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Bachman & Turner go back into overdrive

for Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Randy Bachman says that one thing he and Fred Turner like about being reunited these days is they look — and feel — a lot better than they did in the ’70s, when they fronted Bachman Turner Overdrive.

“I think we’re in better shape than we were back then,” says Bachman, 67, who recruited Turner to help him out on a planned solo album, which led to the reunion and the 2010 “Bachman & Turner” album. “We didn’t work out that much before; we were on the road too much. Now we get up every morning and we work out for an hour.

“So we’re looking and feeling better, and I think we’re playing better. Neither of us drank or smoke or did any drugs, so we’re in pretty good shape.”

Bachman says he and Turner are on “a 10-year plan,” hoping to make more new music during that time. They’re also planning to release a live DVD filmed at New York’s Roseland Ballroom, and they’ve also found footage from a 1976 tour that includes opening acts such as Thin Lizzy, Peter Frampton and Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band that the duo hopes to release in 2012.

“When we hit No. 1 (with ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet’), our manager said to me, ‘Who do you want to open for you? You can pick anyone you want,’ and I said Bob Seger,” recalls Bachman. “I said, ‘He’s got these great songs — “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” “2+2=?” ... ’ and we found him and took him on about 250 dates, and it rejuvenated his catalog so much that there was a (record company) bidding war for him.

“(Seger) asked me to produce him, but I was too busy at the time, so I got Jack Richardson, who was the old Guess Who producer, to work with him and, click-click, he became BOB SEGER with the (‘Night Moves’) album.”

Bachman & Turner and the Eddie Leighton Project close this year’s Rockin’ on the Riverfront series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, on the south side of the GM Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. Admission is free. Call 313-567-6700 or visit www.gmrencen.com.

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