I’m going to stay away from the “write a post inspired by the word: childish” prompt, because really, I got nothing there. Instead, how about this one?
What band or TV show would you like to see reunite?
That one is easy: the band CHICAGO.
“But John,” you protest, “Chicago is still around!” And you would be right: There is a band named Chicago that has half the original members. It’s the other half I miss: original bassist Peter Cetera, original drummer Dan Seraphine, and original guitarist (the late) Terry Kath.
Terry Kath was irreplaceable: even the members of the band agree he was the heart and soul of the band, and things were never the same after his death. You could replace him with someone who was technically just as good, who could play his solos and achieve the same sound he had, and it still wouldn’t be the same. Peter Cetera describes his departure from Chicago as “an ugly divorce,” and refuses to have anything to do with the remainder of the group. When he left, he took the songs he wrote with him, including “Wishing You Were Here,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “Baby What A Big Surprise,” “You’re The Inspiration,” and “Hard To Say I’m Sorry,” some of the band’s biggest hits. Dan Seraphine was fired from the band. Why is still somewhat of a mystery to me: he claims the reason was that the band wanted to replace him with drum machines, while other members of the band claim he was preoccupied with outside ventures and not paying enough attention to his drumming. My guess is they’re both right.
In any event, Chicago has become a sort of tribute band, playing the oldies circuit, more content to live off the legacy they built in the 70’s and 80’s than they are in creating new music. (Their most recent album of original material, Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus, had been recorded in 1993; bootlegs of the album had been floating around Usenet for years before it was officially issued in 2008.) The band has been around since the late 60’s, so I guess they’re entitled.
Right now, I’m listening to Chicago: VI Decades Live (This Is What We Do) on Spotify. It’s a live album, half of which was recorded in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival. Already it’s better than their first live album, Chicago IV: At Carnegie Hall. If there was a way to have that band together again, it would be great.
But, you can’t go home again…