Not much has been reported since Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs suffered a stroke last November in England -- but it turns out there's not much good to report.
Drummer Simon Kirke tells us that the group is "on the back burner for an indeterminate length of time," and he doesn't expect Ralphs to be returning to active duty:
"The only information I have is that he has paralysis on his left side, which is all indications of the stroke. I don't really want to comment any further 'cause I don't know, but given his age, which is 72, the prognosis is not good...We pray for him and we wish him as best an outcome as is possible at that age. In terms of a career, it's not looking good for him, quite honestly."
In addition to Bad Company, Ralphs was also a founding member of Mott The Hoople and had his own Mick Ralphs Blues Band. Ralphs bowed out of Bad Company's 2016 North American tour, with adjunct member Howard Leese and the Black Crowes' Rich Robinson filling in.
Kirke -- who released his third solo album, All Because Of You, earlier this year -- says that he doesn't think he and frontman Paul Rodgers are ready to end Bad Company yet:
"You can never really close the door on this band. It's always going in some form or another...I think as long as Paul is singing and I'm playing drums, it's a credible Bad Company. It's still Bad Company."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.