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Badfinger’s Joey Molland With “Riley & Scot”

In the annals of rock music history, I don’t believe any band has had the kind of bad luck that followed Badfinger.

Don’t think you know of the band? I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with a song or two, especially if you are a “Breaking Bad” fan:

A great band, dubbed “The next Beatles,” Badfinger had early success with “Come and Get It,” “Baby Blue,” “Day After Day,” and “No Matter What.” But their momentum was halted with bad deals, bad contracts, bad management, money problems (due to bad management), lawsuits, suicides, and more. Read the whole story on Wikipedia. Some of it is almost too hard to believe.

Joey Molland is the last surviving member of the band’s classic lineup. He played guitar, wrote a ton of songs, and sang lead on a number of cuts as well. And, lucky for me, he’s a nice guy who agreed to a long interview in advance of a local show.

Joey Molland’s Badfinger plays Saturday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights. More ticket information can be found at the venue’s website.

Here’s the full interview with Joey Molland where we discuss how he joined Badfinger, the ups and downs of the band’s career, and what else he wants to accomplish in the rock ‘n’ roll world. Great fun and a great guy:

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