Friday, September 21, 2018

Wrapping Up A Week Of Killer Reviews ... With One Of Our Own ... A Brand New Show Featuring Jim Peterik!

Last Sunday (September 16th) we attended a very special, “by invitation only” showcase entitled “Jim Peterik – A Career Retrospective:  Through The Eye Of The Tiger,” a program Jim hopes to take on the road all over the country next year.

Essentially a one man show (although we all know there are many moving parts behind the scenes), the program features Jim center stage with just an amplified acoustic guitar (hey, isn’t that an oxy-moron?),  discussing every aspect of his career … from his very first taste of success with The Ides Of March in 1966 (“You Wouldn’t Listen” … OMG, he even played “Like It Or Lump It” live on stage … I don’t think I’ve EVER seen that before!) through the worldwide explosion of “Vehicle” (where the audience got to sing all of the horn parts and background vocals) and on to the days after the Ides broke up and Jim was singing jingles (he even samples a few!), where he met Dave Bickler and ultimately formed Survivor, at which point he soared to even greater success with eight more Top 40 Hits, including “Eye Of The Tiger,” one of the biggest hit records of the past forty years.  (Naturally, he also tells the story of the magical phone call he received from Sylvester Stallone, asking him to write a song for the next “Rocky” movie … a phone call that forever changed his life.)

All of this is complimented by an on-going slide show that also features video performances of key highlight moments in his career.  (Dick Clark featuring “You Wouldn’t Listen” in the spotlight dance on “American Bandstand” … and other artists like Tom Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Bo Bice covering “Vehicle” on television.)



Jim is a very entertaining story-teller, and while the stage show makes for the perfect companion piece to his autobiography of the same name, there is something about hearing these stories again performed live (with musical accompaniment) that really brings this program full circle.  (He also sampled a couple of hits that he has written for other artists, such as Sammy Hagar and .38 Special.)

But it’s not just about the music.  Jim also discusses personal highlights, recounting how he met his wife of nearly fifty years, Karen … the birth of their son Colin and, more recently, a brand new grand-daughter (with a grandson on the way!)  There is no question that Jim feels truly blessed by the life he’s been allowed to lead (thanking Great God In Heaven on a daily basis, I’m sure) … but the presentation is also highly motivational in encouraging viewers to never give up on their own dreams … and he is living proof that dreams DO come true.

Unbeknownst to us at the time, the entire proceedings were video taped for future DVD release, which will be sold at these future gigs as a souvenir show memento, as well as thru his website for those unable to attend one of his concert performances.  (In addition to his book, it’ll make for a great way to relive the show.)

Our presentation was MC’d by Mancow (who tells us that he’ll be back on the air here in Chicago next month … and is clearly a HUGE Jim Peterik fan and friend.)  In addition, we had the special bonus element of having The Ides Of March join Jim on stage to perform the background vocals on their #2 local hit “L.A. Goodbye” … a treat that won’t be shared in this brand new road show.

I have to give Jim major props at all of the new ways he finds to continue to present his catalog to his fans.  (More recently he reimagined his music with all new arrangements … and now we’ve got this brand new career retrospective that is entertaining and enlightening from start to finish.)
We’ll keep you posted as show dates are added.

Meanwhile, you can catch Jim Peterik in concert (both with The Ides Of March, as part of The Cornerstones Of Rock and in another presentation of his World Stage) here through the end of the year:

October 6th – World Stage – Moraine Valley College – Palos Hills, IL
With special guests The Ides of March, Colin Peterik, Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlin, both formerly of the band Chicago, Mike Reno of Loverboy and Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad

November 2nd – Cornerstones of Rock – The Genesee Theatre – Waukegan, IL (featuring The Ides Of March, The Buckinghams, They Cryan’ Shames, The New Colony Six and The Shadows Of Knight)

November 24th – Cornerstones Of Rock – Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL (featuring The Ides Of March, The Buckinghams, They Cryan’ Shames, The New Colony Six and The Shadows Of Knight)

December 15th – The Arcada Theatre – The Annual Ides Of March Christmas Show

Frannie was able to get some great shots of the show … so we’re sharing a few of those with you today!  (Thanks,  Hon!) kk