One of the greats, The Guess Who, are back with a fantastic new record and their first studio album of new music in over 30 years! The new album, The Future IS What It Used To Be arrives September 14th on CD, vinyl, and digital formats and can be pre-ordered now, along with a whole bunch of fan goodies, through the band’s PledgeMusic campaign. Guests on the album include Tommy Shaw (Styx) and Guess Who founding member, Jim Kale. We spoke to Garry Peterson – who has banged the drums on every Guess Who album – and Derek Sharp (vocals/guitars since 2008) to tell us about the new record, the past, present and the future of The Guess Who.
How did you first hear about PledgeMusic and tell us a little about your new PledgeMusic project?
(Derek Sharp) I first heard of PledgeMusic through Sass Jordan and Brian Tichy, who were using it for their project S.U.N., contributing to a Kiss 40th Anniversary Tribute album. Sass is a brilliant singer from Montreal and Brian did a Christmas Holiday album through PledgeMusic last year.
The new album called The Future IS What It Used To Be has been a long time coming; what galvanised you into making a new record?
(DS) I had been writing songs specifically for this band since I joined. We did some recording over the years, but it became more focused when Will Evankovich (guitars/backing vocals) Joined the band in 2014 and we decided to complete the album together.
Your PledgeMusic campaign has signed albums, cool merch, signed guitar, drumsticks and a drumhead signed by all the band. Was it fun dreaming up the campaign?
(DS) Of course! it’s really an integral part of marketing and promotion in the present climate.
Looking ahead, what is coming up for The Guess Who? Is this the first of a series of new records?
(DS) Yes! We intend to continue to make records and play to as many people as possible.
Can you remember the first piece of music that made an impact on you?
(Garry Peterson) The jazz standard ‘C Jam Blues’ originally composed by Duke Ellington in 1942 also covered by Ella Fitzgerald & The Count Basie Orchestra, Oscar Peterson, Django Reinhardt and Charles Mingus.
(DS) ‘Rock Around The Clock’ by Bill Haley and the Comets
What’s the last album you bought and the first that you purchased with your own money?
(GP) First was Rich vs Roach, a 1959 studio album by drummers Buddy Rich and Max Roach with their respective bands of the time. Described as a “drum lover’s dream come true”, it’s both a period piece and a great musical record of possibly the finest drummers of their era at the height of their creative and technical powers. The newest is Soul Side of Town by Tower Of Power, which 50 years into their career has earned them their first Billboard No. 1.
(DS) First one for me was Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and most recent was Celia Cruz with La Sonora Mantancera.
The first concert that you remember going to?
(GP) The Ventures
(The Ventures are widely considered to be the greatest surf band of the era. Formed in 1958, they sold over 100 million records worldwide and are the best- selling instrumental band of all time. Ed.)
(DS) Don Messer’s Jubilee at the Fort William Gardens, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
(Don Messer was a Canadian fiddler, bandleader and radio broadcaster who died in 1973, but is today remembered as an icon of Canadian folk music. Ed. )
Perfect gig: what makes it for you as a performer and maybe a memorable show for you?
(GP) The perfect gig for me is one in which the band and fans are in complete harmony. The SARS benefit concert in Toronto July 30th with The Rolling Stones, AC/DC & Rush in 2003 was a big highlight.
(DS) Same concert as Garry, only with a different band!
My Life’s Playlist – please list 5 songs that are really special to you and maybe a couple of lines on each as to why.
- Long Distance Love/Little Feat – where music meets lyric in the most perfect way.
- Love’s In Need Of Love Today/Stevie Wonder – one of the many songs that taught me how to sing, harmonize and phrase properly…. in any genre.
- Moonlight Serenade/Glenn Miller Band – a perfect lesson on music arranging and how to get 15 musicians to make one beautiful sound.
- Whole Lotta Love/Led Zeppelin – the song that helped me turn a corner on guitar playing and my approach thereafter.
- Rock Around The Clock/Bill Haley and the Comets – this song came on the radio when 5 years old, I decided at that moment what I was gonna do the rest of my life.
(GP) The question of a life song playlist is too immense and overwhelming to begin to contemplate for me. Music is the ultimate drug.
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2018 US Tour Dates:
Fri, Aug 24, 2018 Foellinger Theatre Ft. Wayne, IN
Sat, Aug 25, 2018 Lincoln Amphitheatre Lincoln City, IN
Fri, Aug 31, 2018 Oregon State Fair Salem, OR
Sat, Sep 1, 2018 Fort Randall Casino Lake Andes, SD
Sat, Sep 15, 2018 Twin River Casino Lincoln, RI
Sat, Sep 29, 2018 Helwig Winery Plymouth, CA
Sun, Sep 30, 2018 Yoshi’s Oakland, CA
Fri, Oct 5, 2018 The Golden Nugget Las Vegas, NV
Sun, Nov 11, 2018 Magic City Casino Amphitheater Miami, FL
Fri Nov 23, 2018 Boomtown Casino Hotel Reno, NV
Fri, Nov 30, 2018 One World Theatre Austin, TX
Sat, Dec 1, 2018 Arlington Music Hall Arlington, TX
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 Savannah Center The Villages, FL
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