Lead Tenor Neil Donell
Hosted by Kim Cyr
Life on Tour w/ Grammy Award Winning Band ''Chicago''
Hailed as one of the "most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era,” the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago. The highest-charting American band in Billboard Magazine's Top 125 Artists Of All Time, Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades.
Featuring the signature sounds Chicago fans have come to love, their latest album, BORN FOR THIS MOMENT, produced by Joe Thomas, captures the true heart of this legendary band. Over the entire course of 14 vibrant new songs, BORN FOR THIS MOMENT encapsulates the unique blend of award-winning and personal songwriting, multilayered harmonic vocalizations, and world-class arrangements that have been electrifying audiences across the globe for decades.
Chicago recently received The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the GRAMMYS. The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording. A special award ceremony and tribute concert celebrating the honorees was held in 2020.
Chicago’s lifetime achievements include 2 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, Founding Artists of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 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 38 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 48 gold and platinum awards.
Chicago has toured every year since the beginning - they’ve never missed a year. The original three band members are Robert Lamm on keyboards and vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet and vocals, and James Pankow on trombone. The band line-up also includes Wally Reyes, Jr. on drums, Tony Obrohta on guitar, Loren Gold on keyboards and vocals, Ray Herrmann on sax and flute, Neil Donell on vocals, Eric Baines on bass, and Ramon "Ray" Yslas on percussion.
From the signature sound of the Chicago horns, their iconic Vocalists, and a few dozen of ever-Classic Songs, this band’s concerts are celebrations. 2023 marks the band’s 56th consecutive year of touring!
Chicago continues to be true ambassadors for their beloved hometown, carrying the city's name with pride and dignity around the world. Don’t miss them at The Venetian Theatre in February 2023.
''Chicago is undeniably one of the best shows out on tour today with their musical style, suffocation, and technique, '' says Kim Cyr, Editor in Chief for NOW and THEN Magazine, radio host, and host of the International Music's Journey Show. ''The band Chicago wanted to rewrite the way rock and roll was in 1967 and they did just that. They did it their way!''
I had the chance to sit down to chat with lead tenor, Neil Donell to talk about the extensive catalog that he will be singing with members of Chicago that they will be performing on the 2023 tour. Donell shares some great stories about joining the band 6 years ago and talks of the incredible brotherhood among the band members.
Donell is a singer, songwriter, producer, musician, vocal coach, and the father of two wonderful sons. Originally from Montreal, he relocated to Toronto in the 80s to pursue his musical aspirations. Donell has had a lengthy and busy career in the recording studio and on stages all over North America and beyond ever since.
It was a lot of fun to talk with Donell about his career in the music industry. Donell is so incredibly talented as a powerhouse vocalist. This was an opportunity to talk in-depth and play some of the most iconic songs of one of the best rock and roll bands of all time.
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There will never be another band that has delivered hit after hit, album after album, never stopping to tour ever or stopping to record as Chicago has. Beginning its 56th year on tour, Chicago is one of the best band's there will ever be in rock and roll history delivering songs that bring back memories of a lifetime of music shared together with their fans all over the world.
If This Is Goodbye [Official Music Video]
Chicago - (1973) "Saturday in the Park" & "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"
Chicago - You're the Inspiration
Chicago - Feeling Stronger Every Day
Questions 67 and 68 (2002 Remaster)
Chicago Transit Authority (aka Chicago) - I'm A Man (1969)
Chicago - Beginnings (Live 2017)
The Last Band on Stage | Official Trailer | Chicago Band Documentary