Chicago and Rick Springfield will hit the road together this summer with a 16-city North American tour. The dates begin on June 12th at Concord, California's Concord Pavilion, with the jaunt stretching through August 1st, when the trek wraps at Rosemont, Illinois' Allstate Arena. Leading Chicago today are three co-founding members — keyboardist Robert Lamm, trombonist James Pankow, and trumpeter Lee Loughnane.

James Pankow and Robert Lamm explained that there were certain structures to all of the band's most timeless songs: [(James Pankow): "In our case, the brass participation is a main character in the song. It's a lead line with its own hook, if you will. And you take the horns out and there's empty spaces." (Robert Lamm): "When I was writing the song, knowing it's for Chicago, I knew there needed to be a place to let these guys shine, because the three of them are amazing together. We'd write the songs, we'd rehearse the songs, we'd record the songs, go out on the road and play the songs — and then come back and start the whole process again."] SOUNDCUE (:26 OC: . . . whole process again)

Rick Springfield told us that it's the love, interest, and support from both his female and male fans that keep him honest and progressing musically and emotionally: ["I write what I like and that's why the music always comes from a male perspective because I am, y'know? But some of the image stuff. . . I mean I always resisted all the teen stuff, but they still printed stuff anyway back in the '80s and I had to deal with it. But I always played and wrote what I wanted to — that I thought was good stuff, which is why I still have male fans. And the male fan base is actually growing, because I've always written, I think, with a degree of integrity and not a sell-out vibe at all."] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . vibe at all)

Rick Springfield performs on December 12th at Westbury, New York's at NYCB Theatre at Westbury.

Chicago will next perform on February 28th & 29th at Las Vegas' Venetian Theater.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Chicago and Rick Springfield tour dates (subject to change):

June 12 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
June 13 – Inglewood, CA – The Forum
June 14 – Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheater
June 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater
June 18 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
June 23 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 24 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Amphitheatre
June 26 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
June 27 – Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 28 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
July 1 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
July 2 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
July 3 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 17 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
July 18 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 19 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 21 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 22 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 24 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
July 25 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
July 26 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
July 28 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 29 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
July 31 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 1 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena

James Pankow And Robert Lamm On The Structure Of Chicago’s Music :

Rick Springfield On His Fanbase :