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Chicago at Hard Rock Live on April 20 – Bid on a Chance to “Sing with Chicago” to Benefit the American Cancer Society

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–Chicago’s big =
brass and timeless hits return to Hard Rock Live on April 20 at 8 =
p.m. As part of its 2011 nationwide concert tour, Chicago is, =
again, joining forces with the American Cancer Society to create a world =
with less breast cancer and more birthdays. The band and the Society, =
which last year declared itself The Official Sponsor Of Birthdays®, =
will offer fans the experience of a lifetime, and the chance to =
contribute to the fight against breast cancer with the “Sing with =
Chicago” promotion. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 18 at =


Fans in every city where the =
band is performing will be able to bid on a package that includes two =
premium tickets, backstage passes, and the opportunity to sing the =
worldwide, #1 hit song "If You Leave Me Now" onstage with the =
band during the concert. Chicago and the Society are making this =
exciting experience available in dozens of U.S. cities through the end =
of the year using an online auction on Mission Fish, the charitable arm =
of E-bay. All proceeds will directly aid the Society’s fight against =
breast cancer. The auction page can be found at


While only one fan can win =
each auction, all fans at Chicago concerts will have an opportunity to =
help save lives and support the breast cancer fight by making a one-time =
donation to the American Cancer Society by texting the word Chicago to =
20222. Fans will also be encouraged to join the growing movement for =
more birthdays at


Chicago is the first American =
rock band to chart Top 40 albums in five decades. In Billboard =
magazine’s recent list of Top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came =
in at #13, the highest charting American band. Record sales top the =
100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive #1 =
albums, 11 #1 singles and five gold singles. An incredible 25 of their =
32 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 =
gold and platinum awards.


Well known for being one of =
the first (and, one of the few) rock bands to make extensive use of =
horns, Chicago (previously known =
as Chicago Transit Authority) began in 1967 as a politically charged, =
sometimes experimental rock band and later moved to a softer sound, =
becoming famous for producing a number of hit ballads.  Early radio =
favorites include "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" =
“Beginnings,” "25 or 6 to 4," “Make Me =
Smile," "Colour My World" and "Saturday in the =
Park." Later popular songs number many and include "
Just You ‘N’ Me," "Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,"  "(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long," "Wishing You Were Here," "If You Leave Me Now," "Baby, What A =
Big Surprise” and “Alive Again.”  =


From the early ‘80s =
through today, Chicago has topped the charts with "Hard to Say I’m =
Sorry," “Love Me Tomorrow,” “Stay The =
Night," "Hard Habit To Break,"  "You’re The =
Inspiration," "Along Comes A Woman,"  =
Look Away," and "I Don’t =
Wanna Live Without Your Love," effectively inspiring a new =
generation of fans.


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 US cities. In addition to the =
American Cancer Society, Chicago has generously supported other =
charitable causes in the past, donating a portion of ticket sales to =
support finding a cure for a fatal children’s disease and an =
organization that serves children and adults with special =


Chicago were thrilled to be =
invited to perform at last year’s 2010 American Idol season =
finale, especially since they were paired with winner Lee DeWyze, who =
sang three of Chicago’s hits with them.  Being a native of Chicago, =
DeWyze had much in common with his hometown idols and went on to win the =
evening’s big prize.


The line-up on tour will =
include original band members Robert Lamm on keyboards, vocals, Lee =
Loughnane on trumpet, James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on =
woodwinds, as well as Jason Scheff on bass, vocals, Tris Imboden on =
drums, Keith Howland on guitar, Lou Pardini on keyboards, vocals and =
Drew Hester on percussion.  For more on the tour, visit


For more information on =
“Sing with Chicago,” please visit =


Tickets cost $90, $75 and =
$60*; all seats are available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office, open =
Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and on Sunday & Monday =
– only open on event days at noon. Tickets also are available at =
all Ticketmaster outlets online at
or =
charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start =
time. *Additional fees may apply.


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