Randy Bachman Adds Dates to BTO Tour

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Fred Turner (left) and Randy Bachman (Photo from Bachman’s Facebook page)

Legendary guitarist and songwriter Randy Bachman has announced more concerts for the resurrection of his iconic ’70s rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO). Also joining is Bachman’s 55-year-old son, Tal (best known for his 1999 solo hit, “She’s So High”), along with several touring musicians. Randy Bachman’s brothers, Robbie, and Tim, both founding members of BTO, both died in 2023.

Randy Bachman, Fred Turner, and Tal Bachman are also writing and recording new songs and planning more BTO tour dates around the world. A BTO concert movie, filmed in 1976, is slated for 2024 release, as is a double live album recorded that same year at Tokyo’s famed Budokan.

The press announcement noted that original BTO bassist and lead vocalist C.F. “Fred” Turner “is on track to start helping Randy put it all together as soon as he can.” Turner also released a statement, “I am so glad to hear Randy is going forward with Bachman Turner Overdrive. I’m sure it will be a great venture and I hope Randy gets a great kick out of doing this with Tal and the band. The rest of us will be watching and wishing you every success. Go for it my good buddy.”

The new Bachman-Turner Overdrive lineup previewed the new run of dates with a Sept. 22 concert at the Big E Arena in West Springfield, Mass., one of several shows they did in Fall 2023. The 16-song set featured such BTO classics as “Roll On Down the Highway” and “Takin’ Care of Business,” while also performing such Guess Who favorites as “No Time” and “American Woman.”

Tal Bachman performed his solo hit, “She’s So High.”

The sole encore was “Takin’ Care of Business.”

Thanks to audience member Henry LaPierre for the videos.

Bachman, who turned 80 on Sept. 27, teamed with Burton Cummings for a series of 2022 reunion concerts (that had previously been postponed due to the pandemic) where they performed classic rock hits from the Guess Who and BTO as well as Cummings solo material. There was talk of more to come, but that appears to have subsided for now as Cummings has also scheduled dates with his own band.

Related: Bachman and Cummings have filed a lawsuit against a Guess Who “cover band”

Bachman Turner Overdrive in 1974 (L–R: Fred Turner, Robbie Bachman, Randy Bachman, Blair Thornton) (Photo from their Wikipedia page)

Bachman-Turner Overdrive formed in Canada in 1973. The original BTO lineup had Randy Bachman (lead guitar, lead vocals), Fred Turner (bass, lead vocals), Tim Bachman (guitar, vocals) and Robbie Bachman (drums). Following the departure of Tim Bachman and the addition of Blair Thornton on lead guitar, the band’s commercial prospects brightened, with the back-to-back single hits “Takin’ Care of Business,” which reached #12 in the U.S., and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” a #1 hit. Their 1974 album, Not Fragile, reached #1 in the U.S. and Canada.

BTO 2024 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)
Jan 19 – Mahnomen, MN – Shooting Star Casino & Event Center
Jan 20 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Feb 16 – Deadwood, SD – Deadwood Mountain Grand
Feb 17 – New Town, SD – 4 Bears Casino
Mar 07 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
Mar 08 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Mar 09 – Quincy, MA – Veterans Memorial Stadium
Jun 19 – Clear Lake, IA – Surf Ballroom
Aug 22 – Greenville, OH – Great Drake County Fair
Aug 23 – Northfield, OH – MGM Northfield
Sep 23 – Bloomsburg, PA – Bloomsburg Fair

More dates to be announced.

Watch Bachman and Turner perform a BTO favorite (with Paul Shaffer)

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  1. Baybluesman
    #1 Baybluesman 19 September, 2023, 17:19

    Hopefully, Blair Thornton will be included in this regrouping, particularly in light of the passing of Robbie and Tim Bachman (R.I.P.), earlier this year.

    Glad to see they are actually touring, and working on a new album – Still enjoy their albums 50 years on.

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  2. HeyLegg
    #2 HeyLegg 20 September, 2023, 05:03

    It’s not BTO without TURNER!

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  3. Kais
    #3 Kais 20 September, 2023, 09:31

    This is a tough call. While Fred and Blair have blessed this, there is no real way it’s BTO without Fred actually being there. He’s just way too integral to so many tunes. Especially if they will dive deep, which they say they will. Not Fragile, Sledgehamner. 4 Wheel Drive etc.really don’t work without him!!

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