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By Kent Larsen

Randy Bachman to Tour US with Guess Who

WINNIPEG, CANADA -- LDS rock star Randy Bachman's Guess Who collaborator Burton Cummings told the Canadian Press that the group is planning a US tour this year that will include shows in 50 cities. He also said that the group is working on an album of new material, their first since 1970. The tour and album come just months after the group finished a Canadian tour and a live album, released last fall.

"Let's face it. We were pretty big," says Cummings of the group. "A lot of people want to see us again." He indicated that he and Bachman have been writing new songs, also their first collaboration since the Guess Who split up. They are far enough along with the album that Cummings predicted, "We'll have something out this year."

Last Sunday the Guess Who's place in Canadian Music was remembered in a CBC special, "Tower of Song," along with the other members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The two-hour show looked at the lives of 30 diverse artists, and reportedly showed Bachman silhouetted against Winnipeg's skyline.

The Guess Who was formed in the early 1960s by Bachman, who remained the group's undisputed leader until they split up in 1970. They became very popular based on the songs of Bachman and Cummings, sometimes referred to as the Lennon and McCartney of Canada, including hits like "These Eyes" and "American Woman."

But as the group became more successful, Cummings and other group members began to indulge more and more in the rock and roll lifestyle, leading to conflicts with Bachman both because it made leading the group more difficult, and because it conflicted with Bachman's LDS beliefs (Bachman joined the LDS Church in 1965, after falling in love with an LDS girl. They have since divorced.) The group's breakup came at the height of their popularity, in the middle of their "American Woman" tour.

Bachman went on to lead the successful group Bachman Turner Overdrive, writing hit songs like "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" and "Takin' Care of Business."


Guess Who planning Winnipeg show, U.S. tour?
Jam! Showbiz (CP) 26Feb01 A2

Tuning in to our musical past
Ottawa Canada Citizen 22Feb01 A2
By Tony Atherton: The Ottawa Citizen

CBC looks at stories behind Canuck music
Jam! Showbiz (Edmonton Sun) 24Feb01 A2
By MIKE ROSS: Edmonton Sun
A homeless Paul Anka once slept in Dan Somerville's hotel room bathtub. True story.


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