Chicago Documentary Now on DVD

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Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago, the documentary on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists Chicago, that premiered on CNN on New Year’s Day 2017, was released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 25.

Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago, according to a press release, “examines the band’s storied journey to commercial success and critical acclaim, charting the group’s rise from their formation in the late ’60s, to the chart-topping era of the ’70s and ’80s, and through to the present day. Directed and edited by Peter Pardini and produced by the band, Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago is the most comprehensive history of the group’s achievements.

Pardini gained unprecedented access to rare archival material, telling the band’s story through interviews with Chicago’s members and performance footage.” The film premiered at the 2016 Sedona International Film Festival, where it won the Best of the Fest audience choice award.

The home release bonus features including “Robert Lamm – Becoming a Musician,” “Jimmy Pankow – Helicopters in NYC,” “Going on SNL in 1979,” Hall of Fame Rehearsal along with exclusive deleted scenes.

Chicago in the early '80s via the band's website. Cetera is third from left.

Chicago in the early ’80s via the band’s website.

Related: Chicago scores first #1 single in 1976

Said the earlier CNN press release, “When the founding members of Chicago came together in 1967 with a shared goal, to blend the musical trends of their revered city into a brand-new style, they could not have anticipated that their cinematic big-band pop would propel them to stardom. Half a century later their hits (‘If You Leave Me Now,’ ‘Saturday in the Park,’ ‘25 Or 6 To 4,’ ‘Make Me Smile,’ and many others) have become rock classics known the world over, with five Grammy nominations, and two Grammy award wins (including a win for the band’s first album, Chicago Transit Authority, for the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014), countless other awards and honors, and a recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Listen to Terry Kath’s isolated vocal on “Now More Than Ever”…

In addition to Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago, the studio, FilmRise, also acquired Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience, a film about the band’s original lead guitarist.

Watch the “Now More Than Ever” trailer

Chicago 2017 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here)

With the Doobie Brothers

Aug 05 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest
Aug 06 – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theater
Aug 25 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Amphitheatre
Aug 26 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle
Aug 27 – Woodinville, WA – Cheateau Ste. Michelle
Aug 30 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery
Sep 01 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheatre
Sep 02 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Sep 03 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Civic Center
Sep 06 – Merida, MX – Coliseo Yucatan
Sep 08 – Puebla, MX – Acropolis Puebla
Sep 09 – Mexico City, MX – Arena Ciudad de Mexico
Sep 12 – Guadalajara, MX – Auditorio Telmex
Sep 14 – Monterrey, MX – Arena Monterrey
Sep 22 – Laughlin, NV – Harrah’s Laughlin – Rio Vista
Sep 23 – Pomona, CA – Los Angeles County Fair
Sep 27 – Bloomsburg, PA – Bloomsburg Fair
Sep 28 – Stamford, CT – Palace Theatre
Sep 30 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Oct 01 – Brooklyn, NY – Ford Amphitheater
Oct 06 – Fresno, CA – Fresno Fairgrounds
Nov 16 – Shippensburg, PA – Luhrs PAC

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