Rock­ers love crowd’s en­ergy

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By GRANT BRYANT

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.’’

Photo: REUTERS

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.

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