Bachman-Turner Overdrive gig draws comparisons to the horror of BTO freak Stephen King

photo by narking/Wikipedia ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 3, 1989 By Steve Newton In the book Kingdom of Fear, a collection of essays on the fiction of Stephen King, the top-selling horror author explained how he came up with the the pseudonym he used on novels like The Running Man and Thinner. Once … Continue reading Bachman-Turner Overdrive gig draws comparisons to the horror of BTO freak Stephen King

Album review: The Guess Who, Liberty (1995)

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 4, 1995 By Steve Newton Buyer beware! Since there are no band-member credits on the back sleeve, you have to actually purchase this new “Guess Who” release to find out that neither vocalist Burton Cummings nor original guitarist/musical driving force Randy Bachman are anywhere to be found … Continue reading Album review: The Guess Who, Liberty (1995)

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

Bob Dylan lyrics and Vancouver acid inspired the Guess Who’s “Undun”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 2, 2001 By Steve Newton Most red-blooded Canuck-rock fans over 40 have memories of their favourite Guess Who tune. Some prefer the riff-driven bluesiness and sneering attitude of “American Woman”; others are more drawn to the celebratory, peace-and-togetherness vibe of “Share the Land”. There may even be a … Continue reading Bob Dylan lyrics and Vancouver acid inspired the Guess Who’s “Undun”

Anti-fragile Bachman Turner puts it into overdrive this spring

Less than two weeks ago, Universal Music Canada announced that it would be releasing a remastered 40th-anniversary edition of Bachman-Turner Overdrive's best-selling album, Not Fragile, on March 18. That was great news for anyone who was a teenager back in '74, when BTO was battling it out with the likes of Thin Lizzy, Foghat, and Blue Oyster Cult for time on … Continue reading Anti-fragile Bachman Turner puts it into overdrive this spring

Randy Bachman Revives the Spirit of BTO and the Guess Who

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 25, 2009 Backstage at the Commodore after Friday's sold-out show, Randy Bachman gazed in wonder at an undated concert photo that an autograph-seeker had brought to his dressing room. It pictured Bachman jamming with Elvin Bishop and Steve Miller sometime during the '70s. "I bet that was at the Cave!," … Continue reading Randy Bachman Revives the Spirit of BTO and the Guess Who