Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings Play Reunion Concert

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Bachman Cummings performing “American Woman” in Winnipeg, Aug. 28, 2021

Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings have cancelled the 2021 U.S. leg of their reunion tour, citing travel issues in and out of Canada. But the Guess Who mainstays, who in 2020 had formally announced the “Together Again” North American tour just prior to the lockdown, were finally able to perform one concert. On Saturday night, (August 28), the pair played a 19-song set in their hometown of Winnipeg, featuring tracks from the Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Cummings’ solo career.

Among the classic rock favorites were “American Woman,” “Takin’ Care of Business,” “These Eyes,” “No Sugar Tonight,” “Stand Tall,” “Share the Land” and “Roll On Down the Highway.” Their performance was part of a free outdoor concert, Manitoba Unite 150. [Several clips had been uploaded to YouTube by audience members but have since been removed.]

The pair had announced the tour all the way back on Feb. 24, 2020, for that summer. U.S. dates had previously been pushed to September 2021. The Canadian shows were all scheduled for June/July 2021 but postponed to 2022 due to the COVID restrictions.

Things went so well at several reunion performances over the summer of 2019 that Guess Who fans were eager to see the legends finally share the stage again. A 2020 tour, first teased and then formally announced early that year, was another victim of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pair issued a statement on August 5, 2021. “It is with regret Bachman Cummings announce the cancellation of the US leg of their highly anticipated tour ‘Together Again – Live In Concert,’ scheduled to occur this September.

“While Randy and Burton have been looking forward to reuniting for their fans throughout the United States, they extend their love and appreciation to all of the fans that were planning to come to these shows, and they cannot wait to see you all again when things are more predictable in terms of travel in and out of Canada.”

Cummings’ Facebook page had frequently indicated, “More dates will be added.” Now, however, the tour is postponed.

“This is the one that changed everything for us,” he said, before they performed “These Eyes” at the Aug. 28 Winnipeg concert.

Bachman Cummings August 28, 2021 Setlist

No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature
Clap For the Wolfman
Laughing
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
Albert Flasher
Hand Me Down World
Hey You
Undun
My Own Way to Rock
Roll On Down the Highway
These Eyes
Let It Ride
Lookin’ Out For #1
Sour Suite
Stand Tall
Star Baby
Break It to Them Gently
American Woman
No Time

Encores
Share the Land
Takin’ Care of Business

“We’re the two guys who wrote and sang these songs and I think people know that and want to hear the real thing. Bachman Cummings are out there delivering that,” said Cummings, in a statement in February 2020. “Not all artists are lucky enough to have this kind of staying power. Randy and I are able to touch Guess Who, BTO and Cummings solo stuff. We still have an audience that wants to hear those songs done by the original guys.”

Though there are no announced plans to record new music, the pair have organized a 7-disc box set, The Bachman Cummings Collection, which will gather albums from the Guess Who, plus material from Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Cummings’ solo career. It arrives on August 27 as an import on Sony Music Canada. Pre-order will be available for the CD set here and the LP set here. A U.S. and international edition is expected on Oct. 29.

At the August 28, 2021, concert, Cummings said to the audience, “To come back and play all those songs, most of which we wrote here in our hometown… you’ve been wonderful.” The entire performance was filmed, though he didn’t indicate when or where it would be shown.

On Jan. 12, 2020, Cummings made a series of posts on his Facebook page. The first teased: “YIKES!!! This guy’s lookin’ awfully happy about somethin’… almost TOO happy, if there’s such a thing…” Moments later, he wrote, “Watch for these guys comin’ to your area in 2020…” The post was accompanied by a photo of him and Bachman performing.

Several more posts followed, included a photo of the two of them captioned, “THESE GUYS…,” a reference to the Guess Who’s 1969 hit, “These Eyes.”

On Feb. 4, 2020, Cummings wrote, “Currently mulling over what our set list is going to look like for the Bachman Cummings dates…tell ya this much…a lotta hit records that people have heard on the radio for years…should be a pretty solid couple of hours…”

Cummings initially fueled the rumor on Dec. 8, 2019, when he wrote on his Facebook page, “‘Rumour has it’ that this might be a sight many people will see in 2020…” The comment accompanied a photo of the classic rock pair celebrating onstage with their arms around each other.

Photo of Bachman and Cummings via the latter’s Facebook page

On Dec. 17, Cummings wrote, “Looking MORE and MORE likely now that this will occur in 2020. I’m already mentally formulating a set list in my head, and it surely does look impressive. A two hour show composed of MANY familiar radio songs. Not a bad way to spend a couple of hours, I must say.”

As the new year began, Cummings continued to provide hope that the reunion would take place. On Jan. 4, he wrote: “Looks more and more every day like this will happen in 2020.”

The next day, he added, “Seems that ‘both parties’ want this, so now it’s just a matter of timing and logistics. No one lives forever, and methinks ‘it’s time.'”

The pair performed at a Toronto charity event on July 18, 2019, to support Canada’s Walk of Fame. But before that, it had been a decade – 2009 – since the two Canadian born musicians had last performed together.

On August 16, 2019, at Cummings’ concert at the CNE Bandshell in Toronto, his longtime bandmate surprised the audience when he showed up onstage to perform three songs.

“I found out that an old friend of mine would be in the neighborhood,” said Cummings to the audience towards the end of his set. “So I asked him would he like to come down and join in.”

Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings at the CNE Bandshell in Toronto, August 16, 2019

And with that, the guitarist joined Cummings on stage, first for a fist pump, then an embrace. “What are we going to do,” teased Bachman. After a brief conference among the musicians, Bachman joked: “I’m trying to learn this song. Does it go like this?” And then came the unmistakable guitar riff that introduces the Guess Who’s 1970 classic rock smash, “American Woman.”

The audience roared its approval. “Seeing as how he’s up here,” said Cummings, “there’s a song he did that has become an anthem in arenas. The song is in the DNA of everyone in the free world.”

Bachman then led Cummings’ band on a electrifying version of Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s 1974 hit, “Takin’ Care of Business,” singing lead with Cummings switching over to keys.

Related: Our interview with Bachman on the Guess Who and BTO

That wouldn’t be all. The pair then shared vocals on the Guess Who’s 1969 hit, “No Time.”

Watch them perform all three songs

The only 2021 date that will still take place is a free outdoor concert, Manitoba Unite 150, on August 28 in Winnipeg, MB.

Bachman Cummings 2021 Tour Dates – Postponed (Tickets will be available here and here)

Sep 01 – Fort Wayne, IN – Foellinger Theatre
Sep 02 – Akron, OH – Goodyear Theater at East End
Sep 04 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Sep 05 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
Sep 07 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
Sep 08 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center
Sep 10 – Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theater
Sep 11 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center Theater
Sep 13 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for the Perf. Arts*
Sep 15 – Omaha, NE – Orpheum Theatre
Sep 16 – St. Charles, MO – The Family Arena
Sep 18 – Deadwood, SD – Deadwood Jam
Sep 19 – Colorado Springs, CO – Pikes Peak Center
Sep 21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
Sep 22 – Boise, ID – Morrison Center for the Perf. Arts
Sep 24 – Las Vegas, NV – The Smith Center
Sep 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
TBA – Tama, IA – Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel

Mar 11, 2022 – Windsor, ON – The Colosseum, Caesar’s Windsor

Canadian Dates – Postponed
Jun 14 – Victoria, BC – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Jun 15 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Jun 17 – Medicine Hat, AB – Co-Op Place
Jun 19 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
Jun 22 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
Jun 23 – Regina, SK – Brandt Centre
Jun 29 – St. Catharines, ON – Meridian Centre
Jun 30 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
Jul 04 – Montreal, QC – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Jul 05 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Jul 08 – Moncton, NB – Avenir Centre
Jul 09 – Summerside, PEI – Credit Union Place
Jul 12 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre
Jul 15 – St. John’s, NL – Mile One Centre

Related: It’s actually Cummings’ fault that we started Best Classic Bands

The pair aren’t able to use the Guess Who name. (Original member/drummer Garry Peterson, retains the rights to it.)

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  1. Richard Skelly
    #1 Richard Skelly 18 August, 2019, 10:33

    An easy task for Burton Cummings band to follow along. Known as The Carpet Frogs, the group supported Burton and Randy between 2005 and 2009 when they toured as the Bachman Cummings Band.

    From 2000-2003, Randy and Burton participated in a Guess Who reunion that featured fellow ‘classic era’ member Garry Peterson (drums) and post-Bachman ‘70s alum Bill Wallace (bass) and Donnie McDougall (second guitar).

    Bachman Cummings Band recorded an album of cover songs called Jukebox that included a rearranged version of the Guess Who’s greatest hit American Woman.

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    • Lindy
      Lindy 30 August, 2021, 12:57

      Carpet Frogs play the Guess Who material as well as the original band.

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  2. v2787
    #2 v2787 9 December, 2019, 13:30

    “From 2000-2003, Randy and Burton participated in a Guess Who reunion that featured fellow ‘classic era’ member Garry Peterson (drums) and post-Bachman ‘70s alum Bill Wallace (bass) and Donnie McDougall (second guitar).”

    I saw that band do a live show in St. Paul, Minnesota. (The Doobie Brothers were the opening act. What a great show!) It was fun, the sound was great, Bachman played killer guitar, and Cummings (who is one of the greatest, most underrated vocalists of all time) just killed it. Go see these guys if you can, because they are the real deal.

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    • ratkin
      ratkin 20 December, 2019, 10:44

      There is an excellent live album called “Running Back Through Canada” that documents that tour. The sound is top notch, the performances are great, and the setlist has something for any fan of Guess Who or BTO. One word of caution: make sure you get the 2-cd version. There is also a 1-cd version that’s a ‘Best of…’ cut down. Get the full version!

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      • RedRoc
        RedRoc 1 January, 2020, 16:03

        As a Classic Rock aficionado, RBTC may easily be the best live album ever.

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      • r-gordon-7
        r-gordon-7 12 March, 2020, 22:53

        Actually, better yet, get “Running Back Through Canada” on DVD – it’s got the whole show and is absolutely spectacular!

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    • 122intheshade
      122intheshade 22 July, 2021, 00:12

      Saw the (Randy-less) Guess Who at the Met Center in late 72 or early 73. The time of “Live at the Paramount” (bought the LP, bought the cassette, still have the expanded CD). I think Argent opened for them. Good times.

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  3. Steve B
    #3 Steve B 8 January, 2020, 00:18

    are the other original members still alive ? Turner ?

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  4. Lorraine
    #4 Lorraine 19 January, 2020, 18:18

    Will Bachman/Cummings be performing anywhere else in Canada. We are from Kenora, Ontario and would like to see them in Winnipeg???

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  5. Ollie
    #5 Ollie 21 February, 2020, 14:31

    Would love to see the guess who !!!

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  6. Hooter
    #6 Hooter 2 June, 2021, 12:42

    I suspect that many of these dates, especially the Canadian ones, will be postponed until 2022. Most places in Canada have not even opened up yet. Compared to the US, Canada is still under severe restrictions.

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  7. antiquesman
    #7 antiquesman 3 June, 2021, 04:33

    The guitar riff of American Woman,just Wow !

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  8. Chief700
    #8 Chief700 3 June, 2021, 07:32

    Would like to see them in Texas one of the first Concerts I saw was the Guess Who in Sam Houston Coliseum in the very early seventies

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  9. Werner
    #9 Werner 7 August, 2021, 05:01

    There is also another great DVD: “Bachman – Cummings first time around” as seen on Public TV. Super sound, both performers are in fantastic condition!

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  10. PaulH
    #10 PaulH 31 August, 2021, 22:18

    How can Guess Who not be in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame???

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