Chicago: New Album ‘Born for This Moment’ Coming 7/15; Listen to “Firecracker”

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Legendary band Chicago returned recently with “If This Is Goodbye,” a brand new song complementing the ensemble’s summer co-headlining tour with Beach Boys band leader Brian Wilson (alongside Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin).

As it turns out, it was more than a one-off track: Chicago will release a brand new studio album, Born for This Moment, on July 15. The 38th album to date from the esteemed group, it was previewed on Tuesday with “Firecracker,” a soulful and funky ode to love:

And here’s the aforementioned “If This Is Goodbye”:

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Said Chicago founding band member Robert Lamm in a statement:

“I hope that, 55 years from now, listeners will actually feel something about our music and our lyrics. I mean, we’re all human. We all go through some variation of the same pain and joy at some point in our lives, and there’s a commonality to that. I hope listeners in the future will actually get all those feelings while listening to our music.”

Added fellow founding Chicago member Lee Loughnane:

“One of the big reasons this album works so well is that when you put it on and play it, you hear something you’re not quite expecting to hear, and it immediately pulls you in musically and emotionally.”

And founding member James Pankow:

“The very nature of these new tracks makes them very performable, and I’m looking forward to playing some fresh material onstage.”

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At this point in its existence, Chicago features the original three band members (Lamm on keyboards and vocals, Loughnane on trumpet and vocals and Pankow on trombone), backed 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.

Catch a show on the tour:

Tue Jun 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Thu Jun 09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Fri Jun 10 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
Sat Jun 11 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Tue Jun 14 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Thu Jun 16 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sat Jun 18 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Mon Jun 20 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theater
Tue Jun 21 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Fri Jun 24 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
Sat Jun 25 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Tue Jun 28 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wed Jun 29 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Fri Jul 01 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Sun Jul 10 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Mon Jul 11 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Wed Jul 13 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Thu Jul 14 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Fri Jul 15 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sun Jul 17 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Wed Jul 20 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Fri Jul 22 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
Sat Jul 23 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Sun Jul 24 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tue Jul 26 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

Wilson recently released At My Piano, an instrumental album of his songs with the Beach Boys, his solo material and beyond. He’s also the focus of a new documentary film, Long Promised Road — click here to read our interview with director Brent Wilson (no relation).

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