Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings Add to 2021 Reunion Tour

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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. Fans eager to see the “Together Again, Live in Concert” tour, as it’s billed, will finally get to do so in 2021. A 2020 tour, first teased and then formally announced early that year, was another victim of the Covid-19 pandemic. Though the Canadian dates have been postponed once again, the pair have added many dates to their U.S. outing.

Now billed as Bachman Cummings, they formally announced the “Together Again” North American tour on Feb. 24, 2020 for that summer. Fans in other markets were pleased to know that a notice on Cummings’ Facebook page indicated, “More dates will be added.” However, like everything else, the tour was postponed.

The U.S. dates have been pushed to September 2021. The Canadian shows were all scheduled for June/July 2021 and postponed due to the COVID restrictions on large gatherings. Rescheduled dates will be dependent on when all the provinces open up for large gatherings. See the itinerary below.

“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 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.

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 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, 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.”

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)

Aug 28 – Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Unite 150 (Free outdoor concert)
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

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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  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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