“An incredible 25 of their 33 albums have been certified platinum. To date, Chicago is the first American band to chart Top 40 albums in five decades.”
The members of Chicago each came from different musical backgrounds, and it was the “musical fusion” they created that gives the band its unique sound.
“Paramount for this nascent group was creating a rock ‘n’ roll band with horns,” the release said. “At the time, R&B artists like James Brown were upping the ante for horn sections, but it had not been attempted within the context of a rock band.”
One of the band’s founding members, Walt Parazaider, held the first band meetings in his apartment. A De Paul University graduate, he was offered a job with the Chicago Symphony, but opted to stay with the band.
In recent years, Chicago has toured extensively in North America and internationally, including headlining shows in Japan, Korea and the Philippines.
Last year, Chicago toured across the U.S., Europe as well as dates in Mexico and Canada. This year, the band continues to tour throughout North America.