Bachman-Turner‘s Fred Turner Announces Retirement

Randy Bachman has announced the retirement of his longtime partner in crime, bassist Fred Turner. Bachman posted on Facebook a message to fans, explaining, “After touring for over 50 years, singer/bassist Fred Turner of Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO) and Bachman & Turner has decided to retire from the road. This talented man has been a friend of mine for a long time. I’m grateful for the joyful music and years we’ve had together. While he has earned a well-deserved break, I’m going to keep going for as long as I can. Hats off to Fred for a tremendous legacy of rock. Not many can shriek like this man!

Coming on Friday (March 16th) in celebration of what would’ve been George Harrison‘s 75th birthday, is Randy Bachman’s new covers album, By George – By Bachman. The set, which is bookended by the Bachman original “Between Two Mountains” features such evergreens by the “Quiet Beatle” as “If I Needed Someone,” “You Like Me Too Much,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Handle With Care,” “Taxman,” “I Need You,” “Something,” “Think For Yourself,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “Don’t Bother Me,” and “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth).”

  • Bachman, who’s one of the few veteran rockers still writing, recording, and touring behind new music after 50 years in the business, told us that he firmly believes that the obsession of maximizing the almighty dollar ruined a booming industry for all involved: “Somebody has created this product and they’re way over-charging for it — almost like a corporate-government move on, like, the oil scam, right? There’s no real oil shortage, except the gas (prices) keep going up and so does the oil — there’s no real shortage. It’s the same with the record business. They say, ‘Vinyl is out and CD’s are in.’ So they go to every record store and they pull out all the bins — so if you have vinyl, they don’t even fit there anymore. Then they sell everybody new shelves that hold the size of a CD. And it’s ‘Let’s make another buck! Let’s make another buck!'” at Victoria, Canada’s Royal Theatre.