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Chicago and Robin Thicke at the Grammys

Just heard Chicago and Robin Thicke perform.  Chicago was awesome as always.  It would have been nice to hear Chicago by themselves but Robin did an ok job singing with the group.  The band looked sharp and of course blew the audience away.  I looked forward to this Grammy performance for weeks because I was glad to see real talent that has been consistant for decades and is still rockin' away performing and writing new music.  I can't wait for the April concert in Minneapolis!  It's my musical highlight for 2014.  :)

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Comment by Mark Dolan on February 1, 2014 at 5:43pm

The fact almost 30 million viewers take in this live broadcast speaks volumes. The industry has changed a great deal so it's disappointing that some of the really great new music isn't getting recognized in the primetime /network slot. Still, to keep a program rolling like this & the broad tastes in current music, it is nothing short of remarkable.

Thought this was good reading ... an article from "The Hollywood Reporter" pre-Grammy's, a Q&A w/ Grammy's Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich, whom Lee Loughnane referred to in one of the television interviews locally in Chicago after the event as the mastermind behind many of these musical collaberations.

For Mr. Ehrlich, this was his 34th show. When discussing the possibiities of what can happen on Grammy Night, the sky's been the limit.

From the article:

(Question from interviewer): The pairings this year are typically eclectic -- Sara Bareilles and Carole King, Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar, Robin Thicke and Chicago, but the most eyebrow-raising has to be Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang and Metallica.

(Ehrlich): It’s what we do, one of the trademarks of this show, what I’d like to believe separates the Grammys from these other shows. You see artists do things that they just don’t do anywhere else. It may have started, years and years ago, with us approaching artists like Prince and Beyonce or Eminem and Elton to suggest these collaborations. The fact is, the artists now come to us with these ideas, and look on it as a road map to the Grammys. You take an Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar, put them together and say, “Make something out of this…” Now, I’ve heard the scratch track and seen a rough video of what they’re going to do, and it’s really remarkable when artists get together for the purpose of doing something special. This year, we probably have 10 or 12 of them on the show….which in no way diminishes any individual artist. We really love the idea that there is a family of music, a community of artists out there. Because the Grammys represent so many different genres, I can take a classical pianist like Lang Lang and put them with Metallica, a rock band, and make a great segment. And that’s the joy of doing this show. Frankly, the other music award shows which specialize in one particular type of music—say a CMT or BET—don’t have that broad palette to paint from. Metallica has performed with symphony orchestras, and we’ve worked with Lang Lang before. He listens to rock. I don’t think it’s that far afield at all. Probably the strangest one we’ve done was Foo Fighters with Chick Corea. As it turned out, there was this metamorphosis that happened between the two of them. All of a sudden, Chick was playing rock chords and Dave Grohl was banging out jazz licks.

For the complete story:

Comment by Paul Fletcher on January 28, 2014 at 5:51pm

I thought it was a good music sampling. Perhaps it looked a little like Robin was doing his own thing with Chicago as "backup". Egos always seem to play a big part with the newer singers and musicians. Chicago truly showed the class of 2014 what real CLASS is. I watched the video of Chicago at the Tanglewood just before the Grammys. Six musicians, gut-level creativity and intuitive music. They still have it and nicely polished. I was not disappointed with the quality of music the Chicago presented at the Grammys. They still have that same intuitive fire that infuses their music. If I witnessed anything instructive from the Grammy performance it was that modern, younger talent is learning a lot from working with these classy guys. Hopefully It will stick.

Comment by Daniel Sarver on January 28, 2014 at 5:25pm
Did anyone check out the GrammyLIVE webcams during the broadcast??
Really cool behind the scenes stuff!
It showed music equipment on platforms/ getting wheeled in and out quickly from backstage-- plus performers getting ready to go out on stage.
I saw Chicago get stopped by one of Robin Thicke's dancers and pose for a pic-- and later-- Robin Thicke lighting up and having a smoke as he was standing around with some people before going on. :-)
(This stuff was happening right before Lorde's performance...)
Comment by Sharon Johnston on January 28, 2014 at 4:49pm

I so wanted to have them play just their band. Wasn't too thrilled with RT. They did, however, blow the viewers away with their performance- me included!

Comment by Juan Yniguez on January 28, 2014 at 4:35pm
This year's Grammys were a mess. Chicago was only one of a very few highlights. Very happy for the group.
Comment by JIM KRAIZEL on January 28, 2014 at 2:14pm

I agree that Chicago was in top form and I was glad to see them featured on the Grammy Awards.  The band simply exuded class and reminded those folks out there who may have lost touch with the band just how great they still are.

Comment by Mary Joan Collins on January 28, 2014 at 9:46am


David, I agree that there were a couple of moments on the Grammys that were less than tasteful, but I think the overall performance with Robin Thicke was full of energy and joy.It's true, R.T. may not be iconic 45 yrs from now-I'm having a flashback to 1964(after seeing The Beatles at Int'l Ampitheater, Chicago) where my dad lectured my sister and I that The Beatles would only last a couple yrs but Frank Sinatra would be around for yrs to come.We cried then, but before he passed, my father ended up listening to them with an open mind and eager ears!




Comment by David Eden on January 28, 2014 at 6:52am

It was GREAT seeing them on TV and getting some long over due recognition by industry peers.  But in the same note, I found the entire Grammies event to be rather disturbing and disgraceful!  Kudos to the guys in the band for being so gracious to Captain Twerk! 

On a side most of you, I am a LIFE LONG Chicago fan and have stuck with them thru the good and the bad.  Call me old fashion...but putting this over rated, womanizing, loud mouth of a hack on the same stage with one of the most innovative and enduring rock bands in America's history was a total joke!  Tell me this...will the likes of Robin Thicke still be around 45 years from now making music and selling out venues across America and around the world?  I seriously DOUBT it!  Enough said...

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