TBT: Winterlude – Ottawa, Ontario – February 2, 2007

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

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.

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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

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

EVERY SONG TELLS A STORY Track Listing:

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.

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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

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: