Chicago’s ballads will fill Mosaic Place on March 7.
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Tickets go on sale Friday for Chicago at Mosaic Place on March 7.
Tickets to hear the band’s catalogue — including songs like If You Leave Me Now and Hard To Say I’m Sorry — go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
“Hearing some of their tunes in the late 80s, I definitely remember some of those power ballads,” said director of Mosaic Place’s business development, Doug Campbell.
“But also, I have a wild respect for all the music that they’ve done over the course of their career, which leads you back to some of their earlier stuff.”
There are plenty of highlights.
Chicago was formed in 1967 and the band hasn’t missed a year of touring since.
The group has sold over 38 million units in the U.S., with five number-one albums and 21 top-ten singles.
“It’s an iconic band. It’s the legendary Chicago, and it was an opportunity to bring in a band that I think everybody knows and loves,” Campbell said.
The touring lineup includes original band members Robert Lamm on keyboards and vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet, James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds.
They’re joined by Jason Scheff on bass and vocals, Tris Imboden on drums, Keith Howland on guitar, Lou Pardini on keyboards and Wally Reyes on percussion.
Scheff has been with the band for 26 years, Imboden for 23 and Howland for 18.
Horns were a defining part of Chicago’s sound as the band established itself throughout the 1970s. The group’s first release was recorded under the name Chicago Transit Authority.
“It’s basically the Chicago from, virtually, the Chicago Transit Authority days when they were originally named that and got litigated into shortening their name to Chicago,” Campbell said.
Ticket are on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at mosaicplace.ca, charge by phone at 306 624-2050 or in person at the Mosaic Place Box Office.