Fans hoping that former Chicago vocalist and bass player Peter Cetera would reunite with the band when they’re inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year shouldn’t hold their breath: It’s not going to happen, despite reports.
The source of the reports was, of all people, current and founding Chicago singer/keyboardist Robert Lamm, who in a recent interview said that Cetera would perform with the group at the induction ceremony.
Now, Lamm has retracted that claim. “I’ve mistakenly said Cetera would be playing. He has emphatically declined,” Lamm says in a statement provided to ABC Radio. He adds, “My email exchanges with Cetera were misinterpreted by me, and I’ve apologized to him, and likewise apologize to the music press community and fans.”
A few days ago, Lamm told ABC Radio that he’d “been in touch with” Cetera and another former member, drummer Danny Seraphine, and that he’d “made it clear that they are expected and more than welcome to be present and accept the honor as part of the extended Chicago family.” Performing aside, it’s not clear yet if either Cetera or Seraphine will attend the ceremony.
Cetera was the lead voice of many Chicago hits, including “Just You ‘n Me,” “Hard Habit to Break,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” and “You’re the Inspiration.” He left the band in 1985 and went on to score solo hits like “The Glory of Love,” the Amy Grant duet “Next Time I Fall,” “One Good Woman” and a duet with Cher, “After All.”
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Source: Classic Rock News