Cetera sounds and looks good at 68

Cetera sounds and looks good at 68
American singer-songwriter Peter Cetera.

American singer-songwriter Peter Cetera is best known for power ballads such as Glory Of Love (1986) and Next Time I Fall (1986).

But ask him about them and the 68-year-old former lead vocalist of rock band Chicago is quick to correct you.

He tells Life! in a telephone interview from his home in Idaho in the United States, ahead of his solo show in Singapore on Sept 14: "Journalists like to say, "You do a lot of ballads", but the fact of the matter is, I didn't. Even on my solo stuff, there were maybe two or three ballads on the CDs.

"It just so happened that those are the ones that people loved, and so those are the ones that became the bigger hits... my CDs and music weren't ballad heavy at all, it was the other way around."

Cetera, who is married with two daughters aged 29 and 16, has produced eight studio albums as a solo artist, with his 1986 album Solitude/Solitaire going platinum in the United States on the back of hit singles such as Glory Of Love, Only Love Knows Why and Next Time I Fall.

Before his solo career, he was the lead vocalist of one of the most successful American rock bands, Chicago, churning out evergreen ballads such as You're The Inspiration, Hard To Say I'm Sorry and If You Leave Me Now. He left the band in 1985 to focus on his solo career.

Cetera says his fans can expect a "fun evening" when they see him next month.

He says: "Now when people see me, they're amazed that I still sound so good and I look good, so that helps a lot. I don't look like an old fat ageing rock star. I don't think. They will be able to tell I put time into it."

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