For Chicago, to borrow from the Beatles and call it a “long and winding road” doesn’t even begin to detail the complicated history of the self-described “rock and roll band with horns.” By their own admission (as recently discussed in a documentary about their 2011 tour), there have been a number of lineup changes in the group over the years.
But the core of the band — originals Robert Lamm (keys and vocals), James Pankow (trombone), Lee Loughnane (trumpet) and Walter Parazaider (woodwinds) has been in place for more than 45 years. In that time, they’ve toured every year, often in the summertime with a show that in recent years has focused on examining their expansive catalog of hits in addition to some deep album tracks that are spiked in for the diehards. (And they’re currently working on a new album, so there’s the slightest of slight chances that you might get to hear a preview of some of that new material during the summer shows.)
They’ll be out on the road once again this summer, with shows that in part, continue to support the fight against breast cancer in partnership with the American Cancer Society. At each tour stop, the band is joined by one lucky winning bidder to sing the Chicago classic “If You Leave Me Now. The ongoing promotion has raised over a quarter of a million dollars in the past four years.
Thanks to Live Nation Cleveland, we’ve got a pair of tickets for the upcoming Chicago concert at Jacobs Pavilion in Cleveland on July 24.
If you’re in Cleveland or within driving distance to take a road trip, here’s how you can enter for your chance to win these tickets. Email Dave Lifton with “Chicago Rocks!” in the subject line and in the body of the email, ask Dave what his favorite Chicago song is?
One lucky Popdose reader will be selected to receive a pair of tickets to the Chicago show at Jacobs Pavilion. Good luck!
Tickets for the Chicago show can be purchased via the following link.