San Bernardino County Sun 8-31-72
of a v ' By HENRY MENDOZA Sun-Telegram Sun-Telegram Sun-Telegram Staff Writer LOS ANGELES Chicago is the finest group in rock and roll music. If you must be persuaded, just ask anyone that was part of Tuesday night's sellout crowd at the Greek Theatre. The septet presented one of the most exciting shows , I have ever seen. ' The performance was musically complete, displaying displaying the strength and appeal the group offers. It was paced well at the end the audience rose to its feet and begged for more which is what it got maybe even more than expected. The opening selections were off the Chicago V album which currently dominates the top of Billboard Magazine's sales chart. And although the new material is not as familiar as some of the older hits the group has had, songs like "Saturday" and "State of the Union" justifiably received enthusiastic applause. applause. The audience especially warmed to the group when its early hits like "Fancy Colours," "Lowdown" and "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" were played. It wag interesting to see each tune evoke a different response from members of the audience. Everybody seemed to have his favorite and as the group played them individual tastes were satisified. But it all came together at the end when Chicago broke into "Beginnings" and closed its second 50-minute 50-minute 50-minute set with "25 or 6 to 4," bringing 4,500 people to its feet and many down near the stage of the outdoor theater. Chicago left but the audience audience continued to roar strong approval for nearly 10 minutes until the group returned. And then it all broke loose. Organist Robert Lamm and drummer Danny Saraphine set the tempo and the group went into "I'm a Man," the rock classic written by Spencer Davis and taken off the first album, when the group was known as the Chicago Transit Authority. . At this point, the ushers lost control. Nobody was sitting down anymore, there was just Claremont Music Fest On KPFK NORTH HOLLYWOOD ' ( Soundings) a huge audience surging toward the front of the theater, bouncing and clapping clapping to Saraphine's beat and to the heavy bass line laid out by Peter Cetera. As exciting as the concert had been, the encore turned out to be the best part of the show. "I'm a Man" was followed by some excellent jazz improvisations by guitarist Terry Kath and more superb bass work by Cetera. Then Seraphine had a chance to show his skill; some straight hard rock was played and it ended with a sensational job of "Free." The last 20 minutes were Chicago at its best. The freewheeling freewheeling jazz flavor was there, Cetera emerged as one of rock's finest bassists and Kath showed great technique on the lead guitar. When the encore was over, even the audience was tired. It had been on its feet for more than a half hour by then and only cramped quarters prevented dancing in the aisles. But it showed why Chicago is the best. As principle arranger and composer, Lamm is the cool man behind the group. He plays the organ and sings with equally fine ability and was featured on a piano solo. Cetera provides the dynamics. dynamics. He has the greatest vocal range in the group and adds flash with his bass playing and exciting singing. Although Kath's singing often leaves something to be desired, his guitar playing does not. He adds a soulful strain to the group, much in the style of Joe Cocker. The three vocalists did an exceptional job of exchanging the vocal lead, sometimes in the middle of a phrase, with an effortless smoothness. The result is a classy, fluid vocal sound unmatched in rock. The horn section had its moments throughout the evening some good and some bad. Trumpeter Lee Loughnane played out of tune often, although his solo in ".State of the Union" was exceptional. exceptional. It must be considered, however, that trying to keep a horn in tune on an outdoor stage with amplified guitars competing for sound is a difficult difficult task. Besides, the group's albums always display the finest intonation. The sound is a fine blend of rock, jazz and big band elements. The result is both exciting and musically pleasing. pleasing. Only with a group like Chicago would a medley be both necessary and appropriate appropriate as an encore. And only with a group of its cali- cali- bre would the encore be such a complete climax to an exciting exciting evening of music. On Sunday and Monday of the upcoming Labor Day Weekend radio station KOLA (FM) will feature a documentary documentary "The Beatle Story." Running about 18 hours in length, the musical documentary documentary features interviews interviews with the Beatles and the personalities they have known during their decade of existence. The program includes interviews as recent as a few weeks ago, all done by executive producer Johnny Beerling. The tape will be presented in stereo on KOLA and will probably be run twice in its entirety. It is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Sunday and run continuously through 10 p.m. Monday. It has never been presented in California, according to a KOLA spokesman, and sounds like a tape worth hearing. KOLA is at 99 on the FM dial. SOUNDINGS SCENE -Humble -Humble Pie in concert at the Swing Auditorium tomorrow night. . .Chicago's Greek Theatre appearance is sold out . . . Jesus Christ Superstar continues through Sunday at the Universal City Amphitheatre. . .Helen Reddy and Stan Kenton appear at Disneyland nightly through Friday... Jennifer is appearing appearing Saturday and Sunday evenings at the Four Muses in San Clemente. . .Billy Preston is appearing nightly at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. . .Henry M a n c i n i and Sergio Mendes' Brasil 77 appear next week for seven days at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. . .the Jefferson Jefferson Airplane and Poco ap pear at the Hollywood Bowl Sunday evening, 8 o'clock. . .Stevie Wonder and Little Feat are at the Whiskey in Los Angeles through Monday Monday night. Dostoevski Memorial Complex Established MOSCOW ' (AP) A "Feodor Dostoevski memorial complex," including a house where the Russian novelist once lived and several streets, will be established in Staraya Russa, the official Tass news agency reported. lj 885-1731 885-1731 885-1731 )!