CHICAGO-one of the longest running, successful and iconic rock bands in American musical history-debuted a new song, "Love Lives On," today via ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM. Check out the lyric video here: The band-founding members ROBERT LAMM (keyboard, guitars, vocals), LEE LOUGHNANE (trumpet, guitar, percussion, vocals), JAMES PANKOW (trombone, percussion, keyboards, vocals), WALTER PARAZAIDER (woodwinds, backing vocals) along with JASON SCHEFF (bass, vocals), TRIS IMBODEN (drums, percussion), KEITH HOWLAND (guitars, vocals), LOU PARDINI (keyboards, vocals) and WALFREDO REYES, Jr., (percussion)-is gearing up to release their 36th album "NOW" CHICAGO XXXVI in the U.S. July 8 via Frontiers Records. "Love Lives On" is available as an instant grat on iTunes for fans who pre-order the album (for those who don't know, this means the song will automatically download to their iTunes once they complete the pre-order purchase).

Of the new song, co-written by JASON SCHEFF and JIMMY PANKOW, SCHEFF said, "You just never know where songs are going to end just start batting ideas around, sharing life's experiences and then something magical happens. We never really thought it would have the impact it's had but it's taken on a life of its own, as songs often do.   It's almost as if the teller of the story could be speaking from the afterlife and people are starting to come forward telling us that's what they're thinking about when they hear it. It's one of my favorite compositions I've even been involved with and feel lucky to have been at the right place, at the right time to have helped capture it."  PANKOW added, "Jason brought in a new track called 'Love Lives On.' I was so moved by the haunting nature of the song I begged to add my signature. Jason and I got together and--wow!--we came up with something very special!"

Featuring 11 brand-new, original songs from the group known for their groundbreaking rock-with-horns sound, "NOW" CHICAGO XXXVI was written and recorded on the road during the band's rigorous, never-ending tour schedule, playing for fans who have supported them since they formed in 1967. They kick off a European tour June 26 in Paris, France before hitting Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Norway. They return to the U.S for a tour with R.E.O. SPEEDWAGON including an August 1 date at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, have an August 9 show in Chicago as well as New York-area shows August 16 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ and August 17 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY. Tour dates can be found here:

Pre-orders for "NOW" CHICAGO XXXVI are available on the band's website here: as well as via Amazon here and iTunes:

Check out the album's EPK here: 

Originally formed as the CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY in 1967, the band found almost immediate success and have become a bona fide institution of American music. Their signature sound of solid rock songs augmented by the best horns in the business has endeared them to several generations of music fans. Hit singles include "If You Leave Me Now," "Saturday In The Park," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is," "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "25 or 6 to 4," "Beginnings," "I'm A Man," "Hard To Say I'm Sorry," "(I've Been) Searching So Long," "Look Away," "Just You And Me" and "Old Days," among others. The band has accumulated a total of 47 gold and platinum records awards and their Chicago Transit Authority album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.

Here's the "NOW" CHICAGO XXXVI track listing:

--More Will Be Revealed
--Crazy Happy
--Free At Last
--Love Lives On
--Something's Coming, I Know
--Watching All The Colors
--Nice Girl
--Naked In The Garden of Allah
--Another Trippy Day

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