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Chicago's Robert Lamm talks about Peter Cetera, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, retirement and more

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After 50 years, brass-powered jazz-rock fusionists Chicago are having themselves a moment. They're the subject of a new documentary, Now More Than Ever: The History Of Chicago. And in April, they'll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"It's not something that was ever a goal," co-founder and keyboardist Robert Lamm said in a phone interview. "You want to make music that people love and appreciate when you're performing it. You don't make music to get a gold album. And you don't make music to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

Still, it's an honor they'll take -- even if according to Lamm, former singer Peter Cetera won't join them for one last song at the ceremony.

"He doesn't want to," Lamm said. "When we first were notified that we were nominated, and then we heard that we were in, I emailed him and I said, 'It'll be fun to get you and (former drummer) Danny (Seraphine) too.' I actually gave an interview to Rolling Stone, and they said, 'Are Danny and Peter gonna play?' And I said, 'Yeah, sure.' And Peter got right in my face and said, 'Don't speak for me.'" So I knew right away there was a problem."

Before that drama unfolds, Chicago will join Earth, Wind and Fire for a co-headlining gig at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Saturday. Tickets are $18.95 and up. Click here for details.

For more of our interview with Lamm and his tourmate Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire, click here.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2016 4:59pm]


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