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Old 07-23-2006, 03:04 PM   #1
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June 24, 2006

Live Review: Bachman-Cummings in T.O.

By JANE STEVENSON - Toronto Sun

TORONTO - Classic Can-rock hits aplenty last night at the Molson Amphitheatre as Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings -- a.k.a Canada's most successful songwriting duo -- churned out chart-toppers for some 9,000 fans.

The Winnipeg-born rockers, now touring under their own names due to original Guess Who bassist Jim Kale owning the rights to the famed band's moniker, were joined by a five-man Toronto cover outfit called The Carpet Frogs and were no worse the wear because of it.

Opening the show with a slower, bluesier version of American Woman -- a shame really given Bachman's amazing guitar introduction in that song -- they then spent the next two hours alternating between Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive and Cummings' solo material.

"Straight ahead rock 'n' roll," said Cummings, 58. "No thinking. Just tapping of the feet, tapping of the toes and snapping of the fingers."

Along those lines then, it was the BTO hits that packed the biggest punch with Bachman taking over on lead vocals and delivering exceptional guitar workouts on such rock anthems as You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, Let It Ride -- which was preceded by a hilarious trucker story -- Hey You, Lookin' Out For #1, and the perfect show-closer Takin' Care Of Business.

Cummings also had a good sense of humour about Bachman's post-Guess Who songwriting period, introducing the BTO hit Hey You thusly: "Here's a song that Randy wrote when he wasn't very fond of me."

Unfortunately, Cummings also had the truly irritating habit of counting off the start to songs with a kind of human beat box noise and his higher singing register had the tendency to sound nasally.

Still, worthy of a mention were such Guess Who standout numbers as Albert Flasher, No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature, Undun -- featuring Cummings on flute solo -- No Time, Share The Land, and Cummings own' Break It To Them Gently, which found the duo nicely inserting snippets of hits from the '50s as the song wound down.

When Bachman and Cummings later returned for their second encore, they carried a large Canadian flag between them.

"This is the greatest country in the world," said Bachman, 62. "You've made two Winnipeg guys feel right at home. This is our second home."

Also spotted in the crowd last night was Gordon Lightfoot, who Cummings singled out as their major inspiration. That led to a standing ovation for the singer-songwriter, who couldn't have anticipated he'd be in the spotlight too as he left the house for the show.
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Live Review: Bachman-Cummings in T.O.

By JANE STEVENSON - Toronto Sun

TORONTO - Classic Can-rock hits aplenty last night at the Molson Amphitheatre as Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings -- a.k.a Canada's most successful songwriting duo -- churned out chart-toppers for some 9,000 fans.

The Winnipeg-born rockers, now touring under their own names due to original Guess Who bassist Jim Kale owning the rights to the famed band's moniker, were joined by a five-man Toronto cover outfit called The Carpet Frogs and were no worse the wear because of it.

Opening the show with a slower, bluesier version of American Woman -- a shame really given Bachman's amazing guitar introduction in that song -- they then spent the next two hours alternating between Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive and Cummings' solo material.

"Straight ahead rock 'n' roll," said Cummings, 58. "No thinking. Just tapping of the feet, tapping of the toes and snapping of the fingers."

Along those lines then, it was the BTO hits that packed the biggest punch with Bachman taking over on lead vocals and delivering exceptional guitar workouts on such rock anthems as You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, Let It Ride -- which was preceded by a hilarious trucker story -- Hey You, Lookin' Out For #1, and the perfect show-closer Takin' Care Of Business.

Cummings also had a good sense of humour about Bachman's post-Guess Who songwriting period, introducing the BTO hit Hey You thusly: "Here's a song that Randy wrote when he wasn't very fond of me."

Unfortunately, Cummings also had the truly irritating habit of counting off the start to songs with a kind of human beat box noise and his higher singing register had the tendency to sound nasally.

Still, worthy of a mention were such Guess Who standout numbers as Albert Flasher, No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature, Undun -- featuring Cummings on flute solo -- No Time, Share The Land, and Cummings own' Break It To Them Gently, which found the duo nicely inserting snippets of hits from the '50s as the song wound down.

When Bachman and Cummings later returned for their second encore, they carried a large Canadian flag between them.

"This is the greatest country in the world," said Bachman, 62. "You've made two Winnipeg guys feel right at home. This is our second home."

Also spotted in the crowd last night was Gordon Lightfoot, who Cummings singled out as their major inspiration. That led to a standing ovation for the singer-songwriter, who couldn't have anticipated he'd be in the spotlight too as he left the house for the show.
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This is just great Charlady, The man was in the house Molson Amphitheatre. Another standing Ovation, I wonder if Burton did Maggie May...Jesse.
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This is just great Charlady, The man was in the house Molson Amphitheatre. Another standing Ovation, I wonder if Burton did Maggie May...Jesse.
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If he did I think it would have been mentioned in the review...
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If he did I think it would have been mentioned in the review...
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Probably, this was June 24, 2006.
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Probably, this was June 24, 2006.
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I saw this show in Ottawa a few weeks ago it was an excellent show. I think the song writing of Bachman/Cummings is up there with the best and is often overlooked. Many of the songs are the same as Lightfoots they are timeless and songs written 30 years ago seem to have been written yesterday. The Ottawa reporter was more generous than the Toronto reporter.
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I saw this show in Ottawa a few weeks ago it was an excellent show. I think the song writing of Bachman/Cummings is up there with the best and is often overlooked. Many of the songs are the same as Lightfoots they are timeless and songs written 30 years ago seem to have been written yesterday. The Ottawa reporter was more generous than the Toronto reporter.
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Ottawa Sun:
http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/2006/06/27/pf-1655156.html

June 27, 2006

Live Review: Bachman/Cummings in Ott.

Bachman, Cummings play their appreciative fans a rhapsody

By DENIS ARMSTRONG -- Ottawa Sun





OTTAWA - Then there were two.

After a long legal wrangle over copyrights to the name "The Guess Who," the legendary band's two frontmen, Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman, got rid of the rest of the band, packed up about 20 of the Guess Who's classics and a smattering of their own solo hits, and took their show on the road with the "First Time Around" tour that played Scotiabank Place last night.

And judging by the show the pair put on, and the warm reception some 5,000 fans gave them, it's apparent there is still a lot of life left in the Guess Who reunion industry.

But if nostalgia was all the pair had to offer, I'd doubt that these semi-annual concerts, the musical equivalent of looking at old family photo albums, would have the same popular hold that they continue to have.

What was surprisingly obvious at last night's gig was that, for Bachman and Cummings, playing songs in a giant Canadian hockey arena in front of thousands of beer-swilling fans is still a major buzz, and what easily could have become an auto-pilot performance of songs Bachman and Cummings could do in their sleep, turned out to be a bold, charming and even passionate performance and a bold statement.

Bachman, 62, and Cummings, 59, aren't ready for rock 'n' roll retirement. Not yet.

Particularly Cummings. In recent times Bachman has been everywhere, seemingly always on the road. I think he would play the opening of a Tim Hortons if they asked him.

But since the band's reunion in 1999 at the Winnipeg Pan Am Games, Cummings seemed to simultaneously embrace, and be a tad embarrassed by, the whole Guess Who living-in-the-past industry.

If there was any reluctance in his performances in the past, there was no evidence of it last night, proving once again that he is the best singer this nation has ever produced.

The pair opened with a video montage dating back to the black-and-white images of 1965 when the boys were fresh-faced kids trying to get out of Winnipeg.

Backed by The Carpet Frogs, Bachman and Cummings started things off with an indecipherable bluegrass vocal jam.

Then Bachman started playing that familiar chord progression "da-dadanda-na da-da, da-da nadadadada-dana" that you'd know anywhere, at least if you were alive in the 1960s or a more recent fan of Lenny Kravitz's cover, as American Woman.

That Bachman and Cummings would even attempt a rewrite of the 1969 classic was astounding.

But there would be plenty of surprising moments throughout the night.

There were no surprises on the setlist: Every song was a hit, including You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, Clap For the Wolfman, Let It Ride and the two-fer-the price of one No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature.

I was surprised at how focused Cummings was, and how powerfully he sang on Hand Me Down World, Albert Flasher and These Eyes, enough to send a shiver down my spine.

Cummings' razor-sharp vocals blended beautifully with Bachman's guitar licks, which only seemed to have improved with age, especially when he dipped into a Lenny Breau-like jazzy jam.

I guess about the only thing that left me unimpressed were Cummings' own solo hits.

Yikes.

Even though they sold a gazillion copies in the late 1970s, tunes such as Timeless Love, My Own Way To Rock, Break It To Them Gently and Fine State of Affairs just sounded sappy, sentimental and missing the muscle power of the Guess Who or BTO.

In the end, it simply didn't matter whatever name they go by. Bachman and Cummings let the music speak for itself.

Loud and clear.

Opening for Bachman was Toronto's Serena Ryder and Joshua Bartholomew.
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Ottawa Sun:
http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/2006/06/27/pf-1655156.html

June 27, 2006

Live Review: Bachman/Cummings in Ott.

Bachman, Cummings play their appreciative fans a rhapsody

By DENIS ARMSTRONG -- Ottawa Sun





OTTAWA - Then there were two.

After a long legal wrangle over copyrights to the name "The Guess Who," the legendary band's two frontmen, Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman, got rid of the rest of the band, packed up about 20 of the Guess Who's classics and a smattering of their own solo hits, and took their show on the road with the "First Time Around" tour that played Scotiabank Place last night.

And judging by the show the pair put on, and the warm reception some 5,000 fans gave them, it's apparent there is still a lot of life left in the Guess Who reunion industry.

But if nostalgia was all the pair had to offer, I'd doubt that these semi-annual concerts, the musical equivalent of looking at old family photo albums, would have the same popular hold that they continue to have.

What was surprisingly obvious at last night's gig was that, for Bachman and Cummings, playing songs in a giant Canadian hockey arena in front of thousands of beer-swilling fans is still a major buzz, and what easily could have become an auto-pilot performance of songs Bachman and Cummings could do in their sleep, turned out to be a bold, charming and even passionate performance and a bold statement.

Bachman, 62, and Cummings, 59, aren't ready for rock 'n' roll retirement. Not yet.

Particularly Cummings. In recent times Bachman has been everywhere, seemingly always on the road. I think he would play the opening of a Tim Hortons if they asked him.

But since the band's reunion in 1999 at the Winnipeg Pan Am Games, Cummings seemed to simultaneously embrace, and be a tad embarrassed by, the whole Guess Who living-in-the-past industry.

If there was any reluctance in his performances in the past, there was no evidence of it last night, proving once again that he is the best singer this nation has ever produced.

The pair opened with a video montage dating back to the black-and-white images of 1965 when the boys were fresh-faced kids trying to get out of Winnipeg.

Backed by The Carpet Frogs, Bachman and Cummings started things off with an indecipherable bluegrass vocal jam.

Then Bachman started playing that familiar chord progression "da-dadanda-na da-da, da-da nadadadada-dana" that you'd know anywhere, at least if you were alive in the 1960s or a more recent fan of Lenny Kravitz's cover, as American Woman.

That Bachman and Cummings would even attempt a rewrite of the 1969 classic was astounding.

But there would be plenty of surprising moments throughout the night.

There were no surprises on the setlist: Every song was a hit, including You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, Clap For the Wolfman, Let It Ride and the two-fer-the price of one No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature.

I was surprised at how focused Cummings was, and how powerfully he sang on Hand Me Down World, Albert Flasher and These Eyes, enough to send a shiver down my spine.

Cummings' razor-sharp vocals blended beautifully with Bachman's guitar licks, which only seemed to have improved with age, especially when he dipped into a Lenny Breau-like jazzy jam.

I guess about the only thing that left me unimpressed were Cummings' own solo hits.

Yikes.

Even though they sold a gazillion copies in the late 1970s, tunes such as Timeless Love, My Own Way To Rock, Break It To Them Gently and Fine State of Affairs just sounded sappy, sentimental and missing the muscle power of the Guess Who or BTO.

In the end, it simply didn't matter whatever name they go by. Bachman and Cummings let the music speak for itself.

Loud and clear.

Opening for Bachman was Toronto's Serena Ryder and Joshua Bartholomew.
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