Selmer's, and finds him!! (6 Pages)

Also reviewed -  the new 3CD 'Essential Free' CD set and a poster offer, along with the usual news and views from the editors comfy chair!

Back page features a previously unpublished photograph of Paul Rodgers at The Marquee by Simon Kossoff.


Great bumper issue.

48 pages this time -  all in full colour -  Don't miss it.

Overseas issues went out in the mail today
UK Subscriber issues go into the mail on Mon 16th April

Friday, 6 April 2018

FAS #142 - Coming Soon...

FAS #142 has now gone to print and should be out in a couple of weeks,
Its a bumper issue with 48 pages.

For those not subscribed, details below.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

How To Get The Free Appreciation Society Magazine

Despite the fact that in the margin it does say (in the second paragraph above the current issue photograph) 'email for details' I still get people asking about magazines and subscriptions via the 'comments' - which are, incidentally, turned 'off'

If you are interested in obtaining the magazine here is a rough guide.

The Free Appreciation Society (FAS) magazine email is

Single issues are available via Ebay or you can get them directly if you request them, by email (above). Payment information will be provided when I know what you want and where you are on our large planet. However;

In the UK a single issue is £4.30, which includes postage and packing.
For Europe its £5.90
Everywhere else its £7.60

An FAS subscription runs for three issues and can start with the current issue if you wish, or the next one printed.

In the UK a three issue subscription is £10.60
For Europe its £16.96
Everywhere else is £21.20

Payments for individual issues or a subscription can easily be made with any credit card via Paypal -  whether you have an account with them or not. Once I know what you want I will send you a 'payment request' (Invoice). DO NOT ATTEMPT to pay for ANYTHING without me sending you the invoice. If you do your payment will be returned, wasting my time, and yours. If you don't have a Paypal account the invoice will guide you painlessly through the payment process.

Back issues are also available and I currently have
(subject to availability as they sell):

50, 51, 53, 54, 
63, 64, 65, 66, 68,
70, 71. 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77,
81, 84, 87, 88, 89,
90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99
Colour Issues
100, 101. 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109,
110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119,
120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129,
130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137,138, 139,
140, 141

Sunday, 25 March 2018

KOSSOFF: The Band Plays On - Gigs This Week

John Buckton, Terry Slesser and friends continue their excellent tribute to Paul Kossoff and Back Street Crawler with a couple of gigs later this week. Go see them if you can. Its well worth checking them out and its always great to hear Terry singing the BSC material.

The set will include a few Free songs along with tracks from both 'The Band Plays On' and '2nd Street'.  Always a pleasure.

Below you'll find 'The Hunter' taken from the show at The Musician in Leciester last year.

'The Hunter'
The Musician, Leicester
November 3rd, 2017
Filmed by Les Golding 

Sunday, 18 March 2018

REMEMBER : Andy Fraser - Paul Kossoff : 2018

These anniversaries come around so quickly and with Andy Fraser (3 years gone - March 16th) and Koss (42 years tomorrow) March may well mark the beginning of the spring, but there's a sadness there with the reminder of our losses.

Play some music today. 'Time Away' is always an option but how about you celebrate both Fraser and Koss with 'Free Live!' and 'Mr Big'. A prime example of what can be done with a bit of volume and a LOT of talent.

"He (Kossoff) influenced so much of Rock guitar, even in the case of some people who didn't know it because they were getting the influence indirectly through other people who loved Kossoff. One example being Angus Young. I think he probably took the intensity of the vibrato, and of course made it his own thing - but I think he had to have gotten that from Kossoff.

He had such an uncanny unitisation of space and simplicity, and playing the right thing and leaving space for everybody else. The way they manoeuvred around each other and the call and response. I just always loved it."

Warren Haynes talking about Paul Kossoff 
(Monday, March 12, 2018) 
More coming in FAS #142 & #143