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Fan escorted off stage after intruding on Chicago concert in San Antonio

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Chicago, the band, including original members Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, and Walt Parazaider, brought some cool as they lit up the Majestic Theater on Friday night.

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San Antonio fans, who sold out the beautiful Majestic, were on their feet to greet Chicago on the stage.

The group immediately proved why they continue to be one of the longest running rock bands of all time---never a break up or extended hiatus.

Powerful music, with timeless lyrics, delivered an array of emotions. Songs like “Color My World,” ““Baby What A Big Surprise,” “Hard Habit To Break,” and “You’re The Inspiration” forced long hidden or subtle yearnings for young love, heartbreak, and idealistic hope.

Parazaider’s flute solo soared from the stage during some of the slower offerings.

The enthusiastic audience jumped to their feet again with “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” After “Wake Up Sunshine,” Lamm told the Majestic: “Each time we play this song, I swear I can smell pot.”

Lamm then promoted the band’s “Sing with Chicago,” campaign with the American Cancer Society to raise money and awareness to help end breast cancer.

The fundraiser gives fans an opportunity to bid on a package that includes a meet and greet with the band, backstage passes “to meet us, eat with us, watch us eat”, and even the opportunity to sing “If You Leave Me Now” on stage with the band.

Lamm announced this evening’s winner, who proudly walked on stage to sing this signature song resulting in a standing ovation.

Later Lamm told the crowd “We did the calculations for you, and there are about 140 shopping days until Christmas” as a large Christmas tree was hauled on stage. Chicago promoted an upcoming Christmas albums with the fun “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.”

One awkward moment came when a woman jumped on the stage and started wrapping her arms around band members. Security ran out, while a man jumped on stage (possibly her husband or boyfriend) to escort the intruder off.

Chicago continued on with “Just You And Me,” introduced as a song that impacted two groups of people: those who were married to it and those who were conceived to it.

After quick goodbyes, Chicago came back after exiting, for an encore that included a huge American flag rolling down as a backdrop for “Free,” and “25 Or 6 To 4.”

Particularly impressive was vocalist Jason Scheff, who has been the band’s bass player since 1985.

Scheff has a connection to Elvis Presley. His father, Jerry Scheff, toured with Presley as the bassist in his 70’s band, including Elvis’ 1972, 74, and 76 concerts at Hemisfair Arena in San Antonio.

Scheff does a great job of closely matching former Chicago member Peter Cetera, who left the band in 1985 to pursue a solo career.

Lead guitarist Keith Howland, joined the band in 1995. Drummer Tris Imboden joined in 1990.

Chicago has had 21 top ten singles and has won Grammys.

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