Chicago has a fair amount of metal to back up their musical success story with 22, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums; not to mention five No. 1 albums and 21 top ten hits in 44 years of music. Changes to the band roster did not deter Chicago from releasing two albums in 2011; Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Tree and Chicago XXXIV: Live in ’75. Currently, the band is on tour in support of their latest releases and will surely play those classics the fans love.
1978, the year that could have broken Chicago; the band split with long time manager James William Guercio early in the year. Near the end of January 1978, songwriter and co-founder Terry Kath died as a result of an accidental self-inflicted gun shot. Chicago continued on at the urging of friends and fans eventually replacing Kath with Donnie Dacus, an energetic addition. In the 1980’s, the band found themselves in the top of the charts only to lose bassist and vocalist Peter Cetera to a solo career in 1985. Jason Scheff replaced Cetera in time to record Chicago XVIII.
Line-up changes in percussion also plagued the band in ‘80’s, yet they seem to have settled with the current members, Robert Lamm (keys, guitar, vocals, synthesizers), James Pankow (trombone, percussion, keys, vocals) Lee Loughnane (trumpet, guitar, keys, percussion, vocals), Walter Parazaider (woodwinds, backing vocals), Jason Scheff (bass, keys, vocals) Tris Imboden (drums, percussion, harmonica), Keith Howland (guitar, vocals), Drew Hester (drums, percussion), and Lou Pardini (keys, vocals). The band toured extensively, keeping their music alive for fans around the world.
Chicago released numerous albums in their many years with Columbia Records and Warner Brothers and in 2002, Chicago licensed their entire recorded output to Rhino Records. The most popular singles over 4 decades include “If You Leave Me Now”, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”, “Look Away”, “25 or 6 to 4” and “Saturday in the Park”. Top charting albums include Chicago V, Chicago VI, Chicago VII, Chicago VIII, and their Greatest Hits.
The show time is 7:30p at The Louisville Palace. Tickets are still available at The Louisville Palace box office. It will be a great show!