More About Chicago Band

Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, calling themselves the Chicago Transit Authority in 1968 before shortening the name in 1969. The self-described “rock and roll band with horns” began writing politically charged rock music, and later moved to a softer sound, generating several hit ballads. The group had a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In September 2008, Billboard ranked Chicago at number thirteen in a list of the top 100 artists of all time for Hot 100 singles chart success, and ranked them at number fifteen on the same list produced in October 2015. Billboard also ranked Chicago ninth on the list of the hundred greatest artists of all time in terms of Billboard 200 album chart success in October 2015. Chicago is one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups, and one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 100 million records. In 1971, Chicago was the first rock act to sell out Carnegie Hall for a week.

To date, Chicago has sold over 40 million units in the U.S., with 23 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. They have had five consecutive number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and 20 top-ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1974 the group had seven albums, its entire catalog at the time, on the Billboard 200 simultaneously. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2017, original band members Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm, and James Pankow were elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame for their songwriting efforts as members of the music group.

In May 2018, it was revealed that percussionist Daniel de los Reyes was departing Chicago to go back to his other group, the Zac Brown Band. On Thursday, May 17, 2018, Chicago announced on their official Facebook page and on their Twitter account that “Ray” Ramon Yslas had joined the band on percussion. On June 29, 2018, Chicago released the album Chicago II: Live on Soundstage, a live performance from November 2017 of the then current band lineup performing the entire second album.

In July 2018 the band updated its official web site, and no longer listed Parazaider as a member of the band. Instead he is included on the band’s “Tribute to Founding Members”. Parazaider had retired from touring previously. On October 26, 2018, Chicago released the album Chicago: Greatest Hits Live, a live performance from 2017 for the PBS series Soundstage.

Chicago Band 2019 Tour Dates

6/14: Casino Rama Entertainment Centre in Rama, Canada;
6/15: FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Canada;
6/17 & 18: NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, NY;
6/19: Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ;
6/21: Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, ME;
6/22: Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH;
6/23: Marion Dewar Plaza in Ottawa, Canada;
6/25: Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury, PA;
6/26: MECU Pavilion in Baltimore, MD;
6/28: The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre in Youngstown, OH;
6/29: BMO Harris Pavilion in Milwaukee, WI;
6/30: Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO;
7/3: Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX;
7/5: Golden Nugget – Lake Charles in Lake Charles, LA;
7/6: ACL Live At The Moody Theater in Austin, TX;
7/17: Britt Festival Pavilion & Gardens in Jacksonville, OR;
7/19 & 20: Chateau Ste Michelle Winery in Woodinville, WA;
7/21: Oregon Zoo in Portland, OR;
7/23: City National Civic in San Jose, CA;
7/24: Vina Robles Amphitheater in Paso Robles, CA;
7/26: Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA;
7/27: Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA;
7/28: Tucson Music Hall in Tucson, AZ
7/30: Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, TX;
8/1: Paradise Cove At River Spirit in Tulsa, OK;
8/2: Winstar Casino in Thackerville, OK;
8/3: Riverdome At Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, LA;
8/6: Biltmore South Terrace Venue in Asheville, NC;
8/10 & 11: Ravinia Pavilion in Highland Park, IL;
9/20: Harrah’s Southern California Casino & Resort in Valley Center, CA;
9/21: Harrah’s Laughlin Rio Vista Outdoor Ampitheatre in Laughlin, NV;
9/24: Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, CO;
9/26: Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO;
9/28: Norsk Hostfest in Minot, ND;
9/29: Mary W. Sommervold Hall at Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, SD;
10/1: Mankato Civic Center in Mankato, MN;
10/2: Adler Theatre in Davenport, IA;
10/12: Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park in Atlanta, GA;
10/17: North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, SC.