. I loved doing stand-up comedy, but also recognize that continuing to tour at my age would be more depressing than entertaining. I loved music as a teen and was reading Billboard magazine in high school. To their credit, both bands have continued to release new albums to little or no attention. Disk and cover can be shipped as a letter and should be delivered without customs inspection delays. If you're happy with just seeing the bands today and remembering the good old days, that's fine. Sure, if you see the band too close, it's hard to see past the frail bodies and sometimes uneasy rocking out.
So while I still appreciate the music I grew up on, I can go long periods without listening to any of it. But it's tough to see myself age, much less the bands of my youth. They were by far my favorite band in high school and I dip back and listen to their older stuff on a regular basis. Currently shipping orders 3 times a week. It's difficult to walk away, even when your body tells you its time.
The current-day Chicago does indeed have a few original members, so they're not in the same category as Foreigner, who was recently touring without any original band members. When I was younger, one of the things I promised myself is that I wouldn't become one of those sad old guys still listening to the music of his youth 30 or 40 years later. Chicago is a tougher situation for me. But Chicago is also difficult to watch because the bulk of the band's lead singers and performers have either passed away or left the band. This as good of a concert as any to watch and seeing the two bands play together is interesting enough.
That's a dealbreaker for me, although the band continues to release new music and co-headline successful tours. They continue to do well, in part because unlike many of their fellow classic rock acts, they still have an original singer who can reasonably recreate the hits. Watching Chicago isn't anywhere near the cringeworthy level of a current day Billy Joel tour. Credit card payment or Money order ships in the next shipment within 2-3 days. Ironically, I've listened to more classic pop and rock in the past year due to my 11-year-old son's obsession with it than I have in the past twenty years. But the Chicago of today doesn't much sound like the songs I treasure from my youth.
But with no radio station format around to play them, they have increasingly become veteran nostalgia acts. This is due to drastic increases in postage costs for anything that requires a customs form. And especially if people are still willing to pay to see your perform. But it still brings on an uncomfortable mix of sadness and discomfort. . .
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