Fans of all ages have a blast seeing Chicago perform live. (David M. Earnisse)
Legendary rock band Chicago took the Hollywood Bowl stage thrice during the July 4th weekend for what was dubbed as July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Chicago.
The band is currently on the Heart and Soul Tour 3.0. Hailing from (no surprise) Chicago, the eight-piece band considered one of the longest running and most successful rock groups. We’ll just say it, Chicago is a “Hard Habit to Break.” For fans old and new, here’s a quick list to prepare you for the experience that is Chicago.
5) Achievements: With a career spanning decades, it’s not hard to imagine that Chicago has earned many an accolade. From Grammys to People’s Choice Awards and AMAs, the band has received various awards. It’s no surprise 25 of their 36 albums have been certified platinum (The band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.).
4) History: With founding members Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Walter Parazaider, Chicago has been rocking out for 49 years. Yes, 49 years. While the lineup has seen changes throughout the years, the band remains as dedicated as ever.
3) Fans: It’s safe to assume that if a band has a career as long lasting as Chicago, they probably have a huge following. Not only are Chicago fans devoted, but they come in all ages. Whether the fans have been with them from the very beginning or are newer ones, the band has been able to keep jamming out thanks to their audience.
2) Sound: “Rock ’n’ roll band with horns” is commonly used to describe Chicago, and it’s spot on. With hits like “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “If you Leave Me Now,” “Make Me Smile” and many more, it’s not hard to see why the band has a vast following. Keyboards, guitars, trumpets, flugelhorn, trombones are just some of the instruments you can expect to hear in a Chicago song. Whether you’re a fan of classic rock or soft ballads, you’re sure to find a song to fit your mood.
1) Live Performance(s): If you’ve never seen Chicago before, then you’re definitely missing out. The band performed to a sold-out Hollywood Bowl crowd three times on July 2, 3 and 4. The show itself is loud with an energetic atmosphere. Not only is it a big-band show, it’s a big-band sound. Even if you’ve never listened to them, you would still have a blast seeing them live. And the three shows at the Bowl proved exactly that.