Legendary Rocker Burton Cummings Gears Up for His First Headlining Show in Las Vegas in January 2014
A Two-Time Recipient of Stars on Canada's Walk of Fame, The Former Guess Who Frontman Released His First Full-Band Live Album 'Massey Hall' in 2012, and Is Soon Releasing 'RUFF, Volume 1,' The First In A Series of DVD Documentaries Chronicling His Personal Life and Extraordinary Career
Burton Cummings (www.burtoncummings.com) recalls sitting in his high school class one day, doodling pictures of records he dreamed he would someday make with his band's name on them. Just a few years later, when the legendary frontman of The Guess Who was 21, he found himself in the backseat of a limo, crossing the famed 59th Street Bridge into Manhattan, on his way to a photo session withRandy Bachman. As the two band mates gazed in awe at the unfolding cityscape, their first hit song song "These Eyes" came on the radio.
"I'm this guy from Winnipeg looking at all these skyscrapers and suddenly hear the DJ say, 'There's that great song by Canadian rockers The Guess Who," the singer/songwriter says. "It was a tremendous moment for a kid from the prairies listening to my first gold record. I thought, 'Am I dreaming this?'"
That dream is still alive and thriving in the digital age. Cummings is still performing classics like "These Eyes," "American Woman," "Undun," "No Time" and"Share The Land" and his biggest solo hit "Stand Tall" -among countless others-on tour every year across the U.S. and his native Canada, where The Guess Who was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1987. The singer is also a two time recipient of stars on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto-as frontman for The Guess Who and as a solo artist.
Enthusiastic, creative and fully embracing social media to stay in day to day touch with several generations of fans, Cummings is looking forward to wrapping his busier than ever touring slate this year with a batch of East Coast dates in mid-November, then launching 2014 with his first ever headlining shows in Las Vegas,January 17-18, 2014 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino.
"I played a private performance for Universal at the Hard Rock in Vegas once, but I'm excited about setting a new precedent in my career doing these first official shows there," says Cummings. "I've seen pictures of the showroom and they've got this cool IMAX type seating with a slanted floor. The cool part about playing rooms like this is that our shows turn them into 'outdoor' festival experiences with a real party atmosphere."
Cummings, who plays keyboards, piano and guitar, continues to work with an explosive five piece band of two guitarists, a bassist, and a standup percussionist-all of whom are singers. "I grew up on The Beatles and Beach Boys, so I've always been a stickler for everyone onstage being a vocalist," he says. "The challenge is that my shows are usually two hours or longer and you can't do that in Vegas. It's 65-70 minutes tops, so I'll have to leave out some notable material - but that's great for the fans because that means I'll focus on the hit records! Having that many songs that have stuck around for so many decades is a problem most musicians wish they had, and I'm grateful for this opportunity."
No doubt, Cummings' loyal fans will be sharing photos and videos from concerts on his new real-time website, which has been filling up quickly with live performance photos and videos (from recent shows and over the years) via Facebook, Twitter,YouTube and Instagram since Burton sent out a recent Tweet encouraging fans to take photos and videos during concerts and to share them on social media using the hashtag #BCLIVE. Photos and videos shared using these social media platforms are displayed in real time on the homepage of BurtonCummings.com, creating an exciting sense of immediacy and community among excited fans. The response to #BCLIVE has been overwhelming. Since it was introduced recently, content has been coming in from all over the world and fans have begun sharing it amongst themselves and creating a fresh new buzz for the site and about Cummings' activities.