Back in the ’70s, when some of us were wee lads, Paul Rodgers and Bad Company ruled the roost at KLOS/95.5 FM with such brash AOR radio staples as “Can’t Get Enough,” “Rock Steady” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love.” The bluesy rock band racked up platinum albums and packed arenas. Rodgers also famously sang about having a “Rock and Roll Fantasy.” For the past few years, the British singer—who logged successful stints in Free (“All Right Now”), The Firm (“Radioactive”) and has a new studio disc with Queen due out this fall—has helped fulfill young IE musicians’ dreams by supporting Kids Rock Free music education at the Fender Center. In fact, Rodgers and his wife devised a new mentoring program for the center, where various recording artists (Brian May, Sam Moore, former Heart axe man Howard Leese) will visit kids at the center, lead workshops or be available for student Q&A sessions. Proceeds from Rodgers’ Corona show and a guitar raffle will benefit KRF.
“With so many schools deleting music from their curriculum, the Fender Center is filling a huge void by making music accessible and affordable. It is absolutely fantastic that youth have (a place) to study all types of music, from rock to classical. Without music in my life as a kid, I may have taken a wrong turn,” he said in a statement. “This is more than special . . . we’re extremely proud to host a concert of this magnitude,” added Fender Center Director of Operations, Debbie Shuck. (George A. Paul)
Paul Rodgers at Fender Center for the Performing Arts, 365 N. Main St., Corona, (951) 735-2440; www.fendermuseum.com. Sat., June 14, 6PM doors, $35 general admission