CHICAGO Announces New Album; Confirms Summer Tour Dates

CHICAGO Announces New Album; Confirms Summer Tour Dates

CHICAGO-one of the longest running, successful and iconic rock bands in American musical history-is set to release their 36th album "NOW" CHICAGO XXXVI in the U.S. July 8 via Frontiers Records. Featuring 11 brand-new, original songs from the group known for their groundbreaking rock-with-horns sound, "NOW" CHICAGO XXXVI was written and recorded on the road during the band's rigorous, never-ending tour schedule, playing for fans who have supported them since they formed in 1967.

Putting aside an awesome accumulation of honors, awards, accomplishments, numbers and peer respect, this remarkable group of talented musicians continues to make history with a new recording process geared towards musical excellence, doing the business of music "NOW," while reckoning with the logistical realities of a world-wide touring band. Produced by CHICAGO-founding members ROBERT LAMM (keyboard, guitars, vocals), LEE LOUGHNANE (trumpet, guitar, percussion, vocals), JAMES PANKOW (trombone, percussion, keyboards, vocals), WALTER PARAZAIDER (woodwinds, backing vocals) along with JASON SCHEFF (bass, vocals), TRIS IMBODEN (drums, percussion), KEITH HOWLAND (guitars, vocals), LOU PARDINI (keyboards, vocals) and WALFREDO REYES, Jr., (percussion)-the album was recorded on "the Rig," the band's customized mobile recording system. Each songwriter oversaw the production of their compositions, and the band collaborated as a cohesive unit throughout the writing and recording process.

Pre-orders for "NOW" CHICAGO XXXVI are available on the band's website here: and will also be available soon via Amazon and iTunes.

Of the new album and the band's continued growth and evolution, LAMM says, "There's certainly more context, and there's certainly more musical ability, and perception rather than youthful naivete that we had when we started."LOUGHNANE says, "Thank goodness, we have 46 years of track record behind us. We're just trying to grow the legacy even more." The band-as always-will tour heavily in 2014 to support the new album. "Outside of being creative and making new music, going out, doing even better shows, I think we've put together a show right now that's the best one we've ever had out there, which, as long as that curve is going up, I don't think we have to sit back and re-assess things," saysPARAZAIDER. Check out the album's EPK here:

Originally formed as the CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY in 1967, the band found almost immediate success and have become a bona fide institution of American music. Their signature sound of solid rock songs augmented by the best horns in the business has endeared them to several generations of music fans. Hit singles include "If You Leave Me Now," "Saturday In The Park," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is," "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "25 or 6 to 4," "Beginnings," "I'm A Man," "Hard To Say I'm Sorry," "(I've Been) Searching So Long," "Look Away," "Just You And Me" and "Old Days,"among others. The band has accumulated a total of 47 gold and platinum records awards.

"47 years later and to think that people - young people especially, but all ages, are actually still discovering Chicago's music!," says PANKOW. "People have become fed up with all of the robotic programmed junk and they come to our shows to hear and witness the real thing - gifted veteran musicians with serious chops - no smoke and mirrors or lip-syncing. Wow, what a concept!"

Here's the "NOW" CHICAGO XXXVI track listing:


--More Will Be Revealed


--Crazy Happy

--Free At Last

--Love Lives On

--Something's Coming, I Know

--Watching All The Colors

--Nice Girl

--Naked In The Garden of Allah

--Another Trippy Day

CHICAGO is on the road now and will tour throughout the rest of the year. They will be in the U.S. through early June, and kick off a European tour June 26 in Paris, France before hitting Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Norway. They return to the U.S for an August 1 date at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre and have New York-area shows August 16 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ and August 17 atJones Beach in Wantagh, NY. Tour dates can be found here:

Date: City: Venue:

Fri 5/16

Cherokee, NC

Harrah's Cherokee

Sat 5/17

Elizabeth, IN

Horeshoe Southern Indiana

Sun 5/18

Paducah, KY

The Carson Center

Tue 5/20

Cleveland, OH

Hard Rock Rocksino

Wed 5/21

Evansville, IN

Ford Center

Fri 5/23

Little Rock, AR

Riverfest (festival)

Sat 5/24

Catoosa, OK

Hard Rock Hotel + Casino

Sun 5/25

Topeka, KS

Performing Arts Center

Tue 5/27

San Antonio, TX

Majestic Theatre

Weds 5/28

Corpus Christi, TX

American Bank Center

Fri 5/30

Biloxi, MS

Beau Rivage Theatre

Sat 5/31

Jacksonville, FL

Symphony Orchestra

Sun 6/1

Orlando, FL

Hard Rock Casino

Tue 6/3

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Ecstasy

Weds 6/4

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Ecstasy

Thur 6/26

Paris, France


Sat 6/28

Padova, Italy

Grand Teatro Geox

Tue 7/1

Barcelona, Spain


Wed 7/2

Madrid, Spain

Circo Price

Thur 7/3

Fuengirola, Spain

Sohail Castle

Sun 7/6

Bonn, Germany


Mon 7/7

Frankfurt, Germany


Thu 7/10

Berlin, Germany


Fri 7/11

Leipzig, Germany


Sat 7/12

Wisen, Austria

Lovely Days Festival

Mon 7/14

Munich, Germany


Tue 7/15

Stuttgart, Germany


Fri 7/18

Langesund, Norway



Thur 7/31

Concord, CA

Concord Pavilion

Fri 8/1

Los Angeles, CA

Greek Theatre

Sat 8/2

Phoenix, AZ

Comerica Theater

Mon 8/4

Denver, CO

Red Rock Amphitheatre

Thur 8/7

Kansas City, MO

Starlight Theatre

Fri 8/8

St. Louis, MO

Verizon Wireless Amph.

Sat 8/9

Chicago, IL

First Merit Bank Pavilion

Sun 8/10

Indianapolis, IN

Klipsch Music Center

Tue 8/12

Detroit, MI

DTE Energy Music Th.

Wed 8/13

Cincinnati, OH

Riverbend Music Center

Fri 8/15

Hartford, CT


Sat 8/16

Holmdel, NJ

PNC Bank Arts Center

Sun 8/17

Wantagh, NJ

Nikon @ Jones Beach

Tue 8/19

Saratoga Springs, NY

Saratoga PAC

Wed 8/20

Boston, MA

Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Fri 8/22

Atlantic City, NJ

Borgata Events Center

Sat 8/23

Raleigh, NC

Walnut Creek Amp.

Sun 8/24

Atlanta, GA

Chastain Park Amp.

Tue 8/26

Durant, OK

Choctaw Events Center

Wed 8/27

Cedar Park, TX

Cedar Park Center

Fri 8/29

Houston, TX

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Sat 8/30

Oklahoma City, OK

Downtown Airpark

Sun 8/31

Dallas, TX

Gexa Energy Pavilion

Tue 9/9

Puyallup, WA

Washington State Fair

Headlining dates:

Thur 9/11

Saratoga, CA

The Mountain Winery

Fri 9/12

San Diego, CA


Sat 9/13

Modesto, CA

Gallo Center For The Arts

Sun 9/14

Paso Robles, CA

Villa Robles Amphitheatre