Mark Frankhouse Interviews Chicago’s Robert Lamm
Throughout my life I've had some pretty memorable concert experiences and times with musicians. From hanging out and rummaging through snacks with 5 Seconds of Summer, to watching Carlos Santana rip a guitar solo right in front of my face, I've been able to have some serious lasting memories. but recently I was lucky enough to have a one on one with a songwriter whose songs have made a serious impact on my life. Robert Lamm is one of the original members of Chicago, dating back to 1967.
Lamm is a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, 5 time Grammy Winner and recipient of the 2020 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Along with Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, James Pankow, Lee Loughnane, Walt Parazaider, and Danny Seraphine, this group is responsible for dozens of Platinum and Multi- Platinum records, having sold more than 40 million over the course of their career. We chatted a little about the band's history, the new 16 cd collection of their show at Carnegie Hall, and still loving the stage after all these years.
1969’s Chicago Transit Authority double album inaugurated a string of twelve successive platinum or multi-platinum LPs for the group over the next decade. The largest of them all was 1971’s Chicago at Carnegie Hall, colloquially referred to as Chicago IV. Over a whopping eight sides of vinyl, the 4-LP box set presented highlights from the band’s six-night, eight-show residency of April 5-10, 1971, a first for a rock band at the venerable New York hall.
The new collection is Produced by James William Guercio and presents everything heard during Chicago’s eight Carnegie Hall concerts, andit also includes the replica posters and a 28-page booklet with the concert photos as well as liner notes from Lee Loughnane, archivist Jeff Magid, David Wild, and comedian/Chicago enthusiast Jimmy Pardo. It also has previously unreleased songs not heard on the original release.