Steve Carriere
Feb 12, 2018

First Jeff Performance

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My first time hearing about Jeff was when he was introduced as Chicago's new lead singer and bass player in April 2016. I had just finished seeing the band at Madison Square Garden with my family (many of them seeing Chicago for the first time). Little did we know the change coming along the way! I first thought, how the hell are they going to replace a guy who handled those tough vocals for 30+ years? Well, all my doubts were removed the very first time I heard Jeff with the band in October 2016 (see pics below). My friend, George, who I've gone to at least 20 Chicago concerts with in the last 20 years or so, and I went to see them in Manchester NH along with Earth, Wind, and Fire. I was BLOWN away at his vocals and bass playing! He was the perfect fit for the band, and thankfully, I was able to see him and the band at least 2 more times. Then hearing about his solo work turned me onto another aspect of music and his bass playing even more. While I am sad that I won't be seeing Jeff or Tris on stage this coming week in Vegas, I can say that I'm glad I was able to see him contribute immensely to the Chicago legacy. Wishing you all the best, Jeff and Holly, and I hope someday we can share some "Coffey/coffee" talk over a cup o' joe!

 

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  • Terry Leonard
    Feb 9, 2018

    I'm pretty sure it was 1983? Apopka Jr. High, we decided to start a rock band. Jeff, Me, Warren Williams, Nicky Brown, Todd Smith....we were all in symphonic, marching and jazz bands. We started practicing after school, and over the years my parent's garage became our studio. Our first "big" gig was playing the Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival...probably 20,000 people over the course of 3 days. We opened up for big country acts as the "The Impacts" (we started out as "Nitro" back in Jr. High)...it was pretty intimidating for 14-16 yr olds. Anyhow....I would stop in at home while on military leave over the years and go to some of Jeff's rehearsals when he was with Isis; caught a show or two and had a blast. Jeff had "big hair"....like glam band hair. It was awesome! I've always be en jealous of Jeff's hair. :) So many years went by and we hadn't seen each other. When Jeff came to Billings, Montana with Chicago, my wife and I got to go see him perform. I can tell you...when I saw him take that stage and start singing, I had tears streaming down my cheeks I was so happy and blown away. It was so amazing to see Jeff in his element with that band and set behind him. I'm going to say this for the record: Jeff putting his family first and making the decision to leave the road with Chicago is the mark of a true man. As a career military man, I know how hard it is to be away from your loved ones. Jeff making that choice says volumes about what is important in life. We should all take that example and follow his lead.
  • Holly
    Jan 23, 2018

    I first saw Jeff in 1990 performing at a little rock club in Florida. I couldn't take my eyes off of him. :)
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