Glory Of Love, Hard To Say I’m Sorry, You’re The Inspiration … former Chicago lead singer Peter Cetera and legendary producer David Foster have worked together on some of the most timeless love songs of all time.
Next month, the two musicians will be sharing a stage together with other singers such as Ruben Studdard, Natalie Cole, Boyz II Men and Jackie Evancho in the Hitman: David Foster & Friends Asia Tour 2015 at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting.
The concert is a celebration of sorts for Foster, the legendary producer and songwriter who has won 16 Grammy awards from 47 nominations, and helped the careers of so many top artistes including Christina Aguilera, Westlife, The Corrs, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and of course, Cetera and his former band, Chicago.
Foster and Cetera first started working together when Chicago hired the producer to work on their 1982 hit album Chicago 16. The two of them co-wrote four songs on that album, including its biggest hits, Hard To Say I’m Sorry and Love Me Tomorrow.
Foster also produced the band’s follow-up album, the equally successful Chicago 17, which featured Stay The Night and You’re The Inspiration – both co-written by Cetera and Foster.
“David and I have had a good relationship for many years, and it was fun. We managed to write a bunch of songs that were important to so many people,” Cetera said in a phone interview about working with the legendary producer.
“David is very hardworking in the studio, because he tries to do so many things at once. But I like working with him – I like melody, and I think together that’s what we came up with – great melodies, and that’s what a great song is about.”
Foster also played a big part in re-launching Cetera’s solo career, when his first attempt, 1981’s Peter Cetera, flopped.
After leaving Chicago in 1985, he released another solo album Solitude/Solitaire, and two singles off that album peaked at No. 1 in the United States – The Next Time I Fall, a duet he sang with Amy Grant, and Glory Of Love, which he co-wrote with his then-wife Diane Nini, and Foster.
“I was hired to write a song for the motion picture Rocky VI (1985). David came up with the chord structure and I wrote the melody and words for it. In the end, the Rocky people wanted someone else to sing it, and wanted to make some changes (to the song), so we pulled it from the movie,” the 70-year-old recalled.
“Two weeks later, the people from The Karate Kid II came looking for a song, and we played them Glory Of Love, and then they said yes.”
Glory Of Love went on to top the US Billboard Top 100 chart for two weeks in 1986. It also got Cetera a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Male Artiste at the 1987 Grammy Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
“One of my most memorable moments was singing Glory Of Love at the Academy Awards. That was a pretty big highlight (of my career),” he said.
The upcoming Genting concert will be his first time in Malaysia, so he is looking forward to it. “I have no idea what songs I will be doing, but I’ll probably be doing songs David and I wrote together – Hard To Say I’m Sorry, You’re The Inspiration, and so on,” he added.
Although he has no current plans to cut a new record, Cetera did not rule out the possibility in the future.
“I’d like to (make a new album), but it’s different times now. I have no record company per se, and I don’t know much about the Internet, but yeah, I would love to do an album of original material,” he said.
The first thing he’d have to do should he decide to record a new album, would be to write some new songs.
“I’m like the very bad student who only studies the day before a test! I only tend to write songs when I have a purpose – I need to know that I’m going to do a new album, and then I would start writing.
“There are not a lot of Peter Cetera songs lying around, because I don’t really write a lot of things when I’m not expected to do an album!” he concluded.
Hitman: David Foster And Friends Asia Tour 2015 will be held on Aug 14, 9pm, at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting. Tickets are priced from RM298 to RM2,108 (VVIP). For more information, call 03-2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com.