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The Guess Who Wraps Up Tour
LDS Canada News 16Jul00 A4

ST JOHNS, NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA -- Certainly you've heard by now about the Running Back Through Canada Tour of the Guess Who, one of Canada's most famous rock-and-roll bands. It's no wonder you would have because they've played over 22 performances in 20 cities in the last two months. And despite nearly avoiding all interview requests, they've received a lot of media coverage.

Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, Garry Peterson, Bill Wallace, all in their fifties, started this much-waited-for event on May 31st at the Memorial Stadium in St. John's, Nfld. The last performance finished off in their home province of Manitoba July 13th in Brandon.

With audiences from young children to pre-baby boomers, this tour has been one of the most popular tours of Canadian history, perhaps the most popular. And their age hasn't changed a thing. In fact, it's probably improved their performance. Now mature and responsible, there's no more partying and staying up late and worrying about their next album coming out. It was all about performing well-liked songs and just having a sort of fun that they haven't enjoyed in almost 30 years.

This tour grew out of two previous reunion performances in 1997 and 1999. Bachman, a Latter-day Saint in the Surrey BC Stake and a father of eight children, and Cummings had reunited briefly in 1997 to help with relief effort for the Red River Flood in Southern Manitoba, Northern North Dakota and Northern Minnesota. In 1999, they performed in the closing ceremonies of the Pan-American games.

Even with all the media coverage in every city across the country, as strange as it seems, there are some people who never saw the reunited band. But all is not lost for them. The CBC has plans to rebroadcast taped performances in the fall.

Jam! Showbiz, 15 July 2000
Lethbridge Herald, 13 July 2000
Winnipeg Sun, 30 June 2000
Edmonton Son, 27 June 2000



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