Take your pick this month from two legendary artists that have shaped their respective musical genres in more ways than one, and whether you go down the rock or the country route, the nostalgia felt in both cases will be run high. Enjoy your trip down musical memory lane!
The sound of Chicago is unmistakable. The vocals, the guitars and the soundscapes they have created, and continue to, went a long way in shaping much of the soft rock and jazz-fusion we hear in today’s mellow genres. Timeless ballads like It’s Hard For Me To Say I’m Sorry or If You Leave Me Now are recognised instantly and will remain as some of the most influential hits of the 1980s. If you’ve always dreamt about what it would be like hear these hits live, now is your chance to catch this eponymous band perform for the first time ever in Malaysia, at the KL Convention Centre on 31 October.
Few and far between are the seminal bands that are still active some five decades after their founding and fewer still are those that have charted top 40 hits in all those decades. A transition in the 1980s from a big-band, swing-infused output with dominant horns and percussion to a soft rock, string-laden sound with lush and layered harmonies, signalled the second major phase for the band that continued to pump out chart-toppers.
The band has racked up an impressive list of stats throughout their career, standing only second in Billboard and chart success to The Beach Boys. Record sales have far surpassed the $100 million mark, and contained within are 21 Top Ten singles, five consecutive number ones, 11 No 1 and five gold singles. Releasing at a rate of one album per year through the 1970s and one album every two years in the 1980s, an incredible 25 out of their 33 albums have been certified platinum, with a total of 47 gold and platinum awards, a Grammy in between and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as the icing on the cake.
The band’s line-up has changed considerably over the years, having included no less than 19 various members. The founding members, consisting of Robert Lamm, James Pankow, Lee Loughnane, and Walter Parazaider, have however remained the same, and these main players along with long standing members Jason Scheff, TrisImboden, Keith Howland, and new additions Lou Pardini and Wally Reyes, make up the band that will take to the stage at the KL Convention Centre for a concert that will jerk the memory.
One of the seminal, longest running and successful rock bands, it would be a crime to miss this concert.
Not many artists can attest to such success throughout the years and even less are those that trump such impressive stats. One such artist, who began his career in the mid-1950s, has recorded no less than 32 albums, released 80 singles and worked with 16 music labels. In some parts, he is known simply as “the gambler”, after his signature song, but globally he goes by the name of Kenny Rogers, and Genting Highlands Arena of Stars has the pleasure of welcoming him to the stage on 23 October.
Infamous for his storytelling ability and smooth voice, he has worked with numerous musicians such as the Dottie West, Lionel Ritchie, Bee Gees and Dolly Parton, the last duet producing Islands in the Stream, one of his 21 country singles that reached the top of the Billboard charts. His efforts have earned him countless accolades and his music has had wide crossover appeal throughout the globe.
Chicago Live in Kuala Lumpur
Where: Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre
When: 31 October, 8.45pm