It's 1974. I'm married (#3), with three children, living next door to my Mother. I'm listening to "Chicago" (Saturday in the Park) and grooving on the music being played by KOGO Radio, where I eventually ended up working, but in the TV side. Little did I know at the time, my 12 year old would be involved with this band, but at twenty-four, my grown up 12 year old called to tell me he thinks he has a steady job with the band "Chicago." as their tenor lead singer. My reply was - "Wait, hold on. What did I just hear? What are you saying? Are you serious??? Well, he didn't know for sure, but he said word on the street was he was taking Peter Cetera's place, who had moved on to do solo work. Two days later it was confirmed. Jason Scheff, now 24 was the new guy. He then asked if I would clear out his house as he was leaving the following morning for rehearsals. He and I were so excited as this was a solid move for him, if he could cut it - and he did. It's been almost 28 years and he's still singing his heart out and playing the Bass. I asked him how he could bring such newness to each of the songs he would sing when he had to do them in the numerous concerts weeks and months at a time. His reply was "each night, it's a different audience, so it's always brand new.
I have to admire the band wives whose husbands are touring a good portion of the year. In 2011 they conquered a world tour in 200 Plus concert dates and 2012 looks just as busy. It's no secret that some of the band members are well into their 60's and Jason is turning 50 in April of 2012. You would never suspect anyone on their stage, as energetic as they are, would be approaching what most people would call "retirement age." When asking any of them when they might retire, the usual consensus is "what's that?"