Randy Bachman Band

Playing on stage -- Randy Bachman Band - Vinyl Tap Tour - Massey Hall Toronto, March 15, 2014

Vinyl Tap Tour – Massey Hall Toronto, March 15, 2014 . Mick Dalla-Vee, Marc LaFrance and Randy Bachman

My history with Randy Bachman goes back a long way.

(For more on this please refer to the meme ‘How did I come to work with Randy Bachman?’ – it’s more in-depth)

I have played on the same stage as him a few times over the course of my career. In the early 2000’s, Randy decided to do a tour that was a retrospective of his famous songs and the inspiration that fed each song’s creation. The tour was called “Every Song Tells a Story” (ESTAS for short).

At that time, I joined up with Randy’s other bandmates: (the late) Roge´Belanger, and Colin Arthur Weibe. It was a great group, and a great time. We played all over North America and Europe.

I was also fortunate enough to be part of Randy Bachman’s ‘Jazzthing’ project playing upright bass alongside the great Chris Gestrin on keyboards. I was also able to do some fabulous shows in that format of the band with Duke Robillard, Curtis Stigers (the late) Jeff Healey and Stephan Moccio.

Around 2008, Randy wanted to change the format of the performances, and in the process changed the group members as well. Because I had a very experienced and professional group that I had been playing with for years, Randy decided to just use my group as his backup band for the next tour, which is it came to pass that “Cease and Desist” also became “The Randy Bachman Band”. This is somewhat ironic and fitting, because we chose the name “Cease and Desist” 25 years ago for very similar reasons to why Randy chose “Guess Who?” early in his career. One too many ‘cease and desist’ letters from lawyers with respect to band names.

The new concept was to take the original ESTAS concept and bring in ideas and content from Randy’s “Vinyl Tap” CBC radio show. This format exists to this day. At times we do “Vinyl Tap Tour” performances, and other times we just do gigs as the “Randy Bachman Band”.

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Past Dates with The Randy Bachman Band (2002 – April 2014)


Fr Apr 12- Vancouver, BC- Vancouver East Cultural Centre
Sa Apr 13- Victoria, BC
Th Dec 5- Vancouver, BC- Stanley Theatre


We Feb 26- Saskatoon, SK
Th Feb 27- Regina, SK
Fr Feb 28- Winnipeg, MB
Sa Mar 1- Winnipeg, MB
Sa Mar 8- Duncan, BC- Cowichan Theatre
Th Mar 13- Fredericton, NB- The Playhouse
Fr Mar 14- Halifax, NS- Casino Nova Scotia; Schooner Room
Sa Mar 15- Halifax, NS- Casino Nova Scotia; Schooner Room
Su Mar 16- Glace Bay, NS- Savoy Theatre
Tu Mar 18- Kingston, ON- Grand Theatre
We Mar 19- Ottawa, ON- Centrepoint Theatre
Th Mar 20- Kitchener, ON- Centre In The Square
Fr Mar 21- St. Catharines, ON- Brock U Centre for the Arts
Sa Mar 22- Woodstock, ON- Woodstock Collegiate Auditorium
Tu Mar 25- Mississauga, ON- Living Arts Centre
Th Mar 27- North Bay, ON- Capitol Centre
Fr Mar 28- Mount Forest, ON- Roxy Theatre
Sa Mar 29- Lindsay, ON- Academy Theatre
Su Mar 30- Brampton, ON- Heritage Theatre
Mo Mar 31- Markham, ON- Marham Theatre For The Performing Arts
Tu Apr 1- Markham, ON- Markham Theatre For The Performing Arts
We Apr 2- Brockville, ON- Brockville Arts Centre
Th Apr 3- Windsor, ON- Capitol Theatre
Fr Apr 4- Oakville, ON- Oakvile Centre For The Performing Arts
Mo Apr 7- Brantford, ON- Sanderson Centre
Th May 1- Toronto, ON- Hard Rock Cafe
Fr May 2- Thunder Bay, ON- Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Sa June 21 to Mo June 23- Guelph, ON- Puslinch Lake; Lakealive Festival
Th June 26- Mission, BC- Clarke Foundation Theatre
Fr June 27- Trail, BC- Charles Bailey Theatre
Sa June 28- Cranbrook, BC- Multipurpose Rec. Complex
Su June 29- Grande Prairie, AB- Summer Slam 2003
Mo June 30- Athabaska, AB- Magnificent River Rats Festival; Riverfront Park
Th July 3- Lloydminster, SK- The Kooler
Su July 6- Fort Erie, ON- Friendship Festival
Mo July 21- Edmonton, AB- Klondike Days Telus Stage
Th July 31- Regina, SK
Sa Aug 2- St. John’s, NF- Klondyke Days Festival
Su Aug 24- Vancouver, BC_ Stanley Park; Malkin Bowl
Sa Sept 6- Muncie, IN
Fr Oct 17- Winnipeg, MB- Centennial Concert Hall
Su Oct 19- Calgary, AB- Jack Singer Concert Hall
Su Dec 28- Vancouver, BC- Commodore Ballroom; Blues For Christmas benefit


We Jan 28- Oakville, ON- Oakville Centre
Su Feb 29- White Rock, BC- Washington Ave Grill (Jazzthing)

Jazzthing Tour:
Tu May 11- Toronto, ON- Top O’ The Senator
We May 12- Toronto, ON- Top O’ The Senator
Th May 13- Calgary, AB- Kaos Jazz and Blues Club
Fr May 14- Edmonton, AB- Yardbird
Sa May 15- Saskatoon, SK- The Basement
Su May 16- Moose Jaw, SK- Moose Jaw Cultural Centre
Mo May 17- Regina. SK- Centre For The Arts lobby
Fr May 21- Vancouver, BC- The Cellar
Sa May 22- Vancouver, BC- The Cellar
Sa June 19- Cambridge, ON – Lakealive Festival (Rock Thing)
Sa June 26- Buffalo, New York – Erie Basin Marina; Buffalo Guitar Festival (Rock
Mo June 28- Lloydminster, AB- The Kooler (Rock Thing)
Tu June 29- Lloydminster, AB- The Kooler (Rock Thing)
We June 30- Toronto, ON – Hummingbird Theatre (Jazz Thing)
Sa July 3- Princeton, BC – Princeton Fairgrounds (Rock Thing)
Fr July 9- Yorktown, SK – Yorkton Exhibition (Rock Thing)
Sa July 10- Westchester, IL- Westchester Festival (Rock Thing)
Su July 11- Westchester, IL- Westchester Festival (Rock Thing)
Sa July 17- Nakusp, BC – Nakusp Music & Fun Festival (Rock Thing)
We July 21- Elora, ON – Elora Gorge Conservation Area
Th July 22- London, ON – Rock the Park (Rock Thing)
We July 28- Sarnia, ON – Hiawatha Racetrack (Rock Thing)
Th July 29- Windsor, ON – Windsor Racetrack (Rock Thing)
Fr July 30- North Bay, ON – North Bay Heritage Festival (Rock Thing)
Su Aug 1- Geraldton, ON – MacLeod Provincial Park (Rock Thing)
Fr Aug 6- Hamilton, ON – Gage Park
Sa Aug 7- Denver, CO – Coors Amphitheatre (Rock Thing)
Sa Aug 21- Detroit, MI- Ford Division Pavilion
Su Aug 22- Darington, WA – White Horse Mountain Amphitheatre (Rock Thing)
Sa Aug 28- Ottawa, ON – Civic Centre (Rock Thing)
Fr Sept 17- Duncan, BC – Clean Air Concert; The Cowichan Arena
Fr Oct 8- Port Coquitlam, BC – Save On Foods
We Oct 27- Surrey, BC – Bell Centre For The Performing Arts (ESTAS)
Sa Nov 6- Ferndale, WA – Silver Reef Casino (Rock Thing)
Sa Nov 20- Fort Saskatchewan, AB. – Dow Centennial Centre (ESTAS)
Su Nov 21- Fort Saskatchewan, AB. -Dow Centennial Centre (ESTAS)


We Jan 19- St. Catharines, ON – Sean O’Sullivan Theatre (ESTAS)
Fr Jan 21- Parry Sound, ON. – Charles W. Stockey Theatre (ESTAS)
Sa Jan 22- Belleville, ON – Empire Theatre (ESTAS)
Su Jan 23- Kingston, ON – Grand Theatre (ESTAS)
We Jan 26- Brampton, ON – Heritage Theatre (ESTAS)
Th Jan 27- Oakville, ON – Oakville Centre for The Arts (ESTAS)
Fr Jan 28- Oakville, ON – Oakville Centre for The Arts (ESTAS)
Fr Feb 18- Vancouver, BC – Westin Bayshore (Rock Thing)
Sa Feb 19- Surrey, BC – Don Bosco Centre
Su Feb 20- Vernon, BC – Vernon Performing Arts Centre (ESTAS)
Tu Apr 6- Ft. Nelson, BC – Phoenix Theatre (ESTAS)
Th Apr 8- Ft. McMurray, AB – Keyano College Theatre (ESTAS)
Fr Apr 9- Ft. McMurray, AB – Keyano College Theatre (ESTAS)
Sa Apr 10- Ft. McLeod, AB – Empress Theatre (ESTAS)
Fr May 13- Highland Ranch, CO (ESTAS)
Sa May 14- Corpus Christie, TX – HOGG Bike Rally
Fr June 17- Calgary, AB (Rock Thing)
Sa June 18- Calgary, AB (Rock Thing)
Sa June 25- Thompson, MB – Recreation Grounds (Rock Thing)
Fr July 1- Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium; Canada Day
Sa July 2- Elliot Lake, ON – E.L. 50th Anniv. Street Dance (Rock Thing)
Sa July 9- Taylor (Detroit), MI – Heritage Park
Th July 21- London, ON – Rock The Park Festival
Fr July 22- Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
Su July 31- Halifax, NS – Halifax Casino (Rock Thing)
Th Aug 4- Vancouver, BC- Jazz Cellar
Fr Aug 5- Vancouver, BC- Jazz Cellar
Sa Aug 6- Vancouver, BC- Jazz Cellar
Su Aug 7- Vancouver, BC- Jazz Cellar
Sa Aug 13- Port Elgin, ON – Queens Bar + Grill (Rock Thing)
Su Aug 14- Gananoque, ON – Festival Of The Islands; Birm Park (Rock Thing)
Fr Aug 26- Morden, MB – Corn & Apple Festival (Rock Thing)
Sa Aug 27- Ottawa, ON- Brittania Park (Rock Thing)
Su Aug 28- Ottawa, ON- Brittania Park (Rock Thing)
Sa Sept 17- Toronto, ON- Church At Berkeley
Sa Oct 22 – Medicine Hat- Esplanade Centre
Fr Oct 28, Regina, SK – Saskatchewan Centre For The Arts (Rock Thing)
Sa Oct 29, Banff, AB – Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon (Rock Thing)
Su Oct 30 – Grande Prairie, AB- The Crystal Centre
Nov 26- Whistler, BC – Festival of Lights; Fairmont Chateau Whistler


Sa Feb 11- Montreal, PQ- Medley
Tu Feb 14- Belleville, ON – Empire Theatre
Th Feb 16- Toronto, ON- Metro Toronto Convention Centre; Toronto Auto Show
Fr Feb 17- Kitchener, ON – Centre in the Square
TH May 11- Calgary, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall
Fr May 12- Whitehorse, YK – Yukon Convention Centre
Sa Aug 5- Seattle, WA- Benaroya Hall


Th Apr 5- Saltspring Island, BC- (Jazzthing)
We Apr 11- Toronto, ON- The Gibson Lounge
Th Apr 12- Toronto, ON- The Gibson Lounge
Th Apr 12- Toronto, ON- Massey Hall
Fr Apr 13- Toronto, ON- Massey Hall
Sa Apr 14- Dauphin, MB
We July 4- Montreal, PQ- Montreal Jazz Festival
Fr July 6- Trois Rivieres- (Jazzthing)
Sa July 7- Montreal, PQ- Montreal Jazz Festival; The Spectrum (Jazzthing)


Tu July 1- NYC, NY- B.B. Kings Blues Club (o/ Race Odyssey Band)
We July 2- Alexandria, VA- The Birchmere
Fr July 4- Pennsauken, NJ- Cooper River Park


Sa Jan 17- Nanaimo, BC- Port Theatre
We Jan 21- Vernon, BC- Performing Arts Centre
Fr Jan 23- Vancouver, BC- Commodore Ballroom
Tu June 2- Thunder Bay- Community Auditorium
Fr June 5- Toronto, ON- Luminato Yonge- Dundas Square
Fr Aug 28- Vancouver, BC- PNE
Fr Sept 4- Detroit, MI- Rockin’ On The Riverfront (Riverfront Plaza)
Sa Sept 5- Schaumburg, IL (Chicago) Archer Municipal Centre
Su Sept 6- Rockford, IL- On The Waterfront


We Jan 27- Stratford, ON- Stratford Festival Theatre
Fr May 14- Neepawa, MB
Sa May 15- Winnipeg, MB- 2010 Memorial Cup/ Keystone Centre/ Manitoba Room
Su May 23- Rouyn, QC


Fr Mar 1- Kingston, ON- Grand Theatre (ESTAS)
Sa Mar 2- Brampton, ON- Rose Theatre (ESTAS)
Su Mar 3- Chatham, ON- St. Clair College Capitol Theatre
Tu Mar 5- Kitchener, ON- Centre In The Square (ESTAS)
We Mar 6- North Bay, ON- Capitol Theatre (ESTAS)
Th Mar 7- Peterborough, ON- Showplace Performance Theatre
Fr Mar 8- St. Catharines, ON- Brock University; The Centre For The
Arts (ESTAS)
Sa Mar 9- Oakville, ON- Oakville Centre (ESTAS)
We Mar 13- Fredericton, NB- The Playhouse (ESTAS)
Th Mar 14- Moncton, N.B- Moncton Casino; The Centre
Fr Mar 15- Halifax- Casino Nova Scotia (ESTAS)
Sa Mar 16- Charlottetown, PEI- Homburg Theatre (ESTAS)
Tu Mar 19- Montreal, QC- Corona Theatre (ESTAS)
We Mar 20- Pembroke, ON- Festival Hall (ESTAS)
Th Mar 21- Huntsville, ON- Algonquin Theatre (ESTAS)
Fr Mar 22- Parry Sound, ON- Stockey Centre
We Apr 3- Winnipeg, MB- Pantages Playhouse Theatre (ESTAS)
Th Apr 4- Saskatoon, SK- TCU Place (ESTAS)
Su Apr 7- Calgary, AB- Jack Singer Concert Hall (ESTAS)
Mo Apr 8- Lloydminster, AB- Vic Juba Theatre (ESTAS)
Tu Apr 9- Edmonton, AB- Winspear Centre (ESTAS)
We Apr 10- Medicine Hat, AB- Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre (ESTAS)
Th April 11- Banff, AB- The Banff Centre
Sa Apr 13- Vancouver, BC- Commodore Ballroom (ESTAS)
Mo Apr 15- Duncan, BC- Kowichan Theatre (ESTAS)
Tu Apr 16- Powell River, BC- Evergreen Theatre (ESTAS)
We Apr 17- Victoria, BC- McPherson Theatre (ESTAS)
Sa Apr 20- Kelowna, BC- Kelowna Community Theatre (ESTAS)
Su Apr 21- Kamloops, BC- Sagebrush Theatre (ESTAS)
Sa July 6- Orillia, ON Casino Rama (ESTAS)


Fr Mar 14- Oshawa, ON- Regent Theatre
Sa Mar 15- Toronto, ON- Massey Hall

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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 hook up for a bit. She took these pics of me skating and some of the sites…

I found it unbelievable. I expected people to skate (of course…) and enjoy the uniqueness of it all (of course) but what blew my mind was the people in business attire with briefcases etc. skating to and from work or to appointments. They had a complete police force on hand (on quads) and food stands…. all along the canal….
It was an incredible thing to see….

That night we played outside… here’s a couple of videos people shot. One of ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ and another one of our ‘Hey You Medley’ where we tag a bunch of hit songs by other artists onto Randy’s BTO hit for some fun…

YASNY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cY0r6CnvZM

Medley Portion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDx_vUClH38

TBT – The Roseland Ballroom in NYC with Bachman and Turner, November 2010

By on Thursday, February 26th, 2015.

with Paul Shaffer The Roseland Ballroom Dressing Room, New York City

Probably one of the more memorable times in my life thus far. We were to shoot a live DVD in the infamous Roseland Ballroom in NYC (since torn down sadly). I LOVE NYC – always have from my first time there in 2007 (***). I had played there earlier with Randy Bachman’s Band in 2008 at B.B. Kings in Times Square, but this would be on a whole new level.

The show was to be shot in 3D (that particular edit of it hasn’t been released to date… but what I saw in the truck looked incredible). The set design was spectacular with beams and girders everywhere (best captured on the aforementioned 3D version)… but best of all, we would be closing the show encores with Paul Shaffer, the musical director from the soon to be ending David Letterman Show. I have admired Paul Shaffer since his days at Saturday Night Live and have been a huge fan of David Letterman’s show. I always got a kick out of Paul’s ‘hipster’ banter with Dave.

I was amazed that the Ed Sullivan Theatre (where Letterman’s show is taped… and where The Beatles were unleashed to an unsuspecting North American audience on February 9th, 1964) was literally right out the back door of the Roseland Ballroom. The back door of the Roseland (where our production trucks were parked) was right across a narrow street (more of an alley) from the stage door of the Ed Sullivan Theatre.

As we prepared for our show, I got to develop a bit of a banter with the infamous stage hand for Dave’s show, Biff Henderson. During the afternoon, Biff was usually poised outside the stage door as the guests arrived. This is where all the paparazzi and fans would wait to get their pictures and autographs as the Lettermen guests arrived.

with Biff Henderson - David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010

with Biff Henderson – David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010

with Biff Henderson - David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010

with Biff Henderson – David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010

with Biff Henderson - David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010

with Biff Henderson – David Letterman Show November 19th, 2010

Also across that street from the Roseland was The Hello Deli with it’s owner, the loveable Rupert Gee from all the funny Lettermen ‘man on the street’ shticks from years gone by. I was surprised that when I returned to NYC quite a while later to play at Les Paul’s Club in Times Square, I stopped by The Hello Deli and Rupert actually remembered me. I had invited him to the taping of our show, but he had to decline last minute and said so with great regret.


The day of the shoot we had an appropriately long sound check and then Paul showed up for our sound check and a run through before he was to go over and tape the Letterman show. He would then return when his Letterman gig was done and play with us for the 3 encore songs.

Paul was immediately a very cordial and talkative person. He loved swapping stories and we talked about Sault Ste. Marie. Paul was originally from Thunder Bay, and is a walking musical anthology. It must have started as a teenager for him, because he also knew every band from the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s that were from The Soo. Most of these bands never left the Soo, yet he knew all about them. It made me quite proud of my hometown and in awe of Paul Shaffer all at once. When I chance to play with him again 2 years later at The Walk of Fame Award Ceremony in Toronto, he remembered me and that I was from the Soo and we carried on our talk once again. Great great guy… We all talked for hours in the dressing room after the taping.

The next day, Kevin Duffy (our road manager) was able to procure some VIP passes to see a taping of the Letterman Show. We were escorted in the stage door and were able to watch all the rehearsals and prep. As I walked in, I literally almost tripped over the ‘band stand’ where The CBS Orchestra plays. Very heady stuff.

By the way, over the years you have heard guests on David Letterman’s Show show speak of how cold the theatre is. No exaggeration. It’s freezing in there… I guess Dave likes to keep his audience alert… 😉

Here’s a video of TCB. Paul with B&T at The Roseland CLICK HERE


Randy Bachman Releases “Every Song Tells A Story” CD/DVD on March 11, 2014

By on Monday, March 17th, 2014.

Randy Bachman - Vinyl Tap Tour: Every Song Tells a Story

Randy Bachman – Vinyl Tap Tour: Every Song Tells a Story

The Guess Who guitarist and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member, Randy Bachman, has released a live CD/DVD recording featuring many hits from both bands performed on April 4, 2013 to a sold out crowd at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre in Winnipeg Canada.


1. Prairie Town
2. Shakin’ All Over
3. These Eyes
4. Laughing
5. No Sugar Tonight
6. No Time
7. American Woman
8. Roll On Down The Highway
9. Let It Ride
10. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
11. Takin’ Care Of Business
12. Hey You
13. Undun
14. Lookin’ Out For 1

I remember that night well. Randy, Marc, Brent and I had a great time playing to a really receptive audience. You do not always get that kind of reaction. I guess playing in Randy’s home turf has that sort of advantage.

Here is the amazon link if you want to pick up the album “Vinyl Tap Tour: Every Song Tells a Story“.

While you are at it, why not pick up a copy of Randy’s new Book as well, Tales From Beyond The Tap. It is an insightful retrospective of Randy’s career, including all the ups and downs.

Randy Bachman Tales From Beyond The Tap.jpg

Randy Bachman’s Book about his career, including all the ups and downs of over 4 decades of music.

Massey Hall – Randy Bachman Band – Vinyl Tap Tour – March 15, 2014

By on Monday, March 17th, 2014.

Randy Bachman Band - Vinyl Tap Tour - Massey Hall Toronto, March 15, 2014 . Mick Dalla-Vee, Marc LaFrance, Randy Bachman, and Brent Howard Knudsen. Photo 20

After opening our ‘Vinyl Tap Live 2014’ season with a show in Oshawa the previous evening, we played Massey Hall the next night. I had played there once before as part of Randy’s JazzThing tour several years ago with the late Jeff Healey and Duke Robillard which was a thrill for sure. Massey Hall originally built in 1896 is an amazing venue with great acoustics.

Currently, the band consists of Randy Bachman (of course), myself and my long time associates (from Cease and Desist), Brent Howard Knudsen and Marc LaFrance. An always a fun performance to do, Randy always ad-libs the show quite a bit. Almost caught us off guard a couple of times.

It was nice to play to a sold out show in such a prestigious venue…

Here are a bunch of Photos taken of the show: