Badfinger's Classic 1971 LP "Straight Up" from Apple Records performed Live & Complete, and More with Original Member Joey Molland and the Current Badfinger Band!
Playing their Classic Hits including "Come and Get it", "Baby Blue", "Day After Day, "No Matter What", "Without You" & More!!
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 brings the album to the stage in a bracing live show. Featuring 5 tracks written by Joey, 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's classic lineup of Tom Evans, Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, and Joey Molland came together in 1969, as the group changed it's name from the Iveys. 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 in the U.S. charts. Badfinger followed this with their own compositions "No Matter What", "Day After Day" (produced by George Harrison), and "Baby Blue", which went to #8, #4 and #14 respectively.
Both Maria Carey(1994) and Harry Nilsson(1971) covered Badfinger's classic ballad "Without You" and took it to #1 on the U.S. charts. 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". On stage, they backed George, Ringo, and Bob Dylan on the Concert for Bangladesh.
Today Badfinger features original guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Joey Molland. In October 2010, Apple reissued the Badfinger catalog, all with bonus tracks, as part of a massive promotional effort to celebrate all the great artists that are part of the Apple family. The albums “Magic Christian Music”, “No Dice”, “Straight Up”, and “Ass” are all being reissued, with a total of 21 combined bonus tracks.
Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” has enjoyed extensive and enduring appeal in television and film. It was featured in Martin Scorcese’s film, “The Departed,” the highly popular TV drama, “The O.C.”, but its most spectacular resurgence came when it was featured in the closing scene of the finale of AMC’s classic series, “Breaking Bad” in September 2013. In the first full week following the finale of the show, the group's "Baby Blue," equaled its 1972 Hot 100 success, by roaring back onto the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart at No. 14, thanks to hefty sales and streaming gains.
Joey Molland released a new record, titled “Return to Memphis”, in 2014.