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TheCurmudgeon
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Leonid and Friends - WOW
This is a bunch of Ukranian, Russian, etc musicians who cover Chicago. Note for note, sound for sound.

Even if you're not a Chicago fan, you would still be impressed by their talent. And the chick singing backup . . .

Wishing You Were Here

25 or 6 to 4



VinegarStrokes
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
yeah, they've been discussed here before. Started doing small tours in the US also and was supposed to come to Atlanta last year before COVID forced them to cancel. Thanks for the reminder that I need to go check and see if they have released any new videos since the last time I checked their youtube page.


VinegarStrokes
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
they final did "Introduction" and released it a couple of weeks ago. Easily my favorite Chicago song and it's not particularly close.

Introduction

They do a great job, but it's funny because this is probably the first time that it actually sounds like a Russian dude trying to sing. In nearly every other video of theirs, you couldn't tell at all, but in this one it stands out.


VinegarStrokes
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
last comment....that long haired dude singing vocals is easily the best to sing those parts since Cetera. I've seen (either live or on videos) each of the guys who sang those parts since Cetera left and I think this Russki is by far the best.


Lsupimp
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
I’ve been obsessed with Chicago’s Wishing you were here since I was 8. Choir geeks unite. Well done.
This post was edited on 2/16 at 11:41 am


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RichJ
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
They also do a fantastic Earth, Wind, & Fire!


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UKWildcats
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
Yep, I follow them on YT. Their cover of Beginnings is spot friggin on!

Beginnings


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rebelrouser
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
Holy shite is that chick hot.


VinegarStrokes
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carnuba
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
thanks for sending me down that rabbit hole


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Marco Esquandolas
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
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Holy shite is that chick hot.



...and talented as balls too!—a multi instrumentalist.


Could we have found the elusive OT-10...??




TheCurmudgeon
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
quote:

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Holy shite is that chick hot.



...and talented as balls too!—a multi instrumentalist.


Could we have found the elusive OT-10...??


I think so, and the pic above doesn't do her justice. She also has a degree in international finance, speaks and sings in 7 languages.


Dirk Dawgler
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
First heard these covers a year or so ago. Chicago is probably my favorite all time band and I would pay as much to see Leonid & Friends as I would to see Chicago. Any group that can reproduce Chicago’s music is amazing to me.


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PhantomMenace
Member since Oct 2017
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
quote:

Could we have found the elusive OT-10...??

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I think so, and the pic above doesn't do her justice. She also has a degree in international finance, speaks and sings in 7 languages.

I've met her and had pleasant conversations with her. She is a very gracious and intelligent woman. Some would find her too petite, as in real life she is only about 5'2", but it is all proportionate. For me she is close to perfect. If I were only younger...

Her image has also been in Vogue and other magazines. Actually she can sing in at least 8 languages, as she learned one dialect just to sing at an event in that place. Below is another photo of her. I have a print of this one on which she wrote me a nice little note, in English.

For the scheduled concert in Atlanta last summer I had tickets A1 and A2, Row 1 (center stage). Leonid's son promised me I can get the same seats whenever they come back. I posted their Christmas live stream on here about 6 weeks ago, from which you can hear that they are as good live as on their studio videos.



PhantomMenace
Member since Oct 2017
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
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last comment....that long haired dude singing vocals is easily the best to sing those parts since Cetera. I've seen (either live or on videos) each of the guys who sang those parts since Cetera left and I think this Russki is by far the best.


Leonid actually conducted a search to find someone to sing Cetera's parts and found him in Ukraine. He did several songs with them remotely from his studio before ever meeting them in real life.


PhantomMenace
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
Vasily does not speak English. He has learned all his parts phonetically.


Dirk Dawgler
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
Buzina Yurievna.

I spent a little time today perusing google images of her and ... my goodness. There is one rear view shot of her wearing a peach colored bikini and she has the perfect combo of hour glass waist and heart shaped arse of any woman on earth.


PhantomMenace
Member since Oct 2017
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
I have photographed her. I was trying to set up a shoot around their concert in Atlanta but their tour had them in Tampa I think the next night and the flight schedule would not accommodate it. There are plenty of attractive people in the world. What is fascinating about her is that is not the only thing she has going for her, and how far she has come from a small place in Siberia. She also seems such a genuinely a good person. She has performed quite a bit as a solo artist in addition to her role with Leonid. I have a couple CDs of her pop stuff in English, Russian, Chinese, Italian, and Armenian. Was once compared as the Ariana Grande of Russia but has a better voice.

The same could actually be said of Leonid. Amazing story of pursuing his dream and then unexpectedly realizing acclaim for a YouTube video as he was retiring. At one time my signature pic here was a shot of her reclining on a lounge chair in a bikini...


DownSouthJukin
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
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At one time my signature pic here was a shot of her reclining on a lounge chair in a bikini...


BRB... trying to catch my imagination. A little help, sir?


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VinegarStrokes
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re: Leonid and Friends - WOW
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Vasily does not speak English. He has learned all his parts phonetically.


Oh yeah, I can imagine that to be the case. My point was that they all do such a great job, including him, that this was the first time I could tell from a song that English wasn't natural to him.


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