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Chicago on Today Show

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by GreyBeard, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. As a guy who cut his teeth in a Chicago cover band back in the early 70's, it felt good to see my old mentors still kick'en on TV today. The band has managed to retain much of its' origanal sound even though 7 different members have come and gone. One of the things I notice the most missing are those fluid melodic understated bass lines of Peter Cetera. Not that Jason Sheff doesn't cover the parts, he just doesn't have the same touch.
  2. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    It's interesting to me that they're still going, and their fan base is as strong as it is, given that they've had little mainstream exposure for a long time. In fact, IIRC, their current guitarist is younger than the band!

    I've always admired Peter Cetera's cool, smooth bass lines, as one of the more talented bass players. He managed to play with a certain simplicity yet complexity, the way he balanced space and melody, that it's hard to think of more than just a FEW bass players in the history of the instrument that had such an impact.

    I've seen Chicago several times with Jason Scheff and have deep admiration for his style as well. He's a pocket player, but definitely likes to rock it up a notch. He's got a great command of the fretboard and feel.

    I just think Chicago, as a whole, suffered when they parted ways with Peter. The band's as good as ever, tight as can be, but their more recent compositions, IMO, don't relay anything nearly as interesting as their old stuff.
  3. i love old chicago a lot. personally i think they started fading when cetera started getting too sappy in the 80s and then left for his solo career. i haven't heard anything they've done in the last 20 years. their show last year at the mountain winery in saratoga,ca was awesome. seeing them again this year in september at the same venue. i know this is a bass players forum but as long as robert lamm is in the band i'm digging them. it's too bad terry kath died. he was a smoking hot guitar player with absolutely amazing tone.
  4. Here's a video link from the Today show performance, it's "Saturday In the Park":

    I think Jason Scheff's become a pretty fine bassist. My band recently started covering two Chicago songs ("Beginnings" and "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"). To prepare, I listened to versions featuring both Cetera and Scheff. I actually PREFER Scheff's playing on "Beginnings", it's a lot more energetic, check out this video (but try to ignore the mullets!)
  5. Wonder


    Dec 18, 2005
    I really enjoyed their 1st album! Living in So. Chicago made it even more interesting, Cetera DID get sappy. ....and if you think he was sappy then you should catch him now! :ninja: I saw his schtik last Feb. (free tickets in Reno) MAJOR BOMB, so bad it hurt. :eek: We evacuated after the 3rd tune. :rollno:
  6. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Weird. Jason's all the way over on stage left, and yet the bass cabinet is way over on stage right immediately behind Keith Howland. I'd heard last year that Jason was just going direct with no amplication on stage, so maybe it's just a prop...
  7. Ross Kratter

    Ross Kratter Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    New York, NY
    Artist, RS Berkeley, La Bella Strings, Phil Jones Bass Amplification, Remic, 64 Audio
    Zombie thread but yes, Jason does go direct.
  8. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I saw them live last year. Enjoyed it very much! I was fairly close to the stage (but not close enough to read his headstock. Didn't see any bass amplification. One cool thing from the show, they had a contest winner get up and sing "If you leave me now." This guy was definatley not a singer but they didn't laugh at him or make fun. They played it straight. The guy got a standing "O."
  9. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    The band isn't the same without Peter and Terry. I know that's 35 years ago, but the current line is just a shadow of what the band once was. They are still a decent band, but not like the original group. That's just my opinion
  10. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Chicago has been doing something right since 1967. Just look at their record sales statistics.

  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Mine, too.
  12. dls59

    dls59 Supporting Member

    And yet they cannot seem to make it into the Crock and Roll HOF.

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