You amaze me. Chicago is a great band and we have a local group here- Tributosaurus
, that does tribute shows and becomes a new band each month or so. I've seen them do Pink Floyd, The Cars, Queen
, and of course Chicago
Interesting note: The band Chicago
originally called themselves the Chicago Transit Authority
but got sued by the real CTA (the clowns who run our local transit system) and so just became "Chicago
". Legend had it that the Mopar advertising team used "Rapid Transit" in their late 1960s advertisements because they liked Chicago
and wanted to thumb their nose at the CTA.
As for "If You Leave Me Now"....all I can think of is the excellent scene from the movie Three Kings
, depicting the Gulf War (1991). For several years, my brother was a USAF wing commander and did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in the 2000s. One day, he emails me and tells me that at Balad Air Base (Iraq), they got a Buick/Oldsmobile "hybrid" that the air crews use to get to their planes faster than if they had to walk (124 F degrees at the air base). No doors or any frills on this car of mismatched GM parts- but it ran, and for whatever reason had a kick arse stereo. So they would request CD mixes. I added that song as well as The Ecstasy of Gold (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
) in both Metallica
's version as well as the original by Ennio Morricone.
Agree with you on Pink Floyd- seen them twice. Could have been three but flew out to Tulsa to see John Anderson/Dwight Yoakam concert instead. Anderson did Seminole Wind
and Yoakam did Elvis' Suspicious Minds
. Life was great! Each has a unique voice....
I have found music to be the universal language....I could tell you stories of evading French Police in the Paris "Norte" train station while some couple from some country I never heard of and was sharing a sandwich and soda with had "Tainted Love" playing on their boombox as we ran like hell. Don't forget the Filipino singer joining Journey
to replace Steve Perry- they found him on YouTube. Could not speak a word of English but could sing- note for note- every Steve Perry syllable.
I went to a country bar in Vietnam and sang country songs all night with drunk Russians, Vietnamese, Australians (they are the best to travel with or run into- such good natured people) and Chinese. Chicago
songs are on Karaoke machines all over the world. Many Asian countries play them in stores and malls because some are SLOW songs that they can understand, as the words are sung clearly and annunciation is great.