UNDATED (AP) — Peter Cetera seems to be open to the idea of performing with Chicago at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction after all. Cetera posted an open letter on his website to the other members of the band. He suggests they could all walk onstage together one last time as a group, and he’ll strap on the bass for “25 Or 6 To 4.” Cetera says it would a fantastic moment and “satisfy those who have always wanted some sort of a reunion.” He also suggests Chicago’s past and current members be invited to play on the song, since they’ve all contributed to Chicago’s legacy. The other band members have not yet responded. Chicago keyboardist Robert Lamm had said last week he spoke out of turn when he said Cetera would play at their induction.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Meghan Trainor got emotional as she accepted her People’s Choice Award. Trainor won for favorite album for “Title.” She told the crowd last night that she “wanted to be an artist so bad” and that the fans made her dreams come true. The favorite male and female musicians are Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. The group honors go to Fifth Harmony, while “What Do You Mean?” by Justin Bieber gets favorite song.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The new round of auditions for the final season of “American Idol” will include Kanye West — as a contestant, not a judge. West tried out during the San Francisco auditions, with Kim Kardashian cheering him on. Find out if he gets a golden ticket on tomorrow’s premiere. Keith Urban says he tends to forget it’s the farewell season until someone mentions it. Harry Connick Junior says he’d love to see another star come out of the final season to “put a bookend on what Kelly Clarkson did the first year.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Blues Traveler frontman John Popper will share his life story. He is putting out an autobiography called “Suck and Blow and Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell.” His publisher says Popper will call out some musicians and praise others, talk about his ongoing battle with obesity and his love of guns, and explain how he turned himself from a failing high school student into a Grammy-winning musician. “Suck and Blow” will come out March 29.
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A panel of judges has ruled that city officials in Key West, Florida, just don’t understand Jimmy Buffett. The Key West Citizen reports city officials twice referenced lyrics to Buffett’s song “Margaritaville” in a case against Brad Buerhle of Richmond, Virginia, who wants to open a tattoo parlor in Key West. City officials opposed Buerhle’s plan because rash tourists would get “regrettable tattoos” and Key West would get a negative connotation. They cited the “Margaritaville” lyric describing a tattoo as, “A Mexican cutie/How it got here I haven’t a clue.” However, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals says the city misunderstood the lyrics, because the character in the song also calls the tattoo “a real beauty” and does not seem embarrassed about it. The case has been sent back to district court for more proceedings consistent with the appeals court opinion.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adele’s “25” is the number-one album in America for a sixth straight week. Billboard reports “25” moved another 363,000 units. It’s sold 7.44 million copies in the U.S. as of last week.
UNDATED (AP) — Funeral arrangements are still being worked out for Natalie Cole. She died Thursday in Los Angeles at the age of 65 from ongoing health issues. She had suffered from drug problems and hepatitis, and she had a kidney transplant in 2009. Aretha Franklin calls Cole one of the greatest singers of our time and “she represented the Cole legend of excellence and class quite well.” Tony Bennett says Cole was “a lovely and generous person who will be greatly missed.” Jordin Sparks says she was lucky enough to share a stage with Cole a few years ago but doesn’t remember too much of her own performance because she was in awe of Cole.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat “King” Cole who carried on his musical legacy, has died.
Publicist Maureen O’Connor says Cole died Thursday night. She was 65. O’Connor had no details about how or where Cole died.
Cole had battled drug problems and hepatitis that forced her to undergo a kidney transplant in May 2009.
Cole’s 1991 album, “Unforgettable … With Love,” sold some 14 million copies and won six Grammys. It featured reworked versions of some of her father’s best-known songs.
On the title cut, “Unforgettable,” she sang along with her father’s taped version to create a memorable duet.
Nat “King” Cole died of lung cancer in 1965.