Jazz-rock-fusion group Chicago reflects on a 45-year career

Band reunions are nothing new; the typical trajectory for many classic groups reads: form, break up, promise to never get back together, reform. So it’s no surprise to see Chicago, one of the most successful groups of the 1970s and ’80s with worldwide album sales of more than 100 million, on the touring circuit again. The only difference is, in the 45 years since the band formed in 1967, Chicago never broke up.

“I think the reason that many bands don’t stay together this long is ’cause they don’t want to,” keyboardist and founding member Robert Lamm says of the band’s longevity. “We’ve always had a general fondness for each other and respect for each other’s musicianship. We always had this feeling lurking somewhere in our minds that there’s still some work to do … some new music to discover and create together.”

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