Review: REO Speedwagon hits, Chicago misses in tour opener


How much do you love Chicago’s second album?

The answer to that question goes a long way in determining whether you would want to see the Chicago-REO Speedwagon co-headlining tour, which kicked off June 13 in Concord.

If you’re a huge fan of that 1970 double-disc affair then you might really appreciate this show, since Chicago is playing the album in its entirety on each stop of this road show.

I’m not a big fan. And, judging by the reaction in Concord, neither were many of others at the concert.

They came hoping to hear the hits. But they didn’t get them – at least not for the first hour of Chicago’s set.

Instead, they got to hear all four sides and 23 tracks/movements of an album that is every bit as complicated, musically speaking, as the story of its title.

The album’s proper name is “Chicago,” which makes it sound like an eponymous debut. But, actually, the group’s eponymous debut came out a year earlier. And that was called – like the band itself at the time – “Chicago Transit Authority.” So most people (including band members) refer to it as “Chicago II,” even though there was no “II” in the title. But the nickname fits, since the group’s next record was called “Chicago III.”

Got it? Don’t make me repeat myself. Please.

. @chicagotheband playing second album (usually and incorrectly referred to as “Chicago 2”) in its entirety. We are now on side 2. pic.twitter.com/h0JiA6KZRZ

— Jim Harrington (@jimthecritic) June 14, 2018

Sure, there were a few nice moments during the performance of the album. And you always know that the musicianship is going to be first rate when you’re at a Chicago show.

But, for the most part, people just weren’t into hearing this material, which really hasn’t aged that well overall. …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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