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Badfinger's "Straight Up" live starring Joey Molland - 11/20/17
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:00 PM
- 8:00 PM
The show that has drawn raves in New York and Los Angeles (with several standing ovations throughout the show) is making its debut in Chicago on November 20, 2017, when Badfinger's "Straight Up" album is performed in its entirety by original Badfinger member, Joey Molland at City Winery.
It's the 45th anniversary of the greatest album by Badfinger, 1972's Straight Up, and the band's legendary guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist, Joey Molland–along with his dynamic band-–brings the album to the stage in a bracing live show. Featuring 5 tracks written by Molland, Q magazine described Straight Up as "brimming with mature melodies and bracing verse/chorus interplay", while NME deemed it "[a] stone cold beauty of an album" and advised: "Love it like your mother …"
George Harrison produced four tracks on the album, "Name of the Game", "Suitcase","I'd Die Babe", the latter two written by Molland, and Pete Ham's "Day After Day", which gave the group a Top 5 U.S. single. AllMusic says " there's absolutely no filler and everybody is in top form". The album, which also featured "Baby Blue", stayed on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart for 32 weeks.
Badfinger is one of those rare acts to re-enter the charts with one of their classic songs: In the aftermath of the Breaking Bad finale in September 2013, "Baby Blue" re-entered the charts and introduced a new generation to the music of Badfinger.
From their legendary lineup, Joey continues Badfinger's unforgettable legacy. One of the original signings to the Beatles’ Apple Records label, they had their first hit single with a Paul McCartney penned song, "Come and Get It", which went to #7 on the U.S. charts. Badfinger followed this with their own compositions "No Matter What", "Day After Day", and "Baby Blue", which went to #8, #4 and #14 respectively.
Both Harry Nilsson (1971) and Maria Carey (1994) covered Badfinger's classic ballad "Without You" and took it to #1 on the U.S. charts. Nilsson won a Grammy for his recording of the song and it remains one of Carey's biggest hits across Europe.
Joey Molland and Badfinger played alongside John Lennon on his Imagine album, with Ringo on his smash "It Don't Come Easy," and with George Harrison on his All Things Must Pass LP. On stage, they backed George, Ringo, and Bob Dylan on the Concert for Bangladesh. Today Badfinger features original guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Joey Molland. Often featured on VH1, an episode of Behind the Music told the band's story, and Apple Records remastered and re-released the group's catalog. The Concert for Bangladesh was released in high quality remasters on DVD and CD.
The band's songs continue to be heard in films (The Departed), on television, and of course on Classic Rock and oldies radio. Harry Nilsson's version of "Without You" was featured in the 2016 film starring Tina Fey, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot".
Joey Molland released “Return to Memphis,” in 2014, and is currently working on a new album, which is being recorded in Los Angeles.
At City Winery, Joey will cover all the Badfinger hits in addition to Straight Up, and audience members will be treated to the "behind the scenes" stories leading up to their success.