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Former Chicago Singer Celebrates 69th Birthday
Former Chicago singer and bassist Peter Cetera was born September 13, 1944. While attending a concert in 1967, Cetera was impressed by a jazz-rock band dubbed The Big Thing. He joined the outfit soon after and the band changed it's name to The Chicago Transit Authority (later shortening the name to simply Chicago). CTA would release their first album in 1969 and Cetera would depart for a solo career in 1985. As a solo artist, he has collected a pair of number one singles and charted with four other singles in the Billboard Top 40. More than 25 years after leaving Chicago, Cetera still appears cool to the notion of a reunion.
Rush Drummer is 61 Today
Neil Peart was born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Ontario. He joined Rush in July of 1974 just days before the trio's first U.S. tour. The band formed in Toronto in 1968 and has sold some 25 million albums in the U.S. In addition to be an acclaimed rock drummer, Peart serves as lyricist for Rush. In a rather dubios honor, Blender magazine has selected Peart #2 on it's list of the "40 Worst Lyricists In Rock". Peart is the author of five non-fiction books.
KISS Releases "Alive!"
Kiss released their first live album "Alive!" on September 10, 1975. The band formed in New York City in 1973 and has since recorded 28 albums that have been certified gold, the most for any American group. "Alive!" was the first top 10 album for kiss, charting for 110 weeks and according to Guitar World is the #3 live album of all time. The album produced the hit single "Rock and Roll All Nite". Still touring in 2013, Kiss is in the headlines this week, offering quarterback Tim Tebow a three-year contract with their new Arena Football League team the L.A. Kiss.