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Fate and chemistry reunite Bad Company

The first performance by the original Bad Company in 18 years came from a sad note but begins on a high one.

A full-blown reunion tour was the last thing on members' minds when they assembled two years ago for the funeral of their old manager, Peter Grant."It was a strange twist of fate, really," said guitarist Mick Ralphs, who formed Bad Company in 1973 with singer Paul Rodgers, drummer Simon Kirke and bassist Boz Burrell.

"And when we all got back together (for the funeral), I could feel the chemistry was still there between the four of us."

Following Grant's funeral, the four continued to meet to discuss what tracks would be included in an anthology of the original group that Elektra Records wanted to release.

At that point, Ralphs said, the record company wanted the original members to tour to support the album. And that's exactly what's happening. -- New York Times News Service