A previously unreleased song from late BAD COMPANY singer Brian Howe, “Going Home”, can be streamed below. According to the Fort Myers News-Press, the track was penned by Howe and producer Brooks Paschal about 2016, soon after the death of Howe‘s mother.
“We knew that it was going to be the next important song,” Paschal told the Fort Myers News-Press. “We always knew it was gonna be a home run.”
Howe died less than two months ago before getting to release the track, which was completed in January 2019 at Paschal‘s Mockingbird Studios in Tyler, Texas.
“This is one of the last songs Brian wrote and recorded and, as it turns out, sadly it was very prophetic,” said Howe‘s manager, Paul Easton. “The song really touched everybody in the office when they first heard it. And today, as we work on the release, it is still a tough one to listen to.”
“Going Home” is one of around 15 songs that were written and recorded by Howe and Paschal for a possible new album. More tracks from those sessions will likely arrive later this year, although it is unclear if a full-length record will see the light of day.
“We have to assess what is there, how many songs are finished or close to being done and, of course, are they up to Brian‘s exacting standards,” Easton said. “He was a very hard critic of his own work, and we have to be sure and maintain those standards.”
Howe passed away on May 6 at his home in Florida after suffering cardiac arrest. He had a history of heart issues, having previously had a heart attack in 2017.
The singer was reportedly involved in a road traffic accident in Florida at the end of April, in which he suffered broken ribs.
Howe fronted BAD COMPANY between 1986 and 1994 and provided vocals on hit albums including 1988’s “Dangerous Age” and 1990’s “Holy Water”.
The English-born singer, who previously worked with Ted Nugent, was openly bitter that his contribution to the band’s legacy was not recognized, telling Rock Candy magazine in 2018: “It’s as if my time with BAD COMPANY has been airbrushed out of history. Those guys live in a cocoon where it’s permanently 1974 and they’ve purposefully removed anything I ever had to do with them.”
Howe left BAD COMPANY after recording four albums, and believed the band “haven’t released anything worthwhile since. And certainly nothing that’s sold as well as the albums I was involved in. Those records gave BAD COMPANY a new lease of life.”