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BADFINGER’S Joey Molland – And The Tragic Demise Of The Band That Was Destined To Be The Next Beatles

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Hailed as the new Beatles but quot mismanaged and exploited beyond the bounds of human decency quot Badfinger 39 s thankless career drove two members to take their own lives Badfinger could have been huge What s more the band s connections with The Beatles once earned them the tag of the new Fab Four But instead despite writing and recording some wonderfully memorable music Badfinger went down in the annals of rock history for all the wrong reasons Most people who remember the band today will probably point to the fact that two key members took their own lives The story of Badfinger is probably one of the most tragic in rock n roll Everything that could go wrong did go wrong twice while their occasional triumphs over adversity never seemed to bring them their rightful reward When Harry Nilsson first heard Without You his future worldwide No 1 hit single written by Badfinger s Pete Ham and Tom Evans he assumed it was a Beatles song It was an understandable mistake given that Paul McCartney had taken the band under his wing signed them to The Beatles Apple label and even written a hit for them in Come And Get It Badfinger also backed George Harrison on his Bangladesh concerts But their connection with The Beatles would become a double-edged sword My special guest this week is singer songwriter and guitarist JOEY MOLLAND – Badfinger 39 s sole surviving member During our chat Joey discusses his life and career in the music industry He talks about his early days in Liverpool where he was part of a tight-knit musical community that included some of the most famous bands of the time such as The Beatles and The Searchers He talked about his experiences playing in various bands and making records including joining The Ivey 39 s which later became Badfinger Joey talks about the success of Badfinger in America particularly their hit song 39 Come and Get It 39 which was written by Paul McCartney He also discusses the band 39 s formation and later successes with songs such as No Matter What and Day After Day However despite the band 39 s success Joey walks us through the struggles the band faced with management and financial ruin He still believes that quot whatever doesn 39 t kill you makes you stronger quot Today Joey Molland continues to perform under the name Joey Molland 39 s Badfinger and is proud of the band 39 s legacy of hits He chats about his latest solo album 39 Be True to Yourself 39 which features collaborations with notable musicians such as Mark Hudson a Grammy-winning producer who has worked with bands like Aerosmith and Rainbow The album also features contributions from his friends Julian Lennon and The Monkees 39 Micky Dolenz quot Be True to Yourself quot is Joey Molland 39 s sixth solo album and the first in seven years It definitely has echoes of John Paul George and sometimes even Ringo To learn more about Joey Molland check out my website https abreathoffreshair com au You may also like to take a look at the 1997 book quot Without You The Tragic Story of Badfinger by Dan Matovina https www amazon com au Without-You-Tragic-Story-Badfinger dp 0965712222 Please get in touch with me with any comments feedback or guest suggestions – sandy abreathoffreshair com au I hope you enjoy this episode Click here to visit this podcast episode

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