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Former Guess Who frontman coming to Calumet

July 5, 2012
By Zach Kukkonen ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - The primary songwriter and lead singer of one of the famed bands of the 1960s and '70s will bring his solo act to the Calumet Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Burton Cummings, formerly of The Guess Who, will perform with his own band, The Burton Cummings Band, and is best known for penning and performing songs like "American Woman," "These Eyes," "No Time," "Share the Land" and "Hand Me Down World."

"People will know most of the songs he's going to do," Calumet Theatre Artistic/Technical Director Davey Holmbo said. "He's got a list a mile long of hits."

While frontman of Canadian band The Guess Who, Cummings helped the band chart 20 singles on the Billboard charts from 1969-75, including a No. 1 in "American Woman."

"In this concert, what you're going to get is the voice and the heart and soul of what The Guess Who was," Holmbo said. "It's going to be a night of classic rock and roll.

"We were very fortunate to get him," he continued. "He will be coming off a date at Summerfest (in Milwaukee)."

After leaving The Guess Who in 1975, Cummings had some success as a solo artist with songs like "Stand Tall," "I'm Scared" and "Break it to Them Gently." He also recently made an officer of the Order of Canada, the highest honor a civilian can receive in Canada.

Reserved seating for the show is $35, with a discount for theatre members. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and two and a half hours before showtime. For more information, call the Calumet Theatre Box Office at 337-2610 or visit



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