Randy Bachman performs at Rock the Lake at Prospera Place Aug. 10 Photo/Sydney Morton

Randy Bachman discusses the future of guitars

After a drop in sales, the rock legend says the guitar isn’t going anywhere

A rock legend took the stage in Kelowna Friday night, moving his hands effortlessly along the neck of his guitar, playing the songs that made him a part of Canadian rock history and pushed his band in front of an international spotlight.

Founding member of The Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Iron Horse and Brave Belt Randy Bachman kicked off Rock the Lake in style. Along with his son, Tal Bachman and band, he showed the crowd that talent doesn’t fade with age. In town to promote his new album, By George By Bachman; an ode to his inspiration, The Beatles member, George Harrison. Bachman played hit after hit including a mash up streak of guitar heavy borrowed chart toppers such as “Whole lotta love” by Led Zepplin. Threading them together seamlessly, he finished the night on the Bachman Turner Overdrive hit “Taking Care of Business” after the crowd roared for an encore.

Related: Randy Bachman ‘rocks the lake’

Bachman, who made his mark in history with a guitar, bought the last four guitars Les Paul made before Henry Juszkiewicz, the CEO of Gibson Guitars parted with the company.

In May, Gibsons Brand Inc., the legendary guitar company filed for bankruptcy, and questions began rising about what that meant for the future of rock music. Sales of the guitars in the U.S. declined from 1.5 million to one million a year. But Bachman says without worry that guitars aren’t going anywhere.

“Everything is cyclical, guitars are going to come back big time,” Bachman said. “If sales are declining I know that they are going to pick right back up, nothing is ever gone forever in this world and I think Les Paul is going to come back.”

Related: April Wine ready to rock Peach Festival

Bachman believes innovation and a new era for the guitar may lie in the hands of the new generation that is making their own guitars, giving them the ability to give the instrument unique features.

“I know that recently a lot of younger guys are making their own guitars and that is a really niche market. They say, how many telecasters or strats do I really need? I have 12 of each, but if there is something that makes it (a guitar) special, a special kind of wood, or a special feature that I could modify to have pick ups or stuff like that.”

Related:Swamp roots rockers stoked for Salmon Arm’s Roots & Blues Festival

Bachman, a musical encyclopedia, shows off his knowledge on his CBC radio show, Vinyl Tap where he shares part of himself and the stories behind the music.

Bachman played once again Sunday night in Prince George, B.C. at Cariboo Rocks the North and will take the stage once again on Aug. 24 at Trois Rivieres en Blues at Cogeco Amphitheatre in Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@sydneyrmorton
sydney.morton@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Randy Bachman performs at Rock the Lake at Prospera Place Aug. 10 Photo/Sydney Morton

Tal Bachman performs at Rock the Lake at Prospera Place Aug. 10 Photo/Sydney Morton

Randy Bachman performs at Rock the Lake at Prospera Place Aug. 10 Photo/Sydney Morton

Randy Bachman performs at Rock the Lake at Prospera Place Aug. 10 Photo/Sydney Morton

Randy Bachman performs at Rock the Lake at Prospera Place Aug. 10 Photo/Sydney Morton

Randy Bachman performs at Rock the Lake at Prospera Place Aug. 10 Photo/Sydney Morton

Just Posted

Alberta man’s body recovered from Okanagan Lake after five-day search

‘The depth of the water, as well as the topography of the lake, made the recovery of the deceased very challenging’ - RCMP

Rose Valley Dam wildfire ‘under control’

B.C. Wildfire anticipates no further growth from the three-hectare fire

Central Okanagan residents invited to give input on regional transport plan

The plan will help Central Okanagan governments work together to connect people and places across the region

Okanagan set for thunderstorms before sunny weekend

Thunderstorms are predicted to give way to a hot, sunny weekend around Kelowna

Body of 21-year-old man found in Okanagan Lake

BC Coroners Service is investigating the circumstances of the man’s death

B.C. doctors, dentists call on province for mandatory mask rule

Open letter says masks should be worn in indoor public spaces, public transportation or in crowds

Merritt man arrested after allegedly touching children inappropriately

Skylar Mcleod, 24, is facing six charges, including one for sexual interference

Dwindling B.C. bamboo supply leaves Calgary Zoo biologists worried about pandas

Zoo has been trying to send pandas back to China since May

Facebook launches its new TikTok clone, Instagram Reels

Facebook has a long tradition of cloning competitive services

Masks urged for some students returning to Vernon schools

Phase two sees students return full-time Sept. 8

B.C. Appeal Court prevents Victoria woman from using the term ‘death midwife’ in her job

Pashta MaryMoon claimed she had been providing “death-care services” for more than 40 years

Water draws Okanagan artists together for exhibit

Gallery Vertigo open house Saturday for Spirit of Water

COLUMN: COVID-19 contact tracing app offers innovative approach

App designed to help monitor spread of pandemic in Canada

Most Read