Sing with Chicago and fight breast cancer
Published: 10:20 AM, 06/14/2012
Last updated: 12:01 AM, 07/25/2012
Chicago has teamed up with the American Cancer Society for the third year in a row to give fans a chance to bid to sing with the legendary “rock and roll band with horns” during its tour across the United States.
Fans across the country will be able to bid on a package that includes a meet and greet with Chicago, two premium tickets, backstage passes and a special opportunity to sing the classic hit song, “If You Leave Me Now,” onstage with the band during the concert. Fans can bid in the auction at http://www.cancer.org/singwithchicago, starting Friday February 24, and all proceeds directly benefit the American Cancer Society’s fight against breast cancer.
In 2010, the band joined forces with the American Cancer Society to create “Sing with Chicago,” a highly successful promotion that has raised more than $130,000 to fight breast cancer.
“The Sing With Chicago promotion was such a great time for our fans and contributed so much to the breast cancer cause that we wanted to do it on our 2012 tour, too,” said Peter Schivarelli, Chicago’s manager. “We’re doing it this year in honor of our friend Paqui Kelly, the wife of Notre Dame’s head football coach, Brian Kelly, who is a breast cancer survivor.”
“We so are pleased that Chicago is offering this amazing opportunity for the third straight year and that the band remains dedicated to using their musical talents to help us create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays,” said Terry Music, chief mission officer for the American Cancer Society. “What an exciting way for our supporters to fight breast cancer and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience onstage with a legendary band.”
Previous contest winners were so moved by the experience that they launched the Facebook group “I Sang with Chicago,” where they shared stories about their concerts and videos of themselves on stage singing with the band. To see this public group, visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/116983118321579.
This year’s Chicago tour kicked off in the U.S. in Modesto, Calif., on March 7. For tour dates, visit http://www.chicagotheband.com. This summer, The Doobie Brothers, another one of America’s treasured popular bands, will tour with Chicago in July and August, including a July 25 stop at Appalachian State University in Boone.
Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in five decades. In Billboard Magazine’s list of top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at No. 13, the highest charting American band.
The lineup on tour will include original band members Robert Lamm on keyboards and vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet, James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds, as well as Jason Scheff on bass and vocals, Tris Imboden on drums, Keith Howland on guitar, Lou Pardini on keyboards and vocals, and Daniel Reyes on percussion.
Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of U.S. cities.
Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive No. 1, 11 No. 1 singles and five gold singles. Twenty-five of their 33 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.
Chicago and The Doobie Brothers will perform Wednesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center on the ASU campus. For tickets, email (email@example.com) or call (828) 262-4046.