Paul Rodgers has confirmed that Free considered reuniting for the London Olympic Games this summer. If it had happened, it would have been the first time that Paul, drummer Simon Kirke and bassist Andy Fraser had shared a stage since 1972.
But the singer doesn't believe it will take place because of difficulties replacing guitarist Paul Kossoff, who died in 1976. In the next edition of Classic Rock, due out on May 23, Rodgers says: "There was talk of possibly something connected with the Olympics, but I don't see it coming together now.
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"One of the things that is difficult in my mind is that Paul was the soul of the band in many respects, and I hesitate to mess with that.
"If I was going to even think about it, it would mean getting someone who had a really great feel for that particular way in which Paul Kossoff played. The person I think comes closest is Peter Bullick from Debbie Bonham's band.
"But as I said, there are no actual plans just now."
Olympic bosses have struggled to settle on a big rock act to represent that aspect of British culture during the over-budget extravaganza. Rumours were doing the rounds that Pink Floyd would reunite for the event but these are now believed to be unfounded.
Then The Sex Pistols refused to appear over unspecified censorship pressure while Who manager Bill Curbishley was forced to explain that drummer Keith Moon couldn't perform as he'd been dead since 1978.
Singer Roger Daltrey recently explained: "Our manager sent an email back saying, 'He currently resides at Golders Green Crematorium, where he's been for the last 34 years. But maybe if you got a round table, some candles and some glasses, you might be able to get him back.'"
Paul Rodgers plays a one-off gig at The Venue in Chichester on May 31st in aid of the Racehorse Sanctuary and Rehoming Centre, a self funded Charity.
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