After a full opening day Monday, the fun is
just beginning as pioneers of the rock-jazz genre, Chicago, take the
stage on AeroShell Square courtesy of Ford Motor Company.
The band that ranks as the top American
artists on the Billboard Hot 100 appears free of charge to all
AirVenture guests immediately following the afternoon air show.
Chicago, led by founding members Robert
Lamm on keyboards and the distinctive horn section of Lee Loughnane,
James Pankow, and Walt Parazaider, has attracted multiple generations of
fans over 40 years of recording. Chicago’s jazz-infused “rock ’n’
roll band with horns” sound has created hits in five decades—an
accomplishment matched only by the Rolling Stones in pop music history.
Chicago’s style is instantly
recognizable and has left its unquestioned mark on music history. From
the band’s first top 40 hit in 1970, “Make Me Smile,” through No.
1 hits such as “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard To Say I’m Sorry,”
and “Look Away,” and classic songs such as “Does Anybody Really
Know What Time It Is?” and “25 or 6 to 4,” Chicago has created an
instantly identifiable legacy that continues to thrill longtime fans and
welcomes a new generation to their music.
“Over the past decade, Ford has been
proud to be a part of EAA AirVenture, The World’s Greatest Aviation
Celebration,” said Kevin Keling, Ford corporate events manager. “We’re
very happy to help support EAA, all EAA members, and this great event in
a variety of ways, including bringing top entertainment such as Chicago
to aviation’s annual family reunion.”
In September 2008, Billboard Magazine
named its Top 100 artists of all time, based on the Billboard Hot 100
singles chart. Chicago’s extraordinary career landed it at No. 13,
just behind artists such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Stevie
Wonder, and Elvis Presley, and ahead of Marvin Gaye, Prince, and Rod
Stewart. Chicago has the distinction of being the top American band on
The opening-day concert at EAA
AirVenture, along with Ford Motor Company’s support of the nightly
Fly-In Theater, is among the experiences embraced by Ford and EAA to
enhance the annual EAA AirVenture convention. Ford also provides
vehicles used during the event, the SR-71 Mustang—a one-of-a-kind
vehicle for the Gathering of Eagles fundraiser during AirVenture—support
for the Young Eagles raffle vehicle, and discounts on Ford Motor Company
vehicles for EAA members. Ford will also offer additional highlights and
benefits for EAA members and AirVenture attendees during this year’s