Live Review: On Reunion Tour, Bachman & Turner Bring Their Best

Published on August 3rd, 2010


July 28, 2010 – Whenever Randy Bachman has collaborated with Fred Turner, the result has been flawless, rough but polished rock classics. Although the two Canadian music greats who brought us the likes of “Takin’ Care of Business” have spent much of the past two decades on their separate journeys, they could only fight their musical compatibility for so long.

This year, Bachman & Turner are hitting the road, bringing along with them the freshly dusted off releases of Bachman Turner Overdrive, as well as some newly penned songs – their first in over 20 years. At one such reunion show at the Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia, the two picked up where they left off and never looked back, giving fans the ultimate trip down memory lane.

Wasting no time at all, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner broke the crowd in with memorable harmonies from the past as they reignited the chemistry between them. Opener “Roll on Down the Highway” revealed Turner’s powerful, gruff voice to be firmly intact, and unleashed the band’s solid groove.

Making up the rest of the band for this outing are guitarists Brent Howard and Mick Dalla-Vee, as well as drummer Marc LaFrance – a trio of Canadian musicians who have played together for years, and a fitting backup band for two legendary natives of Canada.

Together, the five left no stone in the band’s classic works unturned; even rarely heard tracks like “Sledgehammer” and “Stay Awake All Night” were played. Randy Bachman guided the crowd through softer moments during “Looking out for #1“, a mellow song that flowed well in the show despite being somewhat of an anomaly in the BTO catalog. The band seamlessly inserted among the classics two new songs from their forthcoming release, both have a rustic sound that could only come from B & T.

When it came time for the big hits at the show’s end, everyone knew exactly what was coming. “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” brought out the famous stutter in Bachman’s voice, and he couldn’t have been more proud to play the opening riff to “Takin’ Care of Business“. But he wanted to hear the audience sing some of those famous lyrics.

“You get up every morning from the alarm clock’s warning, take the 8:15 into the city,” echoed the crowd without hesitation.

Something has clearly clicked between Bachman and Turner all these years later. The smiles on their faces and their effortless rejuvenation of the music made the show feel like nothing less than a reunion of old friends. Get all the latest on the new album, and check the tour page of – this is a tour that shouldn’t be missed.


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