Man, what a loss. I can't help but wonder what if...?
Not gonna disagree in that CTA was groundbreaking and it went sharply downhill after Kath, but Robert Lamm and Pankow have always been two of the premier songwriters of Chicago. I hardly think that they had to stop playing without Terry Kath or Peter Cetera (although Cetera's replacement doesn't have the range to sing his songs).I think something was a wry with him early on. I can't listen to much of Chicago past the 2nd album and his role seemed less and the music suffered. I think it is a travesty that Chicago has continued to call it self Chicago,especially after Peter left. They should call it the music of Chicago featuring Robert Lamb and an original horn player. The first time I heard Chicago was I traveling across country to Chicago and hearing the first cuts off the CTA album. That was 1968 I believe and I was 13.
Interestingly enough, all three original horn players - Jimmy Pankow, Lee Loughnane and Walt Parazaider - are still with the band (in addition to Bobby Lamm).They should call it the music of Chicago featuring Robert Lamb and an original horn player. [/I]
If he had lived, we wouldn't have had to suffer through the Peter Cetera era.
Weren't Kath and Cetera in the band at the same time?
Exactly. I loved the way the three of their voiced blended, almost like the same person with 3 different ranges.He means the era where Cetera mainly led the band vocally...mainly with ballads
I also saw them way back, during the Chicago II tour. No opening act; just 2 sets. One was the first album, the next Chicago II, all in album order and in their entirety. I could NOT have been more pleased with that show. In fact, possibly one of the best shows I ever saw. Terry was Chicago imho. His voice made the songs shine, and his guitar made a horn band a rock band. One of the most unique bands I ever heard.I was fortunate enough to have seen them twice with Kath in the band.
The first time was in the Coliseum at the Indiana State Fair.
It was one of the loudest concerts I've ever attended...and Kath tore it up!
Interestingly enough, all three original horn players - Jimmy Pankow, Lee Loughnane and Walt Parazaider - are still with the band (in addition to Bobby Lamm).
I agree that the band has never been the same since Kath's death in '78. They have become their own tribute band.
We have only one eyewitness to Kath's accident, but a suicide coverup sounds more reasonable - especially if you look at videos of Kath's progression from '70 up to the end. I guess we'll never know for sure...