Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Peter Cetera Will Not Perform With Chicago At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

Reports about Peter Cetera rejoining Chicago for the group's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in April are apparently false. 

Keyboardist Robert Lamm says he spoke out of turn to Radio.com when he said that Cetera -- who left the band in 1985 to pursue a solo career -- would sing though not necessarily play bass with Chicago on April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

"I've mistakenly said Cetera would be playing," Lamm said. "He has emphatically declined. 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."

Cetera has not confirmed whether he will be attending the ceremony.

Cetera sang lead on Chicago favorites such as "25 or 6 to 4," "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" and "Just You 'n' Me," and shared vocals on "Saturday in the Park" and the two-part "Dialogue."

He also wrote hits such as "Wishing You Were Here," "If You Leave Me Now" and "Baby, What a Big Surprise."

He released his self-titled first solo album in 1981 while still in the band. He continues to perform but has not yet commented on Chicago's Rock Hall induction, which will include the band's seven original members.

Trumpeter Lee Loughnane said recently that he would welcome the chance to play with Cetera again, noting "That sounds fine to me. I haven't spoken with Peter in awhile, but if he wants to come sing with us, come on, baby! I'm ready. We're still playing the tunes. I think he is, too, so we should know the material."

Original drummer Danny Seraphine parted ways with Chicago in 1990, and left the music world for 15 years. Currently part of CTA with Marc Bonilla, Seraphine posted on his Facebook page that he is grateful for Chicago's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

"I never realized it would feel this good.This award belongs to all of us, ESPECIALLY THE FANS that let their voices be heard for all these years," he wrote. "Thank you for never giving up, it wouldn't have happened without your support. Thank you to Jann Wenner and the RRHOF voting board for voting us in on the first ballot, that is also great honor. This really couldn't have come at a better time, we can hopefully join together and celebrate the legacy and enduring body of music we all created in 1967."

It has not been officially confirmed whether or not Seraphine will join the band at the ceremony. However, in a follow-up post, the drummer said the following: "I just want to reassure everyone that I WILL be performing with Chicago Band at the RRHOF induction ceremony. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Peace Danny Seraphine."