With such hits as “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Takin’ Care of Business” being the staples of radio all around the world, it’s no wonder that BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE return to action from time to time – usually to play a few shows – yet not this time. As 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the Canadian ensemble and 2024 the 40th anniversary of their last studio album – an eponymous one, just like the collective’s debut – there’s much more than a short tour is going on.
The trek may not look so impressive at the moment, with only six US dates scheduled as of now, the first to take place on September 22nd and more to be added later, but other plans will keep BTO aficionados on their toes. Featuring two Bachmans – the group’s co-founder Randy and his son Tal on guitars – and a Turner, the original singing bassist Fred, alongside younger musicians standing in for the late Bachman brothers, Robbie and Tim, it’s as close to the classic collective as it could be. And it’s not about simple leaning on past glories, as the veterans are already working on fresh material, so a new record seems imminent – bound to appear next year, after a double live album, commemorating the quartet’s 1976 performance at Tokyo’s Budokan in 1976 sees the light of day as well as a 1976 concert movie – filmed at other locations. A grand comeback!