The greatest Chicago Tribute
Hitting the road in North America this year is Leonid and Friends, the YouTube sensation tribute band to Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire and others, from Eastern Europe! Despite never having seen Chicago live (they never toured to band leader Leonid Vorobyev's home country of Russia), the group became a global hit for their stunning recreation of the music of the legendary American soft-rockers.
Vorobyev, a sound engineer and choir conductor at the East Siberian Institute of Culture, described the difficulties of coming across amplified instruments and music back in 1970s USSR, so discovering bands such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Deep Purple and, of course, Chicago, turned his world upside-down. After gathering some friends together to learn Chicago's 'Brand New Love Affair' and film themselves playing, the video blew up and became a viral sensation. Now, having sold out tours across the US and around the world, Leonid and Friends are back for another celebration of the music of the 70s!