­     It was a very big night in Central New York as the very first night of the new casino del Lago opened the doors to its new entertainment venue called The Vine.  This beautiful brand new casino is located in Waterloo, NY, right off Interstate 90.  The casino floors opened over a week ago, but this was the opening night for The Vine.  A crowd of 2,400  saw rock and roll’s legendary Bad Company christen its stage.

­     Bad Company took the stage at 9pm, sharp, and even though the band isn’t on tour, obliged the casino with this one off show. The band is still without guitarist and founder Mick Ralphs as he is still recovering from a stroke he suffered late last year. The band decided to go as a four piece ensemble. Longtime guitarist (and Rock and Roll hall of Famer) Howard Leese handled all guitar duties for the evening’s festivities.  Leese, who is not only a solid guitarist, has played with both Bad Company and in Paul Rodgers solo band and there is no one more familiar with the material.

­     Drummer Simon Kirke and longtime bassist Todd Ronning, without much practice or dates behind them, were locked in and played off each other without any issues. (Editors note: Kirke was also celebrating the release of his second solo effort “All Because of You” on this same day.)

­     Of course, the band is led by vocalist Paul Rodgers. Rodgers remains one of the best (if not the best) blues based rock singers on the planet. He has lost nothing and continues to remain a dynamic front man.  He added harmonica during the “Feel Like Making Love” solo. Not only did he sing the set but also brought out Leese’s guitar tech Billy and led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to him.

­     It was a treat to see the set mixed up a little with performances of “Too Bad” which Rodgers stated has never been played live by the band and “Let There be Love,” which was dedicated to Ralphs.

­     The band had a video screen that was used in various songs throughout the set. They also had CO2 tanks that went off at during the song “Bad Company.”

­     The band finished with two encores and what a classic way to open up a new room. One of the true arena rock bands in existence delivered as well as did the staff at The Vine. All staff members were super nice and were right there to answer questions and offer assistance. Put a show at The Vine on your destination list, you won’t be disappointed!


Live for the Music

She’s Gone

Feel Like Makin’  Love

Electric Land

Burning Sky

Run with the Pack

Ready for Love

Too Bad

Let There be Love

Moving On

Shooting Star

Can’t Get Enough

Rock and Roll Fantasy


Bad Company

Encore 2:

Rock Steady


Photo Gallery

We would like to thank Bad Company’s Management for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.