“He was my guitar-playing hero. He had a big influence. The best player in town,” says Neil Young in “Bachman”, a new documentary about Randy Bachman, the legendary guitarist whose distinctive hard-rocking riffs propelled two of Canada’s most successful bands, the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
In a new clip from the doc, Young talks about seeing Bachman’s early Winnipeg band, the Silvertones.
“They were the biggest band in town,” he recalls. “They were the best band in town. They were the best and the biggest and there was a good reason for it. Everyone else was doing what they did. There were a lot of interesting bands around town but the real good ones were the Silvertones.”
In the trailer for the upcoming doc, Bachman is lauded by a host of peers including Young, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Paul Shaffer, Peter Frampton, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and more. “When I see Randy, I hear him,” says Young in the trailer. “And I feel him.”
“In 1974, Bachman Turner Overdrive was one of the biggest bands in the world with classics like ‘Takin’ Care of Business’ and ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’,” reads the film’s official synopsis. “This is the story of its founder Randy Bachman, from his early days of the Guess Who and hits like ‘American Woman’ to today. As one of the few legendary artists to reach #1 in two separate bands, Bachman’s singularly focused goal of music has taken him from spectacular highs to crushing lows and back again, where today he reigns as one of the most prolific and legendary artists in the history of Canadian music.”
Directed by John Barnard (“The Sheepdogs Have At It”, “Menorca”), the film follows Bachman’s journey from his early years growing up in Winnipeg through to his first taste of stardom with the Guess Who, his partnership with Fred Turner and BTO’s radio domination in the 1970s to the present, with Bachman still on the road at age 75.
“Bachman” will be released on DVD, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video and Google Play on March 26.