“Going Home” is one of the final songs Howe wrote in his life, and the singer’s family premiered the track on Friday as a posthumous tribute to him.
Written and recorded by Brian Howe and producer Brooks Paschal in 2016, the song came about soon after the passing of Howe’s mother, and is a lyrically powerful rumination on death and what comes after it.
Said Brian Easton, Howe’s manager, via the Fort Myers News-Press:
“This is one of the last songs Brian wrote and recorded and, as it turns out, sadly it was very prophetic,” Easton says. “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.”
Howe and Paschal recorded “about 15 songs for a planned new album,” according to the News-Press, including new recordings of his Bad Company-era songs “Holy Water,” “No Smoke Without Fire” and “If You Need Somebody.”
Said Easton regarding the likelihood of releasing the rest of those final recordings, via the News-Press:
“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,” he says. “He was a very hard critic of his own work, and we have to be sure and maintain those standards.”
Within the history of Bad Company, Howe’s tenure was notable for the fact that he replaced Paul Rodgers in 1986 when Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke regrouped after the band’s first breakup in 1982. Howe had gained notoriety after singing lead vocals on Penetrator, the 1984 album from Ted Nugent.
With Howe on main vocal duties, Bad Company released four studio albums: 1986’s Fame and Fortune, 1988’s Dangerous Age, 1990’s Holy Water and 1992’s Here Comes Trouble, as well as 1993’s live album What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company.