May 26, 2013

Concert Review: Chicago @ Westbury Theater- Long Island, NY 5/25/13

centerfieldmaz concert review-Chicago @Westbury 2013
 
Once again the band Chicago put on another incredible performance last night at the Westbury Theater on Long Island. It was the first of two nights at that venue. Westbury is a classic theater in the round with a slow rotating stage & every seat is a good one. It's a popular venue for Chicago since they have been doing it annually over the past few years.


Robert Lamm "Saturday In the Park"


Chicago, were established in 1967 in (of course) Chicago Illinois. They have become one of the most successful American rock & roll bands of all time with a tremendous following. In the U.S they have 22 gold- 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. They've had five number-one albums and 21 top-ten singles.

Four original members remain: Keyboardist/ singer/ songwriter: Robert Lamm - Saxophone-flute player: Walter Parazaider - Trumpet / singer/ song writer: Lee Loughnane & Trombone/ brass arranger/ songwriter/ singer: Jimmy Pankow.

On stage these guys are professional, tight & are having a real good time, singing & laughing amongst themselves during songs. They are very respectful & thankful to their fans as well, as they mention during the show.


Jimmy Pankow
Other members include Bassist/ singer: Jason Scheff (since 1985) who is the son of Elvis' Presley's 1970's touring band bass player Jerry Scheff. Jerry also played bass on the Doors L.A. Woman album.

Drums: Tris Imboden (1990). Guitar: Keith Howland  (1995) & keyboardist/ singer: Lou Bardini (2009)- Percussion: Walfredo Reyes Jr. (2012).

Chicago were great once again, pleasing the crowd which covered many different generations. In my opinion it was one of the best set lists I have seen the band do, covering their entire career.

Special treats (besides the biggies) for me were; the entire Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon from their second album & Street Player. Robert Lamm's version of Rainy Day In New York City (sans horns & drums) was another big highlight.

The band encouraged picture taking & with my sixth row seat I took advantage of the offer. So without a lengthy review; here's the set list & all pictures taken by centerfieldmaz.

 
 
The Classic Chicago Horn Section
 
 
"Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?- Does Anybody Really Care"
 
 
 
Chicago Set List 
Lee Loughnane
Introduction
Questions 67 & 68
Dialogue (Part 1 & 2)
Alive Again
If You Leave Me
Now Call on Me
(I've Been) Searchin' So Long
Mongonucleosis
Will You Still Love Me?
Another Rainy Day in New York City
Look Away
Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon :
 Make Me Smile
 So Much To Say So Much To Give
 Moment West Virginia Fantasies
 Colour My World
 To Be Free
 Now More Than Ever

(INTERMISSION)

                                           
 

Old Days
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Hard Habit to Break
You're the Inspiration
Beginnings
I'm a Man
Street Player
Just You 'n' Me
Saturday in the Park
Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away
Feelin' Stronger Every Day
Free
25 or 6 to 4
 
Robert Lamm on "Beginnings"
 
Walter Parazaider Flute on "Colour My World"
 
Robert Lamm "Another Rainy Day In New York City"
  
Jason Scheff "Questions 67 & 68"
 
Pankow & Lamm
 
 
Chicago 2013 Tour
 
Pankow "let me hear you"
 
 
 
 
 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Louie, being in the sixth row with you last night I have to say that you captured everything perfectly! Thanks for the invite and keep putting your stuff out there --- Kenny

Anonymous said...

It was such a fun night, the music was awesome. Great job with the pictures!