A new documentary by Randy Bachman explores his life, career and influence. It's called (creatively enough) Bachman, and it arrives on streaming services and DVD March 26.
I just saw him at the Barrymore in late January and he was awesome! He told great stories from his early days in Winnipeg and how bands like The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive developed, and even had his son Tal Bachman with him as part of the band as they performed Tal's hit "She's So High." Bachman's songs included hits and some deeper cuts from his early days with The Guess Who and BTO as well as covers of George Harrison and more. By the end of the show, you not only heard great music, but fascinating stories that really helped illustrate them and his career.
The 78-minute film features interviews with Bachman himself, plus sit-downs with Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Fred Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Alex Lifeson of Rush.
"He was like my biggest influence when I was a kid," Young says in the film. "Watching him play guitar — he had an amazing sense about the way he played. And the feeling that you got when you listened to him. It was more than just chops. ... I hear Randy. When I see him, I hear him, and I feel him."
Bachman is one of only a handful of artists in history to have No. 1 hits with two separate bands, thanks to "American Woman" with The Guess Who and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" with BTO.
You can watch the film's trailer here: