This Sweet Documentary About The Band Chicago Looks Like It’s Going To Rock
“Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago” is scheduled to premiere New Year’s Day on CNN, and for fans of the band, that day can’t come soon enough.
The documentary, directed by Peter Pardini and produced by the band itself, gives fans the raw story about the band’s evolution from six guys playing together in their basement in the late 60s to a super-group that sold more than 100 million records over 50 years. (RELATED: Band Performing During Paris Attacks Banned From Returning Over Anti-Muslim Remarks)
Pardini, the director, told The Daily Caller that die-hard fans will love it, but he said that even those who know nothing about Chicago have said after watching it at film festivals they learned things they never knew.
“It’s exciting because everyone I’ve talked to has liked it,” Pardini explained. “All the band members liked it. It was a good thing too because none of them saw any of the movie until it was done.”
“Their relationship is totally fine tuned,” he added. “Basically when you watch the movie they complete each other’s sentences. It’s a more soulful way to see how they have maintained a brotherhood this long … rather than just the music.”
Pardini launched the project in May 2013, and after 15 months of filming he thought he had the ending he wanted — that the band had not made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But in April 2016, the band was finally inducted into the coveted hall.
Most of the original members are featured heavily — Robert Lamm, James Pankow, Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane.
“The movie is a wide-ranging intimate look at our lives from the beginning of our career to present,” Loughnane said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller.
The group’s original lead singer Peter Cetera, however, is notably absent.
“He didn’t want to have anything to do with the movie,” Pardini said. “He didn’t go to the Rock and Hall of Fame either.”
Both Cetera and Jim Guercio, the band’s producer, did not make time for the film, but Pardini stressed that doesn’t mean they aren’t in it.
“They are talked about” throughout the film, Pardini said.
The film is scheduled to air on Jan. 1, 2017 on CNN, and it will also be available on streaming devices starting on New Year’s Day.