5 Questions: Peter Cetera

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5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –

To purchase tickets to see Peter Cetera perform at the Lynn Auditorium on Thursday, March 22nd, visit www.lynnauditorium.com


As the original bassist and lead singer for the group Chicago, and later as a solo artist, Peter Cetera has written and performed some of the biggest and most memorable hits of all time.

His first worldwide #1 was the classic “If You Leave Me Now” which he soon followed with “Happy Man” “Wishing You Were Here”, “Feeling Stronger Everyday”,  “Along Comes A Woman”, “Stay The Night”, “You’re The Inspiration”, and “Hard To Say I’m Sorry”

As a solo artist, he scored consecutive #1 hits with “Restless Heart” and “The Glory Of Love”, his Academy Award nominated song from the motion picture, “The Karate Kid”.

He continues touring and performing these songs today with his 7 piece electric band, The Bad Daddies.

SD: You have been in the music industry for over 50 years. When you hear that, what do you think?

PC: When I think about it, I am shocked. Actually, I don’t really think of my career in yearly terms. I think of it in career and personal highlights. My health is good and I feel good. I still enjoy performing. I am going to just keep moving along. 

SD: Some of your biggest hits came in the 1980s, but your fans still love them. What is it like watching the audience react the same way they did when they were originally released?

PC: Long ago, I told myself, even before Chicago, that if I ever made it I would be true to myself and the songs I perform. Once I saw Mary Wells in concert and she was singing “My Guy” and the way she was singing it was so different from the way she originally sang it. I was so disappointed. After that, I was always going to perform my songs the way they were meant to be performed. 

SD: The Very Best Of Peter Cetera was released last year. What is your favorite song on the album?

PC: Honestly, I didn’t have that much to do with it. I think I actually only heard it once. I had very minimal input into the album. They did show me a list of song choices and I did swap out a few that I didn’t like.  

SD: When you were writing the lyrics to “Glory of Love”, did you think it was going to be a big hit?

PC: “Glory of Love” is the one song I wrote that I thought could be big with the right promotion. Writing a song is like trying to find the right pieces to a puzzle and when I do get it right, I impress myself. Performing the song live is the big test, because you hope it clicks with the audience.

SD: Are you working on any new music?

PC: I have a couple of songs in the works, but I only tend to write when I need a song. As of now, I don’t have an outlet for any new stuff. I would love to do a new album, if I find the right partnership. I love performing my biggest hits. I still get a kick out of it and I never get tired of singing them. I love to perform them as much, as the fans love to hear them. 

 For more information about Peter, visit www.petercetera.com. To purchase tickets to see him perform at the Lynn Auditorium on March 22nd, visit www.lynnauditorium.com

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