Live From the Rosewood Ballroom (2010), features former Bachman Turner Overdrive bandmates Randy Bachman, and C.F. (Fred) Turner reuniting as "Bachman and Turner", performing BTO classics, as well as songs from their new reunion album Bachman & Turner (2010).
With an array of metal framed beams for mounting lighting adorning the stage of the Rosewood Ballroom in New York City, the setting seems somewhat appropriate, as BTO used metal gears as their symbol. For a couple of 67 year old guys, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, are still amazing performers. They still sport beards, although they have turned white, and seem to be in good health, and in very good spirits. These grizzled veteran rockers from Winnipeg, Canada, are truly an inspiration, as they power their way through the 92 minute performance, that is a testament to their enduring love for rock. Randy's playing is rock solid, as he handles nearly all of the lead guitar parts, despite there being two other guitarists onstage. Remarkably, Fred's voice sounds just as gruff and powerful as it did in BTO's glory years, still capable of sending chills up your spine.
Bachman Turner Overdrive was a remarkably talented band, capable of producing some diverse music. With Randy Bachman's soft singing voice, contrasting with Fred Turner's gravelly growl, the band had kind of a Yin and Yang thing going musically, particularly as early on, the band incorporated jazz elements and cool time changes. Played at little slower pace, the songs can be appreciated like a fine wine, and still delivers quite a kick. Rounding out the band are Marc Lafrance on drums, and guitarists Mick Dalla-Vee and Brent Howard Knudsen.
The 20 song setlist includes their hits "Hey You", "Let It Ride", "Roll On Down the Highway", "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet", and "Takin' Care of Business", as well as favorites, "Looking Out For #1", "Four Wheel Drive", "Hold Back The Water", "Not Fragile", "Rock Is My Life", and "Blue Collar". Bachman returns to his Guess Who days on "American Woman". The new Bachman Turner album is well represented with five songs. Bachman's poignant "Waiting Game" is a standout track. Fellow Canadian Paul Schaffer joins the band for their final three numbers including a cover of "Shakin' All Over", Bachman's first hit with the Guess Who.
The video production is first class, with nice coverage of the performance, without a lot of quick cuts. The focus is mainly on Turner and Bachman, as most of the band is seen mostly in wide shots, and there isn't too much coverage of the audience, who are in theater seats. The only disappointment is the lack of any bonus features.
They don't seem to get a lot of recognition for it now, but Bachman Turner Overdrive were one of the pioneers of hard rock, bringing some heavy guitar to the AM airwaves, at a time in the early 1970's, when soft rock artists like The Carpenters, The Jackson Five, Helen Reddy, Elton John, and Three Dog Night, were riding high on the pop charts.
For fans of Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, it was wonderful to hear that after so many years, they were working together again. The name "Bachman & Turner" was chosen, because of ongoing legal issues concerning the name "Bachman Turner Overdrive". While others their age are enjoying their retirement years, these gentlemen are still amazing musicians. This performance is a worthy addition to any fan's collection.