If you wanna see an iconic ‘70s rock group who’ve not played together in 19 years do just that, just try asking.
That’s what Ingolf Persson—manager of the annual Sweden Rock Festival—did with Bachman Turner Overdrive founders Fred Turner and Randy Bachman, who charted with hits like Takin’ Care of Business and You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet. And it worked like a charm.
Interviewed on Long Live Rock, Randy recounts how the reunion came about.
“We had an offer to play a great festival called Sweden Rock [in Sölvesborg, Sweden] and the offer was three years ago. So Fred emailed me. He said, ‘You wanna get together? This guy’s a fan of BTO. He wants you and me. He doesn’t want a different band or you and your band. He wants just
you and me. And he doesn’t care what it’s called. So it can be called Bachman and Turner,'” the Canadian axeman tells hosts Sterling Whitaker and Classic Rock Revisited Editor-in-Chief Jeb Wright.
“So I said, ‘Great. Let’s delay for a couple of years, because I’m on your with [The Guess Who’s] Burton Cummings. Let’s plan for 2010.’
“So we called this guy called Ingolf. He’s the owner of Sweden Rocks. He’s done it for about two decades. I met him in London last year and he said, ‘Will you do this with Tuner?’ and I said, ‘Sure. But we need a shot.’
“He said, ‘I’ll put you right next to the headliners—Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith. You’ll be right up there.’
“So I came back to Turner. I said, ‘Hey, we’ve got a gig. Now we need some new music. I’m working on an album. Let me send you this one song. You sing on the album and we’ll have this one song to sing at Sweden Rock, which’ll be from my solo album. The Song is called Rock ‘n’ Roll’s the Only Way Out.’
“I sent him the song, he sang on it and sent it back and I said, ‘Fred, do you have any more songs? It sounds so great to hear you again. I’ll pull songs from my solo album and put you on there. And he said, ‘You’ve got a deal!'”
“So he starts sending me songs, and they were great and they were great and they were great. And when he played me Rollin’ Along, I said, ‘Man, that’s what everyone wants to hear—your voice, my guitar and a thunderous drum beat.’
“And we did play Sweden Rocks [this year]. And we’ve now been invited to tour Europe with Guns N’ Roses.
“So we’ll do that next year.”
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