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By Deborah Carl

Bachman Credits Church with Keeping Him Alive

MONTREAL, CANADA -- The Guess Who has just completed a 29 Canadian reunion tour and they are now ready to hit the United States and eight more Canadian venues. To the surprise of those who mock aging rockers reuniting for nostalgia tours, the shows were a hit with both fans and critics.

Randy Bachman, the 57-year-old guitarist, said, "This tour is going to be even better than last year's. We've added more hits." The set list, which includes four songs by his post-Guess Who band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive. "People asked us why we didn't do Shakin' All Over (the Guess Who's first hit, in 1965), so we're opening with Shakin' All Over, then going right into Hand Me Down World and These Eyes, and then You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet. Bam! 1-2-3-4! You got it! Then we do Glamour Boy, Lookin' Out For No. 1, No Sugar Tonight ..."

The American Woman tour is named after the group's most well-known hit which made a recent come-back when it was used in two recent movies. Lenny Kravitz recorded a version for Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me and the song also appeared in the Oscar-winning movie American Beauty.

Bachman continues to work on his skills by watching instructional videos. "It's exercise for the brain and fingers," he explained. And he credits country axemeister Chet Atkins, jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, and British instrumentalist Hank B. Marvin of The Shadows with influencing his music. "I am who I am because of Hank and The Shadows," Bachman said.

Bachman also credits his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for keeping him alive all these years, while "people my own age and younger are passing away from smoking and other things. I'm fortunate that I had these rules to live by."


Bachman still in overdrive
Montreal Canada Gazette 25Aug01 A2
By Bernard Perusse: The Gazette
Guess Who guitarist feels 30 again


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