BTO founder Bachman once tried paying a surprise visit to Stephen King

By Steve Newton

Hardcore fans of Stephen King are aware that he used the pen name Richard Bachman for a number of his early novels because he was a huge fan of Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

But not many BTO fans know that the band’s founding guitarist, Randy Bachman, once went looking for King in the horror icon’s own backyard.

I rediscovered this fact today when I came across some quotes from an interview I did with Bachman back in 2009.

“I was pretty amazed that he chose that as a pseudonym for his earlier stuff,” Bachman explained. “He also had a [movie] called Maximum Overdrive, and I thought ‘Holy cow, it’s like he’s trading on the name.’

“So I tried to meet him a few times,” added Bachman. “I was up where he lives in Maine, and I went to his little cottage, but he just wasn’t there. I really wanted to put some music in one of his movies.”

Hmmm… A big, bearded guy from the Northern prairies shows up on the remote doorstep of the world’s most popular author and wants to have a little “chat” about a possible collaboration.

Sounds like fodder for King’s next bestseller!

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