Guess Who? Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman Reunite Onstage

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

Things apparently went so well at a planned reunion performance earlier this summer that Guess Who mainstays Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman decided to do it again. On August 16, at Cummings’ concert at the CNE Bandshell in Toronto, his longtime bandmate joined him onstage for 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

The pair performed at a Toronto charity event on July 18 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.

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

Cummings is on tour through December. Let’s hope for more reunions. Tickets are available here and here.

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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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