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article imageReview: Chicago spectacular at St. George Theatre in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 23, 2018 in Music
Staten Island - On September 23, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Chicago brought their horns and their greatest hits to the gorgeous St. George Theater in Staten Island. They played for a sold-out crowd.
This summer, the group celebrated their 51st anniversary of touring. Over the course of their illustrious career, Chicago was the first rock band to chat Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades, which is a remarkable milestone.
Chicago kicked off their show promptly with "Make Me Smile," and they immediately broke into "So Much to Say, So Much to Give," "Anxiety's Moment," and the soaring "West Virginia Fantasies." "Colour My World" was peaceful and eloquent, and they displayed their tremendous prowess as a band on the liberating "To Be Free" and "Now More Than Ever." They subsequently performed Chicago II front to back, and their renditions were bold and compelling.
The refreshing "Wake Up Sunshine" was dedicated to the millennials in the venue, while "Where Do We Go From Here" showcases the powerful vocals of Neil Donell, and their live version of their endearing "25 or 6 to 4" was brilliant, earning them a huge standing ovation.
Speaking of "25 or 6 to 4," last month, on August 30, the University of Connecticut (UConn) Band dedicated Chicago's hit to the late Parkland shooting victim Alex Schachter. This past July, Chicago also dedicated the same song to the shooting victims in Parkland, Florida.
The remaining portion of their concert featured some of their biggest hits such as "Beginnings," "Questions 67 and 68," and of course, their perennial radio hits "If You Leave Me Now," the love ballad "You're the Inspiration" and "Hard to Say I'm Sorry." They iconic band concluded their set with the piano-driven "Saturday in the Park," as well as the empowering "Feelin' Stronger Every Day."
The Verdict
Overall, Chicago was spectacular at the St. George Theater in Staten Island. It does not get any more intimate than the exquisite St. George Theater, and they had the audience with them every step of the way. There was a feeling of nostalgia in the venue as the all-star band performed their album Chicago II in its entirety, as well as their classic hits. Their Staten Island show garnered five out of five stars.
To learn more about Chicago and their remaining tour dates, check out their official website.
Read More: Founding member Robert Lamm chatted with Digital Journal about their 2018 North American Tour.
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