Bachman-Turner Overdrive Namesakes Kicking Off NHL Season With Special Concert
Recently reunited Bachman-Turner Overdrive principals Randy Bachman and Fred Turner are getting ready to heat up the stage of Scotiabank at the Forks in Winnipeg, Canada, on Thursday (Oct. 6) as part of the 2011 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off season-opening hockey and music festival. They will be performing under the moniker Bachman & Turner before the Toronto Maple Leafs/Montreal Canadiens game.
Bachman and Turner of Bachman-Tuner Overdrive reunited in 2010 to play their first concert under the Bachman & Turner name in 20 years. Last year's activity included a new album, dates in Europe, Canada and the United States, and an Edmonton, Canada, performance during the halftime show of the 2010 Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League's answer to the Super Bowl.
BTO first hit big in 1974 with 'Let It Ride,' a single off their sophomore album, 'Bachman–Turner Overdrive II.' They went on to score several more hits, including the classic rock staple 'Takin' Care of Business,' and 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet,' which managed to peak at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The band played intermittently in various configurations for more than 30 years before officially breaking up in 2005.
Legal threats from former Bachman-Tuner Overdrive members forced the duo to use the Bachman & Turner name for last year's reunion, but neither member seemed concerned by the change and the moniker stuck. "Randy suggested Bachman-Turner United, or I said to him, '[We] probably don't need anything, just call it Bachman-Turner and people will know what it is,'" Turner told the Winnipeg Free Pres in 2009, on the eve of their comeback.
Portions of Thursday's gig, which helps kick off 2011-12 NHL hockey season, will be broadcast on CBC, Versus and the NHL Network starting at 6:30 ET.