August 23, 2013
Fueled by a passion for music, Chicago's members exploded the conventions of what rock music could or should be. The result was a groundbreaking new form, played by extraordinarily talented musicians. Early fans like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were sufficiently impressed - they took the group out on their respective tours. Once the group began making records, fans rewarded the group with record sales of 100,000,000, 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One Singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 33 albums have been certified platinum. To date, Chicago is the first American band to chart Top 40 albums in five decades - a landmark accomplishment.
Reaching the crossroads after 15 astounding years together might prompt some bands to consider retirement, but CHICAGO simply regrouped and recharged. They signed a long-term contract with Warner Brothers Records, recruited veteran Bill Champlin, and turned to producer David Foster. The result was the million-selling Chicago 16 (June, 1982), featuring the gold single, "Hard To Say I'm Sorry."
Chicago 17 (May, 1984) turned out to be a landmark success for the group. Propelled by the mega-hits "Hard Habit To Break," and "You're The Inspiration," the album sold more than 7 million copies. Chicago 18 (September, 1986) yielded the hit “Will You Still Love Me?”, and Chicago 19 (June, 1988) was another smash, featuring three top Ten hits, "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love," the Number One "Look Away" (Grammy-nominated for Song of the Year) and "You're Not Alone.”
The '90's saw Chicago's good fortune continue to grow. The band released CHICAGO Twenty 1 later that year. In 1994, the rights to Chicago's Columbia albums reverted back to the group, and they founded Chicago Records to reissue them. Chicago's next album was the delightful Night & Day (Big Band) (May, 1995) on Giant Records, on which the group lovingly re-worked Swing Era standards. The album won acclaim and respect for the reverent way these classics like "In The Mood," and "Moonlight Serenade," were "Chicago-ized." “Sing Sing Sing” featured the Gypsy Kings. In 1997, Chicago released the 30th Anniversary celebration record, The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997. The album was quickly certified gold, and featured the #1 AC hit, "Here In My Heart."
In recent years, Chicago toured extensively in North America and internationally, including headlining shows in Japan, Korea and the Philippines. Last year Chicago performed headlining shows throughout the United States, an extensive tour of Europe as well as dates in Mexico and Canada. This year, the band continues to tour throughout North America. Dates are posted to the band's website and via twitter as soon as they are confirmed.