After reuniting for the first time in more than 20 years, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner – musicians at the heart of legendary band Bachman-Turner Overdrive – continue to thrill fans around the world with their power-driven tunes. The Masters of Rock are back on the road this summer as full-throttle rock machine: Bachman & Turner.
The duo’s eponymous studio album – the first in over two decades - was released on E1 Music (Canada) and Eagle Rock Entertainment (U.S./Europe). The record is stocked with all original new tracks penned by the pair. In addition to “Rollin’ Along,” the album’s anthems include “Rock and Roll Is the Only Way Out” and “Moonlight Rider,” which have a sound that seamlessly fits alongside Bachman-Turner Overdrive classics “Takin’ Care of Business” and “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.”
In between their cross-Atlantic jaunts, Bachman & Turner met up with special guest Paul Shaffer to tape an electric performance at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. The live concert special, shot in both HD and 3D, was certified gold only three weeks after its Canadian release, the retail DVD and CD/DVD configuration is now available throughout U.S. and Europe.
"I'm thrilled to be working on new music with Fred, and I feel a sense of excitement and anticipation," says Randy Bachman. "I feel like I'm coming full circle, with a completeness that I never ever thought I'd feel again."
In the mid-‘70s, Randy Bachman earned his first colossal success with Winnipeg rock band The Guess Who, when their hit "American Woman" scored the #1 spot on the Billboard charts, a first for any Canadian act. He soared even further with Fred Turner in Bachman-Turner Overdrive, which became a musical phenomenon with extraordinary global success. At the pinnacle of their career, the band's distinctive brand of stripped-down, blue collar, meat 'n' potatoes rock headlined some of the biggest arenas in the world— from New York's Madison Square Garden and London's Hammersmith Odeon, to Hamburg's Congress Centrum and the Falkoner Centret in Copenhagen.
Kenny Shields was born and raised in the farming community of Nokomis Saskatchewan, and his passion for music and entertaining emerged at the age of six when he entered and won an amateur talent show. While continuing his interest in music and singing, upon graduation from secondary school he moved to Saskatoon to attend university but was immediately recruited by the city’s premiere band – Witness Incorporated.
Kenny’s lifelong dream began to take shape as the band built a loyal fan base across the country, scoring with a string of national radio hits including "I’ll Forget Her Tomorrow", "Jezebel" and "Harlem Lady, all featuring Kenny’s unmistakable vocals. After touring with such legendary artists as Roy Orbison and Cream, tragedy struck in 1970 when Shields was critically injured in an automobile accident that sidetracked him from music for several years.
In 1975, after a period of convalescence, Kenny moved to Winnipeg to join a band originally from Saskatchewan called Wascana, whose members included bassist Spider Sinnaeve and keyboard player Daryl Gutheil. The voice was re-energized, the stamina returned, the band gelled, and after relocating to Saskatoon, they became Witness again.
Legendary rock band Sweet (aka The Sweet) shot to the top of the charts in the 1970s with such hits as Ballroom Blitz, Fox on the Run,Love is Like Oxygen, Little Willy, Hellraiser, Teenage Rampage, Blockbuster and Action.
Formed in the U.K. in 1968, the original lineup featured vocalist Brian Connolly, bassist/vocalist Steve Priest, drummer Mick Tucker and guitarist Frank Torpey (later replaced by Mick Stewart and, subsequently, by Andy Scott). In 1973, the band produced their first number one hit, Blockbuster, which went on to achieve platinum status. Sweet toured extensively and continued to chart with Chinn and Chapman compositions.