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 "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.

"I've mistakenly said Cetera would be playing," he writes in a statement issued to "He has emphatically declined. My email exchanges with Cetera were misinterpreted by me, and I've apologized to him, and likewise apologize to the music press community and fans."

Chicago's seven original bandmembers - Lamm, Cetera, Seraphine, trumpeter Lee Loughnane, trombone player James Pankow, saxophonist Walter Parazaider, and late guitarist Terry Kath - will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It is not yet known if Cetera, who left in 1985, will still attend the event, which will take place in Brooklyn, New York on 8 April (16).

Seraphine, who quit the group in 1990, has yet to comment on the induction news.

Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, and N.W.A are also among the 2016 inductees.