This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on September 20, 2019 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.
GUEST: JIM PETERIK of IDES OF MARCH
Singer/songwriter Jim Peterik called into the Lakeshore Public Radio studio to chat with Tom Lounges about the release of his latest album, "Play On: The 55th Anniversary," recorded by The Ides of March, the high school rock group he co-founded as a high-schooler in Berwyn back in 1964, who are still going strong today.
The Grammy Award-winning songsmith and performer will be stopping at The Record Bin (218 Main St.) in downtown Hobart from 3:30-5:30pm to meet with fans, sign vinyl LP and CD copies of the new Ides album.
Peterik and three other teens -- Larry Milis, Bob Berland and Mike Borch -- were inspired to start a band together after seeing The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show. This "core four" as they refer to the still intact original four members each have an important job within the group, keeping the group moving forward, even while readily embracing their '60s roots as part of the touring PBS-TV project, "Cornerstones of Rock," with fellow Chicago groups of the era like The Buckinghams, Shadows of Night, New Colony Six and The Cryan Shames.
Rounding out the Ides of March are keyboardist Scott May, who was recruited and made a full time member in 1990; and the Ides brassy and sassy trademark sound is currently provided by the horn section of Tim Bales, Steve Eisen and Henry Salgado. More: www.theidesofmarch.com.
Aside from with his long career with The Ides of March, Peterik currently is at the helm of both the World Stage project and is co-leader of the melodic rock group Pride of Lions; who will be working on their next album in 2020 according to Peterik, whose energy level and work ethic is enviable.