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Legendary Chicago headed to the valley

Members of the legendary band Chicago will make an appearance in the Okanagan at Kelowna’s Prospera Place March 13. Tickets go on sale Friday. - Chicago photo
Members of the legendary band Chicago will make an appearance in the Okanagan at Kelowna’s Prospera Place March 13. Tickets go on sale Friday.
— image credit: Chicago photo

Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era,” by former president Bill Clinton, the legendary Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades.

And the band will be at Kelowna’s Prospera Place March 13.

Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Chicago street dedicated in its honour.

Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive No. 1 albums, 11 No. 1 singles and five gold singles.

An incredible 25 of their 34 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.

Chicago has toured every year since the beginning. They’ve never missed a year.

The line-up includes original band members Robert Lamm on keyboards, vocals; Lee Loughnane on trumpet; James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds; as well as Jason Scheff on bass, vocals; Tris Imboden on drums; Keith Howland on guitar; Lou Pardini on keyboards, vocals; and Wally Reyes on percussion.

Among the band’s hits are If You Leave Me Now, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?, Saturday In The Park and You’re The Inspiration.

In March of 2013, Chicago’s multi-platinum two-disc bestseller, The Very Best Of Chicago: Only The Beginning, charted at No. 1 on two Billboard charts: the catalog chart, and the digital catalog chart. In Billboard Magazine’s list of top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at 13, the highest charting American band.

Chicago is also currently recording new songs.

Tickets for the Kelowna performance go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at www.selectyourtickets.com or at 250-762-5050.

 

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