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Chicago Posts First Video From 'Hotel' Sessions
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Chicago Posts First Video From 'Hotel' Sessions
Chicago has never been a band to rest on its laurels -- and now is going full throttle into recording and releasing new music at a lightening rate. If fact, they're issuing each completed track as soon as the band signs off on it and releasing it digitally. As we first reported a while back, Chicago is actually recording their new material on the road using a portable studio in hotel rooms and banquet spaces as needed. Vintage Vinyl News reported that Chicago's newest song, "Somethin' Comin', I Know," was co-written by keyboardist and co-founder Robert Lamm and America's Gerry Beckley.
 
Once the band wraps work on all of the tracks for the new album, it will be eventually released in CD form. Chicago has just released a video chronicling the overdub sessions for the new song, featuring Lamm and fellow co-founders James Pankow (trombone), Lee Loughnane (pronounced: LOCK-nane) (trumpet), and Walter Parazaider (saxophone) record their horn parts for the song.
 
We just caught up with Lee Loughnane on the road, and he honestly feels that the energy coursing through the Chicago members is just like the band's '70s and '80s golden period: "46 years and we haven't taken a year off. We have a lot of stuff going on this year. We have music that's being produced right now. We're recording -- in fact, once when we get out on the road, we're gonna do some brass parts. We've got five or six songs we're working on. And once the brass parts are done I think we're pretty ready to do some mixing. And then you'll hear some brand new, original, Chicago material." 
 
Chicago tour dates (subject to change):
August 14 - Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie 
August 16 - Robinsonville, MS Bluesville At Horseshoe Tunica
August 17 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park 
August 19 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center At Wolf Trap 
August 20 - Wallingford, CT - Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theatre 
August 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Seaside Summer Concert Series at West 21st Street in Coney Island
August 23 - Cincinnati, OH - Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati 
August 24, 25 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park 
August 27 - Fort Wayne, IN - Foellinger Theatre 
August 28 - Toledo, OH - Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre 
August 30 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah's Ballroom 
August 31 - Grand Island, NE - Nebraska State Fair at Heartland Events Center
September 12, 13, 14 - Nashville, TN - Schermerhorn Symphony Center 
September 15 - Indianapolis, IN - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn At White River State Park 
September 18 - Richmond, KY - EKU Center For The Arts 
September 19 - Richmond, VA - Carpenter Theatre 
September 21 - Charlotte, NC - Belk Theater 
September 22 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre 
October 17 - Clearwater, FL - Coachman Park 
November 2 - Bangor, ME - Cross Insurance Center 
November 3 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre 
November 7 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Hall 
February 26 - Kingston, ON - K-Rock Centre 
February 27 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens 
March 3 - Sudbury, ON - Sudbury Arena 
March 5 - Thunder Bay, ON - Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

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