For the first time in over eight years, Chicago has released a new song. The track “If This Is Goodbye” proves the band is back and better than ever. The song’s release precedes the band’s upcoming tour with Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.
According Ultimate classic rockthe release of “If This Is Goodbye” marks Chicago’s first original release since 2014 when they produced Chicago XXXVI: Now. It’s also the band’s first original single since 2008 when they released “Let’s Take a Lifetime”. Fans will remember ‘Let’s Take a Lifetime’ was on Chicago’s long-awaited album sisyphus stone. As previously mentioned, the release of the new music comes before the band sets off on a summer tour alongside Beach Boys co-founder Wilson.
The tour will begin on June 7 with a stopover in Phoenix, Arizona. They will then travel to various other cities, including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Tampa, before concluding on July 26 in Clarkson, Michigan. Tickets are currently available for purchase and can be found here. When their tour begins, they will be missing a key band member. In December, Chicago’s longest-serving guitarist Keith Howland announced he would be stepping back from the band after suffering an injury. At the time, he had released a statement on Facebook in which he declared he would be leaving Chicago after 27 years with the band.
“As you all know, I broke my arm right before we were supposed to go on stage in Louisville,” Howland said. “I can’t play guitar at the moment, and it will probably be several months before I can get back to anything normal. At this point, I’ve decided to move on to the next chapter of my life. …I’m extremely grateful for the 27 years Chicago has given me musically, I am honored and blessed to be a part of Chicago’s legacy.
Currently, Chicago consists of three active original members. The group includes vocalist and keyboardist Robert Lamm, trumpeter Lee Loughnane and trombonist James Pankow. Original Chicago member Walter Parazaider is still considered part of the band. However, he announced his retirement in 2017.