NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Peter Cetera, founding bassist and vocalist for the rock band Chicago, has announced that he won't be taking part in the group's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Cetera posted a note he sent to Rock Hall Foundation chief Joel Peresman and induction ceremony producer Alex Coletti, expressing his frustration with the process and providing an about-face to previous statements that indicated he was willing to perform with the band during the induction ceremony.
"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," Cetera wrote.
Cetera had previously proposed on his website that he was interested in participating.
"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," Cetera wrote in a January 6th note.
Fellow founding bandmate Robert Lamm told Billboard that he had been communicating with Cetera by email, shed a little light on some of the turmoil.
"He decided he wanted to play [the song] in a different key if he was going to play with us, which is definitely not going to happen, and then he wanted to play with his band but not with us and sing his songs or sing whatever songs the Hall wants him to sing," Lamm told Billboard. "It's all very strange."
Lamm went on to note that he and the group's remaining co-founders — Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Walter Parazaider — were still looking forward to the induction ceremony.
"After being passed over for so long, we just sort of put it out of our mind and didn't expect it to ever happen," he said. "So to finally sort of break through just kind of made us stop and just be grateful and remember to be gracious." – Staff Writers