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article imageReview: Chicago delights at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 18, 2014 in Music
Wantagh - Iconic rock band Chicago played a concert at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York, on August 17, for a great turnout.
They shared the stage with rock group REO Speedwagon.
They commenced their set with "Make Me Smile" and it was followed by such tunes as "So Much to Say, So Much to Give," "Anxiety's Moment" and "West Virginia Fantasies."
Chicago continued with "Colour My World," "To Be Free," "Now More Than Ever" and the group went on to greet the Long Island audience. "Are you ready for a rock show?" they asked. The band noted that they have been performing at Jones Beach for a very long time, but this marked the first time that they came to the venue with REO Speedwagon.
They shared that a few weeks ago they released their latest studio album entitled Chicago XXXVI: Now, and they subsequently sang its title track "Now," which was well-received.
Jason Scheff sang lead on "You're the Inspiration," and the rest of the band soared on harmonies and instrumentals, which earned them a standing ovation, and they went on to introduce the band members of Chicago.
Founding member Robert Lamm took the lead vocals on "Beginnings" and the follow-up "I'm a Man" featured a lengthy yet noteworthy drum solo at the end.
Other remarkable vocals were their signature song "Hard to Say I'm Sorry," as well as "Saturday in the Park" and they closed with the smooth "Feelin' Stronger Everyday."
Chicago returned for an encore that included REO Speedwagon joining them on several songs including "Ridin' the Storm Out," "Keep On Loving You," "Roll With the Changes" "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" and their grand finale was "25 or 6 to 4."
The Verdict
Overall, Chicago delivered at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. They were able to dust off their classics and gave Long Island a night of big band music that included keyboards, guitars, trumpets, trombones and lots of percussion. Their pairing with REO Speedwagon was a match made in heaven. They are still at the top of their game musically and are definitely worth seeing live whenever they are in the area.
For more information on Chicago and their tour dates, visit their official website.
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