Peter Cetera Will Play With Chicago At Rock Hall Ceremony After All

Remember when it was announced that Chicago were being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and reports surfaced that the band would be reuniting with ex-frontman Peter Cetera for the induction ceremony? And then remember when we found out that no, Peter Cetera had “emphatically declined” to play with the band? Well, just kidding, he will be there after all. Gotcha!

The singer and bassist, who left the group in 1985 to pursue a solo career, announced the news via an email to his former bandmates, which he then posted on his official website. “As a finale, we can walk onstage together one last time as a group, I’ll strap on the bass, and we can do 25or6to4 in the key of E,” Cetera wrote. “I believe it would make for one fantastic Hall of Fame moment and satisfy those who have always wanted some sort of reunion.” Read the full letter below.

Hello Everyone! I’ve just sent this mail to everyone involved. Hopefully it will answer all the questions concerning my participation in the Hall of Fame induction..Thanks

Hello Robert, Danny, Lee, Walter, and James. I’m sending this to you and Danny since yours are the only email addresses I have. Please forward this to everyone.

First off, congratulations all around on this long overdue honor. While our fans believe we should have been inducted years ago, they find it harder to believe that we haven’t even been nominated in all that time. Oh well, we are now!
All the credit goes to those who voted for us in overwhelming numbers during the recent poll. They alone deserve our thanks for finally making this happen.
I know we all look forward to speaking that evening and I’m sure we all wish that Terry was there to join us. That can’t happen unfortunately, but I have one thing that can.
As a finale, we can walk onstage together one last time as a group, I’ll strap on the bass, and we can do 25or6to4 in the key of E. I believe it would make for one fantastic Hall of Fame moment and satisfy those who have always wanted some sort of reunion.
Along with your current members, I would also like us to invite past members Laudir de Oliveira, Donnie Dacus, Kenny Cetera, Chris Pinnick, and Bill Champlin to join us up there as well on the song. They’ve all contributed to the legacy of the group and I think this would be a fitting way to honor them.
In the end, this should go a long way towards healing old wounds and showing solidarity on that night. At least I hope so!

See you all in Brooklyn, Peter

UPDATE: Peter Cetera has provided a brief addendum to yesterday’s post on his website, which you can read below.

BTW..To all you doubters out there! I alone wrote that last post without the help of any speechwriters, ghost writers, muggers, buggerers etc. Well ok, my daughters did talk me into taking out all the nasty bits but hey thats it! Spoken from the heart and waiting for contact……ciao,p