Chicago Shows Us Real Rock n’ Roll With ’25 or 6 to 4′ In 1970
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When we think of a badass rock band with a distinct tone, Chicago often doesn’t come inside our minds during that discussion. It doesn’t mean that they are lame, in fact, they are one of the most underrated rock stars that the industry often neglects to give priority to on the others. Take a mental note on this one example: When legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix met Chicago for the first time, he complimented their horn sections and mentioned that the band’s Terry Kath was better at guitar playing than him.
Whether or not Hendrix was being humble, we couldn’t deny the band’s dynamic on performing live. Take a look at their July 1970 Tanglewood performance in Lenox, Massachusetts, and you’ll see the reasons why.
Before crafting cheesy pop songs, Chicago went on a much more complex tune in their early days. For their hit single, “25 or 6 to 4” embodies the concept of strong horn sections with blues and soul infusion. Terry Kath tore the stage down with his insane guitar solo that even the others couldn’t achieve at that time. He was utterly remarkable, and it’s unexplainable why he is among the underestimated artists during his time.
Everyone is in sync with each other, and Peter Cetera’s voice is beyond phenomenal. It’s quite sad that we would never get to see them live in their original line-up these days, but this video could definitely help us ease our longing for the originals.