Music legend Burton Cummings on his way to Kamloops

That's Gordon Lightfoot in the fall and Burton Cummings in the spring.

No, it's not a '60s time warp; it's a coincidence that two of the most recognized artists in Canadian music both tour through Kamloops this year.

Known from his years as front man for The Guess Who, Cummings, 63, launches his first solo swing in more than a decade this spring and arrives in Kamloops for a May 31 show at Interior Savings Centre. Your Backyard Tour, as it's called, begins May 1 in Montreal and heads west, hitting all the major stops and some smaller cities in between.

With his backup band, the Carpet Frogs, Cummings is promoting his 2008 studio album, Above the Ground. All of its 19 tracks are newly recorded, though some were written years ago.

When Cummings joined The Guess Who in 1966, they were virtually unknown, having played as Chad Allan & The Reflections for some years before. They had a No. 1 hit with a cover of Shakin' All Over, but it wasn't until 1969, after moving away from their original Mersey-style beat, that they hit it big internationally. Hits such as American Woman, No Sugar Tonight and These Eyes propelled them to the forefront of the Canadian rock scene until the band broke up in 1975. Cummings then embarked on a solo career. More recently he's been promising a book of verse, The Writings of B.L. Cummings, not yet published.

Cummings made the national news last month on a non-musical note. He spoke out against a compost facility under development in rural Saanich on Vancouver Island, where he goes "to hide from my fame basically."

Last spring, the officer of the Order of Canada returned to his Winnipeg high school to pick up an honorary diploma 40 years after he dropped out.

He also called for help last month from faithful fans to stop imposters, a U.S. touring group presenting themselves as the real Guess Who. Nothing like an original act to expose the fakes. Another coincidence: Randy Bachman, former Guess Who guitarist, also resumes touring this spring with Fred Turner of Bachman Turner Overdrive.

Concert tickets will be available through Ticketmaster, although there was no indication at press time of when they go on sale.

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