Peter Cetera Speaks About Chicago, HoFby Best Classic Bands Staff
Update (1/5): Cetera indicates he wants in. Click here for Best Classic Bands’ most recent coverage.
“Wishing You Were Here?” Former Chicago lead singer Peter Cetera has been teasing his fans with a series of messages on his website regarding whether he’d be joining his former bandmates when the classic rock legends are formally welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 this spring.
On December 23rd, he wrote: “I will make an an important announcement on this site after the New Year that will shock the WOOORRRLLDD! Ok, maybe not the world but at least maybe parts of the USA and Canada! Ill [sic] have a statement that will come from me and me only regarding my participation in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
Best Classic Bands reported that Chicago’s Robert Lamm indicated that Cetera “has emphatically declined.” Click here for that story.
However, on December 30th, Cetera wrote: “I’m getting ready to post my reply to the Hall of Fame about my participation for the show. It should happen within the first week of the new year. Tell your friends, relatives, Romans and of course countrymen. see ya, P”
Writing on January 3rd, he indicated that he’d be appearing today (January 4th) on “Mark in the Morning” on Southern California’s Classic Rock 100.3: “I’ll… talk about my decision on the RnR HoF induction ceremony! Whoopdee Doo!”
So what’d he say? Basically, “Love Me Tomorrow.” This time, Cetera teased the radio audience. When host Mark Thompson offered his congratulations, Cetera replied: “Thank you, Mark! Congratulations on what?” When Thompson talked about Chicago’s Hall of Fame election being “deserved and delayed by 20 years,” Cetera agreed: “Well join the club because that’s the way many of us feel.”
Thompson: “The question is: obviously Chicago is going to perform. Are you going to join them?”
Cetera’s answer: “Well you know what? I am going to reserve any comments on that until tomorrow” indicating he’d “have my definitive answer on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” as yet another message on his website.
So will Cetera perform at the induction ceremony? All we can add: “Baby, What a Big Surprise.”
Here’s the band during what some have called their jazzy, live peak. This performance at Tanglewood in 1970 features a blistering guitar solo by Terry Kath and Cetera on lead vocals.