These Eyes

Recorded live at Bluefrog Studios, Colin Arthur Wiebe performs “These Eyes” the classic hit song originally recorded by The Guess Who.

Band includes: (from left to right)

Colin Arthur Wiebe - vocals and grand piano
Peter Sweetzer - Keyboards / Strings/ Organ
Darren Savard - Lead Guitar
Dave McIlroy - Drums
Dave Reimer - Bass
Tyson McIlroy - Rhythm Guitar
Coby Palidwar - BG Vocals
Stephanie Standerwick - BG Vocals

Lead Singer Of The Guess Who

As many of you know I toured with Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive for over 17 years singing all the Guess Who songs that Randy co-wrote with Burton Cummings. A few years ago the original drummer from the Guess Who, Garry Peterson, called me and asked me to join them on a US tour after a serious accident prevented their singer at the time (Carl Dixon)  from completing the tour. I had a chuckle when I got my working papers in the mail - “Colin Wiebe, lead singer of the Guess Who”.  I was honoured to front the band for a time but to me, there is no replacement for the real voice of Burton Cummings. With young daughters at home, and my own musical ambitions, I had no desire to spend months on the road. I am forever grateful to have had that opportunity and I have great stories to share when I perform any of those classic songs.

People ask me how I got started with Bachman.

My band the The Meteors was booked to warm up for the original Bachman Turner Overdrive in the late 80’s. It was New Year’s Eve and after BTO played “Takin Care Of Business” and said goodnight,  I went backstage to the dressing room to pack up my things. The crowd was going crazy, holding up lighters and cheering for an encore. Bruce Allen was backstage and boldly commanded Randy and the band to play an encore. I overheard Randy say “we don’t have anymore songs”. Bruce said, “play American Woman”. Fred Turner who was the lead singer with the big Harley Davidson voice in BTO said hoarsley,  “I can’t sing that song”. Bruce Allen looked directly at me and said . . . “you can sing that song, get out there!” With the crowd on their feet I stepped on stage and sang American Woman with BTO and the actual guy who wrote that famous riff.  Not long after that night I got a call to do a gig with Randy for his solo album because he didn’t have a band. I said when’s the gig, he said, this weekend, I said “when are we going to rehearse”? He replied “We don’t need to rehearse, we’re lip syncing you can learn the song on the plane”. That was in 1991 and I continued to tour around the world with him for nearly two decades.

What’s your relationship with Burton Cummings?

We’ve done a number gigs together over the years but it wasn’t until I spent a few hours with Burton on his birthday that we really got to know each other.  My co-host on Lets Talk Rock, is Marty Kramer who has been a life long friend of Burtons. I was along to interview Burton for a new TV pilot that Marty is working on. We laughed and sang, we all told stories and I got to ask Burton many of the burning questions I’d accumulated over the years about the band and about the origin of the songs.

I told Burton Cummings this story
I was on tour with Randy Bachman and we played an outdoor festival in Indiana that was part of a Veterans convention. I must admit it was a rough looking crowd. Lots of leather and doo-rags, Vietnam vets, bikers and many other Soldiers-Of-Fortune. After singing The Guess Who’s biggest hit record, guys started throwing flowers at my feet and lining up big plastic cups full of beer beside my keyboard. When I came off the stage, guys with eye patches and men with their arms or legs blown off, starting hugging me and crying. I kept saying to them “I’m not the actual guy who sang the song on the record”. Just then a guy in a wheelchair grabbed me and said ” We don’t care who sang it, it’s the song man and you nailed it! We were in the jungles of Vietnam, knee deep in water, with a transistor radio against our ears and too be honest, I still don’t even know what the singer looks like.” As I relayed that story to Burton, I told him it was that day, I vowed to always honour and respect those songs because they represent powerful memories for so many. Burton gave me a big hug and thanked me for honoring his songs and that meant a lot to me.

Butterflies in a Jar

I wrote this song about a friend of mine who had lost everything. His story of loss, victimization and attempted suicide touched me deeply.  I was struck with this image of a butterfly in a jar, dying a slow death. I imagined being totally exposed, having nowhere to hide and what it would be like to experience that feeling of utter helplessness. The subtle paraphrasing of certain verses from Psalms were intentional.

The video was filmed in the drug infested streets of Gastown in Vancouver BC Canada. The original actress hired for the video called in sick on the day of the shoot and we had to find a replacement at the last minute. Because we needed a female teenager, I asked my daughter Jess if she would fill in.  She did an amazing job and I was so proud of her. It was an eye opening experience for her to spend a day on skid row and one I’m sure one she’ll never forget. Jess still refuses to watch this video to this day (I think it’s because she doesn’t like the way she looks wearing that make-up to make her look like an addict. She was portraying a former addict who was rescued by a woman at the Salvation Army. She made a complete recovery and returned to this area many years later to help others the way she was once helped. You can see her in the last frame of the video.

Pamela Anderson

I was checking my website stats and noticed I was getting alot of traffic (hits). When we are on tour that is normal because after a show many people Google our names. I am not on tour right now and the hits were quite high. After further investigation it turns out people are hitting my photo page that displays the pictures of me with Pamela Anderson. That explains why I have lots of hits and few CD sales. If you haven’t seen the backstage pictures you simply must join my backstage club and have a look!

Last year we put on a dance for my daughter’s soccer team that was an absolute blast! Well . . . we are doing it again! Randy Bachman will be overseas so he won’t be able to play this time but we have members of Streetheart, The Guess Who and some surprise local guests. For those of you reading this thatlive in the Lower Mainland mark your calendar for Nov. 4. I’m calling the band The Canadian Classic Rock Allstars and tickets will sellout so go to and reserve your tickets immediately!