Thursday, June 20, 2024

Baby What a Big Surprise: Peter Cetera Won’t Join Chicago for Rock Hall Induction


Peter Cetera will not be joining former Chicago bandmates for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’s posted on his blog that it’s all too much for him. Well, you know what, he doesn’t really know what time it is, does he? It’s way past time for this kind of petty crap. So good night and good luck.

PS Chicago was better when we didn’t know who he was, back when the horn arrangements were the big deal. The albums from the 80s, which he touts on Wikipedia, are dreadful. So he’s better off staying home frankly, and reliving his halcyon days with Amy Grant.

Here’s his statement. “Hard to say I’m sorry” indeed:

February 8, 2016

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,

Hello Alex and Joel!
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

Here’s the real Chicago:

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