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Old 06-25-2009, 07:31 AM   #1
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Guess who's back together

Published Thursday June 25th, 2009


The many hits former bandmates Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings will highlight weekend concert

By Eric Lewis
Times & Transcript Staff



Randy Bachman doesn't paint a rosy picture of his relationship with longtime, on-again, off-again musical partner Burton Cummings.


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He says there are still things to this day that the former members of The Guess Who, who currently tour as Bachman-Cummings, disagree on.
But, ultimately, Bachman says there comes a point where the legendary duo sees the light and realizes they have music people still want to hear, some 30 and 40 years after the songs were written.
"So to see us back together, putting aside our differences, and we still have some, relevant or irrelevant, some are stupid ... to put that aside and let the music be the magnet, the spiderweb that holds us together on stage and playing the music and smiling at each other ... it is an addictive thing for us," Bachman, 65, says.
In a recent interview with the Times & Transcript, Bachman said reunions between the two have come after they've received offer after offer to perform together.
The many offers have made it clear to Bachman-Cummings that their music is cherished.
"People really care; well, then we really care, and to see that our music has lasted and become milestones and soundtracks to life in Canada and the U.S.A. and a lot of other countries in the world, it means so much to us, you can't say no to that," Bachman explains.
The legacy of rock 'n' roll classics that Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings, 61, have behind them is astonishing.
Between solo careers, their work in The Guess Who and Bachman's work in Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the hits include These Eyes, Laughing, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, Hey You, American Woman, No Sugar Tonight and dozens more.
Bachman promises that Metro music fans will hear all those classics this Saturday when Bachman-Cummings performs along with Bon Jovi at the Magnetic Hill Music Festival's Summer Kickoff event.
"It's a trip down memory lane for every Canadian and every American who is at the show," he says. "We play every hit like you know it in your heart and soul, just like the record. We play stuff from (Bachman-Turner Overdrive), we play stuff from my solo (career), we play stuff from (Cummings') solo albums.
"Having the moniker 'Bachman-Cummings,' we're free to do stuff from all the different bands, all the different eras and decades of our life."
Bachman and Cummings won't have much time to enjoy their stay in Moncton this weekend. The duo is flying in from a gig in Regina, Sask. the night before and they're leaving immediately after the show to head out to Winnipeg for a show the next day.
"It's real rock n' roll to play a gig, get in a jet, fly somewhere, pass out, go play with Bon Jovi, get in a jet, fly back, pass out, get up and do another show," Bachman says.
While Bachman-Cummings is touring up a storm this summer and each performer tours solo as well, they haven't recorded any new material together in some time.
Last year saw the release of Jukebox, with Bachman-Cummings doing covers of the very songs that made them want to get into the rock n' roll business in the first place.
But Bachman gives off no signs that the duo may record new original material any time soon.
"Radio is so busy playing our old hits, they don't seem to want to play a new song," he says.
He would like to see a radio format where a band's classic hit is played and then followed by one of their newer tunes, which the public often never gets to hear.
"I have a new CD out, Burton Cummings has a new CD out," Bachman says. "I don't think it's getting airplay anywhere. When we play it at the concert, it'll be the first time people hear it."
In his many decades in the music business, Bachman says things have changed many times over. But in some respects, things have come full circle.
"I started out in this business not making any money from records," he says. "Basically, you're getting a penny (per record sold). You made your money by playing a gig for $400. Now it's gone back to you're not making any money from records, but you're still making your money from live gigs, but it's a lot more than $400," he says with a laugh. "It's kind of come full circle in a way."
The legendary rocker is looking forward to once again playing for Metro music fans.
"There's no words to describe the feeling of connecting to 1,000 or 10,000 or 30,000 people," he says. "It's beyond any dream I had as a kid, or Burton Cummings had as a kid."
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Published Saturday June 20th, 2009

Bon Jovi guitarist talks about the band and the upcoming Metro concert


Bon Jovi is an anomaly in the music world. While some bands come and go and others break up only to reunite triumphantly years later, Bon Jovi has been around for 25 years and, during that time, the band has released hit after hit.






From Livin' On A Prayer and Wanted Dead or Alive to Always, It's My Life and Who Says You Can't Go Home?, it seems everything the band does is welcomed with open arms by both fans and radio DJs alike.
The band, Jon Bon Jovi (vocals/guitar), Richie Sambora (guitar), Tico Torres (drums) and David Bryan (keyboard), last played Moncton in 1993 on its Keep The Faith tour.
This time they're returning with bassist Hugh McDonald in tow, hot on their heels of Lost Highway, their triple-platinum selling (in Canada alone) album that sees the band adopt a Nashville-inspired sound.
The band's two most recent concerts were shot using 22 high-definition cameras for a DVD that is coming out in the fall.
This week, guitarist Richie Sambora agreed to participate in an e-mail interview with the Times & Transcript. Questions were submitted, and Sambora's answers are below.
The guitarist has made headlines outside of music with his marriage to and divorce from actress Heather Locklear, but he's best known as Jon Bon Jovi's longtime songwriting partner.
Sambora has been with Bon Jovi since its self-titled debut album in 1984 and, along with Jon Bon Jovi, has penned some of the band's most memorable tunes, including You Give Love A Bad Name, Wanted Dead or Alive, Bad Medicine, Keep The Faith and It's My Life.
He's released two solo albums, Stranger In This Town (1991) and Undiscovered Soul (1998), during periods where Bon Jovi was on breaks.
In addition to writing memorable tunes together, Jon and Richie are often credited for kicking off the 'unplugged' craze of the 1990s by performing Wanted Dead or Alive and Livin' On A Prayer armed with only acoustic guitars on the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
In this Q&A, Sambora talks about the band's longevity, how touring keeps a band young and he reveals that Bon Jovi's next album will be a "rocking" affair.
Eric Lewis: Hey Richie. Thanks very much for the interview. How is everything going, and what has the band been up to recently?
Richie Sambora: Everything is going great. Jon and I have been in the studio working on new music, and tomorrow night (Thursday, June 18) we are both being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City. A great night is expected!
E.L.: Your upcoming Moncton show on June 27 will be your first date on the east coast of Canada since 1993 ... that hardly seems fair to us, especially for a band that tours so consistently.
R.S.: I agree, which is why we are so happy to come this summer.
E.L.: It's been 25 years for Bon Jovi. Why do you feel the band has remained so popular all this time?
R.S.: Two main reasons: the fans and the songs. The two combined together make a wonderful connection. The other very important ingredient is the shows; Bon Jovi really loves to do live shows and it is truly a fun time for us all.
E.L.: What's making the band's set list these days? The band has albums, rarities and even a country album now to pull from for tunes. What can we expect in Moncton?
R.S.: All of the set lists are posted on www.bonjovi.com so that is a good reference but, the set lists (are) done by Jon on the night of the show so, who knows?!
E.L.: Be honest -- what's your favourite tune to play, and why?
R.S.: Wanted Dead or Alive is a great (one), but all of the songs are fun to play, and it is so hard to put one in front of the other.
E.L.: Is there one song that seems to get the best reaction from the crowd each night?
R.S.: Each town is different, and we look forward to the Moncton show to find out what you guys like best.
E.L.: Is touring getting tougher as the band members age? Twenty-five years and a pretty hectic road schedule most of the time can't be easy.
R.S.: Touring keeps you young; there is no better place to be and nothing better to be doing.
E.L.: What's been the reaction to the latest album, Lost Highway?
R.S.: Triple platinum in Canada -- can't beat that!
E.L.: What do you expect the next album to sound like? Is there a timeline for a new record?
R.S.: In the studio now, and it is a rocking record!
E.L.: Bon Jovi didn't really hit it big until the Slippery When Wet album in 1986. Do you think a band today would be given a chance to release three albums before 'making it big'?
R.S.: The industry is very different today, and what probably has been lost is career development.
E.L.: Bon Jovi has taken some lengthy breaks between certain albums. Yet, since Crush in 2000, the band has been consistently releasing albums and touring. Do you expect this pace to continue?
R.S.: Absolutely.
E.L.: Bon Jovi has always had its critics ... after 25 years, do they ever get to you?
R.S.: It is always about the fans.
E.L.: Do Canadian audiences react differently, or is there something else about performing up here that is different than other markets?
R.S.: Canada is a very important market for Bon Jovi and will always be very important to the band.
E.L.: Charity work has always been something dear to Bon Jovi. Why is it so important to you guys?
R.S.: It is always important to help out wherever and whenever you can; that goes for the band and all the fans, the power of 'we' is how things get done.
E.L.: Anything else you'd like to add?
R.S.: Looking forward to seeing everyone on Moncton!
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:07 AM   #3
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Between solo careers, their work in The Guess Who and Bachman's work in Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the hits include These Eyes, Laughing, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, Hey You, American Woman, No Sugar Tonight and dozens more.

Bachman and Cummings won't have much time to enjoy their stay in Moncton this weekend. The duo is flying in from a gig in Regina, Sask. the night before and they're leaving immediately after the show to head out to Winnipeg for a show the next day.
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Sounds like a treat for you Canadians. Are you going Jesse Joe?
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No probably not Patti, it's too big of an outdoor crowd for me these days. Now in the 70's it would had been different.

Id go to the Coliseum to see Bachman & Cummings tho, anytime !
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Anyone remember the song "So High Above Me" by Tal Bachman, his son?
It was a good cd all the way through. I still listen to it.

I like his dad's music, too
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:26 AM   #6
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Sun shines on Moncton

Published Monday June 29th, 2009


Hot sun gives show a laid back but happy vibe as 33,000 pack thehill

By Brent Mazerolle
Times & Transcript Staff


Rock and Roll saves lives.


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Bon Jovi didnít disappoint the thousands of fans who showed up to see him.


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Friends Lorane Ryder, Madeline Campbell, Jenna Perry and Emma McQuaid, all from P.E.I., made up some T-shirts before they headed out to enjoy the show.


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Concert attendees line up for food at the concession stands.


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Fans go wild for Bon Jovi as he rocks the stage.


OK, that may be overstating things a bit, but the T-shirt slogan spotted down front at the Magnetic Hill Concert Site Saturday night was onto something.
Rock and Roll may not save lives, but there are times when it makes life worth living, days when slush and sleet and paying bills and dragging yourself to work every day are a distant memory.
"It's summertime, right?" Jon Bon Jovi himself told his 33,000 newest friends. "We're in the Great White North. With girls in bikini tops. Drinking beer."
Jon knows. It's all about the music, but the music's only part of it. The summer kick-off to the 2009 Magnetic Hill Festival was bigger than the sum of its parts; a hot and sweaty and thick and breathing and throbbing living creature -- everything a summer music festival should be.
The sun blazed, the beer flowed, the shirts came off, the bands rocked and the crowd swelled into Atlantic Canada's first great party of the summer.
It was Bon Jovial. C'etait Bon Jovial.
That may be bad English and worse French, but "Bon" and "Jovial" are the best ways to describe it. It was really good and people were really happy.
And when Bon Jovi the band took the stage at 9 p.m., 33,000 fans were ecstatic, hundreds of them scrambling out of the beer garden to get closer to the stage.
When Bon Jovi the man took the stage, women screamed so loud it seemed that glass might shatter from the hill to Hillsborough.
It wasn't quite clear, but it appears the New Jersey rocker might be kind of sexy.
Andrea Wallace of Summerside, who confidently told a reporter she too was going to be a rock star some day, got to about 60 feet from Jon Bon Jovi and seemed to speak for every woman on the hill when she said, "I want to touch him so bad."
Down in front in the concert crush, the crowd was one organism with thousands of mouths singing in unison, thousands of pairs of eyes darting back and forth between the giant video screens and the living musicians on the stage.
Deprived of sight and hearing, you would have still known you were at a massive concert from its compound smell, 20 brands of sunscreen blended with sweat and bug spray, beer, perfume and that pink soap they dispensed at the Porta-Potty stations.
For all the excitement and magic Bon Jovi's performance brought to the day though, the event was a slow burn. Crowds were slow to arrive and the gulf between the lively beer garden and the dry zone of the concert site was more pronounced for this show. Even in the beer garden, things seemed a bit more laid back in the lazy heat.
The heat was great for beer sales, though. Moosehead Brewery president Andrew Oland, on hand for the show, said, "we were hoping to sell somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000 dozen. We had 3,500 dozen (42,000 cans & bottles) on site, and we had to go get some more."
Another 12,000 cans and bottles -- the concert was the coming out party for the new Moosehead Light Lime -- were brought to the site, but Oland was speaking late afternoon, so there may have been further beer runs after that. NB Liquor should have sales numbers later in the week.
At $7 a beer, the economic implications of the show and the weather were obvious. And a lot of the money went to a good cause and stayed in the community. United Way volunteers provided 120 of the staff, with their salaries going to the organization.
It was just a lot of beer moving through the site.
"We used 6,000 pounds of french fries," said Raymond Roberge of the Delta Beausťjour. The fresh-cut fries were a particular success Saturday, and Roberge says they plan to have 25,000 pounds on hand for AC/DC.
"It's hard to pour beer when you're jumping up and down," said Natalie Bourque from the Delta crew, talking about the fun to be had even for people who worked the concert.
And it was undeniably a fun summer day and night. When Bachman Cummings played the role of this year's John Fogerty, superstars of yesterday whose solid set reminded people talent never goes out of style, the concert really took off. American Woman got the attention of people right to the very tippy-top of the hill, and Taking Care of Business got everyone singing along.
No one was more excited about Bachman Cummings that Dylan Porter from Parrsboro. "I came to see them," Porter said. The 19-year-old has been a huge fan ever since he saw a Guess Who reunion concert in Halifax, back in 2000, when he was just 10 years old.
Speaking of young concert fans, there were more children at this weekend's concert than have been typically seen. Nine-year-old Tyler from Halifax (his parents asked that his last name not be published) was in his father's arms and getting a bit sleepy during Bon Jovi's set. Tyler proved a young man of few words when he was asked for his review of the day, but he did smile and give the whole day the thumbs up.
He was far from alone.
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33,000 rock the hill

Published Monday June 29th, 2009

More than 33,000 fans packed onto the concert site Saturday

BY ALAN COCHRANE
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Critics, fans and even the promoters weren't sure what to expect at the Magnetic Hill Concert Site Saturday, but Maritime rock fans proved they can't say no to a big party if the weather turns nice.



Bon Jovi plays Saturday night at the Magnetic Hill Concert Site. The crowd of more than 33,000 was treated to not only great music, but also great summer weather.


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The crowd at the Bon Jovi concert tried to get as close to the stage as they could, many hoping to grab a good shot of the New Jersey heart-throb with their small cameras or cell phones.


RON WARD/TIMES & TRANSCRIPT

A steady steam of Bon Jovi fans entered throuogh the main gates on Saturday afternoon. The crowd seemed to start at 1PM when the gates first opened and kept arriving all afternoon and into the early evening.



RON WARD/TIMES & TRANSCRIPT

Christine Allain, Melanie Thebeau, and Dominic Beaulieu, all from Dieppe, were all smiles and happy to be at the Bon Jovi concert in Moncton on Saturday.


RON WARD/TIMES & TRANSCRIPT

Bon Jovi hits the stage on Saturday night at the Magnetic Hill Concert site on Saturday night.


Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings perform on stage.

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As Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings rocked the crowd, some of the fans really got into the music.



And so they came, about 33,000 of them, in a steady flow of people with silly hats, short skirts, home-made T-shirts, halter tops, no shirts, funky rubber boots, cowboy hats and tattooed and pierced bodies. They partied it up with Bon Jovi, Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings under a hot sun with lots of beer, turning the concert site into a giant Maritime Kitchen Party. There were teenagers, couples and grandmothers, jocks and bikers and many families camped out on the grass, the gravel, the VIP grandstands and under the corporate tents.
Although exact numbers weren't available, promoters were saying it was one of the biggest "walk-on" crowds ever seen at the hill. With so many other big concerts coming into the Maritimes this summer, there was much speculation that ticket sales for the Bon Jovi show were sluggish and only good weather would convince fans who were sitting on the fence to jump in the car and head for the hill. And that's just what happened as they turned out in big numbers, many of them buying tickets at the gate.
Andre Hudon, president of Donald K. Donald, said he was happy to see such a big walk-in crowd but admitted he expected it. After all, the Bon Jovi show has been billed as a warm-up to the AC/DC concert on Aug. 6, which is expected to draw 60,000 to 80,000 fans and possibly be bigger than the Rolling Stones here in 2005.
"The AC/DC show is a must-see for a lot of people. This one, a lot of people were wondering and waiting on the weather."
On Saturday, the few clouds that threatened to dampen the party were burned away by the hot sun and high spirits of the crowd through the afternoon. The spirit of the party continued to grow slowly with performances by Alfa Rococo, Mobile and State of Shock, but the mood picked up as Canadian music legends Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings ran through a rollicking set of old favourites from the Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive and Cummings' solo career. The honky tonk sound of Cummings' piano mixed with the searing sounds of Bachman's guitar on songs like My Own Way To Rock and got the crowd moving on their feet. They cheered, they waved, they danced and provided a chorus of thousands of voices for Cummings on Share the Land and Bachman's timeless anthem Takin' Care of Business.
Cummings took time out to compliment the crowd and the venue several times.
"This has got to be the best concert site in North America," said Cummings, who was wearing a Jimi Hendrix T-shirt. He also paid tribute to the spirit of Canadians and the great land we call our home.
"Turn on CNN for 15 minutes (to see the trouble in the world) and then go outside and kiss the ground of Canada," Cummings told the crowd. "We are one of the last places where you can live like human beings. So whatever God you pray to, thank him or her that you live in Canada."
And that was just the warm-up.
Jon Bon Jovi and his band marched onto the stage at 9 p.m. sharp cranked up the volume and lit into the classic Glad All over to warm up the crowd for a two-hour set of hits that included Born to Be My Baby, Runaway, Sleep When I'm Dead, It's My Life, I'll Be There For You and many more. They closed the set with the '80s classics Wanted Dead or Alive and Living on a Prayer, joined by a chorus of thousands. In the end, Jon held the microphone high over the heads of those in the front row and cheered them on as the hot white lights lit up not quite a million faces, but certainly enough to make him smile and give a big thumbs-up in appreciation of fans who have followed his career for 25 years.
It was clear the fans were waiting for Bon Jovi. During the first couple of songs, the folks who had been partying it up in the beer garden rushed through the gates to the large open area in front of the stage. As they pushed through the gates, most took time to finish their beers and drop them in the garbage can.
And the danced and sang some more, and they praised the concert site.
Lyndon and Cathy Crowe of Springhill came with their two children after buying tickets for the kids as a grading present. He said they found a parking spot in a private yard only a few steps from the front gate, paying $25 for the spot.
"I was here for the Rolling Stones (in 2005) and the site has improved a lot. I don't really like sitting in gravel but it's better than sitting on mud."
Shannon Reid, a native of Victoria, B.C., who now lives in Cape Breton, came with a bunch of friends from Cape Breton and Newfoundland. It was their first visit to the Magnetic Hill Concert Site.
"I've been to lots of outdoor concerts and this facility is so much better than other ones I've been to," Reid said. "I like the way it is sectioned off and no matter where you go there is a good view of the stage. You don't have to be in the VIP section to have a good view and hear. The sound quality is really good."
Her friend Sue Antony of St. John's was quick to jump in.
"I love the venue. The parking was easy. We parked at Magic Mountain and walked over. And we got here at 3 o'clock and there was still tons of parking."
Others came from Bathurst, Caraquet and literally all over New Brunswick. Nicki Gear and her friends 'Downtown'" Julie Brown and Lisa Hill drove all the way from North Sydney, N.S. and were determined to find a way to sneak backstage to seen Jon Bon Jovi.
Amanda Norman and Melyssa Melee of St. John's were in Moncton for the first time ever, and celebrated by ripping up some concert banners and turning them into a new type of fashion statement, literally wearing the excitement of the day.
MacKenzie Milson, a 23-year-old student from Toronto who attends the Moncton Flight College, said he didn't plan on coming but relented when his girlfriend was able to buy two tickets for the price of one in one of the many special deals being offered in the final days before the show.
Tickets were $99.50 for general admission and $199.50 for seats on the VIP grandstands.
"The environment here is great and the people are super friendly, and this venue is awesome."
Hudon said the improvements to the site over the last few years have meant that promoters can spend less time planning and more time addressing the little problems finding ways to make life easier for the fans, the workers, the bands, the media and everyone else brought together in these celebrations of music and fun.
Last year, the provincial government invested approximately $1.5 million into the site. Premier Shawn Graham, sitting comfortably in the corporate VIP tent with his wife Roxanne, said he was excited and pleased to see the infrastructure improvements at the Moncton concert site. Major improvements have included a strong base, or pad, for the stage, improved drainage, signage, lighting and fixing the problem of flooding around the front of house area.
"This is becoming a premier concert destination and our government it actively at the table with the City of Moncton and the promoters of this event because we believe the constant investment in infrastructure will help us secure the acts of international renown that will put New Brunswick on the map," Graham said.

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"Moncton has really become the entertainment capital of Atlantic Canada. There are some weak imitators out there but where other cities in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island try to do the same thing, Moncton really is a concert destination of Atlantic Canada. There are people here from Nova Scotia and P.E.I. and Newfoundland and we welcome them with open arms."
Graham said New Brunswick's strategy is different from other provinces because it has been funding infrastructure on the site rather than subsidizing the payment for the bands themselves. He said that pays off by having a permanent concert site that can be improved upon year after year and become a turnkey operation for promoters, which cuts the financial risk and improves the planning process.
"The Nova Scotia government and P.E.I. government are subsidizing the acts but that does not leave a lasting legacy. Our government is investing in the infrastructure and the bands have to stand on their own to generate the revenue.
"In these challenging economic times, we should not be underwriting the paycheque for the bands, we should be investing in infrastructure that encourages the bands to come here, and that's what separates New Brunswick from other jurisdictions.
"These are investments that count. I'm so exited that we're going to have up to 30,000 people here to see Bon Jovi and we're going to have the best concert in Atlantic Canada with AC/DC later in the summer. It just goes to show that the critical investments in the infrastructure are what bring the bands here. Whenever I travel with my colleagues, I'm proud to say that the Rolling Stones, The Eagles and now AC/DC have played in Moncton."
Ian Fowler, general manager of Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Culture for the City of Moncton, praised the efforts of city staff for putting the event together.
Hudon wouldn't speculate on who might be coming to the Hill next year, since his production company is deep in planning for the AC/DC show on Aug. 6
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Geez,

Maybe we should adopt the 'YouTube' protocol for these lengthy articles.....just provide the link. We'll figure it out.

One might also preface the link with an explanation as to what makes it interesting.
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Anyone remember the song "So High Above Me" by Tal Bachman, his son?
It was a good cd all the way through. I still listen to it.

I like his dad's music, too
So sorry Anne I just noticed this question this morning, as I was checking out some posts. Yes I know that song by Tal Bachman, very beautiful. He's talented a lot. I guess a chip from the old block.
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...hit the wrong button! Now, to finish my thought (NOTE TO SELF: don't try to use computer when you haven't finished your first cup of coffee) Barry said he'd played for Anne Murphy - which I knew about but he also told me that he played on a couple of BTO songs! You can't say Barry Keane isn't versatile!
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:58 AM   #15
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...LORD! Pressed wrong button again!

Anyway, Gord said he had enjoyed the set but that Cummings impression didn't sound like him at all. Barry laughed and told Gord, "That's EXACTLY what you sound like!" If the impression was half as good a the YOUTUBE I think someone got on Second City, "Gordon Lightfoot sings every song ever made", making it sound like one of those Time Life cds, or a Rhino Record with a theme. The guy who did that really NAILED Gord's sound. It's so funny to hear "Gord" sing "Supercalafragilisticexpealladocious" Tried to find that clip on You Tube recently and a message came up indicatiing because a possiblre copyright infringment, the "owner" requested it be taken off You Tube because whoever posted it hadn't asked the "owner" for permission to post it.
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:40 AM   #16
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I have the CD "The Very Best Of The Guess Who" plus the 70s casette "Best Of The Guess Who". The CD covers them from 1969 to 1975. The casette I keep because it has the song "Shakin' All Over". Which is actually Chad Allen & The Expressions but somehow got credited to them.

I saw Burton & Randy on PBS two years ago. Still very good but Randy sounds very different from his B.T.O days. Burton's still got it.

In speaking of Bon Jovi I & my second oldest brother, had the good fortune to see Bon Jovi in concert at the climax of their popularity.

We saw them on the insanely scheduled "New Jersey" worldwide tour. A tour that ran from Sept./Oct. of 1988 , until February of 1990! (I was 20 & 3 months when it started and four months from age 22 when it ended

It was right here in Phoenix @ Vetrans Memorial Colesium (no longer used for big shows but mainly exhibits & the state fair). In fact it'll be 20 years next month. it was a loud but incredible show.

There was a short period from 1995 to 2000 when they kind of vanished but came roaring back in 2000.
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Old 08-16-2009, 03:19 PM   #17
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Went to see the show in Ottawa, great show and the audience really seem to enjoy it, for guys in thier sixties they have a lot of energy. Great songs that have lasted a long time.

Published Thursday June 25th, 2009


The many hits former bandmates Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings will highlight weekend concert

By Eric Lewis
Times & Transcript Staff



Randy Bachman doesn't paint a rosy picture of his relationship with longtime, on-again, off-again musical partner Burton Cummings.


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He says there are still things to this day that the former members of The Guess Who, who currently tour as Bachman-Cummings, disagree on.
But, ultimately, Bachman says there comes a point where the legendary duo sees the light and realizes they have music people still want to hear, some 30 and 40 years after the songs were written.
"So to see us back together, putting aside our differences, and we still have some, relevant or irrelevant, some are stupid ... to put that aside and let the music be the magnet, the spiderweb that holds us together on stage and playing the music and smiling at each other ... it is an addictive thing for us," Bachman, 65, says.
In a recent interview with the Times & Transcript, Bachman said reunions between the two have come after they've received offer after offer to perform together.
The many offers have made it clear to Bachman-Cummings that their music is cherished.
"People really care; well, then we really care, and to see that our music has lasted and become milestones and soundtracks to life in Canada and the U.S.A. and a lot of other countries in the world, it means so much to us, you can't say no to that," Bachman explains.
The legacy of rock 'n' roll classics that Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings, 61, have behind them is astonishing.
Between solo careers, their work in The Guess Who and Bachman's work in Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the hits include These Eyes, Laughing, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, Hey You, American Woman, No Sugar Tonight and dozens more.
Bachman promises that Metro music fans will hear all those classics this Saturday when Bachman-Cummings performs along with Bon Jovi at the Magnetic Hill Music Festival's Summer Kickoff event.
"It's a trip down memory lane for every Canadian and every American who is at the show," he says. "We play every hit like you know it in your heart and soul, just like the record. We play stuff from (Bachman-Turner Overdrive), we play stuff from my solo (career), we play stuff from (Cummings') solo albums.
"Having the moniker 'Bachman-Cummings,' we're free to do stuff from all the different bands, all the different eras and decades of our life."
Bachman and Cummings won't have much time to enjoy their stay in Moncton this weekend. The duo is flying in from a gig in Regina, Sask. the night before and they're leaving immediately after the show to head out to Winnipeg for a show the next day.
"It's real rock n' roll to play a gig, get in a jet, fly somewhere, pass out, go play with Bon Jovi, get in a jet, fly back, pass out, get up and do another show," Bachman says.
While Bachman-Cummings is touring up a storm this summer and each performer tours solo as well, they haven't recorded any new material together in some time.
Last year saw the release of Jukebox, with Bachman-Cummings doing covers of the very songs that made them want to get into the rock n' roll business in the first place.
But Bachman gives off no signs that the duo may record new original material any time soon.
"Radio is so busy playing our old hits, they don't seem to want to play a new song," he says.
He would like to see a radio format where a band's classic hit is played and then followed by one of their newer tunes, which the public often never gets to hear.
"I have a new CD out, Burton Cummings has a new CD out," Bachman says. "I don't think it's getting airplay anywhere. When we play it at the concert, it'll be the first time people hear it."
In his many decades in the music business, Bachman says things have changed many times over. But in some respects, things have come full circle.
"I started out in this business not making any money from records," he says. "Basically, you're getting a penny (per record sold). You made your money by playing a gig for $400. Now it's gone back to you're not making any money from records, but you're still making your money from live gigs, but it's a lot more than $400," he says with a laugh. "It's kind of come full circle in a way."
The legendary rocker is looking forward to once again playing for Metro music fans.
"There's no words to describe the feeling of connecting to 1,000 or 10,000 or 30,000 people," he says. "It's beyond any dream I had as a kid, or Burton Cummings had as a kid."[/QUOTE]
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