Monday, August 06, 2018

Peter Cetera - Live at MPAC (Morristown, NJ)

Peter Cetera of Chicago fame recently came through Morristown, NJ to perform on August 2nd.

As someone who was just a kid in the 80’s when he was belting out ballads like "Glory Of Love" and "After All", I appreciated his music. Once I got more into classic rock, and realized he was the voice of Chicago, I started to dig his tunes even more.

Here we are in 2018 and Peter is still touring, still singing those ballads AND classic Chicago hits, and making audiences laugh. Yes, that’s right. Peter has got quite a sense of humor. Upon entering the stage at the beginning of the show for the song "Restless Heart", he approached the microphone while the crowd gave an ovation. However, the microphone wasn’t adjusted correctly and he had to stop and awkwardly fix it. This obviously delayed the song a bit. But what made it so funny was when he quickly said to the audience, “Ok forget you saw that. Let’s try that again.” At that moment we all laughed and he went back and came out again to a much larger applause. In between songs, Peter would inject funny stories and jokes here and there to keep the audience engaged.

This show was a bit milder for me, since I’m used to going to much louder shows. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I thoroughly appreciated this performance. Peter performed his usual hits like "Glory Of Love", etc, but what kept it interesting was the introductions and background stories for each song. It really gave you a glimpse into what went on behind the scenes during Peter’s long running career.

Closing out the show was Peter and his band performing “25 or 6 to 4”. He can still hit the notes and had the crowd on their feet dancing along. My only issue was that there was no brass ensemble! To me, there has to be the brass ensemble to give it that extra kick that the original track had. But to hear the original singer perform it live again in 2018 after all these years was good enough. 

Overall, a great show and I hope he gets to come back to the NYC area again soon.