Two members of the legendary band Chicago quit this week. Drummer Tris Imbolden and bass player and singer Jeff Coffee both announced they had left the band, saying they were unable to play on the band’s grueling 9-month concert tour, both citing family priorities.
Imbolden replaced founding drummer Danny Seraphine in 1990, while Coffee is a more recent addition, replacing Jason Scheff in 2016. Scheff had replaced Peter Cetera in 1985.
Chicago’s percussionist Walfredo Reyes Jr will take over on drums, while Neil Donell has been hired as the new bass player.
Original sax player Walter Parazaider retired from touring last year, leaving just 3 original Chicago members on tour: keyboardist Robert Lamm, trumpeter Lee Loughnane, and trombonist James Pankow.
Some fans have suggested that Seraphine and Cetera should be invited back to the band. We’d love it! Both those guys are awesome, but there still seems to be simmering bad feelings between the band and its former members, so we don’t see that happening any time soon. Too bad!!!
Here’s “25 or 6 to 4” with Jason Scheff on vocals!!!