In 2013, we played a Rock Legends Boat Cruise with Bachman and Turner. At that time we cruised Fort Lauderdale to Haiti and back. 30 bands, 4 concert stages and steady live music morning until the wee hours. The roster was incredible and I looked forward to seeing as many of the bands as I could. Here’s 2013’s lineup…
When we were asked to return for 2016 with The Randy Bachman band I was thrilled. I love playing with Randy in that organization even more, because we can also do The Guess Who Material as well as The Bachman-Turner Overdrive catalogue.
Once again the roster was a who’s who from the past with a fair amount of bands that reappear every cruise (as you’ll see). This will also give you an idea of how the shows were set up. The ‘deck shows’ were done with a concert stage set up on top of the boat where the swimming pools usually would be on deck 11. (The ship has 14 floors!) Studio B is an ice skating arena and the theatre is …well a theatre. Here’s the scheduling for 2016’s cruise to give you an idea:
The music fans on the cruise were second to none attitude wise. Every show was attended well and their enthusiasm was infectious.
I personally was pleasantly surprised at all the shows I attended. Most of what I saw were stellar performances by seasoned professionals. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that our theatre show on day two was our favorite. At last minute it was decided that instead of a ‘rock show’ we would instead revisit ‘Randy’s Vinyl Tap Tour and tell the stories behind the hit songs. It went over HUGE and many many times I was pulled aside by fans stating that that particular show was the highlight of the cruise.
Oh – did I mention that this time the cruise took us to Turks and Caicos? Lovely… just long enough to burn my face and my shoulders…
Here’s a couple of clips from our first show in Studio B (Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet) and then a bit of American Woman (starting with Randy’s drumstick/guitar solo) on our final night on the deck stage. On the last night, we did an extended version of Aint’ Seen with the two lead guitarists from The Outlaws joining us (incredible band by the way) and then for Takin’ Care of Business, Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley from America reprised playing the encore with us just as they’d done when we toured New Zealand together back in 2013 with Bachman & Turner.
Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
TCB with America and The Outlaws (Started out as a ‘Texas Blues’ feel before we broke into the familiar version)