Got the Pandemic Blues?
While the world is in turmoil the Cornerstones of Rock have been busy doing what we do best – entertaining the fans. Here is our latest for all you wonderful fans — “Pandemic Blues”!
With a parody lyric to “Summertime Blues” and lead vocal by the irrepressible Jimy Sohns to the basic track by 22-year-old guitar whiz Michael Weber, the Cornerstones came one by one to the studio and recorded their parts. With a powerful mix by Larry and Jim and video by John Dykas and Mark Voss we think “Pandemic Blues” is a perfect tonic to beat those covid blues. Crank it up!!!
See the video in our Video Section below, also on our officlal Facebook page www.facebook.com/IOMVehicle, or on our official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/theidesofmarchofficial.
Dateline Brookfield Illinois
May 6, 2020.
The Ides of March are pleased to offer a gift of thanks to all our fans and friends that will hopefully put a smile on your faces in these trying times.
A few days ago the Jive Five (Jim Peterik, Larry Millas, Bob Bergland, Mike Borch and Scott May) recorded three of our favorite songs (and ones that many people have requested) in a totally live and unplugged format.
Video was done on separate I Phones in separate spaces of Colin Peterik’s Jam Lab. Colin also provided the sound recording and final video edit.
Final mix was done by Larry Millas at World Stage studio. Colin Peterik created the videos.
We hope you enjoy this gimmick-free version of this song spotlighting the Ides’ always-natural vocal blend and groove
We will be releasing these videos one by one over the course of three weeks.
The first one is “Friends Like You,” from the “Play On” album co-written by Mindi Abair.
We hope you enjoy these performances!
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The Ides of March felt the time was right for re-releasing our 1992 City of Chicago anthem “Spirit Of Chicago” with a brand-new lyric video done by Paul Braun.
Beside yours truly and all of the Ides our special guests included Dennis DeYoung, Cathy Richardson, the late Gary Loizzo (American Breed) and Jim Ellison (Material Issue), Frankie Sullivan, Rick Nielsen, John Melnick and Dave Carl. What a cast of Chicago classics including my co-writer Dick Eastman.
This song and video can be seen on the Ides’ YouTube channel and the Ides’ official Facebook page.
Special thanks to everyone who took part in this and the photographer Barry Butler and others who donated their brilliant images to the celebration of The Spirit of Chicago.
Jimbo and The Ides.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS. WE WILL UPDATE WITH THE NEW DATE WHEN AVAILABLE.
The Ides of March are proud and honored to announce that we have been inducted as Charter Members of the ILLINOIS ROCK AND ROLL MUSEUM ON ROUTE 66 HALL OF FAME.
The other Charter inductees are: Chicago, Cheap Trick, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, REO Speedwagon, and the Buckinghams. It is an honor to be selected along with this group of great artists!
Also being honored this year are legendary DJ’s Dick BiondI and the late Larry Lujack.
The induction ceremony will take place Sunday, March 29th, 2020 at 2 PM, at the Renaissance Center Ballroom, 214 N Ottawa Street, Joliet, Illinois.
We encourage all our great fans to join us and our fellow inductees at this ceremony.
Further information and ticket availability for the induction ceremony may be found at www.roadtorock.org.
The “Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66” is a public charity 501c3 nonprofit organization that exists to preserve the history of musicians and bands with ties to Illinois while educating visitors about Illinois’ rich music history.
Matt Herring of Power Chords Podcast interviewed Jim last week and released a review of the album. Seems he really enjoyed it!
LEGENDARY ROCK GROUP, THE IDES OF MARCH, RELEASING 55TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM, PLAY ON
The Album, Releasing August 16, Features 14 New Songs, Special Guest Artists and a Re-Release of Their Platinum Hit, “Vehicle”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chicago, IL – Legendary rock group, The Ides of March, will be releasing their 55th anniversary album, “Play On,” on August 16. Produced by Fred Mollin and The Ides, the album will feature 14 brand new songs, as well as a re-release of their platinum hit, “Vehicle”. The band originated in Berwyn, Illinois, in 1964 and is the world’s longest-performing rock band that still has all of its original members: Jim Peterik (lead vocals, lead guitar and piano), Larry Millas (guitar, bass, and vocals), Bob Bergland (bass, saxophone, and vocals), and Mike Borch (drums and vocals). The original four members for the last 30 years have been joined by Scott May (Hammond organ and vocals), Steve Eisen (woodwinds and percussion), Tim Bales (trumpet and Flugelhorn), and Henry Salgado (trombone).
“Vehicle” was an instant hit back in 1970 and became Warner Bros. fastest-selling single of all time. Other hit songs by the Ides include “L.A. Goodbye” and “You Wouldn’t Listen”, all penned by Grammy-winning front man, Jim Peterik. Peterik – a former member of Survivor – made his name as a songwriter with Sammy Hagar, The Beach Boys and 38 Special, but never left The Ides behind as they’ve continued their success over the last five and a half decades. With over 11,000 live performances, their music appeals to all generations, as they play to all ages and sold-out crowds across the country. In addition to playing Ides shows, the bandmates also participate in Jim Peterik’s World Stage and touring their PBS special featuring the hit bands of Chicago from the golden 60’s – Cornerstones of Rock.
Special guests on the album include: Mark Farner (former singer and guitarist of Grand Funk Railroad), David Pack (former Ambrosia front man), Paul Shaffer of David Letterman fame, Cathy Richardson (lead singer of Jefferson Starship), sax phenom Mindi Abair, Tom Doody of Chicago’s Cryan’ Shames, Bo Bice of American Idol fame and formerly of Blood Sweat & Tears, and blues- rock superstar Joe Bonamassa. The album will also be released in a deluxe, double-disc vinyl edition, which includes the original masters of the Parrot and Warner Brothers singles: “Vehicle” (1970), “You Wouldn’t Listen” (1966), “One Woman Man” (1969), “Roller Coaster” (1966), “Flipside” (1972), “Superman” (follow up to Vehicle – 1970), “LA Goodbye” (1971), “Aire Of Good Feeling” (1970).
“Play On” is a musical journey of The Ides’ friendship over the last 55 years, and impresses with the iconic sound that fans know and love. “”Play On” is the culmination of all that we’ve learned and all that we’ve dreamed in The Ides of March’s 55-year history as a band,” said Peterik. “With every mile we’ve traveled together, and the countless shows we’ve played, we’ve found the secrets that make our sound unique, and have tried to distill those elements into every track – the horns, the harmonies, and the songs of a band that is really a family on wheels – and music is our vehicle.”
The band has been featured by AXS, ABC News, SiriusXM, and Guitar World, as well as shows in the band’s hometown like, WGN News and Windy City Live, to name a few. Recently, Peterik performed on stage with world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, in Chicago in support of Little Kids Rock.
Our big 55th Anniversary Bash is coming soon! Join us at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan as we welcome special guests Mark Farner, former lead singer of Grand Funk Railroad, and Bo Bice, American Idol finalist/former lead singer of Blood, Sweat & Tears! This will be one you won’t forget!
For the second year in a row, The Ides of March were honored to be invited to play on the mighty Moody Blues Cruise to the Caribbean. This year’s cruise featured many fine artists such as the Zombies, Alan Parsons, Ambrosia, The Orchestra, Richie Furay, Jefferson Starship and many more, and, of course, the new Hall of Fame inductees, The Moody Blues.
This is an awesome sea cruise, with great music and wonderful people, including our incredible hosts, the Moody Blues, the fine crew that has to pull off miracles to handle the intense schedule of the many bands and venues on the ship, and the cruisers, the music lovers who come to enjoy the music!
Playing to an overflowing crowd in the club venue, and a full house in the main theater, the Ides were welcomed back with great enthusiasm, and really rocked the boat, as shared in the pictures below. The Ides met many new and old friends at the merchandise signing after the theater concert, and we really hope to do it, again, in the future!
Photo by Iron Mike Savoia Photography