Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman Reunion Tour Moves to 2021

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

Things went so well at several reunion performances over the summer of 2019 that Guess Who mainstays Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman will do it again. However, fans eager to see the Bachman Cummings tour, as its billed, will have to wait until 2021. A 2020 tour, first teased and then formally announced during the first quarter of this year, is another victim of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pair, billed as Bachman Cummings, formally announced the “Together Again” tour on Feb. 24, with new dates added on March 9 in the U.S. and Canada. They’ve since been moved to 2021. See the itinerary below.

Fans in other markets will be pleased to know that a notice on Cummings’ Facebook page indicates, “More dates will be added.”

“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. “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 plans to record new music, the pair have organized what has been described as a 7-disc box set, The Bachman Cummings Collection, which will gather Guess Who albums plus other material from the pair. Though there’s no official date, the pair say it’s coming “shortly” from Sony. [Our guess is that it will be delayed to 2021.]

On Jan. 12, 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 he 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, 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 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.”

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

Bachman Cummings 2021 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Jun 14 – Victoria, BC – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Jun 15 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Jun 17 – Medicine Hat, AB – Canalta Centre
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
Jul 23 – Kemptville, ONT – Kemptville Live Music Festival
TBA – Windsor, ON – The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
Aug 14 – Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theater
Aug 21 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center
TBA – Northfield, OH – MGM Northfield Park
TBA – Tama, IA – Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel
TBA – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Aug 19 – St. Charles, MO – The Family Arena
TBA – Winnipeg, MB – Unite 150 (Free outdoor concert)

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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  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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  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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