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LDS Church Member Bachman Back With 'Guess Who'
Canada News Jam! Showbiz 27Jun00 A2
By Mike Ross -- Edmonton Sun

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA -- Randy Bachman along with the original lineup of Guess Who, minus bassist Jim Kale, has returned to perform at the Skyreach Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The amazing, inexplicable, against all odds group returned with thanks in part to "our new best friend Lenny Kravitz," who made American Woman hip again. "It's incredible," Bachman said. "This is the American Woman tour of 1970 that we didn't do because I left the band. It's 30 years late to the month."

Bachmnan and the guys are regarded as the fathers of Canadian rock. The band formed in the 1950's in Winnipeg was originally named, Al and the Silverstones. Bachman entered the scene shortly thereafter and the group recorded Shakin' All Over. Quality records released the single under the mystery name of "Guess Who?" The song became a hit before the truth came out and the name stuck. Enter a fiery young singer named Burton Cummings and the legend was born.

"It's an immpossible thing, but suddenly through the god of rock 'n' roll and God of the universe, it is possible for us to get together and do this. Gordie Howe can't play with Maurice Richard in the Stanley Cup. But we can get back with the original guys from the team, the winning American Woman team and do the tour 30 years later. It's incredible. It's the Field of Dreams - this mythical Canadian band that's coming back from ashes to tour. It's unbelievable."

Randy Bachman left the Guess Who for health reasons in 1970. He credits the fact that he's a devout Mormon for keeping him alive. "I would've OD'd long ago. I have an obsessive personality. The church kept me straight." Bachman credits his eight children - including his oldest son Tal - for keeping him current. "My daughter started playing Nine Inch Nails over and over until I said, 'OK, I really like this.' They're amazing."

If all goes well, the Guess Who will come out with a box set that includes tracks recorded live on this tour, "rehearsal tapes" and maybe even some new tunes. After the Guess Who reunited playing four songs at the Pan-Am games in Winnipeg last summer, Bachman commented to his bandmates, "Did you guys feel like me? I felt like I was 25." Burton replied, "Well, I felt like I was 18!" Bachman countered, "I didn't feel that young, but you can't buy this feeling."


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