Symphonic Overdrive – Randy Bachman with the VSO this Wednesday!


What do you get when you combine one of Canada’s most rockin’ guitarists with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra? People taking care of business, that’s what.

On May 20, guitarist Randy Bachman will perform his hits with the symphony orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St.). Bachman, of course, was the driving force, along with Burton Cummings, in The Guess Who, and he put the “Bachman” in Bachman-Turner Overdrive. So this is going to be a night of classic songs, done in a whole new way.

So what can you expect?

A setlist has been released, and tracks include “Looking Out For No. 1,” “These Eyes,” “Laughing,” “Let It Ride,” “No Sugar Tonight,” and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” And of course, The Guess Who’s “American Woman” and BTO’s “Taking Care of Business” are also on the agenda.


Bachman has been playing in bands since 1960, when he formed the Silvertones with Chad Allan in Winnipeg, Manitoba. That group became Chad Allan and the Expressions, which in turn became The Guess Who. Allan left in 1966, and Burton Cummings joined. Beginning in 1968, The Guess Who had a string of hit singles and albums, including Wheatfield Soul, Canned Wheat and American Woman.

Bachman left The Guess Who in 1970 and, three years later, formed BTO. The group lasted four years. Since then, Bachman has taken part in reunions of both bands and collaborated with a number of musicians. He still records and tours with his own band and hosts a show on CBC Radio One called Vinyl Tap.

Tickets for Symphonic Overdrive: Randy Bachman are $50 – $70 (senior and student discounts available) and available at or by calling VSO Customer Service at 604-876-3434.


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