‘I will say, I would be surprised’: Robert Lamm all but nixes idea of Beach Boys-style reunion for Chicago

Share this:

Even as Robert Lamm celebrates the debut of a long-awaited new Chicago single, the band’s 45th anniversary looms — along with questions about staging a Beach Boys-style reunion of its original surviving members.

Chicago has officially released released “Somethin’ Comin,’ I Know”, its first new music since 2006’s Chicago XXX. The track is to be part of a forthcoming record being produced by Hank Linderman, who has worked with the group on recent Christmas recordings and with Lamm on 2008’s The Bossa Project.

[SOMETHING ELSE! INTERVIEW: Danny Seraphine enthuses about the new addition of horns to his group California Transit Authority, something that completes a musical circle for the Chicago alum.]

Original guitarist Terry Kath died in 1978, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. As for getting back together with Peter Cetera and Danny Seraphine, who also helped found Chicago in 1967, Lamm says he’s reluctant to close the door completely.

Still, such a reunion seems highly unlikely.

In fact, Lamm says he’s already been rebuffed in such discussions with Cetera, after suggesting that the bassist rejoin Chicago — or even that he appear on a series of dates as a duo with Lamm. “He doesn’t seem to be interested, because he doesn’t like to do extensive touring,” Lamm says in this clip. “He likes to tour when he likes to tour. Again, I would never say never but I will say, I would be surprised.”

As for Seraphine? The drummer has since founded California Transit Authority, a group that shares a historical link in its name — Chicago was originally called Chicago Transit Authority — and within its core sound. Lamm says that makes things more complicated. “I think, to a certain degree, Danny Seraphine has kind of burned his bridges with us by deciding to compete — which is fine,” Lamm says. “By the way, I admire what his band is doing.”

[amazon_enhanced asin=”B00EAZ5DHG” container=”” container_class=”” price=”All” background_color=”FFFFFF” link_color=”000000″ text_color=”0000FF” /] [amazon_enhanced asin=”B000CR76HQ” container=”” container_class=”” price=”All” background_color=”FFFFFF” link_color=”000000″ text_color=”0000FF” /] [amazon_enhanced asin=”B0019Y8G9S” container=”” container_class=”” price=”All” background_color=”FFFFFF” link_color=”000000″ text_color=”0000FF” /] [amazon_enhanced asin=”B009EC9NXK” container=”” container_class=”” price=”All” background_color=”FFFFFF” link_color=”000000″ text_color=”0000FF” /] [amazon_enhanced asin=”B0018DPC7O” container=”” container_class=”” price=”All” background_color=”FFFFFF” link_color=”000000″ text_color=”0000FF” /]

Something Else!

Something Else!

The Something Else! webzine, an accredited Google News affiliate, has been featured in The New York Times and NPR.com's A Blog Supreme, while our writers have also been published by USA Today, Jazz.com and UltimateClassicRock.com, among others. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
Something Else!
Share this:
Close