Chicago fans were elated when they found out the band is going to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. They were even more excited when former bassist and singer Peter Cetera announced he would join the group for the induction ceremony on April 8th. Sadly, that’s now out of the question.
Cetera posted on his website that a proper reunion couldn’t be worked out. In an email to the Rock Hall coordinators, he wrote, “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.”
Previous posts on his blog appear to show there was an issue with song choice and which band members to include in the performance. It now looks like Chicago’s current bassist, the fantastic Jason Scheff, will be filling the spot, even though he is not being inducted as part of the ceremony.
Chicago will be inducted alongside Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Steve Miller, and N.W.A. The induction ceremony takes place April 8th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.