Kath had all the markings of a guitar hero. So I'll skip all that and get to the salient details: Good: Lots of old footage, plus really good interviews. Michelle Kath Sinclair, daughter of rock guitarist and founding Chicago band member Terry Kath, interviews her father's family, friends and band members to learn about Terry Kath's life and music career. Then, right when you had tears streaming down your face at the senseless loss, someone would say something hilarious often Joe Walsh, who was there, and deserves his own documentary! This journey is full of highs and lows but thank you, Michelle, for bringing us fans along. In the past, he always seemed to come across as larger than life — a Guitar God taken before his time. It's so moving because you can tell Michelle is really feeling the spirit and soul of her long lost dad, and also what a senseless loss it was. The film paints a riveting portrait of Terry Kath as a man and an artist.
The Terry Kath Experience: A Daughter's Journey is set to be released some time this year, after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Terry's daughter Michelle was just two years old when he passed, only knowing him through his music and stories from her mother. I saw Terry Kath play at the Fabulous Greek Theater in 1972 when I was 12 and Jimi Hendrix was right. His trademark guitar eventually became the Fender Telecaster, decorated with several Pignose stickers and the Chicago Blackhawks logo. However, there was still a round in the magazine chamber.
Michelle's mom, who had not visited the ranch in over thirty years, was also part of the crew that day. He wrote at least one song and performed at least one lead vocal on every Chicago album released while he was alive. Mostly self-taught, Kath once got frustrated with a guitar instructor because he just wanted to begin pounding out rock and roll chords. So far, the guitar has not been found but Michelle's journey is not over and we are excited to locate the priceless piece. We don't have all this beautiful footage of my dad, or the stories, or the music, and I felt myself feeling deeply wistful that we did. It was more of a way for him to escape the rigors of touring. For the first decade of Chicago's existence, Kath was not only the heart and soul of Chicago formerly The Chicago Transit Authority when it debuted on the music scene in 1969, until the real Chicago Transit Authority threatened to sue over the name's copyright but the band's voice and face.
Nice writing, beats me how you continue to find ideas and time to produce what you do - it defeated me a while ago. The other band members were becoming increasingly concerned about Kath's drinking and drug use. I was in tears more than once, especially when Terry's wife, Camelia, visited the ranch in Colorado where she lived with Terry. . Michelle Kath Sinclair got them to open up and display an emotional honesty and vulnerability rarely seen in previous interviews or documentaries. Terry Kath was the leader of Chicago for the halcyon period from 1967-1977 during that time his blistering and innovative guitar playing plus the horns and three lead vocalists were at the forefront of music. Kath was one of the founding members of the band Chicago whose powerful guitar playing and husky, melodic voice has been praised by such icons as Jimi Hendrix, Joe Walsh and Eric Clapton.
There weren't many guitarists who made Jimi Hendrix sweat, but in 1968, he saw one who got under his skin. Terry's daughter Michelle was just two years old when he passed, only knowing him through his music and stories from her mother. Open and personal interviews featured in the film include Peter Cetera and fellow Chicago founders , , Walter Parazaider, Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane, and Chicago road manager Jerry Vaccarino. On January 23, 1978, Kath was partying at the house of a roadie friend, Don Johnson not the actor and after the guests had left, pulled out a semiautomatic 9 mm pistol and began playing with it, telling Johnson that it was empty. Sitting down with the family, friends, bandmates, and fellow icons who knew him best, Sinclair paints a vivid picture of who her father was as both a man and an artist—from his heavy influence on the band that would become Chicago, to his tremendous skills that impressed fellow greats such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton—and sheds light on his tragic death that resulted from playing with a gun that he did not realize was loaded. Meeting these people and hearing their stories are memories that will stay with me forever. This movie more than does justice to Terry Kath, an artist whose voice and guitar jumped out at me on the early Chicago albums.
Sitting down with the family, friends, bandmates, and fellow icons who knew him best, Sinclair paints a vivid picture of who her father was as both a man and an artist—from his heavy influence on the band that would become Chicago, to his tremendous skills that impressed fellow greats such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton—and sheds light on his tragic death that resulted from playing with a gun that he did not realize was loaded. The music that flowed through this man's mind is almost hard to understand on paper the film shows his charts , but when you hear it, it's all this glorious rock and roll that makes total sense. Terry's daughter Michelle was just two years old when he passed, only knowing him through his music and stories from her mother. It has been replicated many times by fans who have even gone so far as to remake the stickers. Calling this a labor of love on Michelle Kath's part is no exaggeration.
Other famous musicians interviewed for the film are , , and. Following the world premiere at the , in which the film received a standing ovation and was noted as being one of the highlights of the festival, The Terry Kath Experience was picked up by. Interviewees include , , , Dean DeLeo and more. A must for any Chicago fan!! Next month Chicago will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This should not get less than 5 stars. In this documentary, Michelle interviews her dad's family, bandmates and good friends, as well as prominent musicians, to piece together the life of Terry Kath, one of the great unsung rock legends of the 1970s. Kath may have also been disappointed with the direction the band was headed towards with Cetera's soft ballads.
Even Pete Cetera breaks his Chicago diet to weigh in. Sinclair was just two-years-old when she lost her father. If he was unhappy, I think it was just because the band was always on the go. As Dolly Parton said in Steel Magnolias. With all the highs and lows that come along with success, my father's life ended suddenly before my 3rd birthday.
The segment about the writing and recording 'Introduction' was superb - that is up there with anything The Beatles gave us. He mastered using a wah-wah pedal and enjoyed experimenting with amplifiers and distortion devices. Enjoy this film, I did. Kath was one of the founding members of the band Chicago whose powerful guitar playing and husky, melodic voice has been praised by such icons as Jimi Hendrix, Joe Walsh and Eric Clapton. All written content, unless otherwise noted as being quotes, has been written and copyrighted by me. Nor would some classic rock fans, unless you are a diehard fan of the group Chicago and know that he was one of the group's founding members.
I am forever grateful to all that have helped me to take this journey and to discover this man. Michelle, I applaud you and thank you for taking on this experience and sharing it in this medium! My wife teases me about it. Growing up in the '80s, it was Peter Cetera that I always thought -- for the longest time, and if somewhat erroneously -- to be the face and voice of the band, particularly due to the music video era. This documentary is long overdue and now we can appreciate what a talent he was writing, playing and singing - he did it all. Kath, along with Chicago's manager, helped finance the Pignose amplifier company, with Kath becoming the company's main endorser. Synopsis Terry Kath Experience : A Daughter's Journey is a documentary about a daughter discovering the legacy of her father, the late Terry Kath.