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Why do so many fans go the same show on the same tour of same artist?

 Hi friends!

I was asked this by one of my co workers the other day as I returned to the office after having seen my favorite band Chicago at 4 shows recently! Well number one, Chicago tours alot of the year so for me, I try to cover all the seasons spring, summer, fall & winter!!

   I explained to him that for me, hey each show on each night is different for me, even if it's the same set list, I might have a different memory of a special occasion and as long as Chicago & I  have been around thats alot of special occasions for me!

 I don't know if he understood but I tried to explain that each show has an energy that only a Chicago fan can understand, so I asked him, "what's your passion, who or what do you feel strongly about"...he replied he has a toy collection of figurines he collects and I said "the way you feel about your collection is how I feel to see this band"...the more I thought about it, I knew for me each show is a magical moment, an adventure that I'm going to share with other friends who have the same crazy love for this band as I do and thats really special to me especially as I spend more and more time with other fans/friends I've met through myspace & facebook, that's what social networking has done for me, it's brought me together with people I never would have met and I've met so many Chicago fans and learned more about the convention that I started attending and life just hasn't been the same! I could have gone on and on about why I go to so many shows cause I knew inside that each song has words that are special to me and it's a moment I get lost in and so what if I want to listen to the same song over and over again!!  and the BEST thing about it is that, I know the guys are HAPPY to see us at each and every show:)

Rawk On Chicago and to us the fans!!

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Comment by roseanna on February 18, 2011 at 11:01am
I bet the guys could write aTop Ten Tips survival guide to touring and surviving on the road!!! I'm sure in the beginning times were crazier, would luv to hear some of those stories!!!
Comment by Kathy on February 12, 2011 at 9:28am

Amen to everyone's comments.  I'd just like to add that these concerts have allowed me to travel to places I''ve never been before (especially the Dallas and Oklahoma experiences).  I truly love the people I have met through the concerts and found that Chicago attracts the best people I have ever met.  For the most part, the people are in my age group and we have found something that "makes us smile".  Life can throw some tough stuff your way, but Chicago shows are my escape from reality.  I could be doing something worse, is what I tell my co-workers.  I do go other places on vacations, but if I can work a show into it along the way, all the better.  Smile on!

Comment by Mary Anderson on February 8, 2011 at 5:52pm
Ditto the comments you have all made.  The music draws us together, but where we take it from that point is up to us.  The friendships make each concert experience unique.  Watching the band interact, and react to the audience is always a special moment.  The more Chicago concerts I attend, the more pleased I am to see the reaction of the audience when the band steps out on the stage.  I know many of the other concert-goers aren't a "Chicago nut" like I am, but the excitement that they have in seeing Chicago for the first time ever, or the first time in many years is always fun to witness.  The shows that Roseanna referred to in her original discussion, especially the ones in Oklahoma, were definitely a treat for the audiences.
Comment by Danny Rigoni on February 8, 2011 at 5:25pm
I couldn't have said it better myself Roseanna! I've had quite a few people ask me the same type of question. I'm not really that big into sports, so I often tell them that going to see bands I like is like going to sporting events for me. I go to concerts and cheer the band on with other fans. I likewise have met some great friends through social networking who are fans of Chicago as well as Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers. It has made going to concerts even more fun! I just hope that the band will play multiple dates and preferablly festival type shows in the Chicago/midwest area so I can bring some friends along so they can see why I enjoy it so much!
Comment by roseanna on February 8, 2011 at 10:16am

I hear you Oscar! I think if you grew up with the great bands we know of like Chicago and some of the others

you just have a deep appreciation for music that makes you want to hear it again and again, not like some of the stuff that is out there now. I'm glad my daughters listen to all the great classics -of course they are Chi fans! besides what they have now but they prefer the oldies and we always have Chicago playing at family events:)

Comment by Oscar-Hazel Donaldson on February 8, 2011 at 12:04am
And Bernie...you should have seen Chicago in Adelaide heaps better than Brisbane (where I live)..........they played a full set
Comment by Oscar-Hazel Donaldson on February 8, 2011 at 12:00am

Try asking your friend if he only ever listened to a record once? You listen to great music again and again. The great thing about live music in particular is that it is never the same twice, so it is even better than listening to that record. And then of course when you listen to live music you share the experience with others. Collectively with the music you all become the experience. I live in Australia and I am so jealous....If only Chicago toured here Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter!!!

Comment by roseanna on January 27, 2011 at 11:27am

I would have loved to have seen that show Bernie, what a great line up Australia had!

Scott I think you hit on something that really puts this all in place for me, seeing the guys have fun on stage and their interaction with each other, especially this past few months, is a part of all of this for me too! I love how Jimmy does his hand movements and everything else:) and the rest of the guys doing their thing, love when Robert comes down and goes to the front of the stage, and Jason is my favorite bass player ever!

Comment by Scott Haefner on January 27, 2011 at 8:17am
I so agree!  A Chicago concert is an experience, each show is just a little different.  I remember years past Jimmy/Lee would always add a liitle "knock, knock" during a pause in the song "25 or 6 to 4".  Walts fluet solo is always almost heavenly. I have been a fan since they started and see them as much as possible.  It is so good to see a group of individuals who seem to love what they do and it shows!
Comment by Barbara Zamojski on January 27, 2011 at 7:33am
You hit the nail right on the head with what you said Roseanna.    I've seen more shows than I can count since I started to see the band in 1974 and each one is a new & different experience for me.   Like you say, it may be the same set list each night, but something always happens that makes it a special & unique experience.   Before I joined the fan club in 1996, I used to go to many shows by myself because my friends were not into Chicago like I am.   But, I can say that now half the fun of going to see Chicago is sharing that experience with the friends I've made through the fan club.   I have a core group of Chi-Sisters that will be in my life long after the band hangs it up.     We plan trips together to see the band.   I never would have met these people if it wasn't for Chicago.

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