WITH a career that has seen him playing to upwards of 60,000 people a night, former Bad Company guitarist Dave "Bucket" Colwell will get up close and personal to his fans when he appears at Mad Hatters on Friday 8th March.
Colwell was a member of rock supergroup Bad Company for 12 years, and in that time toured the world and shared stages with major rock acts like Bon Jovi, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Foreigner.
He worked with all three Bad Company vocalists, including rock vocal legend Paul Rodgers of Free and Queen, where he stood in for the late Freddie Mercury, when he returned to the band in 2000.
One reason for opting for Mad Hatters is that the intimate Church Street venue marks a homecoming for the members of Colwell’s backing band drawn from Highland rock group Roadway.
They include guitarist Ross McEwen who making a habit of teaming with veteran rockers, having performed with ex-Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow vocalist Doogie White and performed in Nashville, Tennessee, last year with Ted Nugent vocalist Derek St Holmes.
"We’re doing a set with the best of Bad Company, Free and a couple of Roadway songs, so it’s turned into a dream come true for some of us," McEwen said.
Since leaving Bad Company, Colwell has also performed with members and ex-members of The Who, The Faces, Queen, The Rolling Stones, and many more in a wide array of projects.
This tour, which features 11 dates around Scotland, sees the band promote his debut solo album "Guitars, Beers & Tears" which features guest performances from members of Iron Maiden, New York Dolls, Bad Company, The Quireboys and Thunder.
The music gets under way at approximately 10.30pm and entry is free.