Burton Cummings – Concert Review

I can happily report that at long last I got to see Burton Cummings, of The Guess Who and singer/songwriter fame perform live. I have been tracking his concert appearances in the hope of seeing him live for a couple of decades now.

I literally stumbled upon the fact that Burton Cummings was playing Mohegan Sun Wolf Den. I discovered this fact the night I waited on line to see Johnny Rivers perform. It was a major discovery I was jazzed to find. I have been searching high and low for a Burton Cummings concert date on the Web, with PollStar for years.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the Mohegan Sun Casino, Wolf Den it is a venue in the middle of the Casino of the Earth. It resembles a huge tented alcove from the outside. Inside it is a nightclub in a semicircle with a rock covered stage area. Its as if you are in the mountains somewhere watching an act perform. The amazing part of the acoustics is that when the musics playing you can’t hear the whir and bing of the slot machines at all šŸ˜‰

The shows are free to the public, you just have to arrive early for a seat. I typically get there three+ hours before they let the audience in at 6:30 for an 8 o’clock show. Its a long time to stand but the music is very worth it as are the caliber of artists they bring to the Wolf Den.

It was a busy night at Mohegan Sun on the fourth of July weekend. Def Leppard and Heart were performing at the Arena. We hope to see Heart someday as a headliner act. Yes, they are on my bucket list šŸ˜‰

I can now draw a line through Burton Cummings on my bucket list. It was my expectation that he would perform hits from The Guess Who period of his career and he didn’t disappoint us at all. Last night was the opening night of Burton Cummings Your Backyard U.S. Tour. He and his band the Carpet Frogs played a great set of music as the set list indicates below.

Burton Cummings was enthusiastic with the reception he received from the Wolf Den crowd. He said something interesting to all of us. He stated that he wasn’t sure if he should tour the US with there already being a band that calls themselves The Guess Who. I am glad he reconsidered that option and played his heart out for us last night.

I loved that Burton Cummings performed Rosemary’s favorite Guess Who single, “Undun” as he did mine, “These Eyes”. Burton Cummings has a signature voice and he is one of, if not my favorite vocalist of all time. Granted he’s 63 now and he was 20 when he had his first two gold records (Laughing and These Eyes both from the same single…). He lowers the octave range of his voice to compensate for time and his voice sounded great last night let me tell you.

I am including some pictures I took last night with my Apple iPhone. The balance of the photographs are available here on Flickr. I need to get a better smartphone camera, maybe when the iPhone 5 comes out šŸ˜‰

July 2, 2011
Mohegan Sun Wolf Den
Burton Cummings
and the Carpet Frogs

Set List
1. No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature
2.Ā Albert Flasher
3. Clap for the Wolfman
4. Laughing
5. Guns, Guns, Guns
6. Stand Tall
7. Hand Me Down World
8. Rollaway
9. Undun
10. Bus Driver
11. These Eyes
12. American Woman
13. Star Baby
14. Break it to Me Gently

included as part of Ā #14,

Oldies Medley

Working on the Chain Gang
Be bop A Lula
Another Saturday night
Donna
Duke of Earl

15. No Time

16. I Will Play A Rhapsody

Encore
17. Louie, Louie
18. Share the Land

Sent from my iPhone

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Burton Cummings In Concert, Saturday July 2

Burton Cummings
Image via Wikipedia

I delve further into the musical Ā career of Burton CummingsĀ as we plan to see him live at Mohegan Sun Wolf Den on Saturday July 2nd. He has a classic, signature vocal as lead singer/keyboardist for the The Guess Who.

Burton Cummings left The Guess Who in 1975 to pursue a solo career.Ā Cummings released a total of eight solo albums and collections from 1976 to 1990. In 1997 he released a live compilation album of his solo performances entitledĀ Up Close and Alone.

In 2000, Cummings, Bachman and original drummer Garry Peterson toured as The Guess Who. Bassist Jim Kale played one show and former Guess Who sidemen Donnie McDougall and Bill Wallace re-joined the line-up through the remainder of the tour in Canada and later in the U.S. The reformed The Guess Who toured with Cummings from 2000 through to the summer of 2003.

Cummings plays occasional shows withĀ Randy BachmanĀ asĀ The Bachman-Cummings Band, featuringĀ The Carpet Frogs, a band fromĀ Toronto.

Burton Cummings has an innate sense of publishing for the Internet, he maintains an articulately designed “Official” WordPress Blog Site,Ā http://burtoncummings.net/.

Burton Cummings latest CD entitled, Above The Ground was released in 2008. It was first hisĀ solo album of new studio material in 18 years

Burton Cummings

Here is a recent video of Burton Cummings performing with the Carpet FrogsĀ Ā from the Your Backyard 2011 Tour.

The Guess Who – Daily Post 2011 #15

One of my favorite groups from the sixties is The Guess Who.Ā 

When I am listening to the 60s on 6 station on Sirius Satellite Radio their songs come across very vibrant and amazingly fresh all these decades later.

They had a great series of hits on the radio, with unique textures, solid vocals and a tight rock sound. Check out this YouTube video of Ā the original version of “No Time” with a psychedelic intro and outro.

Seeing The Guess Who live is on my bucket list. I am not certain that will be possible with members of the original lineup unless they reunite for a U.S. tour. The signature vocals of lead singer/keyboardist, Burton Cummings established the band as a fixture on the radio. The guitar work of Randy Bachman finessed their sound. Bachman and Cummings co-wrote many of The Guess Who’s hits.

Randy Bachman left the band in 1970 to form Bachman-Turner Overdrive which generated many classic Ā hits on their own. Burton Cummings left the band in 1975 for a solo career.

The Guess Who tour as the nucleus shown below today.Ā Original members still performing as The Guess Who include Jim Kale bassist and Garry Peterson drummer who own franchise. I’m glad to know they are keeping it real. I hope to catch The Guess Who in concert this year or next as I watch the Web for show dates near us in 2011/2012 šŸ˜‰