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R.I.P. Laudir de Oliveira

SEP 19, 2017

We are saddened to learn that former Chicago percussionist Laudir de Oliveira has passed away. We always thought we would play in Rio again with Laudir. When he sat in with the band in the Rio 2010 Gig, the groove of the music was lifted. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and the many fans whose lives he touched.

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Pray for the resilient people of mexico

SEP 20, 2017

We are so horrified by the loss of life and destruction in Mexico City and Puebla. We just returned from our recent tour where we rekindled friendships in Mexico – lovely people, beautiful country. We pray.

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BuyNow More Than Ever: The History of Chicago on Blu-Ray and DVD!

JUL 18, 2017

This special edition contains extra footage including Dialogue - a 40-minute documentary with stories from the band's early days, The New Guys - featuring "newer" members of the band – plus much more!

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TIME CHILL, A RETROSPECTIVE named 2017 Gold Bonus Disc by The Second Disc

JAN 2, 2018

Time Chill collected 15 solo tracks (five previously unreleased) from the piano man, drawing on not only Chicago’s familiar sound but also excursions into electronic music, bossa nova, and more.

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Chicago Band members

As many of you have already heard, our long-time drummer Tris Imboden has resigned. For nearly thirty years Tris has shared his tremendous talent, and indeed his life, with Chicago. We are fortunate to have known him and grateful to have shared the stage with him these many years. He has been a great friend and band mate and we’ll miss his enthusiasm and contagious smile. We wish Tris and Mary a lifetime of happiness together.

Walfredo Reyes Jr. has been touring with Chicago for many years as percussionist, but as most of you already know, he is also an accomplished drummer. Walfredo has been fusing the two disciplines of drummer and percussionist since his teen-age years and has toured and/or recorded with an impressive number of artists including Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood and Smokey Robinson, just to name a few. We are thrilled that he will be taking over on drums as we continue our 2018 tour.

We are also saying goodbye to our newest band mate Jeff Coffey, talented bassist and vocalist. While Jeff was only with us for a short time, we are grateful for his considerable contributions and his dedication. We wish him continued success with his solo career and in all his professional endeavors.

The rigors of touring are immense. Now, in our 51st consecutive year of touring, we understand the toll it takes on families, the birthdays and milestones that are missed and the strain of being away from loved ones for weeks at a time. Chicago routinely plays over 100 events a year. When you add in travel days, band members are away from home for over 150 days a year. It is a difficult life, but also one filled with tremendous rewards. We look forward to sharing those rewards as we welcome new members to the band.

Many of you are already familiar with Canadian Neil Donell who has been enthusiastically received as a guest vocalist with Chicago on occasion, we now welcome him as an official band member taking over lead tenor vocals. On bass we will be joined by Brett Simons who has toured and recorded with musical icons such as Brian Wilson, Fiona Apple and Melissa Etheridge. We will be posting more about these new members in the weeks and months to come, and hope you will embrace them with the same love and support you have for all present and former Chicago band members.

–Chicago, the band

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