Concert Review – Burton Cummings: Up Close And Alone

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Burton Cummings

Burton Cummings

This past Monday legendary singer/songwriter Burton Cummings treated his Southern California fans to an intimate one man performance billed as “Up Close And Alone.”

For 90 plus minutes Cummings held the crowd in the palm of his hand while seated center stage behind a lone keyboard. Cummings, best known as the front man for the multiplatinum selling Canadian band The Guess Who, was in full-on entertainer mode as he told stories about his career as well as anecdotes about each song performed.

An evening with Burton Cummings

Cummings’ keyboard playing was on point throughout even if at times his voice was not. A show comprised of simply piano and voice often shows the limitations of some veteran artists and while he never struggled through any song on the setlist, there were a few cracks here and there.

The fifteen song set moved along at a brisk pace and Burton’s Catskills-like rapport kept the entire audience clapping, laughing and singing along throughout the show.

The Smother’s Theatre located at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA was the perfect venue for “Up Close And Alone” as the acoustics were stellar and the staff were polite and accommodating while parking was easily accessible and most importantly, free!

Burton Cummings


You Saved My Soul
Sour Suite
No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature
Clap For The Wolfman
Maggie May
Stand Tall
Albert Flasher
No Time
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Hand Me Down World
These Eyes
Dream Of A Child
Share The Land


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