About Chicago - The Band
Chicago just may have the distinction of being the least covered band in rock and roll, and it’s not because everyone doesn’t love their music. It’s just that their songs are notoriously complicated, with chord and rhythm changes that terrify all but the most accomplished musicians. Add to that one of the most robust horn sections in modern music history, and you’ve got a sound that’s virtually impossible to duplicate.
The Chicago Transit Authority was formed in 1968, when a group of musicians from—you guessed it—Chicago moved to Los Angeles and almost immediately got signed by Columbia Records. The band started by opening for major acts like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin and headlined at local clubs like the famous Whiskey A Go Go.
From the beginning, the band’s unique sound brought them commercial success. Columbia had so much faith in the band that their first release, Chicago Transit Authority, came out as a double album in 1969. Four songs from that album (also known as Chicago I) charted on Billboard’s top 100, largely because Columbia kept releasing singles from the album until 1971, by which time Chicago had released two more studio albums. Two of the biggest hits were “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and “I’m a Man,” both which remains staples on the setlist of any Chicago concert today.
From 1969 to 1982, Chicago released at least one album per year, including a live album played from Carnegie Hall. This didn’t stop them from touring every year, playing gigs in venues from small clubs to huge arenas. And Chicago has continued to produce new albums and head out on world tours right through 2019, when Chicago XXXVII: Chicago Christmas was released.
In 2020, Chicago started their year with a hugely successful Las Vegas residency, before kicking off the Chicago 2020 Tour, supported by opening act Rick Springfield.
Throughout their more-than-fifty-year career, Chicago has undergone numerous lineup changes, but their sound has remained authentically unique. Their earliest hits featured both keyboardist Robert Lamm and bass player Peter Cetera on lead vocals. Cetera left the band to pursue a successful solo career in 1985, scoring number one hits with “Glory of Love” and “The Next Time I Fall.” Lamm is still touring with the band today, and the legendary horn section is still led by original members Lee Loughnane on trumpet and flugelhorn and James Pankow on trombone.
Chicago has racked up a staggering number of musical awards over the years, including two AMA music awards, seven Grammys, three Billboard awards and a host of other notable honors. It’s this continuing quality of music that has stood the test of time and made Chicago concert tickets consistent top sellers.
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