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BTO musicians tour for their devoted fans

Bassist/vocalist C.F. "Fred" Turner, of Bachman Turner Overdrive - or, as the band prefers, BTO - said the reason the band still tours is for the fans.

"It's not so much dedication and the music as it is for the people we play for," Turner explained during an interview from Washington, D.C. "The crowds have a certain electricity, and since we've been around for a while, we see full families coming to the shows."BTO - including founders Turner and drummer Robin Bachman, and guitarists Randy Murray and Blair Thornton - will play the Dee Events Center on the Weber State University campus in Ogden, Friday, Oct. 24. The Beach Boys and Jerry Lee "The Killer" Lewis will also be on the bill. BTO and the Beach Boys will also play at the Centrum Arena at Southern Utah University, Saturday, Oct. 25. The concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both shows are on sale at all Smith's Tix outlets.

"I think the draw is what our music did to the parents," Turner said about the hits "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" and "Takin' Care of Business." "And when parents like music and play it all the time, the kids just grow up with it. You have families who go through a lot of memories with our music. It just crosses time."

Turner and Robin Bachman have tried to keep the BTO name up through the years, Turner said. At one point, there were three Bachman brothers in the lineup - Tim, Robin and Randy. But thanks to brotherly rivalry, fame and egos, Robin is the only Bachman of the original three who is still in the band.