LIVE: Burton Cummings @ Albany’s Riverfront Park, 7/7/11

July 13th, 2011, 4:30 pm by Greg

Burton Cummings (photo by Al Goldberg)

Burton Cummings (photo by Al Goldberg)


After a week of contemporary “country” music from Thompson Square, the Alive at Five concert series got back to its theme for 2011 – presenting the former lead singers of once-upon-a-time hitmakers. Burton Cummings was, of course, the lead singer, co-writer and keyboardist on nearly all of the biggest hits by ’60s-’70s Canadian rockers the Guess Who.

He was backed by a competent if undistinguished five-piece band that pumped out pretty straight-forward re-creations of those hits. And, I’ve got to admit, there were a whole lot of them – from the opening romp through “No Sugar Tonight” to the rambunctious closer “No Time.” In between, Cummings & Co. dished out “Laughing,” “Clap for the Wolfman,” the Beatles-esque “Hand Me Down World” and the big ballad “These Eyes.”

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