Kicking off the 2017 Toronto Jazz Fest, Canadian Rock Legend Randy Bachman revived The Concert Hall for a night of classics and some new Heavy Blues. With the floor packed, Jazz Fest volunteers and staff were forced to think on their feet, filling the balcony with chairs to accommodate the ever-growing crowd.
Bachman, with special guests Walter Trout and Laila Biali, played a variety of hits from his impressive career with both Bachman-Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who, sprinkling in some new favorites that played more to the tastes of the Jazz Fest’s key demographic. Also accompanying Bachman on stage was his son Tal, who made his own name in Canadian music with the 1999 hit, “She’s So High”, making the evening a family affair and creating a very welcoming and laid back atmosphere throughout the venue.
The only musician to be inducted twice into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Bachman showcased his outstanding talent with tunes like “These Eyes”, “American Woman” and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”, reminding the crowd just how many noteworthy tracks he had been a part of. As he moves forward into this new stage of his career, that being the world of Rhythm and Blues, there is no doubt that Bachman will remain the shining representation of Canadian musical talent we have known him to be throughout his 50+ years in the industry, and of course, continue his practice of “Taking Care of Business”…everyday.