Chicago tells Austin ‘it’s ALL about the music’
Chicago tells Austin ‘it’s ALL about the music’

Chicago tells Austin ‘it’s ALL about the music’

It’s challenging to put a original spin reviewing a band that has been touring since 1967.  Having said that, Chicago‘s performance in Austin was fresh in one very memorable way.

From the instant they stepped onstage at Austin City Limits (ACL Live) on April 14, 2013, Chicago made it clear that this was a different kind of show.  “I don’t know what the house rules are here, but our rule is that you can take as many pictures as you want.  And if you can take one we haven’t seen in all these years, post it on our website and we’ll share it!”  These musicians have been touring so long that they really do it to please and entertain their fans.

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Founding member Lee Loughnane expressed it best when he declared “It’s all about the music, and not about any of the people here on the stage.”  The energy in the room can be compared to being a guest at the best house party of the year.  When Chicago performed the ballads they are legendary for, couples were dancing in front of and next to the stage.  Each bandmate interacted with fans, gave high fives, threw guitar picks, and made each feel like they were an old friend.

Despite the casual feeling, these musicians are clearly fueled by a passion for music.  Chicago‘s members are extraordinarily talented musicians, so much so that early fans like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were sufficiently impressed  and took the group out on their respective tours.

Back in the day, fans rewarded the group with record sales of 100,000,000, 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One Singles and 5 Gold singles. 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 – a landmark accomplishment.

Austin Setlist

  • Questions 67 and 68
  • Dialogue
  • Alive Again
  • If You Leave Me Now
  • Call on Me
  • (I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long
  • Mongonucleosis
  • Will you still love me
  • Wake up sunshine
  • Look away
  • Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon

(Intermission)

  • Old Days
  • Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
  • Hard Habit to Break
  • You’re the Inspiration
  • Beginnings
  • I’m a Man
  • (The Spencer Davis Group cover)
  • Street Player
  • Just You ‘n’ Me
  • Saturday in the Park
  • Hard to Say I’m Sorry/Get Away
  • Feeling Stronger Everyday

Encore:

  • Free
  • 25 or 6 to 4

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Experienced marketing professional; Live music photographer and writer covering the music scene, the arts, SWSW, festivals, local events, family attractions, Broadway, and travel. Social media enthusiast with a passion for events marketing, music and photography. As a marketing consultant, I enjoy learning and teaching about using social media tools to build relationships and drive business.


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