Chicago is returning to the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles for the first time since the beginning of their career. In celebration of their 50th anniversary, the Grammy Award-winning rock band will perform a special, invitation-only show for SiriusXM on Monday, June 5. The exclusive performance will air live on SiriusXM’s Classic Vinyl (Ch. 26) and feature songs from the band’s 50-year career.
“The Whisky is where we met Jimi Hendrix, who subsequently asked us to tour as his opener.”
“We did play the Whisky a Go Go a couple of times in the early ’70s as a benefit, and thank you to Elmer Valentine for giving us frequent gigs early,” founding member Robert Lamm said. “The Whisky is where we met Jimi Hendrix who subsequently asked us to tour as his opener. The venue was a magnet for touring artists to hear music when they came thru L.A. Crowds of fans and ’60s rock culture mingled on the Sunset Strip. It was a breeding ground for many emerging bands who performed there. Chicago (or “CTA” as it was often posted on the Whisky’s marquee) played countless sets for the Sunday-Monday ‘off nights’. Songs like ‘25 or 6 to 4’ and ‘Beginnings’ were rehearsed and first performed there, which, by the way, has always been a great-sounding club. Now celebrating our 50th anniversary, we can’t wait to perform at the legendary venue again—and excited for our fans to hear us live on SiriusXM.”
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Additionally, on Wednesday, June 14, the band will record a special edition of SiriusXM’s Town Hall series – answering questions from a select group of SiriusXM listeners in the SiriusXM studios in New York City. Hosted by singer-songwriter Rob Thomas, who inducted Chicago into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, the special will air Friday, June 16 at 1 pm ET on Classic Vinyl.