I attended this concert after hearing about it the day of, so I wasn’t able to go through the biography of Peter Cetera or remind myself what songs he sang before going to this.
Unprepared for what is to come, nor being a huge fan who would know every single song, I was just there to enjoy a concert I wouldn’t have normally gone to.
Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts is a very upscale venue complete with ushers, attendants, valet parking, & security.
It was a change of atmosphere from most of the concerts today.
I personally prefer seated concerts rather than crowded standup concerts, so this was a treat for me.
I wasn’t able to record any video during this concert, because Peter Cetera asked everyone to put the phones away, especially the people in front, during the performance, so this review won’t be in much detail than I would like it to be.
That is the downside of not being able to record at least a part of the event so I could write a better review.
However, I do understand that concerts were meant to be experienced, & I granted his wishes, even though there were a few around me who practically recorded a lot of this concert.
So this is my review in the best detail that I can remember as I type this only a few hours after.
Some of it may be scattered, but I figured I would just leave it as natural sounding as can be.
After all, a review is basically the opinion of the writer & does not reflect any other opinions that may be expressed elsewhere.
During the introduction, I learned that Peter Cetera was in the band Chicago, which turned out to be a bonus for me attending.
The average person in my generation wouldn’t know he was in that band. At least I recognized a few songs before my time to figure out that his signature voice was all over a few of the songs I liked.
He performed “If You Leave Me Now”, with the signature “ooh ooh” in the chorus, which he let the audience sing for a part of it.
Probably the most spun record on Smooth Jazz stations that went vocal was “You’re The Inspiration”, which he also performed.
“Baby, What A Big Surprise” was another hit I recognized.
He might have performed “Just You’N’Me”.
I find some of the songs pretty similar sounding, but unique from others, which is probably what made Chicago & Peter Cetera be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
Going through the greatest hits of Chicago right now that I personally recognize listening to in my lifetime as I type this review, I don’t remember him performing “Make Me Smile/Now More Than Ever”, “Saturday In The Park”, & “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is”, the songs of Chicago that I remember hearing on True Oldies radio stations.
It could be that a different singer was the lead for those songs.
It wasn’t only Peter Cetera that was highlighted during this concert.
His whole band was showcased with solos here & there.
He even gave a few minutes to his driver, who sang an Italian opera & an operatic version of an Elvis Presley song. Humorous, yet talented.
I think this was the part of the concert the crowd was most responsive.
Tanya, a backup female singer, was also showcased.
She had a great voice, & I can see her being a future hit singer in Adult Contemporary or Country if given the chance.
She did a couple of duets with Peter Cetera during the night, & they were amazing!
A guitar player was also showcased a little more than Tanya, but his voice wasn’t to my own liking.
I would prefer the female singer to be the more highlighted backup than him, although he was a good guitar player.
Peter Cetera would tell his life story about how he got signed, the awards he was nominated for, & he also added a little humor to his adlibs in between sets.
During his nomination bit, the band played an instrumental of “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin, because that song triumphed over his song “Glory Of Love” as Best Soundtrack Song.
The crowd was a quiet one. While the venue was in complete silence at one point, a man shouted “Glory Of Love!”
Mr. Cetera responded with some dry witty humor & told him that it wasn’t on his set list.
He would perform that song after his next one, & he joked with the crowd throughout the night about cell phone usage & random spurts of “I love you!” in a very hushed crowd.
Probably the most recognized hit from Peter Cetera, besides “Glory Of Love”, was “Hard To Say I’m Sorry”.
I first heard this song (and also have the CD single) from the 90’s when Az Yet released their R&B take with him as a featured artist.
He did perform my personal favorite, “25 Or 6 To 4”, as the very last song of the night during the encore in a very different manner than the original.
Both the key & tempo were different, so I didn’t recognize the song until he got through a few lines of lyrics.
I know the artists who perform their songs hundreds of times get tired of playing the same song over & over again like I get tired of mainstream radio playing their power rotations around 90 times per week.
But, I kind of wished that he kept the original of this song intact.
Overall, even though I did not recognize almost half of the songs performed throughout the night, I would say that I enjoyed this quality concert very well.
It just goes to show you that if you go to something without any expectations, the enjoyment level would be the best.
DJ Mo’s Peter Cetera Concert Score: 8/10