An Evening With Chicago
Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era” by Former President Bill Clinton, Chicago recently ranked #9 on Billboard Magazine’s Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists chart. The legendary rock and roll band with horns is the first American band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades.
Some of Chicago’s classic hits include “Make Me Smile”, “25 or 6 to 4”, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is”, “Saturday in the Park”, “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day”, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”, and “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ for So Long”.
The year 2018 marks the band’s 51st consecutive year of touring. The original four band members are Robert Lamm on keyboards and vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet and vocals, James Pankow on trombone, and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds. The band lineup also includes Tris Imboden on drums, Keith Howland on guitar and vocals, Lou Pardini on keyboards and vocals, Ray Herrmann on sax and flute, Walfredo Reyes, Jr. on percussion and Jeff Coffey on bass and vocals.
Chicago’s first album, Chicago Transit Authority, was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2014, and the band performed on the GRAMMY stage for the first time that year. Robert Lamm and James Pankow have also become the latest inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s 48th Annual Induction on June 15th in New York City.
Chicago’s lifetime achievements include two GRAMMY Awards, multiple American Music Awards, Founding Artists of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.
Chicago’s newest record of new studio tracks, “NOW” CHICAGO XXXVI, was released on Frontiers Records and includes eleven brand new songs recorded on the road while touring.