LIVE REVIEW: Josh Groban at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park, IL on June 25, 2022
The last time Josh Groban was in the Chicago area was in 2019. So, three years and a pandemic later, his return was a welcomed announcement. The show was in support of his 2020 release, Harmony. The album was released during the pandemic, which he would tell the audience later in the show, “I don’t recommend it”.
Groban treated the audience to a combination of his phenomenal covers and haunting original songs. In between, stories and quirky sense of humor entertained everyone. He was also joined on stage by longtime friend, Lucia Micarelli who performed a fantastic violin solo. After a story about he was surprised to learn that Lucia could sing, they did a duet on “Cinema paradiso”. This earned a standing ovation from the Chicago crowd.
Groban was also joined on stage by Eleri Ward, who was the opener for the evening. The audience was excited to learn that Eleri was a Chicago native and that her parents were in attendance for the show. As the applause faded from that announcement, Groban and Ward performed a duet on “Both Sides Now”.
The intimate evening came to end with Groban performing two of his biggest hits in “You Raise Me Up” and “The Impossible Dream”. It would be fair to say that no one left the show disappointed. It would also be fair to say that everyone in attendance could tell that Groban was happy to be back out on the road, being able to perform and entertain thousands.
- * The World We Know (Over and Over) (Frank Sinatra cover)
- * Shape of My Heart (Sting cover)
- * Angels (Robbie Williams cover)
- February Song
- * She (Charles Aznavour cover)
- Violin Solo (Lucia Micarelli)
- Cinema paradiso (with Lucia Micarelli)
- Alla luce del sole
- The Book of Love (Peter Gabriel cover)
- * Both Sides Now (with Eleri Ward) (Joni Mitchell cover)
- * Celebrate me Home (Kenny Loggins cover)
- Guitar solo (featuring Tariqh Akoni)
- Ale’ jate
- The Fullest
- You Raise Me Up (Secret Garden cover)
- The Impossible Dream (Mitch Leigh cover)