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