- The Firm (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = The Firm
Background = group_or_band
Genre = Rock
Years_active = 1984-86
Associated_acts = Led Zeppelin
Also Known As =
Past_members = Paul Rodgers
The Firm were an English rock supergroup comprising former Free and
Bad Companysinger Paul Rodgers, ex- Led Zeppelinguitarist Jimmy Page, bass player Tony Franklin, and ex-Uriah Heep drummer Chris Slade. Formed in 1984, the band had only mediocre album sales, although they did have sellout tours. Page originally wanted former Yes drummer Bill Brufordand fretless bassist Pino Palladinoin the group; however, Bruford was contracted to another label and Palladino had tour commitments with singer Paul Young.
Both Page and Rodgers refused to play any material from their former bands and instead opted for a selection of songs from both their solo albums and new songs which were heavily infused with a soulful and more commercially accessible sound, courtesy of Franklin's fretless bass guitar underpinning and understated song structure. Although refusing to play old material, the last track from "The Firm", "Midnight Moonlight", was originally an unreleased song by
Led Zeppelinentitled "The Swan Song". The recording of the track led critics to believe that Page had begun to run out of ideas. In subsequent press interviews, Page had indicated that the band was never meant to last more than two albums. After the band split, Page and Rodgers returned to solo work while Chris Slade joined AC/DCand Franklin teamed up with guitarist John Sykesin Blue Murder.
Paul Rodgers- lead vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
Jimmy Page- lead & rhythm guitars, acoustic guitar
*Tony Franklin - bass, keyboards, synthesizer
Chris Slade- drums, percussion, backing vocals
*"The Firm Live at Hammersmith 1984" (1984) (limited release video)
*"Five From the Firm" (1986)
Europe(November 29, 1984 - December 9, 1984)The band only played two UK concerts on this tour at Middlesbrough Town Hall, and the London Hammersmith Odeon. As well as Firm songs the band played solo material by Paul and Jimmy. This included Paul Rodgers gliding onto stage seated at a piano to sing Live in Peace from his earlier solo album. Jimmy played songs from the Death Wish II album, which featured his trademark playing of the guitar with a violin bow while beneath a laser pyramid.
United States(February 28, 1985 - May 11, 1985)
United Kingdom(May 18, 1985 - May 22, 1985)
United States(March 14, 1986 - May 28, 1986)
*"The Firm" (1985) #17 US, #15 UK
Mean Business" (1986) #22 US, #46 UK
* "Radioactive" (1985) #28 US
* "Satisfaction Guaranteed" (1985) #73 US
* "All The King's Horses" (1986) #61 US
* "Live In Peace" (1986)
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