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June 24, 2013

Chicago kicking things off early at Artpark this week

Niagara Gazette — Chicago comes to Artpark this Tuesday for a sold-out performance at 6:30 p.m. You will want to get there early, as there is no opening act, instead fans will be treated to two sets from Chicago that will likely include at least 25 songs.

Before we get into this week’s preview, a few words of advice for concertgoers based on what I’m seeing at these sold-out shows. If you have tickets at will-call, beat the rush and get there as early as possible.

You can save a trip back to the car by not trying to bring in backpacks or large bags that you claim is a purse. Take the lawn chair out of its bag to get yourself through the gate quicker, and most important of all, just be kind and patient.

If you are wondering why Chicago sold out, consider this, the band has 22 studio albums, all of which were in the Billboard top 100. When you add their live and compilation albums, Chicago has had 22 certified gold (500,000 units), 18 platinum (1,000,000 units) and 8 multi-platinum (2,000,000 or more). They have also had 21 top 10 singles.

The band formed in 1967 and released their first album under the moniker “Chicago Transit Authority” in 1969. The album includes the classic songs “Does Anybody Really Know What Time it is?” “Beginnings,” and ““Questions 67 and 68.” Their songs were known for being deeply political.

In the 1970s Chicago established themselves as a serious rock band with a killer horn section. The band’s principle members in the 1970s included bassist vocalist Peter Cetera, keyboardist and vocalist Robert Lamm and guitarist Terry Kath, who was considered one of the greatest guitarists of the era.

Kath died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1978, and shortly afterward Chicago drastically changed their direction musically.

In the early 1980s Chicago was able to accomplish something many bands have been unable to do, they completely reinvented their sound. The Chicago of the 1980s produced s a string of pop hits and love ballads, including “You’re the Inspiration” and “Hard Habit to Break,” which featured Peter Cetera on lead vocals.

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