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Chicago & Earth, Wind & Fire Gearing Up For ‘Heart & Soul Tour’

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Chicago is gearing up for its fourth joint trek with fellow ‘70s superstars Earth, Wind, & Fire. Their Heart & Soul Tour kicks off on July 15th in Concord, California at the Concord Pavilion and winds down on September 6th at Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Borgata Events Center. As is the custom at every show, the two horn-driven bands join forces at the end of each concert for a closing set finale of the groups’ biggest hits. The two bands first hit the road together in 2004, and teamed up for further sell-out tours in 2005 and 2009.

Chicago has always kept close relationships with their touring partners, from the Beach Boys, to the Doobie Brothers and beyond. The group’s co-founder and trombonist James Pankow told us that of all the musicians who helped the band during their early days, it was Jimi Hendrix that did the most in launching the Chicago. Pankow, who 48 years after starting the group is still out on the road, says that Hendrix picking them as his opening act pushed Chicago to the next level: “‘Got discovered by Jimi Hendrix (who) took us on the road, gave us exposure that was invaluable. And record companies started bidding wars on the band because they recognized the original approach and the depth of the music enough that (they) felt it warranted it being recorded. Y’know, we didn’t know anything. Writing music and playing it — that’s all we knew.”

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