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Chicago to perform at The Venetian Las Vegas

9 October 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- One of the most successful and critically acclaimed rock bands of all time – Chicago – announced today its limited engagement at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas. The show will be held on 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23 and 24 February 2018 at 8 p.m.

In response to the tragic Las Vegas shooting that took place 1 October, for every ticket sold to each of their nine Las Vegas shows, Chicago will donate $1 to the Las Vegas Victims Fund to aid the victims and their families.

Grazie loyalty members and Live Nation customers will receive access to a pre-sale beginning Thursday, 12 October at 10 a.m. PST. All pre-sales will end Thursday, 12 October at 10 p.m. PST. Tickets ranging in price from $59 to $299, plus applicable fees, go on sale to the general public Friday, 13 October at 10 a.m. PST. A limited number of VIP packages with meet and greets will also be available. Tickets will be available for purchase at Ticketmaster, The Venetian's website, any box office at The Venetian or The Palazzo, or by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

Hailed as one of the "most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era" by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in at No. 9, the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine's recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades.

Chicago was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was a long time coming, as this was their first nomination, even though they've been eligible since 1994.

Chicago's first album, Chicago Transit Authority, was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2014, and the band performed on the Grammy stage for the first time that year.

Robert Lamm and James Pankow have become the latest inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization's 48th Annual Induction on 15 June in New York City. These legendary songwriters wrote mega-hits such as, "25 or 6 to 4," "Saturday In The Park," "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "Make Me Smile" and many others.

More than 40 years after its debut, Chicago II still sounds like nothing else. Released in 1970, Chicago's second album brims with confidence and inspiration as it draws on everything from orchestral music to heavy rock. It spawned a trio of Top Ten hits, and the timeless classic has been remastered to reveal unprecedented clarity and definition. For the first time a new stereo remix, created by British musician and producer Steven Wilson from the 16-track multi-track tapes, made it possible to bring out elements that were muffled or submerged in the mix. The result is a new stereo version of Chicago II that boasts clearness, punch and definition that it didn’t have before. It has recently been released by Rhino Records on CD and vinyl.

Chicago's award-winning documentary film, "Now More Than Ever: The History Of Chicago," premiered on CNN on New Year's Day and ranked No. 1 among adults ages 25-54. This is per Nielsen Fast National Time Period Based Data for 1/1/17 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The documentary film was originally shown at the Sedona International Film Festival in February 2016 and won the Film Festival's Best of Fest Audience Choice Award. The band opened the festival with back-to-back sold-out performances.

Additionally, "Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago" won three awards in April 2016 at the 10th Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, taking home top prizes in the Documentary and Audience Award categories. Director Peter Pardini was awarded the festival's Rising Star Award in direction and was on hand to accept all three awards. Earlier that month, the documentary was the runner-up for Audience Award at the Sarasota Film Festival.

Chicago and The Doobie Brothers recently completed their co-headline North American summer tour. The 30+ date tour, promoted by Live Nation, took the Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling groups through amphitheatres in major cities for a night of unforgettable live music.

Chicago's newest record of new studio tracks, "Chicago XXXVI: Now," was released on Frontiers Records. It includes eleven brand new songs, recorded on the road. Chicago has built a new recording system that is flexible, portable, powerful and musical. This new "recording rig" travels with the band. They have even created an online collaboration portal that allows even more performances to be worked on around the clock from remote locations. The CD package is a six-panel digipack with a beautiful 16-page full color lyric booklet.

Chicago's lifetime achievements include two Grammy Awards, multiple American Music Awards, Founding Artists of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 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 Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and five Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.

Chicago have toured every year since the beginning — they've never missed a year. The original four band members are Robert Lamm on keyboards and vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet and vocals, James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds. The band line-up also includes Tris Imboden on drums, Keith Howland on guitar and vocals, Lou Pardini on keyboards and vocals, Ray Herrmann on sax and flute, Walfredo Reyes, Jr. on percussion and Jeff Coffey on bass and vocals.

For five years, Chicago raised over a quarter of a million dollars to fight breast cancer for the American Cancer Society by having a winning bidder come on stage and sing "If You Leave Me Now" in concert. Chicago generously supports other charitable causes, donating a portion of ticket sales to Kelly Cares, established by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and his wife Paqui, to support local, national and global organizations that strive to improve their communities in the areas of health and education. Portions of ticket sales also benefit the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, which seeks a cure for a fatal children's disease, Niemann-Pick Type C. Chicago manager Peter Schivarelli, who played football for Coach Parseghian, is on Notre Dame's Board Of Directors for their Athletic Commission. Chicago has also associated with Hannah & Friends, an organization that serves children and adults with special needs. Hannah & Friends is the personal mission of Maura Weis and her husband, Charlie Weis, the former coach at the University of Kansas.

From the signature sound of the Chicago horns, their iconic vocalists and a few dozen of ever-classic songs, this band's concerts are celebrations. 2017 marks the band's 50th consecutive year of touring, without missing a single concert date.

Chicago continue to be true ambassadors for their beloved hometown, carrying the city's name with pride and dignity around the world.

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