Leonid & Friends: Russian band covers Chicago. Amazing!

Apologies if this has been posted before. I’m new here and the search function sucks… :slight_smile:

Leonid & Friends is a Russian band that, among other things, covers Chicago songs. And they do it superbly.

I’d recommend starting with 25 or 6 to 4 followed by Saturday in the Park. After that just pick and choose and enjoy.

For the guitar players here if you pay attention to ‘25 or 6 to 4’ you’ll notice a few frames that show an Orange headstock. That’ll set you back a few years. :slight_smile:

The musicianship is outstanding throughout. In ‘25 or 6 to 4’ the lead guitar player has a bit of ‘slow hand’ going for him… imo. Amazing!

Ooh, I like this! “25 or 6 to 4” was AWESOME, and so is “Saturday in the Park”. (Of course, I’ve heard the originals.)

Can you dig it?

I’d like Leonid a lot more if he wasn’t a Scientologist.

Technically tight, but a slavish cover. Why, I guess is my question.

I thought that, too, but then I realized they’re a tribute band, not a cover band. So their goal is to sound as close to the recording as possible, to give the audience the feeling that they’re seeing the real thing for less money. So in that aspect they are a very good band. But yes, I myself have never been much of a fan of tribute bands, because why indeed.

Good point. In that case, it’s criminal that the guitarist isn’t using a wah wah pedal.

I love Chicago’s 1967-1981 catalogue and I’d be very interested in hearing new interpretations of those songs. I’d be even more interested in new takes on their 1982-1991 stuff because the original releases are now dated and unlistenable because of the cheap-sounding synthesizers.

But Leonid and Friends aren’t offering re-interpretations. What’s the point of a cover that sounds note for note exactly like the original? It’s more like a tribute band rather than a cover band.

Let’s hear them do “Introduction”. Then I’ll be impressed.

Wow… this is a tough crowd.

Arguing over ‘cover’ vs. ‘tribute’ and then commenting on what songs they do or don’t do.

Can’t you just enjoy a live performance of some classic rock performed by a band that doesn’t speak English as a first language? Is the musicianship somehow subpar? Is it ok to serve a red wine with chicken? (hint: the answer is yes)


The Toughest. :wink:

I like the irony of a Russian band singing about The Forth of July.

Well what did you want us to do, fawn all over them? We’re discussing them, isn’t that the point? They’re good musicians, yes, but there are lots of good musicians. Unless you’re part of the band I don’t see why you would be offended by anything that was said, and even then I would say lighten up and keep playing.

Not offended in the least. Just think some of the comments border on the petty.