Members of the enduring band share tips from their years of traveling.
FAVORITE PLACES TO PLAY: Chicago, my hometown, which of course is number one. New York would be a close second, and since I moved to Las Vegas in 2004, I really like playing there. — WALT PARAZAIDER
BEST THING ABOUT BEING ON THE ROAD: being able to take our music to different parts of the world. It’s really amazing to watch people’s faces when we start the intros to many of our songs. You can actually see them remember back to the first time they heard the song, and then of course it’s up to us to make the song sound like we’re playing it for the first time. — LEE LOUGHNANE
FAVORITE SONGS TO PLAY LIVE: “Just You ’N’ Me” because of the jazziness of this great tune and “25 or 6 to 4” because regardless of the country we’re in, this rock-anthem song resonates across borders and across time. — ROBERT LAMM
DOWNTIME ON THE ROAD CONSISTS OF: relaxing and recharging, enjoying a great meal, and languishing in my solitude. — JIMMY PANKOW
THE ONE THING I CANNOT DO WITHOUT ON THE ROAD: good coffee. I bring my own, either Orens (New York City), Stumptown (Portland, Oregon), or Graffeo (San Francisco). — ROBERT LAMM
THE SECRET TO THE BAND’S LONGEVITY: We respect each other’s differences as well as our similarities. We have somehow known when to confront each other and when to stay out of each other’s way. — LEE LOUGHNANE
IF I HADN’T BEEN IN THIS BAND FOR THE LAST 40-PLUS YEARS: I would have been a clarinet player in the Chicago Symphony. I hold my playing degree from DePaul University and was the protégé of the clarinetist in the Chicago Symphony. — WALT PARAZAIDER
WHERE I GET MUSICAL INSPIRATION: pre-’ 70s jazz, chamber music (quartets especially), Brazilian music, and DJ mixes (Towa Tei, Tanaka Tomoyuki, Shantel, Rae & Christian). — ROBERT LAMM
BEST WAY TO STAY IN SHAPE ON THE ROAD: The performance itself is an intense aerobic workout, especially at outdoor summer venues, where the heat and humidity are high. Pushing air through a horn while moving on your feet nonstop for two hours is about the equivalent of a 10-mile run, aerobically. On days off, I try to do a two-hour power walk, and I weight-train three to four days a week. — JIMMY PANKOW
FIRST THING I DO WHEN I RETURN FROM A LONG TOUR: hug my wife who has supported me for 43 years, walk around my house, appreciate being home, and enjoy the sunset at the close of the day. — WALT PARAZAIDER
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