Peter Cetera backs out of Chicago reunion at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame again

Former Chicago frontman Peter Cetera has nixed plans to reunite with his former bandmates at the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. In what appears to be a battle between Cetera and the organizers over song options, Cetera claims he is finished with trying to make the event happen.

The singer published the letter he sent at his website on Monday (February 8th), claiming, “I just sent this to the RnR hall of fame people. This is the the short high road nice version of what I really wanted to say. I’ll post that response at the appropriate time. Ciao,”

His letter begins, “Unfortunately, this scenario doesn’t work for me. I know we all did our best to make it happen, but I guess it’s just not meant to be.

“Personally, I’m frustrated and tired of dealing with this and it’s time to move on. I have a life with two beautiful daughters and a solo career and its time to get back and give them all the full attention they deserve.

“Thanks for all your help and consideration! Have a great show and please send any individual award I receive to the contact you have for me.

“All the best, Peter Cetera”

On Friday (February 5th), the singer published an update to fans assuring them he was doing his best to make the reunion happen.

“Hello everyone! I know you’re all waiting to hear what’s happening with the Hall of Fame. I know how frustrated you all are, but trust me, no one is more tired and frustrated than yours truly. I had a conference call with the musical department today and I’ve presented another song option. Right now it’s about a fiddy fiddy chance that we can hammer something out by the weekend. Frankly folks, Im done if this doesn’t work out. Here’s hoping this one works…Ill let you know either way ASAP…Ciao, Peter

“Ps. As of today it’s now down to 25 per cent chance of happening.”

Last month, the singer announced that he had planned to join his former bandmates for a performance during the band’s induction ceremony in April.

“As a finale, we can walk onstage together one last time as a group, I’ll strap on the bass, and we can do ’25 or 6 to 4′ in the key of E,” Cetera writes on his website. “I believe it would make for one fantastic Hall of Fame moment and satisfy those who have always wanted some sort of reunion.”

In the same statement, Cetera stated that he had also planned to speak at the event while inviting all current members, along with past members Laudir de Oliveira, Donnie Dacus, Kenny Cetera, Chris Pinnick, and Bill Champlin, to “join us up there as well on the song.” Cetera states that “[t]hey’ve all contributed to the legacy of the group and I think this would be a fitting way to honor them.”

Cetera left the group in 1985 to pursue a solo career and fans have been waiting for the long overdue reunion ever since. Fans thought those ideas were quickly crushed when keyboardist Robert Lamm said Cetera had “emphatically declined” an invitation to reunite at the ceremony after Chicago’s induction was announced in December, but Cetera changed his mind only to change it again.

We have reached out to the Rock Hall for comment, but have yet to hear back as of this writing. We will update this article should they respond.

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Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.