Rockers love crowd’s energy
Fred Turner of BachmanTurner Overdrive and the band’s latest incarnation Bachman-Turner, has used Google Earth to suss out the Queenstown region before he arrives for the Gibbston gig later this month. Over four years in the mid70s, Fred, along with band mate Randy Bachman, who were the driving force in Bachman-Turner Overdrive, sold more than 30 million records, earning 120 platinum, gold and silver discs, and notched up hits in more than 20 countries. The band reached number one in world single sales with You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, as well as scoring hits with Taking Care of Business and Hey You. Last week Fred was ‘‘chilling out’’ in sunny Florida before preparing to pack his bags for New Zealand, and was happy he would be coming into the peak our our summer. Equally pleasing to the veteran rocker was the fact that he would have time between his series of New Zealand gigs, which take place in Matakana and Taupo, to see the country – a place he always wanted to visit, but previously turned down the chance to. ‘‘In all the crazy years of playing all over the world, I never got to New Zealand,’’ he said. ‘‘The dumb thing was we actually got offered some gigs there at some stage, but for some reason couldn’t make it, and turned them down. I’m very lucky to be able to visit now and play all over a country that from everything I’ve researched, looks very beautiful.’’ He was aware of Queenstown’s wineries and reputation for adventure tourism, although getting among the wineries was probably more his style. All the old favourites would be on the set list, as well as newer songs from the 2010 Bachman-Turner self-titled album. With such a back catalogue of instantly recognisable and singable tunes, he was hopeful the crowd would be doing exactly that, he said. ‘‘It’s all about the energy exchange between the crowd and the band. Things can get really crazy and lift your performance in really unanticipated ways if the crowd is throwing that energy back at you when you’re up there.’’
Singalong: Randy Bachman (left) and Fred Turner of Bachman-Turner perform in the chilly air of their home country, Canada. The duo, who are the core of the band, had huge hits in the mid 70s with Bachman Turner Overdrive, and are looking forward to playing in the warmer climate of Queenstown at their Gibbston Valley Winery gig later this month.