Sarnia shows by Randy Bachman announced

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A Canadian rock music legend is set to return to Sarnia’s Imperial Theatre in 2018.

The downtown theatre announced tickets go on sale Wednesday for March 5 and 6 shows by Randy Bachman, co-founder of The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive.

“He sold out two shows about two years ago,” said theatre executive director Brian Austin Jr.

“We wanted to bring him back because everybody who saw the show last time said that his storytelling and the music was just incredible.”

Beginning with 1965’s single, Shaking All Over, Bachman has sold more than 40 million records and has a list of hits that includes You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, Taking Care of Business, Let It Ride, American Woman, No Sugar Tonight and These Eyes.

He has been inducted twice into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

“I knew every single song that he played, last time,” Austin Jr., said.

“And, they’re all classics.”

Bachman tours with a full band, and tells stories from his long career between songs, Austin Jr. said.

He said Bachman has been described as the architect of Canadian rock n’ roll.

“I don’t think that’s a stretch, at all,” he added.

Friday’s announcement is the latest in a series from the Imperial Theatre for an upcoming all-Canadian season, in honour of the country’s 150th birthday.

“There’s still a few more to go,” Austin Jr., said.

“This is a massive season for us.”

The lineup includes sold-out shows by the Barenaked Ladies and Jann Arden, as well as previously announced shows by Nikki Yanofsky, Tom Cochrane and Red Ryder, guitarist Jesse Cook, fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, and Fred Penner.

“That alone is a phenomenal season, but the last few that we’re going to announce, I think, are really going to wow some people,” Austin Jr., said.

He added he has already noticed an impact on the downtown, just from the season announcements.

“There’s so much foot traffic,” on days the tickets go on sale, he said.

“I’m really proud that we’re able to do that for the community.”

Ticket sales for the coming season have been “strong across the board,” he added.

Tickets for the two shows by Bachman are $99 for premium seats, and $79 for regular seats.

They’re set to go on sale online Wednesday at 9 a.m.,, and then at 11 a.m. at the box office.

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