Bachman using publishers instead of labels for new album
Singer Randy Bachman in the asymmetrical back stairwell of the Masonic Temple on Yonge St., where Jimmy Page used to chant. The famed concert venue is about to reopen. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)
He may be a septuagenarian but Randy Bachman is showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 73.
“I just finished an album in Vancouver with my band,” said Bachman, who is currently negotiating with three music publishers as opposed to labels to distribute it.
“It’s none of my own songs. It’s a tribute album to a special guy. I can’t tell you (who). I’ll be talking to you in a couple of months. That won’t come out until February which is when the guy’s birthday is but we might put a single out in the fall.”
Otherwise, he’s going on tour in Canada in July to August and has plans to leave his home of five years in Oakville and move back west to Victoria, B.C. sooner than later.
After his second marriage broke up, he fled his longtime home of Salt Spring Island, B.C., to move east.
“Every December and January and February, I really missed B.C.,” said Bachman. “Going from (my hometown of) Winnipeg to the west coast was great but going from there to here is just like going back to Winnipeg. Six months of running to your car and thawing it out. I’m not a great one for shovelling my driveway.”
Among those living in Victoria is his famous son Tal of the 1999 hit She’s So High fame, who is now in his dad’s band subbing for his guitarist who’s in the hospital.
“(Tal’s also) developing a reality show on what it’s like to be Jack Osbourne or Gene Simmons’ kid,” said Bachman.
“He’s hoping to get a deal with Showtime or Netflix. It’s an incredible idea. It started out as comedic, Python-esque type of thing, and then he’s so good at it, so many people were saying, ‘Why not just make this about you?’ It’s about a British rock star from the ‘80s, a glam guy like Gary Glitter or David Bowie, who’s kind of a has-been. Well, in a way that kind of parallels Tal having this big hit and then kind of being shunned by the industry.”
You can’t keep a good band down.
Seventies Canadian rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive have a royal gig coming up in Toronto this September according to guitarist-singer Randy Bachman.
“I just got a call from that (BTO bassist-singer) Fred Turner who’s agreed, we got asked to play for (Prince) Harry at the Invictus Games,” said Bachman.
“We’re closing the games with Bryan Adams and Kelly Clarkson. So we’re doing four songs at the closing ceremony and apparently (Harry’s) favourite song is (BTO’s 1974 hit) You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.”
Strange, yes, but not when you know British comic Harry Enfield used to play the song endlessly in a skit about aging deejays named Smashie (Paul Whitehouse) and Nicey (Enfield) in his ‘90s comedy sketch show.
“(Bachman-Turner) went to play the High Voltage Festival in London, so I said, ‘Let’s get Smashie and Nicey on stage and do the skit and then we’d come out and do our song.’ But (Enfield) was in France so we never did that.”
- Jane Stevenson