Chicago Symphony in Manila


And then it begins. My second photo assignment of the year is  a nine man gig, with Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, Walter Parazaider, Jason Scheff, Tris Imboden, Keith Howland, Lou Pardini and Walfredo Reyes Jr. They are vibrant musicians who showcased signature tracks and undeniable chemistry onstage.

They keep themselves together despite occasional changes in members, they continue to surprise, amaze and inspire people no matter where they go. Their opening jam certainly caught everyone’s attention. Fans in attendance on Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum was undoubtedly high-spirited.

I must say that I appreciated their display of fab creativity in terms of musicality, and live performances of their popular hits deserves a standing ovation. Chicago had us rocking out for rest of the night. To sing lines of their greatest hits on your seats was great fun, it’s not singing with the radio anymore.

Chicago Live in Manila is the second concert they did since 2010. The opportunity to catch one of the longest running and most successful pop/rock ‘n’ roll bands live and in action is worth the effort to see.

An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have all been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards. Among their most successful songs, which Filipinos consider endearing over the years, such as “If You Leave Me Now”, “Hard To Say I’m Sorry”, “Look Away”, “You’re The Inspiration”,  “Hard Habit To Break”, “25 or 6 to 4”, “Saturday in the Park”, “Colour My World”, “Beginnings”, “Just You ‘N’ Me”, “I Don’t Wanna Love Without Your Love”, “Baby, What A Big Surprise” and “What Kind of Man I Would Be?”

In 2014, their debut album “The Chicago Transit Authority” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. This was followed by an announcement of their 2014 summer tour with REO Speedwagon, a televised performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards on CBS broadcast, and the release of “NOW” Chicago XXXVI in July 2014.

In Photos: Chicago Live in Manila

Journey lead singer Arnel Pineda performed the classic hit song "You're the Inspiration" with Chicago. He will again be performing live at the Music Museum this coming February 27 for his solo concert billed as Arnel Pineda: Love, Rock N’ Roll. Tickets are available at Ticketworld and Music Museum. Part of the proceeds will go to the Arnel Pineda Foundation, Inc. (APFI).

Checkout Chicago’s set list HERE. Chicago Live in Manila is presented by Wilbros Live.