The Firm









The Firm

is the name of an English rock group which was formerly known as, Free and Bad Company. The members consist of Paul Rodgers (singer, rhythm guitar, and acoustic guitar), Jimmy Page ( who was the former Led Zeppelin guitarist, rhythm and acoustic guitar and lead singer), Tony Franklin (bass player, keyboard, and synthesizer), and Chris Slade ( former Uriah Heep drum player, percussion, and back up vocal). Although the group consisted of members who had come from well known groups, they did not succeed well with their own work. They had only mediocre sales of their albums but they had concerts which were sold out performances on their tours. Jimmy Page would have preferred to have Bill Bruford ( former Yes drummer), and Pino Pallidino (fretless bass guitar), in the group but the two were contracted to another label and Pallidino had tour commitments with singer Paul Young, that he couldn’t get out of.

Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers did not want to use any of their previous material with this group so the opted for new material and selections from solo albums. The music was filled with a soulful and commercial sound so they could get more response from the public. The sound was enhanced by Palladino’s fretless guitar. They group refused to play old material but they did use the last track from The Firm. Midnight Moonlight, originally came from an unreleased song by Led Zeppelin called, The Swan Song. Critics began to believe that Page was running out of ideas for new material. Page stated in an interview that the band was never meant to last more than two albums. The band split up and Page and Rodgers went on to work on their solo careers while Chris Slade joined AC/DC. Tony Franklin joined up with John Sykes (guitarist), as a group called, Blue Murder.

The band had involvement in films and DVDs, tours, singles, and albums. They released a video called, The Firm Live at Hammersmith 1984 (1984), and Five From the Firm (1986). They toured Europe from November 29, 1984 to December 9, 1984, The United States from February 28, 1985 to May 11, 1985. They also toured the United Kingdom from may 18, 1985 to May 22, 1985, and the United States again from march 14, 1986 to May 28, 1986.

The names of their two albums were The Firm (1985) which hit number 17 in the U. S. And number 19 in the U. K., , and Mean Business (1986) hit number 22 in the U. S. And number 46 in the U. K... They released 4 singles which were Radioactive (1985), which hit number 28 in the U. S., Satisfaction Guaranteed (1985) hit number 73 in the U. S., All the King’s Horses (1986) reached number 61 in the U. S., and Live in Peace (1986).