Friday, May 24, 2024

Review: Sweet Horns Soaring, Timeless Chicago Triumphs At NYC Hard Rock with Classics


The big surprise last night at the Musicians on Call gala? The lady, the legend Dionne Warwick came as a guest and nearly stole the show!

The gala featured some other legends — Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Chicago — who blew the roof off the Hard Rock Cafe with all their hits like “25 or 6 to 4,” “Beginnings,” and “Baby What a Big Surprise.”

But the big surprise was during the live auction, Warwick bid $6,000 and won a signed guitar from all the members of the band including 50 year originals James Pankow, Lee Loughnane, and Robert Lamm. Dionne knows how important Musicians on Call is, bringing music to hospitals around the world.

What a night! Chicago was brought to Columbia Records in the late 60s under Clive Davis in the spirit of Blood, Sweat, & Tears. Their early albums (before lead singer Peter Cetera got out of control with soft rock) were so cool, full of jazz rhythms and so much life. (Sorry– I love “Saturday in the Park”).

Last night they played all the hits except for “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” (I do.) Full of soaring melodies, their songs have stood the test of time beautifully.

Great night! Great charity!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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