ALL the News about
Mormons, Mormonism
and the LDS Church
Mormon News: All the News about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church
Posted 24 Feb 2001   For week ended June 04, 2000
Most Recent Week
Front Page
Local News
Arts & Entertainment
·New Products
·New Websites
·Mormon Stock Index
Letters to Editor
Continuing Coverage of:
Boston Temple
School Prayer
Julie on MTV
Robert Elmer Kleasen
About Mormon News
News by E-Mail
Weekly Summary
Submitting News
Submitting Press Releases
Volunteer Positions
Bad Link?

News about Mormons, Mormonism,
and the LDS Church
Sent on Mormon-News: 31May00

Summarized by Kent Larsen

Bachman Happy With Guess Who Reunion Tour
Toronto Canada Sun 31May00 A2
By Jane Stevenson: Toronto Sun

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA -- LDS guitarist Randy Bachman says he has finally found closure with fellow members of the classic rock band "The Guess Who." Bachman starts tonight the tour he says he could have done 30 years ago at the height of the band's success. Bachman left the band at that point following his conversion to the LDS faith.

Bachman left the band in 1970 as it was about to tour and with its song "American Woman" on the top of the charts. But Bachman was suffering from gallstones and was at odds with the other band members over their rock-and-roll lifestyle.

Now, having resolved their differences, the band is on a reunion tour. Bachman, in an interview in his hotel room, explained how it feels to be back, "I left in May of '70 and here it is May of 2000, where I've just finished rehearsing with the band, and this is like I'm getting to do the American Woman victory tour

"I feel a lot of closure. I think the band feels closure. I think tempers were high, emotions were high when I left the band. A lot of things were done and said on both sides that I think we all regret. I feel very fortunate, and possibly they agree, that we're able to go back and rebuild this bridge that we burned between us. I really feel complete. I feel like I'm with my buddies again."

The band started in 1962 when Bachman got Chad Allan, pianist Bob Ashley, drummer Garry Peterson and bassist Jim Kale to join. They had some success as Chad Allan and the Expressions, recording "Shakin' All Over" in 1965. But they ended up changing names because of a publicity stunt. In the stunt they used the name "The Guess Who" to suggest they were a British band incognito. The name stuck and "Shakin' All Over" went to No. 22 in the U.S. Singer Burton Cummings replaced Ashley and Allan left shortly afterwards. The band continued after Bachman left in 1970, and even after Cummings also left in 1975.

Tonight, the band kicks off their tour on The Rock, where the group will include Cummings, Bachman, Peterson, bassist Bill Wallace (a last-minute replacement for Kale) and rhythm guitarist Donnie McDougall. They plan to play about 30 songs over at least two hours and 15 minutes. Bachman will also perform three Bachman-Turner Overdrive songs during the concert, "Lookin' Out For No. 1," "Let It Ride" and "Takin' Care Of Business." The tour then moves to the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on June 15. All 8,000 of the reserved seats in the venue sold out in the first day.

A reunion show came together after Bachman played with Cummngs, Kale and Peterson at last year's Pan Am Games in Winnipeg. They began rehearshing in Winnipeg on May1st, and played at a small community centre for 350 people on May 20th.

But Kale decided to leave to deal with "family issues," and the community centre performance is the only one of the tour that will have had the entire group together. His departure was an emotional moment for the group, "We're just all sitting there, we're all in tears, we're all hugging each other and shaking hands saying, 'We're really sorry,' and him saying, 'So am I,' " said Bachman of Kale. "It was just really a realization that he had so much family stuff to take care of at home, and pressures and stuff, that he couldn't deal with it long distance. He couldn't deal with it daily there. It was affecting our rehearsals just because his mind wasn't there."

And as the tour begins, Bachman says that its magic to him, "All that really matters is you can do something that affects thousands and thousands of people and it's as simple as your childhood dream of playing a guitar in a band," explained Bachman. "And now, after 30 years, it has become magic to play these songs and see the reaction of the people -- it's an unbelievable intimate moment, without even speaking. It's like an ESP kind of thing."


[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Kent Larsen · Privacy Information