Chicago celebrates 56 years of touring, to perform live shows on Long Island

Chicago. Photo by WL Pearce

Iconic rock group Chicago will perform two shows on Long Island this month. #Powerjournalist Markos Papadatos has the scoop.

Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 album in six consecutive decades. 2023 marks the band’s 56th year of touring. With unparalleled longevity, the band has never missed a year.

They will be heading to Long Island June 23 and 24 playing NYCB Theatre at Westbury and Amphitheater at Bald Hill on June 24 in Farmingville respectively.

38 albums later, (38!) Chicago’s uniquely timely and timeless music unites generations of fans who have grown up listening to the band with original fans. The now 10-man band is touring North America for the duration of 2023, and continues to sell out venues night after night.

After 56 years, the founding members Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane and James Pankow continue to drive the band into new territory – while staying true to the hits their fans come again and again to see.

They released their 38th studio album Born For This Moment last year, as well as The Last Band On Stage, a documentary film about the never-not-touring band’s experience during the pandemic (and onstage the night the world shut down).

The accolades and honors include two Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, Founding Artists of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,  a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities.

Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 38 albums have been certified platinum.  

The original three band members are Robert Lamm on keyboards and vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet and vocals and James Pankow on trombone. The band line-up also includes Wally Reyes, Jr. on drums, Tony Obrohta on guitar, Loren Gold on keyboards and vocals, Ray Herrmann on sax and flute, Neil Donell on vocals, Brett Simons on bass and Ramon “Ray” Yslas on percussion.  

To learn more about Chicago and their tour dates, visit their official homepage.