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Bad Company

Bad Company will perform in central New York this summer. 

A rock group with plenty of classic rock hits will perform the opening night show at the New York State Fair's Chevy Court venue. 

The fair announced Tuesday that Bad Company will take the stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. It's the first concert announced for the 2019 Chevrolet Music Festival at the fair, which includes Chevy Court and the New York Experience Stage. 

Bad Company's concert will be its only New York appearance during the band's 15-city tour. 

The band, which was founded by Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers, is known for classic hits including "Bad Company," "Can't Get Enough," "Feel Like Makin' Love" and "Shooting Star." 

Kirke and Rodgers will be joined for the concert by guitarist Howard Leese, formerly of the band Heart, and bassist Todd Ronning. 

"If you want to see one of the great rock bands and hear one of the great rock singers of all time, the fair is the place to be," Fair Director Troy Waffner said. "This will be a great show, one of many to come, as we create what may be the biggest and greatest lineup in our history. Don't miss the first big party of the fair." 

The fair also reminded prospective fairgoers that admission will cost $1 on opening day. The $1 admission price will be available for the fair's final day, too. 

As it has in the past, the fair will host 26 concerts at Chevy Court. Additional concerts, including some national acts, will be held at the Experience Stage. 

The fair announced last year that it reached an agreement with Chevrolet to sponsor the music festival during the annual event. The sponsorship covers concerts at Chevy Court and the Experience Stage. 

This year's fair runs from Aug. 21 through Sept. 2. 

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