Bachman & Turner

Randy Bachman Band or Bachman & Turner Band

Randy Bachman Band or Bachman & Turner Band

In 2008, The Randy Bachman Band (with Colin Arthur Wiebe, Roge` Belanger and myself) was on a small hiatus between tours. During some of these touring breaks, I had started the ‘McRock Skool’ for kids wanting to learn how to play in a band together. I taught that class in a back room of my friend’s store, ‘Toews Music’ in Abbotsford BC about 30 miles East of Vancouver.

Randy knew that I had a steady band myself (Cease & Desist) that continued to work without me while I went out on tour with him. Indeed we had shared the stage with Randy back at the first Earth Day Concert in Vancouver in 1990 and he was quite taken at the time by the vocal power and musicianship of the band. At that time, he had approached us about producing an album with us but nothing came of it.

Before a McRock Skool class one day in July, I was walking across the street to get a quick bite when I received a call on my mobile phone from Randy. He asked me point blank if I thought Brent and Marc would be interested in joining The Randy Bachman Band. I assured him they probably wouldn’t hesitate, but why the change? He replied that he wanted a band that could play with ‘more muscle’ as he put it.

I regularly frequented Randy’s website’s Message Board at that time, and in talking with his fans found that one of the biggest events they wanted to see was Randy playing with Fred Turner again.

Randy spoke to me about the possibilities of that happening the odd time, but never at any level of it being a reality.
When Randy asked about Brent and Marc’s joining and ‘more muscle’, I sensed ‘something’ was up – but at the time I had no clue.

I was sworn to secrecy on the member changes so I wasn’t allowed to say anything to anyone except Brent and Marc. I felt awkward as Roge’ and Colin were very close friends of mine – but like I said, I was sworn to secrecy. (*especially – Colin was/is a very dear friend and there is more about him in these threads – he’s very pivotal in the “How did I come to work with Randy Bachman” story on this site)

A big side of me hoped it wouldn’t happen. I knew feelings would be hurt and The Randy Bachman Band as it was with Roge’, Colin and I was quite a very good act that covered a lot of bases. Colin’s ‘Burton Cummings voice’ meant that we could do The Guess Who material with stunning accuracy and Roge’ sang a couple of the BTO Fred tunes very well.

As the summer turned to fall, I had heard nothing more about it after that call in July as we continued to do dates with ‘the old band’, so I assumed it was just a ‘whim idea’ and had been forgotten about.

Then…we had a big corporate date in Fort MacMurray BC in November of 2008 when I was told that Randy was going to take Roge’ and Colin aside to break the news. I was mortified. Colin had originally lobbied to get me into the band with Randy – I felt like a Judas… yet none of it was my doing. It wasn’t a good feeling.

Our first dates with the new band were in January 2009. The focus was to be more on Randy singing his own songs with Marc, Brent and I more as ‘relief pitchers’ on the odd song. In the past, Colin sang more lead vocals than Randy usually and management wanted that to change… so we were much more deemed ‘sidemen’ in a stricter sense than the last band were.

In middle 2009, I was told that Randy had started to work on a solo album. The idea was to get a number of people to do ‘duets’ with him… Neil Young, Tom Cochrane, Margo Timmins, Shania Twain, Fred Turner etc. etc. etc. The first person Randy phoned to participate was Fred. Apparently when Randy heard Fred’s vocal contribution to one of his songs, he was blown away and immediately phoned Fred to persuade him out of retirement and to do a new album as the two of them with the new band.

Later that year, Randy flew Brent, Marc and I over to his home and studio on Saltspring Island for us to record our parts on the ‘new album’. We loved the songs and the process. It was quite fun and it went very quickly and easily.

In May 2010, the newly dubbed, “Bachman & Turner” gathered in Winnipeg and started to rehearse a live show to tour. We rehearsed for 2 1/2 days in a room at The MTS Centre in the downtown core. We did three warmup dates: One at the Pyramid Club in Winnipeg, The Empire Theatre in Belleville, Ontario and then flew straight to London England to play ‘The Relentless Garage’. From there we flew directly to Sweden to play the Sweden Rocks 2010 Festival to headline with Guns ‘n Roses and Aerosmith. Crazy!!!
The new album was released later that year in September. It sold out quickly and a video we recorded in New York City at the renown ‘Roseland Ballroom’ went Certified Gold in 2012, and then Certified Platinum in 2013.

“Bachman and Turner” has toured very successfully since 2010 to the time of this writing (April 2014)

Bachman and Turner Shows

Future Shows

No shows booked at the moment.


Past Shows

No shows in the archive yet.

Appearances Prior to 2014:

Mon 05/31/10 — Winnipeg, MB — Pyramid Club

Wed 6/2/10 — Belleville, ON — Empire Theatre

Mon 06/7/10 — London UK — Relentless Garage

Sat 06/12/10 — Solvesborg, Sweden — Sweden Rock Festival Grounds

Fri 06/25/10 — Kettering, OH — Fraze Pavilion

Sat 06/26/10 — Riverside, IA — Riverside Casino

Sat 07/03/10 — Charlottetown, PEI (Summerfest, aka Festival of Lights)

Sat 07/17/10 — Nakusp, BC — Nakusp Music Festival

Sun 7/25/10 — London UK — High Voltage Festival

Wed 07/28/10 –Vienna, VA — Wolf Trap

Thu 07/29/10 — Lehigh Valley, PA — Penn’s Peak

Thu 08/26/10 — Rama, ON — Casino Rama

Fri 09/10/10–Shelton, WA — Little Creek Casino

Thu 10/14/10– Agoura Hills, CA — Canyon Club

Sat 10/16/10–Coachella, CA — Spotlight 29 Casino

Sun 10/17/10–San Juan Capistrano, CA — The Coach House

Thu 10/28/10 — London, UK — Gibson Showroom

Tue 11/16/10 — NYC — Roseland Ballroom

Thu 11/25/10 — Vancouver, BC — Commodore Ballroom

Sun 11/28/10 — Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium, Grey Cup halftime

Fri 3/11/11 — Toronto, ON — Mod Club

Sat 4/16/11 — Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex And Expo Center

Sat 4/30/11 — Laughlin, NV – Colorado Belle

Sun 5/8/11 — Ottawa, ON – Southam Hall

Sat 6/25/11 — Des Moines, IA – Water Works Park

Sat 7/2/11 — Santa Fe, TX – El Paso Downtown Street Festival

Sat 7/23/11 — Nashville, TN – Summer Jam ’11 (Gibson Custom Shop)

Sun 8/7/11 — Sturgis, SD – Buffalo Chip Campground

Thurs 8/11/11 — Grand Rapids, MI Rock the Rapids

Fri 8/12/11 — Detroit, MI – Rockin on the Riverfront

Sat 8/13/11 — Three Forks, MT – Rockin’ The Rivers

Sat 9/3/11 — Montreal, QC (Sanair Raceway)

Thurs 9/8/11 — Belleville, ON – Empire Square (with Paul Rodgers)

Fri 9/9/11 — London, ON – Western Fairgrounds

Sat 9/10/11 — Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre (with Paul Rodgers)

Mon 9/12/11 — Sydney, NS – Membertou Trade & Convention Centre

Tue 9/13/11 — Halifax, NS – Metro Centre (Blue Oyster Cult)

Wed 9/14/11 — St John, NB – Harbour Station (Blue Oyster Cult)

Fri 9/16/11 — St John’s NF – Mile One Centre (54-40)

Thur 9/22/11– Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Sat 9/24/11 — Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre (with Blue Oyster Cult and Paul Rodgers)

Mon 9/26/11 — Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (with Paul Rodgers)

Tue 9/27/11 — Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (with Paul Rodgers)

Thur 9/29/11 — Lethbridge, AB – Enmax

Sat 10/1/11 — Richmond, BC – River Rock Casino

Thur 10/6/11 — Winnipeg, MB – The Forks – NHL Face-off

Sat 3/24/12 — Red Wing, MN – Treasure Island Resort & Casino

Sat 3/31/12 — San Tan Valley, AZ (Encanterra Country Club Good Life Festival)

Sat 4/21/12 — Lafayette, LA (Louisiana State HOG Rally)

Fri 4/27/12 — Tulsa, OK – River Spirit Casino

Sat 4/28/12 — Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Hotel/Casino Biloxi

Mon 4/30/12 — Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Fri 6/8/12 — NYC – Iridium Jazz Club – Les Paul birthday celebration

Sat 6/9/12 — NYC – Iridium Club – Les Paul birthday celebration

Thur 6/28/12 — Dauphin, MB – Countryfest

Fri 6/29/12 — Walker, MN – Northern Lights Casino

Sun 7/2/12 — Ashland, KY – Riverfront Park

Sat 7/14/12 — Columbus, OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

Sun 7/15/12 — Snoqualmie, WA – Snoqualmie Valley Amphitheater

Fri 7/20/12 — Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheater – w Foghat

Sat 7/21/12 — West Wendover, NV – Peppermill Concert Hall

Wed 8/8/12 — Regina, SK – Casino Regina

Sat 8/11/12 — Murphys, CA – Ironstone Vineyards

Mon 9/3/12 — South Woodstock, CT – Woodstock Fairgrounds

Sat 9/15/12 — Salamanca, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino

Fri 9/28/12 — Lawrenceburg, IN – City of Lawrenceburg

Sat 9/29/12 — St. Louis, MO – Veterans Memorial Amphitheater

Thur 1/10/13 — Ft Lauderdale, FL – Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (Rock Legends II Cruise)

Sat 1/12/13 — Ft Lauderdale, FL – Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (Rock Legends II Cruise)

Mon 1/14/13 — Ft Lauderdale, FL – Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (Rock Legends II Cruise)

Sat 2/16/13 — Taupo, NZ – Amphitheatre

Sun 2/17/13 –- Matakana, NZ – Matakana Country Park

Sat 2/23/13 — Queenstown, NZ – Gibbston Valley Winery

Sat 6/22/13 — Atlantic City, NJ – Resorts Atlantic City

Fri 6/28/13 — St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater

Sun 6/30/13 — Rutland, VT – Vermont State Fair (opening for Doobies)

Fri 7/19/13 — Walker, MN – Moondance Jam

Sat 7/20/13 — Sloan, IA – Riverfest

Fri 8/2/13 — Kenora, ON (Harbourfest) w Sweet and Streetheart

Sat 9/7/13 — Citrus Heights, CA (Sunrise MarketPlace/Sunrise at Night) w BOC

Sat 9/21/13 — Effingham, IL (Mid America Motorworks) – Funfest 2013

Sat 3/8/14 — Glendale, AZ – Jobing.com Arena (Canadafest, w Trooper and Loverboy)

Fri 4/11/14 — Tacoma, WA – Emerald Queen Casino

Mon 5/26/14 — The Royal Theatre, Victoria, BC Canada

Wed 5/18/14 — The Fort Theatre, Nanaimo, BC Canada

Fri 5/30/14 — The Hard Rock Casino, Coquitlam, BC Canada

Sat 5/31/14 — Fort MacMurray, AB, Canada

Mon 6/2/14 — Prince George, BC, Canada

Sun 7/20/14 — Klondike Days. Edmonton AB Canada

Fri 7/25/14 — Caesars Palace, Windsor Ont, Canada

Sat 7/26/14 — Ohio State Fair

Sat 8/23/14 — Albany, Oregon – Northwest Art & Air Festival

Sun 8/24/14 — Alaska State Fair

Thu 8/28/14 — Shaw Millennium Park, Calgary AB Canada

Sat 8/30/14 — The Cannery Casino, Las Vegas, NV

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TBT – The Roseland Ballroom in NYC with Bachman and Turner, November 2010

By on Thursday, February 26th, 2015.

with Paul Shaffer The Roseland Ballroom Dressing Room, New York City

Probably one of the more memorable times in my life thus far. We were to shoot a live DVD in the infamous Roseland Ballroom in NYC (since torn down sadly). I LOVE NYC – always have from my first time there in 2007 (***). I had played there earlier with Randy Bachman’s Band in 2008 at B.B. Kings in Times Square, but this would be on a whole new level.

The show was to be shot in 3D (that particular edit of it hasn’t been released to date… but what I saw in the truck looked incredible). The set design was spectacular with beams and girders everywhere (best captured on the aforementioned 3D version)… but best of all, we would be closing the show encores with Paul Shaffer, the musical director from the soon to be ending David Letterman Show. I have admired Paul Shaffer since his days at Saturday Night Live and have been a huge fan of David Letterman’s show. I always got a kick out of Paul’s ‘hipster’ banter with Dave.

I was amazed that the Ed Sullivan Theatre (where Letterman’s show is taped… and where The Beatles were unleashed to an unsuspecting North American audience on February 9th, 1964) was literally right out the back door of the Roseland Ballroom. The back door of the Roseland (where our production trucks were parked) was right across a narrow street (more of an alley) from the stage door of the Ed Sullivan Theatre.

As we prepared for our show, I got to develop a bit of a banter with the infamous stage hand for Dave’s show, Biff Henderson. During the afternoon, Biff was usually poised outside the stage door as the guests arrived. This is where all the paparazzi and fans would wait to get their pictures and autographs as the Lettermen guests arrived.

with Biff Henderson - David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010

with Biff Henderson – David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010

with Biff Henderson - David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010

with Biff Henderson – David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010

with Biff Henderson - David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010

with Biff Henderson – David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010

Also across that street from the Roseland was The Hello Deli with it’s owner, the loveable Rupert Gee from all the funny Lettermen ‘man on the street’ shticks from years gone by. I was surprised that when I returned to NYC quite a while later to play at Les Paul’s Club in Times Square, I stopped by The Hello Deli and Rupert actually remembered me. I had invited him to the taping of our show, but he had to decline last minute and said so with great regret.

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The day of the shoot we had an appropriately long sound check and then Paul showed up for our sound check and a run through before he was to go over and tape the Letterman show. He would then return when his Letterman gig was done and play with us for the 3 encore songs.

Paul was immediately a very cordial and talkative person. He loved swapping stories and we talked about Sault Ste. Marie. Paul was originally from Thunder Bay, and is a walking musical anthology. It must have started as a teenager for him, because he also knew every band from the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s that were from The Soo. Most of these bands never left the Soo, yet he knew all about them. It made me quite proud of my hometown and in awe of Paul Shaffer all at once. When I chance to play with him again 2 years later at The Walk of Fame Award Ceremony in Toronto, he remembered me and that I was from the Soo and we carried on our talk once again. Great great guy… We all talked for hours in the dressing room after the taping.

The next day, Kevin Duffy (our road manager) was able to procure some VIP passes to see a taping of the Letterman Show. We were escorted in the stage door and were able to watch all the rehearsals and prep. As I walked in, I literally almost tripped over the ‘band stand’ where The CBS Orchestra plays. Very heady stuff.

By the way, over the years you have heard guests on David Letterman’s Show show speak of how cold the theatre is. No exaggeration. It’s freezing in there… I guess Dave likes to keep his audience alert… 😉

Here’s a video of TCB. Paul with B&T at The Roseland CLICK HERE

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Rock Legends Cruise 2 — February 2013

By on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013.

Rock Legends Cruise 2
Rock Legends Cruise 2

Rock Legends Cruise 2 Poster

It took me a long time to get around to talking about this, but it has been a very busy year. Last February, the Bachman and Turner Band participated in the Second Rock Legends Cruise. It was a fun time for all, and the feedback from our fans on board was great. Randy, Fred, Marc, Brent and Myself all enjoyed the warm weather and scenery. The following groups participated:

Foreigner
Paul Rodgers
Creedence Clearwater
Kansas
Bachman and Turner
38 Special
The Marshall Tucker Band
Blue Oyster Cult
Foghat
Molly Hatchet
Kentucky Headhunters
Bobby Keys and the Suffering Bastards
Atlanta Rhythm Section
Pat Travers Band
Melvin Seals and JGB
The Artimus Pyle Band
Black Oak
Arkansas
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Devon Allman’s Honeytribe
Swampdawamp
Whiskey Myers
Fired Guns
Mike Zito
Citizens Band Radio
The Blue Lords

Here are a few shots taken during that cruise:

Playing With Bachman and Turner At the Arcada Theatre In Chicago

By on Saturday, June 29th, 2013.

The historical Arcada Theatre in Chicago
The historical Arcada Theatre in Chicago

The Arcada Theatre in Chicago is steeped in history. Many of the top performers in the history of music have played here. Since June 28, 2013 that now includes Bachman and Turner

The Arcada Theatre is such a cool place to play at. A really amazing venue steeped in history.

Arcada Theatre Chicago Illinois -- Image

A shot of the Arcade and the Arcada Theatre in Chicago when Bachman and Turner played on June 28, 2013.

Back From New Zealand

By on Friday, February 8th, 2013.

Gibson's Winery Show - Wine Tasting

Back From New Zealand

Well, here I am, back from a tour in New Zealand. Randy, Fred, Marc, Brent and myself were on stage performing all the memorable Bachman and Turner numbers to a very appreciative set of audiences.

 

In New Zealand on Tour with Bachman and Turner at Gibson Winery, Pat Benatar and America

In New Zealand on Tour with Bachman and Turner at Gibson Winery, Pat Benatar and America

On the tour with us were America, and Pat Benatar They put on stellar performances that had the crowd on their feet.

Gibson Winery Show - Bachman and Turner - Pictured are Randy Bachman and Marc LaFrance

Gibson Winery Show – Bachman and Turner – Pictured are Randy Bachman and Marc LaFrance

Mick with Pat and Neil on their 31st wedding anniversary.

Mick with Pat and Neil on their 31st wedding anniversary.

America On Stage in New Zealand

America On Stage in New Zealand

And here is the New Zealand Gang of Three, "The Three Micks".

And here is the New Zealand Gang of Three, “The Three Micks”.

Gibson's Winery Wine Tasting with Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar

Gibson’s Winery Wine Tasting with Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar

Gibson's Winery Wine Tour - with CF Fred Turner of Bachman and Turner

Gibson’s Winery Wine Tour – with CF Fred Turner of Bachman and Turner

Gibson's Winery Show - Wine Tasting

Gibson’s Winery Show – Wine Tasting

New Zealand - Mick Dalla-Vee Flying High After The Gibson Winery Show

New Zealand – Mick Dalla-Vee Flying High After The Gibson Winery Show

In New Zealand - Mick Dalla-Vee - Taking Pictures with Trolls Can Be Hobbit Forming

In New Zealand – Mick Dalla-Vee – Taking Pictures with Trolls Can Be Hobbit Forming

Mick and Marc at Gibsons Winery

Mick and Marc at Gibsons Winery

More to come.