Chicago is Back, Ready to Rock Opening Night Concert
'Jazz-infused' rock legends' concert on July 29 presented by Ford Motor Company
Chicago's Opening Day Concert at AirVenture 2010 drew thousands to show center.
May 1, 2013 - One of music's legendary bands will be back for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, as Chicago will take the stage on Monday, July 29, for the opening night concert.
The concert, presented by Ford Motor Company, is free to all AirVenture attendees that day and will be held on Phillips 66 Plaza following the afternoon air show.
"Those who were here for the opening night concert in 2010 remember a picture-perfect summer evening in Oshkosh with Chicago playing hit after hit in front of thousands of people," said Jim DiMatteo, EAA's vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. "Chicago was one of the best-attended opening night concerts we've ever had at AirVenture, so we're very pleased to work with Ford Motor Company to welcome this legendary band back to Oshkosh this year."
In 40-plus years of recording, Chicago has attracted multiple generations of fans. Led by founding members Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, and Walt Parazaider, Chicago's jazz-infused "rock 'n roll band with horns" sound has created hits in six different decades. That includes such classics as "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," "If You Leave Me Now," and "Hard To Say I'm Sorry." In 2008, Billboard ranked Chicago, with 47 gold and platinum awards, as No. 13 on its Top 100 Artists of All Time.
"Ford is proud to be the sole automotive partner with EAA for more than a decade and pleased to enhance the experience for everyone attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh," said Kevin Keling, North America corporate events manager for Ford Motor Company. "Chicago performed a great show in 2010 and we're excited they will return for this year's opening night concert to start a sensational week at aviation's annual reunion in Oshkosh."
In March 2013, Chicago's multiplatinum two-disc bestseller, The Very Best of Chicago, charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Catalog and Digital Catalog charts, making them the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades.