Chicago founding member proposes reunion concert

Chicago Reunion?

by Ken on August 13, 2013

Part 1 of our exclusive interview with Danny Seraphine, founding member of the legendary jazz-rock band, Chicago. Drummer, composer and a co-songwriter of several Top 40 hits over the first 23 years, Danny was fired in 1990. What caused the bitter split, and what’s happened since rival the story behind his tumultuous rise to fame from Chicago’s mean streets.

Street players never die…

Took 15 years but Danny and his drums are back, as is California Transit Authority, the new band he assembled in ’06. It marked a return to the blazing brass that drove Chicago’s early success, and Seraphine’s love of taut funk and searing guitars. Danny had discovered what millions who love his original band know. There’s no escaping Chicago.

Led by Seraphine, who Rolling Stone ranked one of the Top 100 drummers in history, and legendary guitarist/composer, Marc Bonilla, this spring CTA released their second studio album, Sacred Ground (Street Sense). A dramatic shift from their debut record, Full Circle.

It took many years to make peace with his traumatic firing, but Seraphine sounds ready to move on. Want proof? Imagine if Peter Cetera, the Grammy nominated lead singer who left Chicago in ’85, and other originals from that iconic band were to reunite. Danny Seraphine intends to make it happen!

Tomorrow: Part 2. The true story behind the FBI investigation of the alleged mob connection to Chicago, and a look inside the band few have ever seen.

 

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 john August 10, 2014 at 9:12 pm

as a musician who has been thru the politics of bands, Danny has the right attitude….if the other members of the original group cant try to work that idea out and reunite for the charitable/forgiving cause the that says a lot about them as professionals and human beings…that will be the true tale of the other members quality…

2 Michael Felmeten August 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm

United Center In Chicago for the concert!!!

3 Mark Wideman August 14, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I would love for there to be a reunion. I love Chicago as they are my favorite band of all time. Imagine the impact if they even reunited for one show, but even better a full tour.

4 Javier August 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Go Danny you are the best !!.

5 Gjtopr August 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Great idea Danny. Hope it happens. Tris is OK but you were always the man. You got me interested in playing drums, and Chicago will always be my favorite band.

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