Randy Bachman -"Every Song Tells A Story"

Randy Bachman -"Every Song Tells A Story"

Randy Bachman

Philip Sayce

Sat, July 21, 2018

8:00 pm

$45.00

Featuring special guest performer Philip Sayce

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Randy Bachman
Randy Bachman
"Randy Bachman--Every Song Tells A Story
Songs of The Guess who & Bachman-Turner Overdrive
& . By George: Songs of George Harrison"

Rock music icon Randy Bachman has turned his endless creative drive towards an early mentor, hero, and
inspiration. By George – By Bachman is a very personal and respectful nod to Beatles guitarist/songwriter George
Harrison, offering Randy’s own unique interpretations of Harrison’s finest recorded work.
Make no mistake, this is not your typical tribute album. From the outset, Randy determined to avoid
merely mimicking Harrison’s best‐known contributions to the Beatles canon. Instead, he chose to re‐imagine those
iconic songs. This truly is a ‘Harrison by Bachman’ concept with Randy’s distinctively personal stamp and style
placed on The Quiet Beatle’s music.
“On Jukebox, the covers album I did with Burton Cummings back in 2007, I took ‘I’m Happy Just To Dance
With You,’ which wasn’t written by George but written for him to sing, and put a whole new groove on it,” Randy
explains. “People already knew the lyrics so I put it into a new musical context and it worked. So for this album I
figured I would take George’s songs, the ones everyone knows from the Beatles, and give them new grooves. I
wanted the grooves, the tempo, and arrangements to be so unfamiliar and different but people would still know
the song by the lyrics. I took the major keys and turned them into minors. When I played these arrangements,
everybody was blown away. It was a whole new interpretation of a familiar song. I was quite excited about the
prospect of re‐imagining George Harrison’s songs.”
Familiar Harrison tunes such as “If I Needed Someone,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Here Comes
The Sun,” and “Taxman,” as well as his Traveling Wilburys hit “Handle With Care,” are presented in a whole new
context that refreshes and revitalizes them. “I listen to a lot of JAZZ FM radio,” notes Randy, “and always liked the
way jazz guys would take a song by someone like Joni Mitchell and rearrange it so that the song started off kind of
familiar but then they put their own jazz stamp on it.”
Randy Bachman stands in rarified air as a member of a very exclusive handful of artists who have topped
the charts in two different bands: “American Woman” with The Guess Who and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” as
leader and singer with Bachman‐Turner Overdrive. In a career spanning over five decades, he has earned over 120
platinum, gold and silver records. His distinctive brand of guitar‐driven, no‐holds‐barred hard rock is instantly
recognized worldwide. As host of the top‐rated CBC and Sirius XM radio series Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap, his
listeners number in the millions.
As the most celebrated musician in Canadian history, Randy counts among his many accolades his
membership in the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba, as well as being twice inducted into the Canadian
Music Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame, and his inductions into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame,
the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Prairie Music Hall of Fame.
He is a recipient of the Manitoba Order of The Buffalo Hunt, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, the
ASCAP Global Impact Award, and holder of an honorary Doctorate in Music from Brandon University. Randy has
also earned multiple JUNO Awards as a songwriter, musician, band member, and producer. In addition, Randy can
add best‐selling author to his numerous list of accomplishments, having penned both Vinyl Tap Stories and Tales
From Beyond The Tap.
From his earliest years with Chad Allan & the Reflections playing the local community club sock hop circuit
in his prairie hometown of Winnipeg, Canada (alongside contemporary and friend Neil Young with his rival band
The Squires) to the largest arenas and stadiums across the globe, Randy has remained singularly focused, determined, and driven. Beginning in 1965, Randy scored a #1 Canadian hit with his band The Guess Who’s
infectious slice of British Invasion‐style rock, “Shakin’ All Over.” Four years later, he and Guess Who lead singer
Burton Cummings formed a successful songwriting partnership that yielded such international hits as “These Eyes,”
“Laughing,” “Undun,” “No Time,” “No Sugar Tonight,” and “American Woman,” the latter holding down the
coveted Billboard #1 spot for three weeks in 1970. “American Woman” has been recognized as the greatest
Canadian single of all time. The Guess Who’s 1971 album The Best Of The Guess Who became the first album by a
Canadian group to earn a platinum album award in the United States for sales well over one million units. Between
1969 and 1970, The Guess Who sold more records than the entire Canadian music industry combined, with the
Bachman‐Cummings songwriting team becoming the most celebrated partnership in Canadian music to that point.
Leaving The Guess Who in May 1970, Randy bounced back bigger than ever with Bachman‐Turner
Overdrive, one of the mid ‘70s most successful hard rock bands. BTO enjoyed hit singles worldwide with “Let It
Ride,” “Roll On Down The Highway,” “Takin’ Care of Business,” “Hey You,” and “Looking Out For #1.” “You Ain’t
Seen Nothing Yet,” written and sung by Randy, topped the charts in more than 20 countries on four continents.
Their album Not Fragile sold over 3.5 million copies and topped the Billboard album charts. “Takin’ Care of
Business” remains one of the most requested songs for commercial use in Sony Music’s catalogue.
In between BTO and Guess Who reunions, Randy released a dozen albums both under his own name or
fronting Iron Horse and Union. His 1978 autobiographical solo album, Survivor, earned critical praise for its concept
and execution. Randy teamed up with old friend Neil Young for “Prairie Town” on Randy’s acclaimed 1993 album
Any Road. The two Canadian icons joined forces again in 1996 on Randy’s Merge album for the grunge rock
anthem “Made In Canada.” Randy’s 2006 album Jazz Thing found the rock guitarist stepping into daring new
territory both writing and playing jazz. More recently, Randy released Heavy Blues, an exploration of blues rock
featuring guitar solos by multiple guest artists including Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, and Peter Frampton.
In the new millennium, Randy enjoyed unprecedented acclaim both live and on CD and DVD with his Every
Song Tells A Story multimedia concept, sharing the stories behind his best‐known songs. Hosting Randy Bachman’s
Vinyl Tap on radio has turned the veteran rock star into a media celebrity and Canada’s favourite storyteller.
A die hard Beatle fan and aficionado from the first time he heard the Fab Four on the radio back in 1963
(“I even kept a Beatles scrapbook back then and had their photo on my locker door at school,” he reveals), Randy is
not surprised that the Beatles remain influential in our current musical lexicon. “They took us all musically and
culturally from A to Z,” he notes. “From the simplicity and exhilaration of ‘She Loves You’ to the musical and lyrical
complexity of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and beyond. It was an incredible musical journey of discovery that we all
got to share with them, and it changed the world. No two Beatles songs were ever the same. And their appeal was
so broad. My mother loved ‘Till There Was You’ and ‘A Taste Of Honey.’ They were so versatile. They evolved both
individually and collectively.” And the Beatles’ music continues to resonate with successive generations. “Their
legacy is incomparable.
“I remember traveling through the States on tour in the ‘60s and hearing a deejay on an American station
announce, ‘We’re going to preview the new Beatles song at 2:00 pm’ and us pulling over right at the designated
time to listen to it, and it was ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’ Every release was a revelation and a celebration.”
As the Canadian rock legend acknowledges, “For several years, people who knew of my love for the
Beatles in general and George Harrison in particular had suggested that I do an album of George’s songs. As the
lead guitar player in my bands, I always identified with George. He was the lead guitar player who occasionally
sang a song. With Chad Allan & the Reflections and later The Guess Who, I was the George Harrison in the band
and sang his parts when we did Beatles songs. George was the quiet Beatle and I was the quiet me.” While never having the pleasure of meeting his hero, Randy nonetheless lived out the dream of a million Beatlemaniacs when
he was invited to join Ringo Starr’s All‐Starr Band for their 1995 summer tour. “Every night on that tour I would
look back and see Ringo on the drums playing behind me,” Randy gushes. “It was like a dream come true and I felt
like I had to pinch myself to make sure it was real. We did a bunch of Beatles songs and I was in heaven.”
There’s also a little something extra for George Harrison aficionados. “Throughout the album, I put in little
signature licks that are associated with George’s songs,” reveals Randy, “like the slide part from ‘My Sweet Lord’ or
the opening chord from ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ for the fans to notice. Kind of like Easter Eggs.”
By George – By Bachman. A sincere labour of love from one guitar great to another.
Philip Sayce
Philip Sayce
“One of rock’s best-kept secrets.” London Daily Star, UK



It starts with the question, “Who is Philip Sayce and why didn’t I know who he was?” Read on – it turns out that he’s been hiding in plain sight the whole time.

“Clapton, Page, Hendrix…Philip Sayce. The young guitarist reviving blues-rock.”

– London Metro, UK

Born in Wales and raised in Toronto, Canada, Philip Sayce’s love of the guitar started at an early age when his parents introduced him to all of the classics, notably, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck. “I have such distinct memories listening to these incredible musicians,” Sayce says. “Their music had a huge effect on me.”

His first live music experience was an Eric Clapton gig at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. “This groovy version of ‘Crossroads’ had such an impact on me,” he recalls. “It was that musicianship that laid the foundation for me. What Clapton did was very different from what many younger artists do today. It was about spilling your heart out.”

With that inspiration ingrained, Philip asked his parents for a guitar, which became his constant companion. “It was this acoustic guitar from Sears with strings about four feet off the fret board,” he laughs. “I broke every CD player, DVD player, and tape player in the house pushing pause and rewind trying to figure out how to play.”

From the age of sixteen, Philip started showing up and playing at blues jam nights at Grossman’s Tavern in downtown Toronto. It wasn’t long before he was winning over admirers, including the legendary guitarist Jeff Healey, who invited Philip to join his band. Over the next few years, Philip had his first international tour experience with Healey, playing prestigious festivals and stages worldwide. “I learned so much from Jeff. His playing was off the charts. He would simply put people in a trance when he performed. It was otherworldly.”

After a move to Los Angeles, Philip was invited to join Melissa Etheridge’s band following an introduction by producer John Shanks. For the next several years, Philip performed on Melissa Etheridge’s albums and was featured during her live concerts where his cosmic performances left audiences stunned. On one such occasion, Melissa and her band were honoring Bon Jovi at a Grammy Awards event. Following the performance, Jon Bon Jovi told the audience “I want to give a special nod to Philip, who I immediately opened the program and said ‘Who the fuck is that guitar player?’ Pretty fabulous Philip.”

In 2009, Philip released Peace Machine, the first of three solo albums that established him as one of the leading lights in a new generation of blues-rock guitarists. With each subsequent release (Ruby Electric and Steamroller) his reputation continued to grow. With the European release of his fourth solo album, Influence, in the summer of 2014, Philip received some of the best reviews of his career. Produced by Dave Cobb, Influence features songs by artists that have inspired Philip over the years, as well as several original compositions. In January 2015, Philip signed with Warner Music Canada. Two new recordings, produced by Michael Nielsen at Revolution Studios in Toronto, are included on the Canadian version of Influence.

“Influence is powerful enough to turn him in to Canada’s next homegrown guitar hero.”

– Toronto Sun

“Influence is a culmination of sounds, colors, emotions, and artists who have directly helped to shape my approach and love of music,” said Philip. “The intention of my own music is to continue the message, power, love, and inspiration that I experience in every artist that has influenced me.”

The album’s first single, Ten Years After’s “I’d Love To Change The World” is a full illustration of what Philip is talking about. “It’s such an impactful song with a significant message,” says Sayce. “It is a chance to acknowledge Alvin Lee as one of the great guitarists of the past 100 years. We didn’t want to attempt to just re-create the original track. Our intention is to honor its influence and to infuse the music with the energy of 2015.”

Other covers on Influence included obscure gems like Little Richard’s funky “Green Power”, Graham Nash’s gorgeous “Better Days” and The Sonics’ raucous “I’m Going Home”. “There are already some great covers out there of songs that might be more obvious,” recalls Philip. “Dave and I wanted to find songs that maybe not everybody knew, but spoke to where I was coming from musically.”

Among the original songs on the album is the sonic masterpiece “Out Of My Mind” which is a clear tip of the hat to the man who changed modern blues guitar, Jimi Hendrix. “The track is an homage to the master,” admits Sayce. “Hendrix really moved me at an early age.”

The moody “Fade Into You” captures Philip’s raw emotion. “This could be the heaviest song on the album,” he mentions quietly. “It comes from a very hurt, sad, dark place. It’s about being screwed over in the music business.” Conversely, the rocker “Light ‘Em Up” is Philip encouraging people to empower themselves over the darkness and to keep pushing through.

“…a career-best record. Influence is worth the wait.”

– Classic Rock Magazine, UK

Philip’s musical life hit a high point in 2013 with his unforgettable performance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival at New York’s Madison Square Garden. “It was a special experience that reinforced my love of music and commitment to honour the musical integrity of my heroes,” Sayce says. “I’m going out there in the studio and onstage to do my best and perform from my heart every time.”
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change