Why does Chicago still exist?

Because people in New York liked the crime and the dirt, but it just wasn’t cold enough? Oh, I’m sorry, you said the group. [Emily Litella]Never mind.[/Emily Litella]

Used to be my favorite band (c. 1975). Amazing that what is left of them is still together. I think the band’s decline can be pretty well traced to Terry Kath’s accidental suicide, as his rock and roll tendencies managed to keep the band grounded. I grew to hate Cetera.

Every time they try to break up, someone starts singing “If You Leave Me Now,” and they collapse in a weeping, happy group hug.

[OBSCURE SITCOM JOKE]Only if the band is 80s hair-band The Dregs of Humanity.[/OBSCURE SITCOM JOKE]

What are they supposed to do, quit their jobs because they are no longer musically relevent? They are career musicians, music is what they do. They enjoy playing music. They can make money playing music. This isn’t about greed, it’s about keeping a worthwhile job. They pobably have enough money that they could retire and do nothing, but they don’t want to do nothing, they want to play music. I applaude their dedication to their careers, and hope I end up in the same retirement home with them playing oldies while I chew my cottage cheese.

And while I forget the exact mathematical formula, their probability of being a guest mentor on American Idol is getting ever closer to 1.

Well spoken. I’m not really a Chicago fan, but I don’t see any reason for them to hang it up if they’re still enjoying it and making money at it.

AFIK there is still a Glenn Miller Orchestra playing the original arrangements, even though Miller himself died in World War 2.

There is still a Lawrence Welk Orchestra playing the original Welk arrangements, even though Welk died in 1992.

Why shouldn’t there still be a Chicago as long as there are still fans who will pay to see them?

What’s really got to suck is being in a Chicago tribute band and constantly getting underbid for venues by the band itself.

Exactly. And since they’re still putting out original music, it’s not as if they’re just an oldies group (even if their best material is decades behind them at this point). Plus, they still put on a heckuva live show.

If Robert Lamm were here, he might tell you, “You know what? Suppose you’re right. Suppose we’re washed up has-beens. Fact remains, we can charge $75 a ticket and still draw 2 or 3,000 fans a night. How many of the bands you think are way cooler, way hipper, way more relevant than us can say that?”

“I told them to list Chicago first!”

I only like early Chicago. I detest the whole 80’s ballad phase they went through. I haven’t heard anything good from them for decades. I wouldn’t care at all if they quit tomorrow.

But they have every right to be on stage if they can swing it. Power to them.

Ah, I’m getting it now! If a song is older than 30 years old, it is no longer good and the band who plays it should be dissolved.
They can make a reality show about it. Call it Logan’s Musical Run.

Can the Temptations can make it into daylight? How have the Rolling Stones avoided the blinking black for so long?

Run, Wagner!

Every time I hear those lyrics, I want to shout, “Just tell him tell him what damn time it is! And why are you even wearing a watch if you’re too spiritually advanced and morally superior to care what time it is?”

My first exposure to Chicago (at least, the first I remember) was the hit parade that came marching out of Chicago 17. Because of that, I’ve no problem with their '80s albums (although, admittedly, Scheff’s vocals tend to drive me nuts; as a replacement for Cetera, he lacks), even if I much prefer the Kath years. Their album Chicago (a.k.a. Chicago II) is one of my favorite albums of all time of any band.

Do they still play “Color My World” as the last song at proms?

I saw an ad recently for Styx playing at one of the nearby casinos. Tickets start at $45. :eek: Hell, I wouldn’t have paid that much to see them back when they were popular 25 years ago!