|KNOW NAME RECORDS exclusive interview with
KNOW NAME RECORDS: First off, this is not a question but a chance for you to
let people know what your current projects are as far as a new album or any side
ROBIN BACHMAN: Well, we have about 10 new tunes we would like to release. I
have about three live concert DVDs I would like to get out. Also some tour film
from the 70s all the way to today's tour dates.
KNR: Did you ever think when you first started BTO that you would still be going
strong in 2004?
ROBIN: No not really. I’d don’t think anybody really thinks how long they will be
doing things or any job. You have a few years in mind but you never know
really. If any one told me in 1974 when BTO was the top band, “Hey when you
are 50, I will bring my kids to see you play New Years 2003 in, Tempe, AZ.” I
probably would have looked at them, “LIKE YOU ARE CRAZY!”
KNR: What is the long term plans for BTO?
ROBIN: Well, I’d really like to get those DVDs out and see how the fans and the
rest of the public receive them. It’s a part of my life on the road I can share with
people. Some of the seventies film is really fun and great to watch. There’s a
little taste of the film on the www.BTOROCKS.com web site. Click on speeding
ticket. As for BTO the band, we will just keep touring and touring if people want
to see us and we get hired we will play and play and play.
KNR: What has been the biggest highlight for you in your musical career?
ROBIN: Well, being #1 with a single and an album was pretty cool. When you look
back it seemed OK but now I think being able to work this long with Blair, Fred
and now Randy Murray, plus having new younger fans, love BTO’s concerts. I
think that’s my highlight
KNR: Obvious follow up. What has been the lowest point in your musical career?
ROBIN: Hearing we are taking OFF NEXT YEAR. HA.HA.HA.HA!
KNR: When BTO is nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will Randy
Bachman be a part of the ceremony?
ROBIN: Who says BTO is getting nominated?
KNR: What is your favorite BTO song to play live?
ROBIN: Well I know what my favorite to perform is, Blair Thornton’s rockin’ Four-
WHEEL DRIVE, performing it live we add, Blair’s, cool FREE WHEELING so we get
to do a little jamming.
KNR: What BTO song would you like to play live that is not in the current set list?
ROBIN: TOO MANY TO CHOOSE
KNR: What is your favorite song outside of the BTO song list?
ROBIN: THANK YOU FOR THE FEELING
KNR: What current bands have caught your interest?
ROBIN: I love, EMINEM, 50CENT, BLACK EYE PEAS, NO DOUBT, D12
KNR: Which band you have toured with has been your favorite?
ROBIN: BLUE OYSTER CULT, LOVERBOY, BEACHBOYS, WARRANT, AEROSMITH,
THREE DOG NIGHT.
KNR: What is your favorite city to play?
ROBIN: Well, L.A. area is always fun, but VEGAS takes the cake on this one. I love
playing there then hangout for a few days dancing in all the cool nightclubs with
my hot sexy wife, Chrissy. We love it there and we will get a chance again this
New Years Day.
KNR: What do you do when BTO takes a touring break?
ROBIN: My wife and I have a lot wild sex, buy DVDs and watch them with my wife
and dog, go out dancing, dinners, gardening, mountain bike, edit my videos,
travel to Mexico.
KNR: What drummers were influences for you?
ROBIN: Well like a lot of drummers my age, Ringo was my beginning of my
drumming interest, then, Gary Peterson, Keith Moon, Ginger Baker was a real
big influence for me as was Mitch Michelle, John Bonham, Floyd Sneed and of
course, the great BUDDY RICH.
KNR: Do you play any other instruments?
ROBIN: Very little guitar but enough to get a song idea across.
KNR: What is your biggest regret in your music career?
ROBIN: Not Taking my Super8 movie camera when, Blair Thornton and I met, Elvis!
KNR: What performer(s) would you pay to see in concert?
ROBIN: PRINCE, EMINEM, BLACK EYED PEAS, SNOOP DOG, PUFFY, STONES,
AC/DC, NO DOUBT.
KNR: Stranded island, one CD, which one is it?
ROBIN: Martha Stewart’s Island Living and Cooking.
KNR: What is Tim Bachman doing these days
ROBIN: I have no idea.
KNR: What has been the largest BTO concert attendance?
ROBIN: Well that changes yearly, our first was Three Rivers Stadium in,
Pittsburgh, 120,000. Then Vegas, 1998/99 New Years, Fremont Street Mall, they
estimated, 150,000 and higher so who knows. How do you count that many people
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