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Old 11-17-2007, 10:15 AM   #1
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SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. - Burton Cummings is still finding his own way to rock. But these days the former Guess Who frontman is more likely to rock about personal struggles and growing older than he is about heartbreak and ache.

The soon-to-be 60-year-old musician and songwriter from Winnipeg said with age his lyrics have become ... less corny.
"I'm more conscious now of my lyrics and how they can't be lame. I'm a little more existential. The perspective changes as you get older," Cummings said in a phone interview from Toronto.
While he might be more Zen in his fourth decade of music-making, Cummings said he understands fans want to relive a little teenage angst now and again.
Cummings spoke ahead of a stop in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., with longtime partner in rhyme Randy Bachman to do a benefit concert for the new Sault Area Hospital. Their show came midway through a short Ontario tour this month.
"It's a 2 1/2-hour show and it's all hit records. We know why (the fans) are coming to see us. We're not trying to shove too much new material in their faces."
As for getting tired of belting out classic songs such as "American Woman" and "Laughing" show after show, year after year, Cummings said he doesn't.
"When you're a kid in your first band you dream of having one or two songs on the radio. We've had so many. And when, for example, we do 'These Eyes,' and I do the little piano intro, the applause goes up. How could anybody ever get tired of that?"
Cummings and Bachman first met in the mid-1960s as bandmates of Winnipeg-based The Guess Who. The band scored its first international hit in 1969 with "These Eyes," co-written by Bachman and Cummings. In 1970 the band made its mark with "American Woman," reaching No. 1 on music charts in Canada and, perhaps most significantly, the United States.
A rift between the artists, which saw Bachman bail as The Guess Who reached the zenith of rockdom, led to a collaborative songwriting hiatus.
Bachman formed the short-lived Bravebelt, followed by the tour de force Bachman-Turner Overdrive, producing monster hits such as "Takin' Care of Business" and "Let It Ride."
After leaving The Guess Who in 1975, Cummings pursued a solo career charting hits in both Canada and the U.S., such as "Break It to Them Gently" and "Stand Tall."
The Guess Who's four original members reunited briefly in the mid-1980s, but it wasn't until a reunion to play the 1999 Winnipeg Pan Am Games closing ceremonies that they decided to give it another shot.
"It was only four songs, and as Randy kept saying, 'It was over too quick,'" said Cummings.
The next year, the unit toured as The Guess Who, with some original members in tow. Cummings and Bachman have continued to tour and collaborate on new projects since then under their own names.
A fan favourite is "The Thunderbird Trax" album, originally recorded in 1987 in Bachman's tool shed and released last year for the first time. The album is only available on the artists' website and at their concerts.
When asked why they waited more than 20 years to put out the offering, Cummings laughed.
"The funny thing was, we had lost the master tapes and so when we finally came across them again, we thought, 'We're doing this great tour again; let's make something special for the fans.'"
The artists' most recent endeavour is a 28-minute behind-the-scenes documentary to accompany "Jukebox," a tribute album to those classic songwriters Cummings and Bachman looked up to as kids.
Cummings said he is working on an extended version of the documentary.
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:59 AM   #2
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I Saw The Guess Who twice, once in their 70's heyday and once in this decade. Timeless!
...and you've got to admire them for recognizing Gordon Lightfoot's talent back in 1968 when the penned their tribute song about him simply entitled 'Lightfoot' on their Wheatfield Soul album.
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Old 11-17-2007, 11:47 AM   #3
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They were great Yuri,

I had a chance some years ago to see Burton Cummings {solo} at The Capitol Theatre here in Moncton, I did not go and I've always had regrets about that. Just him and his piano, plus at some point in the show he does an impersonation of his good friend Gordon Lightfoot singing Maggie May. I have the CD of that tour. " Burton Cummings/ Up Close And Alone."
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Old 11-17-2007, 11:47 AM   #4
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I never saw The Guess Who but did see Burton several times..two very talented guys for sure. I'm going to check out the CD on the website..
Check them out: great stuff..

http://officialburtoncummings.com/index1.html

http://www.myspace.com/officialburtoncummings

songs at: http://www.myspace.com/officialbachmancummings

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Old 11-17-2007, 12:17 PM   #5
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Yuri & Charlene you must surely remember, "The Stampeders" A band that I did see 3 times in the mid 70's, only 3 guys, Ronnie King, Rich Dodson and Kim Berly. They were great, and had a terrific light show for the 70's.

I will be seeing them again this coming friday night, Nov/23, at The Capitol Theatre. Front row, It will bring back so many good memories...


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Old 11-17-2007, 12:23 PM   #6
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Old 11-17-2007, 12:47 PM   #7
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Sure Jesse Joe, I can vividly remember the Stampeders big hit 'Sweet City Woman playing on the radio in years past. I didn't realize that they were still around. Have fun at the concert!
(love light shows - I used to do psychedelic lightshows for a late 60's Hamilton Ontario Rock band as a teenage 'roadie' - fun times that didn't last long enough)
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Old 11-17-2007, 07:08 PM   #8
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I saw Burton and Randy Bachman on PBS earlier this month.

They sang both Guess Who & Bachman Turner Overdrive songs. Pretty cool except that Randy can't do some of the vocal stylings he did on BTO's songs back in '74.

I've always like The Stampeders "Sweet City Woman" (totally fun song to sing) and their lesser known "live" hit "Hit The Road Jack". (I have that LP by the way "Stampeders : Live". )
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:25 PM   #9
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I went to a Cummings And Bachman show in Ottawa about a year ago it was great, Guess Who and Lightfoot always been my favourites and still enjoy listening to the Guess Who songs
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:58 PM   #10
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I inquired about this before but when did cummings take over the lead singing for the Guess Who?

Remember they were originally Chad Allen & The Expressions.

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Old 11-19-2007, 10:53 PM   #11
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One of my favourite tunes of Mr. Cummings was Stand Tall. At the time, it was one of many songs that, at the time, I didn't understand the meaning of the words. As I heard it on some of the oldies stations, the words started getting me through some of my most emotionally dark times. The song enabled me to "stand tall", giving me the emotional strength I needed when I needed it most.
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Old 11-20-2007, 08:32 AM   #12
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LOVED Burton's stuff - I know what you mean about "Stand Tall"..great song..

Burton started in late 1965..
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:38 PM   #13
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It says they moved towards a more hard rock sound with the release of American Woman.

Which is kind of interesting because there was a Guess Who Cummings song which one of the interent stations that I listen to play called It's My Pride which sounded much like there hard rock sound and has more of a mid 60's sound to it.


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Old 11-22-2007, 02:33 AM   #14
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It says they moved towards a more hard rick sound with
Huuuum.
Who's hard rick?
Seriously though, I've always liked Burton and Guess Who alot. He's got one of the best voices in the history of rock and roll.

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A little typo on my part.

anyway, thanks for pointing that out.
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Sure Jesse Joe, I can vividly remember the Stampeders big hit 'Sweet City Woman playing on the radio in years past. I didn't realize that they were still around. Have fun at the concert!
(love light shows - I used to do psychedelic lightshows for a late 60's Hamilton Ontario Rock band as a teenage 'roadie' - lafun times that didn't st long enough)
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Hey many thank's Yuri... Let me tell you them Stampeders can still rock. Great sold out concert, funny guy that Ronnie King, and it sure was ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,>>>>>>>LOUD<<<<<<<

I can surely understand that Yuri, when you say," fun times that didn't last long enough."

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Old 11-25-2007, 03:21 PM   #17
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The Stampeders !
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