Frustrated Peter Cetera Backs Out Of Rock Hall’s Chicago Reunion

Tom Breihan | February 8, 2016 - 11:03 am

It won’t happen after all. When Chicago co-founder co-founder Robert Lamm learned that his band was part of the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction class, he said that he might like to reunite with Peter Cetera, the former Chicago member who left the band in 1985 and hasn’t played with them since. At first, Cetera “emphatically” declined to take part in the reunion. Then, he agreed to do it. More recently, though, he threatened to walk away, citing some unnamed issue in the negotiations. And now, he’s gone on his blog to announce that he definitively will not rejoin Chicago at the Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in April. Here’s what he writes:

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

It’s worth noting that “Alex and Joel” don’t appear to be people associated with Chicago. Instead, it’s probably Hall Of Fame producers Alex Coletti and Joel Peresman. So: Did Cetera want to do one of his solo songs? Did they shoot him down? I can’t wait until this all comes out, since we already know that it absolutely will.