Pe­ter Cetera per­forms un­der the stars

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - News - BY CHAR­LOTTE L. JA­COB­SON STAFF WRITER cja­cob­son@ cit­i­zensvoice. com; 570821- 2061

There’s not much bet­ter stargaz­ing in the sum­mer, with the ex­cep­tion of lis­ten­ing to mu­sic un­der the stars. Thisweek­end’s an­nual Starlight Con­cert atMis­eri­corida Univer­sity gives stargaz­ing mu­sic- lovers that op­por­tu­nity.

TheUn­der the Stars Sum­mer Arts Fes­ti­val head­lin­ing con­cert fea­tures Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Pe­ter Cetera at 8 p. m. Satur­day at theWells Far­goAm­phithe­ater.

An orig­i­nalmem­ber of the le­gendary rock group Chicago, Cetera made a name for him­self in the late 1960s be­fore break­ing away from the group in 1985 to pur­su­ing a solo ca­reer.

Through­out his solo ca­reer, the 72- year- old mu­si­cian recorded 10 al­bums, with six songs that climbed to No. 1 on Bill­board’s Top 100, in­clud­ing “Glory of Love” and “The Next Time I Fall.” Nowa­days, the rock artist spends much of his time tour­ing, per­form­ing both songs fromhis solo ca­reer and clas­sic Chicago fa­vorites.

“You go through your ups and downs, but ac­tu­ally at this point inmy ca­reer, I’m hav­ing more fun than I’ve ever had,” Cetera said in a re­cent phone in­ter­view. “I have a great group of mu­si­cians that I play with, all out of Nashville. ... I think that dur­ing the shows, the crowds are get­ting in the feel­ing of it all. Every­one goes home pleas­antly sur­prised and happy.”

In 2016, Chicagowas in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Cetera be­ing one of three orig­i­nal band mem­bers to also gain recog­ni­tion as a 2017 Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame in­ductee.

With a ca­reer span­ning nearly 50 years, Cetera finds it hard to nar­row­down a sin­gu­lar high­light amongst his suc­cess. How­ever, Chicago sell­ing out­Madi­son Square Gar­den and tour­ing the world­were among the fe­whe held most dear.

“Prob­a­bly one of the great­est mo­ments was with my sec­ond solo al­bum; the sin­gle ‘ Glory of Love’ was in the sec­ond ‘ KarateKid’movie and was nom­i­nated for an Acade­myAward, and I sang it at the Acade­myAwards,” Cetera said. “Prob­a­bly not as big asmy Cubs win in the World Se­ries last year, but pretty dog­gone close.”

Al­though Cetera re­ferred to his writ­ing style like a “bad stu­den­twho stud­ies the night be­fore the test,” he said hewould like to re­lease new mu­sic in the com­ing year. Those­who at­tend the con­cert at Mis­eri­cor­dia will even be treated to a hand­ful of new­songs that haven’t been recorded yet.

“At a cer­tain point, I gave up and thought there was no room­formeany­more,” Cetera said. “I took some years off, but peo­ple kept com­ing to me and say­ing howcer­tain songs meant so much to them. I re­al­ized that there’s room for every­body out there. ... I’m just in the hap­pi­est time of my mu­si­cal ca­reer, I’m hav­ing a ball. It’s just ex­cit­ing forme to go on stage withmy great band. I think I like to see the look on peo­ple’s faces like, ‘ Ohmy god, he’s alive! And he sounds great!’ ”

MARK SCHOEN / SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Grammy- Award win­ning rock star Pe­ter Cetera head­lines the Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity’s Un­der the Stars Sum­mer Arts Fes­ti­val.

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