Rockin’ Horns Rule the Night When Chicago Plays Treasure Island Event Center

Horns, Chicago, Treasure Island, Rock

Last updated on June 6th, 2023 at 12:47 pm

Chicago brought their pop-fusion sound and rockin’ horns to Welch, Minnesota’s Treasure Island Casino Saturday Night.

Chicago seems to like it here, given this was their third time at “TI” in the last five years, including the mostly void year of 2020.

Chicago, Horns, Treasure Island, Rock, James Pankow
James Pankow, original member

Chicago started the show with the usual combination of “Dialogue Parts 1 & 2,” “Questions 67 and 68,” and “Old Days,” which was played at this venue for the first time in the last five years.

The guys of Chicago were a little more talkative this time, discussing how amazing and lucky it is to retain three original founding members playing in their 56th year.

Lee Loughnane, Chicago, Treasure Island
Lee David Loughnane, 1 of 3 remaining original members of Chicago

You can clearly see Chicago loves what they are doing, and for the most part, the sound was terrific. They now have Neil Donell on lead vocals covering most of Peter Cetera’s former role. Founding member Robert Lamm did struggle on vocals for a moment on the timeless hit “Saturday In The Park.”

Original members Lee David Loughnane and James Pankow led the night  along with Ray Hermann (2016), playing many of the hits, including “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is,” “Make Me Smile,” and the crowd-favorite finale, “25 or 6 To 4.”

Like previous shows, the most significant crowd interaction came with hits from the 80s, such as “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” and “Hard Habit To Break.” Everyone’s phones lit up for the mega ballad “You’re The Inspiration.”

James Pankow, Ray Hermann, Chicago
When Chicago is in town, the brass is in command

No matter where Chicago plays, it’s always an energetic and fun night of classic pop and rock. The guys consistently bring their “A-Game.”

One difference in this performance was the shorter set, at least compared to the two previous TI appearances and other shows on this tour. Instead of two sets and nearly 2.5 hours in concert, fans had to settle for the industry norm of a single 90-minute set and two-song encore. If this is their short set, it’s still longer than several other acts that have come to town.

Check out our previous reviews of Chicago shows from 2021 and 2019.

Written by Brett


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