Paul Rodgers revealed that he's been in the studio recording his first new studio set with Bad Company since 1982's Rough Diamonds. Bad Company has over a dozen dates now on the books for the year -- including shows with Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and Cheap Trick. Ultimate Classic Rock transcribed portions of a new interview with RockBandReviews.com in which, Rodgers who spoke about the state of the band, revealing, "I'd like to create some new music. That's my focus right now. We're in the studio, just kicking things around and seeing what we've got. . . This year, we have selected to play just 20 dates, and that's all. We're going to pull back a little bit so that we can spend more time in the studio, doing a little recording."

These aren't the first whiffs of a new Bad Company studio set being in the works. Back in 2016, Media Mass quoted an inside source claiming the band had as many as eight new songs in the can, saying: "It’s still in the early stages. They got security on the doors to ensure no one hears a whisper." Since 1986, Bad Company continued to release new music without Rodgers to limited success, including four albums with frontman Brian Howe and two with singer Robert Hart.

Rodgers also gave an update about the band's co-founding guitarist Mick Ralphs, whowas sidelined by a stroke back in 2016: "He's now hospitalized. We're trying to take care of him from a distance. It's a lot. His family are involved a lot in taking care of him. He's doing as well as can be expected."

Paul Rodgers told us that he feels that the continued allure of Bad Company as a viable live act has everything to do with radio never once forgetting about the band. We asked him if the fans treat the current shows as if it was back in the '70s: "Yes, they do. Y'know, it's amazing, and radio is great, too, because the music seems to be, kind of radio friendly and it's great that they keep pumping that music out there. I think it has stood the test of time, as they say. Y'know, for me, I, I look at my influences; soul and blues. I still am moved by those records that first, y'know, made the hair crawl on the back of my arms, y'know? And I still feel the same way about my influences, so I can't understand how people . . . y'know, once you're moved by some music, it sort of stays with you."

AUDIO: PAUL RODGERS ON CONTINUED ALLURE OF BAD COMPANY