Bachman Turner – Tacoma: April 11 2014

Went to see Bachman & Turner (Overdrive) or as I will always know them B.T.O. at the Emerald Queen Casino tonight with Toni.

I have to say, this was by far one of the best classic rock shows I have seen in a long time. I am not sure why I felt this way. Maybe it was the classics that I haven’t heard in a very long time; maybe it’s because I could sing along to most of the songs and knew all the words; could have been the incredible amount of cow bell; or maybe it was just because they sounded so darn good and true to their original sound. Not too many bands can say that after being around for 40 years, but these guys sounded like they just stepped out of the 70’s.

The show started off very strong with Roll On Down The Highway which got all the 50-60 somethings up on their feet and clapping their hards. They then went into some of their more obscure, vintage BTO music (a lot of it apparently was originally recorded in Seattle). One of the best songs of the night I thought was Looking Out For No. 1. This is a mellow, bluesy song that you would never hear on the radio, and only could enjoy from playing the full Head-On album end to end.. This song featured some incredible, long blues guitar playing by Randy Bachman. It was just cosmic.

They played nearly all their most popular songs including Let it Ride, You Ain’t See Nothing Yet, Four Wheel Drive, Sledgehammer, a great rendition of American Woman. Of course they has to closed the night with their final encore song being Takin’ Care of Business. AWESOME!

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