QUOTE OF THE WEEK: We're always happy to see rock stars who are devoted to their work. Like Biran Howe, the new lead singer of Bad Company, which appears at the Long Beach Arena Thursday as special guests with .38 Special. Asked recently how big a Bad Company fan he had been, Howe acknowledged that he had never seen the group play, and wasn't particularly familiar with its albums either. "I wasn't one of the greatest fans," Howe said. "They were just a distant group to me."