(Springfield, MO) CHICAGO – the band that former president Bill Clinton hailed as “one of the most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era” – will take the stage at Juanita K. Hammons Hall, on the campus of Missouri State University, on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Tickets range from $56 to $125 (plus applicable fees), and will go on sale this Friday, January 20, at 10 am – online at HammonsHall.com, charge by phone at 417-836-7678, or at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall box office, 525 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway. A limited number of VIP ticket packages are also available.
Chicago came in at #9, the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine's recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in each of six decades.
Chicago was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and their first album, Chicago Transit Authority, was inducted into the Grammy® Hall of Fame in 2014. The band’s lifetime achievements include a Grammy® Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.
2017 marks Chicago’s 50th consecutive year of touring, without missing a single concert date! The original four band members are Robert Lamm on keyboards and vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet and vocals, James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds. The band line-up also includes Tris Imboden on drums, Keith Howland on guitar and vocals, Lou Pardini on keyboards and vocals, Ray Herrmann on sax and flute, Walfredo Reyes, Jr. on percussion and Jeff Coffey on bass and vocals.