Chicago Performs in Thousand Oaks

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Chicago Performs in Thousand Oaks
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By Robert Bernstein

The band Chicago has been performing for over fifty years. We were fortunate to have them in our area recently.

Here are a few photos and a short set of videos from their performance at the Thousand Oaks Civic Center.

When I got the tickets I did not realize they would also be performing at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara. But, I have to say, the Thousand Oaks Civic Center was an ideal venue. It felt more like the Lobero than the Arlington, giving most of the audience a seat close to the band.

The first half of the performance the band played their entire Chicago II album from beginning to end. That album was made at the height of the turmoil of the US War in Vietnam as well as the struggle for civil rights. Scenes of those times played on the screen as the band performed.

After a short intermission, the band came back for a second full hour of "Greatest Hits".

Here I combined three short video clips of three of those songs:
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Just You 'N' Me
Saturday In the Park

Here you can see several key band members in that second set:

At front left is founding member Jimmy Pankow on Trombone
To his right is founding member Walt Parazaider on Saxophone
Far right in front is founding member Lee Loughnane on Trumpet
Behind him is founding member Robert Lamm on Keyboard and Vocals

Here are a few more photos from that second set:

We also were given a very special treat at the end. A group photo with the band!

Chicago has been performing over 100 times a year since 1967. They have never missed a single performance! They clearly enjoy doing what they do and they have mastered the logistics perfectly.

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a-1519592324 Feb 25, 2018 12:58 PM
Chicago Performs in Thousand Oaks

Thank you, Mr. Bernstein, for the many contributions you make to Edhat. I enjoy your hiking photos, among others. Your Chicago photos are great, almost makes me hear the music, and feel the time, by just looking at the colors you captured. Does anyone really know what time it is?

yin yang Feb 25, 2018 10:32 PM
Chicago Performs in Thousand Oaks

Chicago II?!? My expectation was their later pop hits -- after I stopped listening to them. Same with Journey; their first 3 or so albums were great rock n roll.
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Thank you, Robert! I got goose bumps just reading about the concert. I have the 4 lp live boxed set, inherited from my brother, and the first 5 albums. Been listening since I was a young teen. GREAT music. It's Chicago at Carnegie Hall, 1971. They were political back then... But Ballet for a Girl from Buchanan can't be beat.

a-1519630987 Feb 25, 2018 11:43 PM
Chicago Performs in Thousand Oaks

07/21/70 concert on Youtube with good sound quality.

CivilEngineer Feb 26, 2018 10:40 AM
Chicago Performs in Thousand Oaks

Arlington show was very good as well. After the show I looked it up and thought that there were only 3 of the originals- trombone, trumpet, and keyboard. If you grew up during that time those songs are embedded in your brain, even the 80s pop stuff.

sbrobert Feb 26, 2018 11:02 AM
Chicago Performs in Thousand Oaks

Thanks for all of the kind words! Glad this brought back happy memories. And thanks for the 1970 Tanglewood concert video. As for the number of originals, I was a bit confused, too.

Best wishes,

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