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The Vancouver Symphony May 20th, 2015

By on Thursday, May 21st, 2015.

In 2014, we embarked (with Randy Bachman) on another quest. Randy had decided that to perform his wonderful music catalogue with the band and a symphony orchestra. The incredible Charles Cozens was enlisted to score the charts. In October of 2014 we had a two day run through of these very different arrangements of…
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  1. Linda Dee says:

    Last night's concert was amazing! A bonus for me was listening to Mick's extraordinary vocal and instrumental talents. I am so grateful to have been in attendance.

  2. Thank you Linda – you're very kind… 🙂

  3. Thank you Linda – you're very kind… 🙂

  4. Thanks Peter J Fisette Campbell.

  5. Thanks Peter J Fisette Campbell.

  6. I soooooo wish I could have been there….. Extraordinary my friend, simply brilliant! You guys so rock…….

    1. You will be my friend 🙂

David Letterman

By on Saturday, May 16th, 2015.

I will be sad on Wednesday May 20th, 2015. My main reason will be that David Letterman is signing off… AND… I will have to record it. I am gigging that night. It’s somewhat odd that I feel that I’m not going to be ‘in the moment’ by watching it later. Of course my feelings…
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  1. What a great piece and love the priceless photos Micker (in fact I love them so much that as we speak I am having my graphics person paste my face over yours and will be posting them later today lol) I can totally relate as I too never missed it during those halcyon early days. Used to esp. love the Top 10 list lol Thanks for sharing!

What’s in a Professional Name?

By on Thursday, April 30th, 2015.

I was born Michael Allan Dalla-Vicenza At Bawating (my high school in Sault Ste. Marie), the musicians I hung out with adopted the first names of their favourite rock guitarists. Glenn Barbisan became ‘Eric’ (for Eric Clapton), Michael Sicoly became ‘George’ (for George Harrison), Jeff Neill interestingly enough remained ‘Jeff’ (for Jeff Beck) and so…
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  1. G.Lee Worden says:

    Quit yer moaning – my stage name is John Ellis!

  2. Could have been worse.. you could have been called Mikey or Mickey Dellavano, or Nicky DV.. not to be confused with VD.. 😛

The ‘Great’ Buddy Rich….

By on Monday, March 30th, 2015.

There’s no disputing that Buddy Rich helped to put drums at the forefront of music. Along with contemporaries like Gene Krupa, he took drums from the back level of the orchestra and onto the front of the stage. He wowed audiences worldwide. However – was he the best? Some people would say so… but was…
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TBT: Winterlude – Ottawa, Ontario – February 2, 2007

By on Thursday, March 5th, 2015.

These series of pictures are from February 2nd, 2007. The Randy Bachman Band were asked to open ‘Winterlude’ in Ottawa. It was a perfect day to do something I had on my bucket list… skate The Rideau Canal. My niece Janine worked on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and met me at The Rideau Canal to…
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High School Confidential – CKVU TV Special – Vancouver 1983

By on Monday, March 2nd, 2015.

This actually became the impetus to forming ‘The Shoes’ for EXPO ’86 3 years later. ‘The Shoes’ ended up becoming ‘Revolver – The World’s Best Beatles Band’ Rocket Norton (drums), and John Hall (keyboards *both from the band Prism*) along with Skip Prest (guitar and vocals from the band Sweeney Todd) landed a gig as…
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The Magic of ‘Johnny’s Place’

By on Monday, March 2nd, 2015.

Around about 1996 – 1997, I had heard about this little restaurant called ‘Johnny’s Place’ in Port Moody (about a mile and half from my place up the road in Coquitlam) I had heard about it for good reason. Through the guitarist in Cease & Desist (Brent Howard Knudsen) I had met quite a few…
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  1. Omg Mick it's hard for me to text this cause my eyes a watering. Thank you so much for being the magic the warmth and the reason there was a Johnnys. You were and are a hero to me. Your personality and talent are second to non. Now I get to call you and your family my friends. Thank you for being such a huge part of mine and Judys life. We will never forget one minute of the amazing period of our lives know as Johnnys place

  2. Ed Forsberg says:

    Start up another magical Johnny's!!!!

  3. Ed Forsberg says:

    Check out the support,. Connect with friends who would financially commit to startup, find an affordable location with enough seating to financially make a success of it. Magic the second time around.

  4. G.Lee Worden says:

    Wow, amazing memories. Thanks Mick!

  5. It was a sad day when it closed!

  6. Judy Poirier says:

    My heart and soul is still at johnnys place ! It was my life! I will never forgive the chillo family for what they did ! It's been 15 years and I still have tears at night – trying to go to sleep ! My heart is heavy ! I miss it so much !


By on Monday, March 2nd, 2015.

Interesting project. Doug Edwards… wow – what can I say. The guy wrote WILDFLOWER!!! I saw Doug play at The Sawmill Lounge at The Water Tower Inn with The Hans Staymer Band in Sault Ste. Marie when I was 17. What a band…!!! James Leroy was the manager of the Sawmill Lounge. James was the…
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By on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015.

Okay…. Time for ‘shake up quiz’ for the weekend…. Who is right? Is the climate changing and is it caused by humans? Or is it changing and it’s just part of the nature’s cycles? We all seem to be in agreement that it’s changing…. But maybe even that’s up for debate?


  1. Jim Dalla-Vicenza says:

    People are affecting the climate, but the effect is not nearly as much as most people believe. Climate change more significant than what we are seeing today was happening when man was still swinging in trees.

Sammy Hagar – March 11, 2011

By on Friday, February 20th, 2015.

Sometimes there’s never a dull moment – brothers from a different mother… or at least the same follicle family. The picture above was taken at the Gibson showroom in Toronto. Sammy was in Toronto for Music Week. He had just recently sold off his interests to ‘Cabo Wabo Tequila’ for high 8 figures and had…
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The Montreal Jazz Festival – 07.07.07

By on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015.

07.07.2007…. and apparently we actually started at 07:07 PM just to make it ‘magic’ (however, unless Randy’s watch is on a different time zone (as you can see in the video), that could be ‘folklore’) Montreal Jazz Festival. The sweet (and now late…) Roge Belanger on drums, the incomparable Chris Gestrin on Wurlitzer, me on…
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Throw Back Thursday (posted August 7th, 2014)

By on Thursday, August 7th, 2014.

TBT: November 2008 Sanai, Egypt I awoke this first morning approximately 10 miles across the desert from the Gaza Strip. Evidently it was easy to hear the fighting when they engaged. (I’m sure this very spot is a very noisy one these days) It was a beautiful desert morning and as I positioned myself on…
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Recording Talk

By on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014.

Millennia Sound Design Studio Les Paul: Inventor, Innovator, Overdubber, Looper Pretty Heady stuff for it’s era. This man started it all

Derek Sivers

By on Sunday, May 18th, 2014.

I made aquaintence with Derek Sivers back in 1995 when, at the time, he was gaining reputation as an independent music distributor. I looked him up for help on getting my 1994 Christmas album ‘out there’ and because of his help, it continues to sell to this day. He came to run one of the…
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John Lennon for Kids (and Roger Klug)

By on Thursday, April 17th, 2014.

One day, Brent Knudsen and I were driving back from a rehearsal for something (can’t remember what now) and I saw a CD sitting on his console. I asked him what it was and he replied that he didn’t know; that it had found it’s way into his car and he didn’t know where from…
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Revolver News Flash!!!

By on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014.

NEWS FLASH!!!! Revolver will be appearing August 22nd, 2014 at the Pacific National Exhibition on the main stage re-enacting the Beatles appearance at the PNE’s Empire Stadium 50 years ago to the day. The entire evening will be staged as in 1964 with period outfits to be worn by the Vancouver City Police complete with…
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Randy and Burton Parody

By on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014.

This has been a bone of contention for quite a while now… but I found this parody quite humorous…


  1. Sam The Man says:

    I read the book. I can sympathize with Randy on this one. But I gotta admin, that the parody was crazy funny.

  2. Claire Lindstrom says:

    Funny. I always liked these guys.

  3. Faith Oakley says:


The Greenest Sort of Green – Greenhouse.

By on Friday, March 7th, 2014.

This is a bit of a departure from my usual ramblings. I recently visited some of my family in Port Alberni BC, Canada and while there, looked in the backyard and was reminded of this video on YouTube. My brother Dennis and his wife Denise completed this greenhouse project a few years ago, and it…
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Late Night Talk Show Wars Continued…

By on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014.

I assumed Seth Meyers would be great in his new position on the Late Show. So far so good. He will develop in this position… (Unlike Jimmy Fallon). Don’t hate me. Like I said Fallon is talented but will never be a great talk show host.

Is this going too far Quebec?

By on Thursday, February 27th, 2014.

So…… I don’t know about you, but I think this is asinine.


  1. Bob Soltis says:

    I hear the word "Quebec" and think: Great people – lousy bureaucracy.

  2. Jim Dalla-Vicenza says:


  3. Great women and great food!

The Snowden Chronicles

By on Thursday, February 27th, 2014.

I will add to this blog post if discussion warrants it… but this is chilling:

SOCHI 2014

By on Thursday, February 27th, 2014.

What’s your thoughts on this:


  1. Jim Dalla-Vicenza says:

    I did not realize that Canada fielded the most athletes. As long as the money went to the athletes and not yo the administration it does not bother me. They put in a lot of time and effort for years, so this is reasonable to my mind.

  2. Darlene McLean says:

    I thinks it's unfair that countries like Britain, Norway, Sweden pay their athletes no bonus at all, while Canada, and the US pay their athletes the least amount we have to take into consideration the endorsement deals that these athletes will get amounting to millions a year.

Hartley Bay, BC – Village of Heroes – slapped in the face

By on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014.

Cease & Desist just did a show last night in Hartley Bay, BC. Hartley Bay is a First Nations community on the coast of British Columbia. The village is located at the mouth of Douglas Channel, about 630 kilometres north of Vancouver and 145 kilometres south of Prince Rupert. It became most famous for it’s…
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  1. Giles Laurent says:

    I agree with you that this should not have happened.

Late Night TV (2.19.14)

By on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014.

So Jimmy Fallon’s show is just more of the same dreck. He’s a nice guy and is talented as hell…. But he’s not a talk show host. Link Actually, there’s been nothing new under the sun since David Letterman was on NBC at 12:30 after Johnny Carson who’s never ever been dethroned. Leno is a…
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  1. And we had much shorter attention spans back then too…squirrel !!

Boingy, Boingy Rock Band Youtube Video – From 2011

By on Monday, November 18th, 2013.

I have never seen anything like this before or since! “In June of 2011, I happened to be at a community day festival in a park in Pender Harbour. I had heard a rumour that these drums were in existence but had never seen them in pictures or in action up until that time. When…
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Rock Legends Cruise 2 — February 2013

By on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013.

Rock Legends Cruise 2

It took me a long time to get around to talking about this, but it has been a very busy year. Last February, the Bachman and Turner Band participated in the Second Rock Legends Cruise. It was a fun time for all, and the feedback from our fans on board was great. Randy, Fred, Marc,…
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The 2013 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

By on Sunday, June 16th, 2013.

I am finally getting around to posting this. This is something that I did last year and this year, and plan to keep doing as long as my health permits. Due to scheduling reasons, I had to do the run on a different weekend than the normal event. This year though, my Friends Wayne and…
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Back From New Zealand

By on Friday, February 8th, 2013.

Gibson's Winery Show - Wine Tasting

Back From New Zealand Well, here I am, back from a tour in New Zealand. Randy, Fred, Marc, Brent and myself were on stage performing all the memorable Bachman and Turner numbers to a very appreciative set of audiences.   On the tour with us were America, and Pat Benatar They put on stellar performances…
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