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Peter Cetera Not Rejoining Chicago For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Performance


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The If You Leave Me Now stars' induction was announced as part of the Class of 2016 last week (ends18Dec15), and keyboardist Lamm recently claimed Cetera and drummer Danny Seraphine were on board to join in the ceremony.

"Oh yeah," Lamm said when asked about a possible reunion by Radio.com. "If there's ever a time that we can share the stage again, this is it, I think it could have a huge emotional impact on the audience. And I think that that would be a very moving experience."

However, Lamm has now spoken out to clarify his remarks after confessing he "misinterpreted" comments made by Cetera via email.

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Janet Jackson, The Smiths And N.W.A. Among Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees 2016


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This year’s longlist of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been released, and there’s a number of familiar faces among the new names.

Janet Jackson, who last week released her first new music in seven years with her eleventh album Unbreakable, is the biggest new name on the list, which also includes Chicago, Steve Miller, Chaka Khan, Cheap Trick, The Cars, The J.B.'s and Los Lobos as first-time nominees.

A number of artists have been nominated in the past – most notably Chic, the influential disco and funk band fronted by Nile Rodgers, who have been nominated on 10 occasions without being inducted. Other artists for whom this represents a multiple nomination include The Smiths, N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, Deep Purple, Yes and The Spinners.

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New Mary Poppins Movie Musical In The Works


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Like the original 1964 film starring Julie Andrews, the new instalment will be adapted from author P.L. Travers' children's book series, and will be set 20 years after the classic movie - in Depression-era London.

The new version will feature Mary's other adventures with the Banks family as told in Travers' novels, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Disney bosses and Marshall have been collaborating with the Travers estate for the movie, and have already earned the support from Mary Poppins co-composer Richard Sherman.

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Conductor Paul Freeman Dead At 79


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The musician, who founded the Chicago Sinfonietta orchestra, was fighting an array of ailments for several years and died in British Columbia, Canada on Tuesday (21Jul15).

Officials posted a message on the Chicago Sinfonietta website, stating, "It is with profound sadness that we announce our beloved Founder and Music Director, Maestro Paul Freeman passed away...

"Paul had been fighting a number of physical challenges over the last few years but according to his wife Cornelia and his son Douglas, both of whom were with him, he felt no pain and was at peace."

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Rumer Willis To Make Broadway Debut In Chicago


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Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter will play sexy murderess Roxie Hart at the Ambassador Theatre in New York from August to October.

The news comes two months after the star triumphed on TV competition show Dancing with the Stars in May (15) and one month after she had drop out of the reality TV show's tour because of a foot fracture.

Singer Brandy Norwood is currently portraying the character on Broadway, and Jennifer Nettles, Ashlee Simpson and Christie Brinkley have all previously played Roxie Hart onstage, while Renee Zellweger took on the role in director Rob Marshall's hit 2002 movie version.

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Chief Keef To Host Benefit Concert For Slain Toddler


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Capo, 22, real name Marvin Carr, was gunned down and killed in Chicago, Illinois, and less than 30 minutes later, the suspect allegedly drove on to a sidewalk a few miles away from the initial crime scene, and hit one-year-old Dillan Harris with his car, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Harris was later pronounced dead, and after hearing the news of both tragedies, Chief Keef, a Chicago native, has decided to use his music for good.

The newspaper reports that Keef will headline the free concert in the city on 17 July (15), with any donations received during the event going towards the toddler's family.

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Kanye West Receives Honorary Doctorate From Chicago Art School


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The Chicago native quit school to pursue a career in hip-hop and even named his debut album The College Dropout to acknowledge the fact, but he was back in Illinois to attend the school's commencement ceremony on Monday, when he was given the title Doctor of Fine Arts.

Wearing a traditional cap and gown, West gave a brief speech to his fellow graduates after he was handed the honorary diploma.

The rapper explained he hoped the doctorate would help legitimise him as a serious artist, explaining, "You don't have to defend me as much. And I'm going to make all of our lives easier.

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Singer Billy Butler Dies


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Butler passed away at a nursing home in Chicago, Illinois on 31 March (15) following a battle with cancer.

He worked as a singer/songwriter and music producer throughout his career, but never reached same the level of fame as his elder brother Jerry Butler, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

The younger Butler brother released hits including I Can't Work No Longer with his band The Chanters in the 1960s and later formed the group Infinity, which released singles including I Don't Want To Lose You and Get on the Case.

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Original Chicago Stars Returning For Broadway Celebration


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Actresses Ann Reinking and Bebe Neuwirth are heading back to the New York revival of Chicago to help celebrate the show becoming the second longest-running production in Broadway history.

Reinking, who also choreographed the musical, took centre stage as Roxie Hart when it first opened in May, 1996, alongside Neuwirth as Velma Kelly, Joel Grey as Amos Hart and James Naughton in the role of Billy Flynn.

Now all four original stars will return to the Great White Way for cameos on 23 November (14) for a special performance to mark the theatre record.

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A Penguin Named Ruggles

Photo credit: Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez/WENN.com - Chicago, Illinois, United States - Wednesday 16th April 2014

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A Penguin Named Ruggles

Madonna To Perform At Grammy Awards


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Madonna will perform at the Grammy Awards.

The 'Material Girl' singer had kept her inclusion on the star-studded bill for the huge music event on Sunday (26.01.14) a secret until this morning (24.01.14).

She accompanied the announcement with a picture on Instagram of her dressed all in black - including leather gloves - and strumming a black guitar.

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Premiere Of Clear History

Chicago - Premiere of HBO Films' 'Clear History' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome in Hollywood - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Wednesday 31st July 2013

Gavin DeGraw Performs At The Fairmont Hotel In Chicago.

Gavin Degraw, Fairmont Hotel and Chicago Friday 26th October 2012 Gavin DeGraw performs at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago.

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Gavin Degraw, Fairmont Hotel and Chicago
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Gavin Degraw, Fairmont Hotel and Chicago
Gavin Degraw, Fairmont Hotel and Chicago

Performing Live At The Hammersmith Apollo

Chicago Wednesday 6th July 2011 performing live at the Hammersmith Apollo London, England

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Chicago's 107.5FM WGCI Big Jam 2010 Presented By Kodak At The Allstate Arena

Jazmine Sullivan and Chicago Sunday 19th December 2010 Chicago's 107.5FM WGCI Big Jam 2010 presented by Kodak at the Allstate Arena Chicago, USA

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