Tunes by the three classic bands take over the Holland Center this Saturday at 8 p.m. for the Omaha Symphony's latest “Rocks” series concert.
Steely Dan: Taken from a passage in William Burroughs' beat-era masterpiece “Naked Lunch” in reference to a sex toy.
Blood, Sweat and Tears: Inspired by a 1963 Johnny Cash album literally called “Blood, Sweat and Tears.”
Chicago: These guys were from Chicago.
Steely Dan: “Aja” (1977), the group's sixth album, rose to No. 3 on the American charts and became the first of the band's albums to go platinum.
Blood, Sweat and Tears: The group's self-titled second album, released in December 1968, won a Grammy for album of the year and went multi-platinum.
Chicago: Pretty much the entire 1970s, when Chicago released 12 albums (including two live recordings and a “greatest hits”) and saw five rise to the top of the charts.
Steely Dan: By 1977, Steely Dan was making music that sounded like jazzy Hall & Oates produced by a cokehead Vulcan (see: “Peg”). This became their signature sound.
Blood, Sweat and Tears: There have been several iterations of BS&T (and about 600 different members), but for a while there they were the pre-eminent 1970s jazz-rock-meets-big-band-horns pop group out there. Or one of them, anyway.
Chicago: Is “irresistibility” a sound? Look at it this way: With its 1976 hit “If You Leave Me Now,” Chicago crafted a break-up song that's: 1) impossible to get out of your head and 2) somehow MAKES YOU HAPPY.
21st Century revival
Steely Dan: At the turn of the millennium, Steely Dan issued a well-received album called “Two Against Nature” that beat out Radiohead's “Kid A” and Eminem's “The Marshall Mathers LP” (as well as releases by Beck and Paul Simon) for best album at the Grammies. It is the “Dances with Wolves” of music.
Blood, Sweat and Tears: N/A
Chicago: Does a season 14 appearance on “The Bachelor” performing a concert under the stars for two count as a revival? Then whatever that was.