“My guitar playing was a one-of-a-kind thing I developed as a kid in Winnipeg. You can’t replace that”: Randy Bachman is suing the band performing under The Guess Who name for $20 million

Randy Bachman
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The Guess Who’s original songwriters, Canadian electric guitar icon Randy Bachman and vocalist Burton Cummings, are suing the current lineup of the band for false advertising – alleging the group is using “false and misleading tactics” to trade on Bachman and Cummings’ reputation and back catalog.

The complaint document, filed in a California court, relates to the nostalgia circuit group put together by the pair’s former bandmates Jim Kale and Garry Peterson and currently touring as The Guess Who.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.