Chicago’s Decades Rock Live concerts in AC will feature Steve Vai, Robert Randolph and others

by JAY LUSTIG
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Chicago & Friends perform in Atlantic City, Nov. 17-18.

The Decades Rock Live series, dormant since 2006, will return on Nov. 17-18 with guest-filled Atlantic City concerts by the band Chicago.

In 2005 and 2006, Decades Rock Live shows featuring Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, Heart and others plus various guest artists — Norah Jones, Ben Harper, Alison Krauss and Keb’ Mo’ were Raitt’s guests, for instance — took place at Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal (now the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino) and were taped for later broadcast on the VH1 Classic channel.

Chicago’s shows will take place at Ovation Hall at the Ocean Casino Resort; tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com. According to a press release, distribution of the film of these shows “will be announced in the coming weeks.”

Chicago will be joined at the two shows by Steve Vai, Robert Randolph, Chris Daughtry, Robin Thicke, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (Nov. 17 only), the a cappella quintet VoicePlay and possibly others TBA.

According to the press release, to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Chicago’s debut album Chicago Transit Authority, “the band will perform songs from the album both nights, including never-before-performed songs from the classic album along with the band’s greatest hits. The band will also perform some of their classics unplugged during both shows.”

Chicago Transit Authority, a double album, includes two of Chicago’s biggest hits, “Beginnings” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”

Original Chicago members Robert Lamm (keyboards, vocals), Lee Loughnane (trumpet, vocals) and James Pankow (trombone) are joined in the band’s current lineup by Ray Herrmann on sax and flute, Wally Reyes Jr. on drums, Neil Donell on vocals, Ramon “Ray” Yslas on percussion, Tony Obrohta on guitar, Loren Gold on keyboards and vocals, and Eric Baines on bass and vocals.

Decades Rock Live’s original executive producer Barry Summers (who also co-founded the concert-streaming website FanTracks) is producing this show as well.

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