Last month, Chicago frontman Robert Lamm stated that the band’s former singer and bass player, Peter Cetera, had turned down an invitation to rejoin the band for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction later this year. But now it appears that Cetera has had a change of heart.
In an online statement directed at the five other surviving original Chicago members — Lamm, Lee Loughnane, Walter Parazaider, James Pankow and Danny Seraphine — Cetera suggests, “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 adds, “I believe it would make for one fantastic Hall of Fame moment and satisfy those who have always wanted some sort of reunion.” In addition, Peter proposes that the performance should include various other musicians who played with Chicago over the years.
“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,” he writes. “They’ve all contributed to the legacy of the group and I think this would be a fitting way to honor them.”
Cetera maintains that including the other alums “should go a long way towards healing old wounds and showing solidarity on that night. At least I hope so!”
Cetera left Chicago in 1985 to pursue a solo career.
Chicago will be inducted into the Rock Hall along with Steve Miller, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and rappers N.W.A. on April 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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