Chicago on Solid Gold? Seriously, Chicago the band on a show known for dancers in gold lame shorts…in the same sentence?!
I’ll let that sink in.
Guess What Allison Found!
Fresh off their post-Cetera lineup change in 1985-1986, Chicago proved they can play the heck out of any venue…even if that venue was known for female dancers in gold lame shorts dancing to the day’s biggest songs. You probably didn’t know Chicago performed on Solid Gold, and neither did I…until now!
In 1987, Chicago performed not one, but TWO songs from Chicago 18 – Adult Contemporary radio staple (31 years and counting!) “Will You Still Love Me?”…
…and the lesser-known Bill Champlin/David Foster-penned “It’s Alight.” For the record, there were no gold lame shorts-clad dancers slinking around the stage to “It’s Alright.”
Because it would just be weird if they did it to “Will You Still Love Me,” right?
Here’s my point – there were no dancers. Just lots of neon shirts, mustachioed Bill Champlin, and Jason Scheff’s permullet.
I swear, you get a 23-year-old lead singer, and suddenly, you start appealing to the youth!
You’d love to hear/see these songs, wouldn’t you?
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I swear, this song has the effect of forcing you to forgive Jason Scheff for something – anything – that he probably has ever done. Every transgression, disagreement, and argument – forgiven when he sings this.
If he threw in a hair flip, this article would be a series of keystrokes I didn’t even realize I made. Because my head probably hit the keyboard upon blacking out.
But wait, there’s more! And Robert Lamm is happy to tell you all about it!
It’s Alright…Oh, Right! That’s the Name of the Song!
Robert Lamm, proud emcee and spokesperson, is happy to introduce their next song, and its singer!
And he used the song’s title to describe it – he’s so funny!
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So, here’s my question: how did this song not see a release? It’s a great song, combining everything we love about Chicago with the sweet 1980s sound that made up the second wave of their legacy. And Bill Champlin, despite how I feel about his attitude toward his time with Chicago, has an amazing voice. His contributions were always a welcome delight.
Plus there’s no denying he truly had the coolest mullet of them all….
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