Brian Howe first made his name on the worldwide rock scene as lead vocalist on the 1983 album ‘Penetrator’ by multi-platinum selling rock guitarist Ted Nugent. The tour to accompany the album took Brian all over the world for the first time and gave him the perfect opportunity to share his voice on an international level.
Little did Brian know that his great work with Ted Nugent and the album’s success itself would bring him to the attention of one of the biggest rock bands in history, who after a few years in limbo, were making plans to recommence recording and touring, but needed a new lead vocalist, that band was BAD COMPANY.
On the recommendation of Mick Jones from Foreigner, Brian joined Bad Company in 1985. Taking over from original lead vocalist Paul Rodgers. Brian would spend 9 years fronting Bad Company, in which time they completed countless tours, released 4 studio albums and a live album. The band, lead by Brian Howe’s powerful and infectious voice and song writing, regained global success. Gold and Platinum album sales followed and they returned to selling out Arenas and the Large Stages that the band had been accustomed to in the mid 70’s before their decline in sales and popularity in the early 80’s. The most successful album of this era of the band is arguably 1990’s ‘Holy Water’. This album would go on to be Certified Platinum and the accompanying tour was credited as one of the top 5 grossing tours of 1991.
Brian Howe’s albums with Bad Company; Fame and Fortune, Dangerous Age, Holy Water, Here Comes Trouble and ‘What You Hear Is What You Get’, boasting the self-penned hits such as ‘If You Needed Somebody’, ‘No Smoke Without A Fire’ and the anthem
‘Holy Water’. Brian Howe’s contribution to Bad Company accumulated 19 million additional record sales worldwide. This undeniably brought Bad Company back to their rightful place as one of rock’s most enduring, successful and revered acts.
Brian left Bad Company in 1994 and has been forging a successful solo career in the United States ever since, releasing several EP’s and two albums as well as enjoying very busy annual live touring schedules. With a set list that encompasses the history of Bad Company, playing the biggest hits from both the Paul Rodgers’ fronted era and his own, Brian Howe has maintained exactly the same vocal sound and ability that propelled him to superstardom in Bad Company 30 years ago.
With a follow up album to his 2010 solo record ‘Circus Bar’ on the horizon as well as 2015 being the 25th anniversary since the release of the monumental ‘Holy Water’ album, Brian Howe is going full steam ahead with a terrific band behind him to rock as many crowds, in as many countries as possible.
Brian Howe – If You Needed Somebody (Porch Session, Summer 2014)
Brian Howe – One Night (Live), Fan filmed 2012
Bad Company – Holy Water, promotional video 1990
Bad Company – If You Needed Somebody, promotional video 1990
Bad Company – Feel Like Makin’ Love, (audio) Live 1992
1 – ‘I’m Back’ – taken from his 2010 solo album ‘Circus Bar’
2 – ‘Can’t Get Enough’ (Live)- Taken from the 1992 Bad Company live album ‘What You Hear Is What You Get