Sunday, November 6, 2016
Bad Company have revealed that guitarist Mick Ralphs suffered a stroke following the conclusion of the group’s recent UK tour, which wrapped up at London’s 02 Arena on October 29.
“The family and representatives of the band's co-founder, guitarist and songwriter Mick Ralphs are sad to announce that Mick has suffered a stroke,” they revealed. “Mick is receiving excellent medical care and is recovering in hospital, although all his public engagements are necessarily on hold, pending his improvement.
“Everyone is wishing Mick a speedy recovery, and further news will be announced at the appropriate time.”
The UK dates marked Bad Company’s first tour of their home country in four years.
An update on Ralph’s condition was posted on his Facebook page on November 3, saying “Really good news, and it seems a slight improvement. Mick has been moved from the intensive care, to his own room. A huge thanks to Ben Ralphs, who not only is at Mick's bedside, but also running his own business, dealing with Mick's affairs, and keeping us all informed.”
Ralphs sat out the group’s summer US tour with Joe Walsh this year as the band brought in former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson to cover his duties.
“I’ve decided to sit this upcoming US tour out,” explained Ralphs this past spring. “The travel required to do these dates is something I’m just not feeling up for at the moment. I’m glad the band found Rich to take my place for this run, I’m sure he’ll be great. See you all again soon. Much love to Paul and Simon, and love to all our fans for supporting us over the years Thanks.”
Earlier this year, Bad Company released “Live In Concert 1977 & 1979”, a 2CD set featuring two previously unreleased recordings: a 1977 show in Houston, TX and a 1979 performance at The Empire Pool in London (now known as Wembley Arena).
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