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Chicago: 42 years, 70 hits and still making music

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By Rachel Leigh bio | email

HOLLYWOOD, FL (WFLX) - The group Chicago, happy to be in sunny South Florida, sang the National Anthem at the Marlins game Monday. "It's great to be in the warm sun. We've been able to look at the ocean," said original band member Robert Lamm.

It wasn't all fun in the sun for the band, however, they performed at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood Tuesday.

Can you believe they've formed four decades ago? A lot has changed since 1967 when records and radio ruled. "If we were trying to break now, we might be an opening act on someone's tour." Or maybe they'd be on American Idol?

In fact, I asked Lamm what he thinks of the hit Fox show, and his answer was interesting. "The first year Idol was on, I dismissed it. Then, they called me to see if I wanted to perform on the final show."

He actually declined the offer. Now, eight seasons later, he's a fan. "I was kind of looking down my nose at it. Now, I'm into it."

What he's also still into is making music. He and fellow original bandmates Lee Loughnane and Walter Parazaider say they can't believe they're still getting paid to do what they love.

Rachel asked, "If you weren't doing this, what would you be doing?"

"Driving a cab," said trumpet player Lee Loughnane. While saxophonist Walter Parazaider chimed in "I might be a cat burglar; I don't know."

Seventy hits later, there's no doubt, these guys chose the right profession.
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