Bad Company will play a warm-up show Saturday in Rancho Mirage, California as they get set for their 40th anniversary tour.

Singer Paul Rodgers says "It's 40 years since guitarist Mick Ralphs and I got together and talked about putting a band together and started to write some songs... I'm really looking forward to it. We all are."

The tour officially gets under way next Thursday in suburban Seattle with the first of three shows this month with Lynyrd Skynyrd, followed by another 11 with Skynyrd next month. The trek runs through late September.

Bad company has shows in Riverside, IA July 3 and Hinckley, MN July 5