Randy Bachman


Jul 21, 2018 – 8:00 PM

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"Randy Bachman--Every Song Tells A StorySongs of The Guess who & Bachman-Turner Overdrive& . By George: Songs of George Harrison" Rock music icon Randy Bachman has turned his endless creative drive towards an early mentor, hero, andinspiration. By George By Bachman is a very personal and respectful nod to Beatles guitarist/songwriter GeorgeHarrison, offering Randys own unique interpretations of Harrisons finest recorded work.Make no mistake, this is not your typical tribute album. From the outset, Randy determined to avoidmerely mimicking Harrisons bestknown contributions to the Beatles canon. Instead, he chose to reimagine thoseiconic songs. This truly is a Harrison by Bachman concept with Randys distinctively personal stamp and styleplaced on The Quiet Beatles music.On Jukebox, the covers album I did with Burton Cummings back in 2007, I took Im Happy Just To DanceWith You, which wasnt written by George but written for him to sing, and put a whole new groove on it, Randyexplains. People already knew the lyrics so I put it into a new musical context and it worked. So for this album Ifigured I would take Georges songs, the ones everyone knows from the Beatles, and give them new grooves. Iwanted the grooves, the tempo, and arrangements to be so unfamiliar and different but people would still knowthe song by the lyrics. I took the major keys and turned them into minors. When I played these arrangements,everybody was blown away. It was a whole new interpretation of a familiar song. I was quite excited about theprospect of reimagining George Harrisons songs.Familiar Harrison tunes such as If I Needed Someone, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here ComesThe Sun, and Taxman, as well as his Traveling Wilburys hit Handle With Care, are presented in a whole newcontext that refreshes and revitalizes them. I listen to a lot of JAZZ FM radio, notes Randy, and always liked theway jazz guys would take a song by someone like Joni Mitchell and rearrange it so that the song started off kind offamiliar but then they put their own jazz stamp on it.Randy Bachman stands in rarified air as a member of a very exclusive handful of artists who have toppedthe charts in two different bands: American Woman with The Guess Who and You Aint Seen Nothing Yet asleader and singer with BachmanTurner Overdrive. In a career spanning over five decades, he has earned over 120platinum, gold and silver records. His distinctive brand of guitardriven, noholdsbarred hard rock is instantlyrecognized worldwide. As host of the toprated CBC and Sirius XM radio series Randy Bachmans Vinyl Tap, hislisteners number in the millions.As the most celebrated musician in Canadian history, Randy counts among his many accolades hismembership in the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba, as well as being twice inducted into the CanadianMusic Hall of Fame and Canadas Walk of Fame, and his inductions into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame,the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Prairie Music Hall of Fame.He is a recipient of the Manitoba Order of The Buffalo Hunt, the Governor Generals Performing Arts Award, theASCAP Global Impact Award, and holder of an honorary Doctorate in Music from Brandon University. Randy hasalso earned multiple JUNO Awards as a songwriter, musician, band member, and producer. In addition, Randy canadd bestselling author to his numerous list of accomplishments, having penned both Vinyl Tap Stories and TalesFrom Beyond The Tap.From his earliest years with Chad Allan & the Reflections playing the local community club sock hop circuitin his prairie hometown of Winnipeg, Canada (alongside contemporary and friend Neil Young with his rival bandThe Squires) to the largest arenas and stadiums across the globe, Randy has remained singularly focused, determined, and driven. Beginning in 1965, Randy scored a #1 Canadian hit with his band The Guess Whosinfectious slice of British Invasionstyle rock, Shakin All Over. Four years later, he and Guess Who lead singerBurton Cummings formed a successful songwriting partnership that yielded such international hits as These Eyes,Laughing, Undun, No Time, No Sugar Tonight, and American Woman, the latter holding down thecoveted Billboard #1 spot for three weeks in 1970. American Woman has been recognized as the greatestCanadian single of all time. The Guess Whos 1971 album The Best Of The Guess Who became the first album by aCanadian group to earn a platinum album award in the United States for sales well over one million units. Between1969 and 1970, The Guess Who sold more records than the entire Canadian music industry combined, with theBachmanCummings songwriting team becoming the most celebrated partnership in Canadian music to that point.Leaving The Guess Who in May 1970, Randy bounced back bigger than ever with BachmanTurnerOverdrive, one of the mid 70s most successful hard rock bands. BTO enjoyed hit singles worldwide with Let ItRide, Roll On Down The Highway, Takin Care of Business, Hey You, and Looking Out For #1. You AintSeen Nothing Yet, written and sung by Randy, topped the charts in more than 20 countries on four continents.Their album Not Fragile sold over 3.5 million copies and topped the Billboard album charts. Takin Care ofBusiness remains one of the most requested songs for commercial use in Sony Musics catalogue.In between BTO and Guess Who reunions, Randy released a dozen albums both under his own name orfronting Iron Horse and Union. His 1978 autobiographical solo album, Survivor, earned critical praise for its conceptand execution. Randy teamed up with old friend Neil Young for Prairie Town on Randys acclaimed 1993 albumAny Road. The two Canadian icons joined forces again in 1996 on Randys Merge album for the grunge rockanthem Made In Canada. Randys 2006 album Jazz Thing found the rock guitarist stepping into daring newterritory both writing and playing jazz. More recently, Randy released Heavy Blues, an exploration of blues rockfeaturing guitar solos by multiple guest artists including Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, and Peter Frampton.In the new millennium, Randy enjoyed unprecedented acclaim both live and on CD and DVD with his EverySong Tells A Story multimedia concept, sharing the stories behind his bestknown songs. Hosting Randy BachmansVinyl Tap on radio has turned the veteran rock star into a media celebrity and Canadas favourite storyteller.A die hard Beatle fan and aficionado from the first time he heard the Fab Four on the radio back in 1963(I even kept a Beatles scrapbook back then and had their photo on my locker door at school, he reveals), Randy isnot surprised that the Beatles remain influential in our current musical lexicon. They took us all musically andculturally from A to Z, he notes. From the simplicity and exhilaration of She Loves You to the musical and lyricalcomplexity of Strawberry Fields Forever and beyond. It was an incredible musical journey of discovery that we allgot to share with them, and it changed the world. No two Beatles songs were ever the same. And their appeal wasso broad. My mother loved Till There Was You and A Taste Of Honey. They were so versatile. They evolved bothindividually and collectively. And the Beatles music continues to resonate with successive generations. Theirlegacy is incomparable.I remember traveling through the States on tour in the 60s and hearing a deejay on an American stationannounce, Were going to preview the new Beatles song at 2:00 pm and us pulling over right at the designatedtime to listen to it, and it was Cant Buy Me Love. Every release was a revelation and a celebration.As the Canadian rock legend acknowledges, For several years, people who knew of my love for theBeatles in general and George Harrison in particular had suggested that I do an album of Georges songs. As thelead guitar player in my bands, I always identified with George. He was the lead guitar player who occasionallysang a song. With Chad Allan & the Reflections and later The Guess Who, I was the George Harrison in the bandand sang his parts when we did Beatles songs. George was the quiet Beatle and I was the quiet me. While never having the pleasure of meeting his hero, Randy nonetheless lived out the dream of a million Beatlemaniacs whenhe was invited to join Ringo Starrs AllStarr Band for their 1995 summer tour. Every night on that tour I wouldlook back and see Ringo on the drums playing behind me, Randy gushes. It was like a dream come true and I feltlike I had to pinch myself to make sure it was real. We did a bunch of Beatles songs and I was in heaven.Theres also a little something extra for George Harrison aficionados. Throughout the album, I put in littlesignature licks that are associated with Georges songs, reveals Randy, like the slide part from My Sweet Lord orthe opening chord from A Hard Days Night for the fans to notice. Kind of like Easter Eggs.By George By Bachman. A sincere labour of love from one guitar great to another.
Randy Bachman: Born in Canada, Randy Bachman has become a legendary figure in the rock and roll world through his talents as a guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer. He has earned over 120 gold and platinum album/singles awards around the world for performing and producing. His song writing has garnered him the coveted #1 spot on radio play lists in over 20 countries and he has amassed over 40 million records sold. His songs have been recorded by numerous other artists and placed in dozens of television, movie and commercial soundtracks. His music has provided a veritable soundtrack of the last thirty years of popular music.

He first scored Billboard radio chart success with his band The Guess Who in 1965 performing the song,Shakin' All Over.After this initial success it would be another few years before the glare of the spotlight would be cast upon these young Canadian boys again. Sticking it out through some misadventures paid off for the band and they worked their way back up to the top of the charts in a spectacular way. This time, The Guess Who went on to virtually own the pop charts with an unprecedented run of 5 million-selling singles, all the product of the gold plated Randy Bachman-Burton Cummings song writing team. By 1970, The Guess Who had sold more records than the entire Canadian recording industry to that point, even outselling the Beatles that year. Their hits included These Eyes, Laughing, Undun, No Time, No Sugar Tonight and American Woman.

Due to health concerns and desiring a change in lifestyle, which would include spending more time with his young family, Randy left the Guess Who at the height of their success. While this move stunned the music world, Randy knew that he could never leave music behind. He formed Brave Belt - a country rock outfit in 1970 and experimented with a new musical style and lineup that eventually metamorphosized into Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Unbelievably, Randy's success with Bachman-Turner Overdrive would eclipse his earlier triumphs and give him yet a third run at the pop music charts. Monstrous hits for the band included, Let it Ride, Roll on Down the Highway, Takin' Care of Business and You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet which reached #1 in over 20 countries. Randy's career has been built upon his unstoppable drive to work at creating music. He has released numerous solo albums throughout his career, and has simultaneously worked at producing for other artists. His production/writing work with Canadian rock band Trooper generated gold and platinum records in the 1970's.

His love of guitar music and a desire to support some unsung and legendary guitar greats including his early mentor Lenny Breau, led him to found the jazz guitar record label Guitarchives Music, which rescues and releases otherwise lost archival guitar music. As well he founded Ranbach Music, a label which releases archival Guess Who recordings, and other material which never made it to CD.

His songs have been recorded by a diverse selection of artists including Lenny Kravitz' (performing American Woman) and used for television and movie soundtracks including "Seinfeld," "The Simpsons," "American Beauty," and "Austin Powers 2." He has been animated on "The Simpsons," sat in and preformed with "The Late Show with David Letterman" band and is listed in the Guinness Book of Worlds Records when, led by Randy, 3,800 guitarists jammed to Takin' Care of Business.

Most recently, Randy, among 75 individuals, will receive Canada's highest civilian honour for lifetime achievement, the Order of Canada. Noted for his contributions as an iconic Canadian rock musician and for his support of emerging Canadian artists as a producer, Randy received the Order of Manitoba in 2005. Randy Bachman continues to be in much demand as a songwriter, session player and solo artist. Though his music industry awards include dozens of coveted acknowledgments of legendary achievements, when asked which award is his most prized, he responds, "The one I haven't got yet."

He has played an integral role in the evolution and growth of the Canadian Music industry and continues to serve as both an inspiration and impetus for others to succeed.

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