“PANDEMIC BLUES” BY CORNERSTONES IS WHAT YOU NEED TO HEAR!

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.

IDES RE-RELEASE ANTHEM OF HOPE CELEBRATING CHICAGO SPIRIT

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.

https://youtu.be/QJuGvv3nyD4

Jimbo and The Ides.

IDES FIRST-ROUND INDUCTION TO ILLINOIS ROCK & ROLL MUSEUM HOF

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.  

Jim Peterik’s World Stage Performance Jan 25th Naperville, IL

It was another sold out, stellar night featuring The Ides of March, Dave Jenkins of Pablo Cruise, David Pack (formerly of Ambrosia,) blues master Anthony Gomes, Toby Hitchcock of Pride of Lions, Colin Peterik and Steely Dan tribute band Brooklyn Charmers, Yvonne Gage, Riley Pettrone and special surprise guest, Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake, Trans Siberian Orchestra, and Cher making his triumphant return to World Stage.  (He was there for the first eight seasons of World Stage starting in 2000.)

The show rocked for three-plus hours, as Jim and the World Stage Band joined the guest artists to thrill the packed house with classic songs and great new music. This was the 21st annual World Stage show Jim has piloted through the years, and always proves it is never one to miss!

55th ANNIVERSARY SHOW IS COMING UP!

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!

https://www.geneseetheatre.com/events/detail/the-ides-of-march

R.I.P. Dick Dearborn, Engineer on ‘Vehicle”

We were saddened to hear that Dick Dearborn had just passed away at age 91. Dick was the CBS staff engineer when the Ides Of March first came into Columbia studios on Fairbanks in Chicago to record our first demos for what would get us our record deal with Warner Brothers.
 
Guided by our producer/ managers Frank Rand and Bob Destocki we had come to the session with four new songs to present. The last song on our demo tape was a song we would perform at teen clubs all over Chicagoland called Vehicle.  
 
Dick Dearborn always wore the suit and tie of a loyal CBS employee but his heart was that of a true musician. He had a kind and patient manner as he set up the many microphones required to accommodate a big horn band like the Ides and dialed in the sounds. In those days we all recorded at the same time in one room, so leakage between instruments were always a huge issue. Dick handled that with ease.
 
As Larry said, “He saved the master take of Vehicle with a razor blade and experience.. !” referring to the well-known story about the accidental deletion of part of the master take and Dick having to splice it in from a different take.
He was also the master of one of the first 16 track multi- track recorders in Chicago.
 
After we landed our record deal he engineered our entire album with Frank and Bob producing.
 
Dick will be remembered for many things (his son and I have talked recently about Dick when we met a few times at a blues bar in Saugatuck) but for the Ides he will always be the guy that caught lightning in a bottle- one magical take on a song that would take us Berwyn teens to the top of the charts. Dick, you were the co-pilot of our Vehicle. Rock in peace. Jim Peterik, Larry Millas, Bob Bergland and Mike Borch.
 
Thanks to Dick’s son James for the photos.

THE IDES OF MARCH RETURN TO ALMA MATER FOR MUSICAL TRIBUTE

Berwyn, IL – February 16, 2018:  The IDES OF MARCH, who have enjoyed a 54 year career with all the original members, including Grammy Winner JIM PETERIK, returned to their Alma Mater MORTON  HIGH SCHOOL for a gala pep rally on Friday, February 16th at 6pm in the Main Gym at Morton East High School in Cicero, Illinois.

The Ides performed their #1 Classic hit “Vehicle” with the Morton Marching Band (Led by Brian Toms).

Five of the Ides (Jim Peterik, Larry Millas, Bob Bergland, Michael Borch, and Scott May) are all Alumni of the Morton High Schools, and all played in the Morton Marching Band during their years of attendance. The Ides’ Brass Section are from different Chicago Area communities, but they, too, played in their High Schools Marching Bands.

A Tribute To Bob Destocki

Betsy Larson Remembered

It was October 16, 2016, the day of the baby shower for Maisy Peterik when I happened to walk Betsy Larson from her car to the entrance of the Jam Lab where the event was being held.

I noticed a certain wistful look in her otherwise smiling eyes. “Jimmie, just got some bad news. I’ve just been diagnosed with cancer of the bile duct.” I tried to remain calm and offered her the standard encouraging word, but she seemed to possess a sixth sense about the journey she was about to take.

Thus started her brave battle with the cancer that rudely took her from us in the wee small hours of June 11th, 2017.

I remember clearly the gaggle of girls that surrounded us after the Ides Of March show at the Valley View Young Adults Club in Frankfort, Illinois – Friday night, February 29, 1970.

This date rings like a bell not only because it is the very day that “Vehicle” premiered on WLS, but also because two girls, Pam Stout and Betsy Resef, cuter and more attentive than the rest, emerged from the crowd and showed special interest in two of the Ides members. Pam took a special shine to guitarist and vocalist Larry Millas and Betsy to our lead horn player John Larson. Their interest was reciprocated and soon they were dating and double dating to beat the band.  Before you knew it wedding dates were being set for both couples. And it all started at Valley View!!!

Betsy through the years was a dear friend and confidant to all. She was a great listener and always gave advice in a non- judgmental way. And if a little vulgarity is the spice of charm, she served up a very tasty dish!

As one of the “Brides Of March” (Norma Bergland, Pam Millas, Betsy Larson, Karen Peterik and Cyndy Soumar- and a bit later Gail Millas, Patsy Larson, Chris May and Mary Jane Borch) their camaraderie was legendary and their parties could get a bit wild! I remember after one of their Soires, Karen Peterik revealed that they all got more than a little tipsy on sweet cherry suise! And Betsy was the ring leader!

She and John stayed close, even after they divorced and John married Patsy and Betsy married Zeno.

Through the years the Ides alumni have always remained like family, so it was a utter shock when the reality hit of the severity of Betsy’s illness. The flood of tears is not soon to abate. Betsy was a flawless gem (a term she must have used often as a sales person at her parent’s Orange Blossom jewelry store on the South side.) Her smile could light a room, her comfort was our cushion, her humor could curdle milk and we will miss her until we meet again.

Shine on Bets – we love you.

From the heart of Jim Peterik and all the Ides and Brides of March.  June 14, 2017

 

 

 

GOLDEN CELEBRATION for 50 YEARS of the IDES OF MARCH

It’s the GOLDEN CELEBRATION for 50 YEARS of the IDES OF MARCH, and the Boys from Berwyn have been on a tear!
Things started just before the turn of 2014 with our annual visit to Holy Name Cathedral. We had the pleasure, once again to help our Chaplain MSGR. DAN MAYALL out with the 6:30 Christmas Eve Mass. Our pal, the Dean of all Disc Jockeys DICK BIONDI was again with us, and it was a joyous occasion, indeed!
January and February were the “calm before the storm”, but things took off in March with a “MINI WORLD STAGE”  in Charleston S.C. for the good folks of Baker and Taylor who have been instrumental over the years distributing our CD’s and Jim’s Books. MIKE RENO from Loverboy and CATHY RICHARDSON from Jefferson Airplane were the IDES’ special guest along with World Stage Band Guitar Whiz MIKE AQUINO. The hits just kept on comin’!
Only back for a few days before we took off for the heartland and a one-nighter at the plush GRAND FALLS CASINO just outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. What was the date? Why, March 15th The IDES of March!
March kept on rocking with a sold-out show supporting TOMMY JAMES at the gorgeous Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet Illinois, followed by a trip downstate to Edwardsville, Illinois for a show at the smaller, but no-less-splendid Wildey Theatre.
April and May were quiet, but the end of the month saw the Ides in front of a PACKED audience at Chicago’s House Of Blues. Love those enthusiastic downtown crowds!The end of June saw us back at “The Cell”  (Cellular Field or as most Chicagoans still call it: ”Comiskey” or “Sox-Park”) to once again sing our National Anthem for the crowd followed by a Sox Baseball game. But we should have known something was up as the field guys were rolling out the tarps even as we sang. Ol’ Mother Nature had different plans for the night, which for us, was a private party in the SOX SkyBox Suite along the 3rd baseline. The sox faithful didn’t see any Baseball played, but the saw/heard the IDES!

We’ve actually had pretty good luck over the years, and haven’t gotten rained out that much, but just as we were to take the Stage in Itasca, Iliinois in July, the Town Fathers and Authorities “pulled the plug” due to heavy weather moving in.The next night, skies were clear as the main street of Westmont, Illinois filled to capacity as far as the eye could see,  welcoming us once again to their great downtown fest.A week later, Weather again gave us a bit of anxiety, with a dire forecast as we took the stage for a mid-week concert in Hillside, Illinois, but the night agreed to let the music play, and so we did!