Since the beginning, Chicago’s legendary jazz-infused rock sound has excited audiences and forged new paths in popular music.Earlier this year, Chicago was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, cementing its reputation as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era.”
In Billboard magazine’s recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists, Chicago sits at No. 9, the highest ranking American band on the list. It is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six different decades.
Chicago’s lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in its honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of American cities.
Record sales top the 100 million mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive No. 1 albums, 11 No. 1 singles and five Gold singles. An incredible 25 of Chicago’s 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.
In 2014, Chicago’s 1969 debut album, Chicago Transit Authority, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and the band performed on the Grammy stage that year for the first time.
The band’s new documentary film, “Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago,” premiered at the Sedona International Film Festival in February 2016, and won the festival’s Best of Fest Audience Choice Award. The band opened the festival with back-to-back sold-out performances.
Chicago’s newest record of new studio tracks, “NOW” CHICAGO XXXVI, was released on Frontiers Records in 2014. It includes 11 new songs and was recorded on the road, using the band’s singular “recording rig” that travels with the band.
This year marks the band’s 49th consecutive year of touring, without missing a single concert date. In addition to its regular tour dates, it just completed a well-received Heart and Soul tour with Earth, Wind & Fire.
Chicago’s line-up includes original band members Robert Lamm on keyboards and vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet and vocals, James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds, as well as Jason Scheff on bass and vocals, Tris Imboden on drums, Keith Howland on guitar and vocals, Lou Pardini on keyboards and vocals and Walfredo Reyes Jr. on percussion.
From the signature sound of its horns, its iconic vocalists and a few dozen of ever-classic songs, Chicago’s concerts are true celebrations. Enjoy!