Legendary rock band Chicago is planning a show this year unlike any other that they’ve done before. The group with horns will perform their historic album, Chicago II, in its entirety as the first set of the concert. While some artists have performed an entire record as their complete show, for Chicago, this will only be the first set before intermission.
Chicago II, like the band’s first release, is a double album, and contains the hits “25 Or 6 To 4,” “Make Me Smile,” “Wake Up Sunshine” and “Colour My World,” the No. 1 song for weddings and proms for more than 40 years. Chicago II is being considered for the Grammy Hall Of Fame.
The second set will be the “world’s longest encore,” as the band jokingly refers to it, filled with their greatest hits. This concert will be the band’s longest show ever.
This year will also see some changes. Walfredo Reyes Jr. who has been touring with Chicago for many years as percussionist and is also an accomplished drummer, will take over on drums, replacing Tris Imboden who announced his resignation on January 17th after 30 years. Replacing Reyes Jr. on percussion is his brother Danny, another in a long line of great musicians from the Reyes family. Canadian Neil Donell who has been enthusiastically received as a guest vocalist with Chicago on occasion, will take over lead tenor vocals. On bass they will be joined by Brett Simons who has toured and recorded with numerous musical icons.
Now, in their 51st consecutive year of touring, Chicago has another full schedule this year, including their first Las Vegas residency, where they will perform nine shows at The Venetian from February 7 through February 24. They just keep getting better!
Feb 7 – Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre
Feb 9 – Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre
Feb 10 – Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre
Feb 11- Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theater
Feb 14 – Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre
Feb 16 – Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre
Feb 17 – Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre
Feb 18 – Thousand Oaks, CA – Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Feb 21 – Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre
Feb 23 – Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre
Feb 24 – Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre
March 9 – Dubuque, IA – Five Flags Center
March 11 – Columbia, MO – Jesse Auditorium
March 13 – Park City, KS – Hartman Arena
March 14 – Tulsa, OK – Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort
March 16 – Baton Rouge, LA – River Center Performing Arts Theater
March 17 – Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino w/ JD & The Straight Shot
March 18 – Amarillo, TX – Amarillo Civic Center
March 20 – Colorado Springs, CO – Pikes Peak Center
March 25 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Music Hall
March 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium
March 28 – El Paso, TX – Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center
March 30 – San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre w/ JD & The Straight Shot
March 31 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre w/ JD & The Straight Shot
May 8 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center
May 9 – Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre Mobile
May 11 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre New Orleans
May 12 – Alexandria, LA – Rapides Parish Coliseum
May 13 – North Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
May 15 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theatre
May 16 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre
May 18 – Tallahassee, FL – Donald L. Tucker County Civic Center
May 19 – Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theater
May 20 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
May 22 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Municipal Auditorium
May 23 – Knoxville, TN – The Tennessee Theater
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.