The band played its final show of the “first era” at Morton West High School in Berwyn in November 1973. Ides keyboardist Scott May releases solo CD “Inside The Outside.” The Christmas CD is re-mastered and new songs are added. The Ides play a private event with special guest Steve Cropper. Selections from those tapes comprise a new Ides CD “The Lost Tapes-Vol 1.”, 2013: The Ides establish a Scholarship in their name at their Alma Mater, Morton West High School to benefit students continuing their education in the Arts. Chuck Soumar quit the band in 2011 to pursue other interests. Ides of March lead singer Jim Peterik leads his band in the national anthem at the Chicago White Sox baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, June 30, 2014, in Chicago. Their first record, “Like It Or Lump It,” was released on their own “Epitome” label in 1965. Work begins on the first all-new album of Ides songs since 1973. … Chicago's Ides Of March excelled at vibrant British Invasion-style pop-rock. A little-known fact is that 14 seconds of the completed master of Vehicle was accidentally erased in the recording studio, (primarily the guitar solo), and the missing section was spliced in from a previously discarded take. 1972:  The band changed its focus away from the “brass” sound, adding blind keyboard player DAVID ARELLANO and changed record labels to RCA, releasing “World Woven” which failed to produce a hit single. Joliet Patch was on hand from 6 to 9 p.m. to capture the following photos. "Vehicle" is a song recorded by American rock band The Ides of March for their debut studio album of the same name (1970). [2] Fourteen seconds of the completed "Vehicle" master tape (primarily the guitar solo) were accidentally erased in the recording studio. Pre-Production for an all new Ides Of March album for early 2019 release. Goodbye” and “You Wouldn’t Listen” plus new material. Chicago’s very own “THE IDES OF MARCH”, for over 50 years, an irresistible favorite. The song was included on a CD entitled The Cubs' Greatest Hits which was sold at all Major League ballparks. For the 3 minutes … He also continued to play dates with Ides of March, along with solo shows and dates with the Fabulous Armadillos. JIM PETERIK — VOCALS AND GUITAR The song was at #1 on regional charts for five weeks, #2 on WCFL Chicago, #5 on WLS Chicago, but only #73 on the Billboard Hot 100. They are also in the writing stages for a brand-new album. 2007: “Mighty Bears” is released to support the Super Bowl appearance by the Chicago Bears. The Pledge drive attached to the Broadcast raises 4 times the funds projected, prompting a nationwide rollout of the show, with accompanying concert dates. At a show late in 2011, an anonymous fan gave Jim a set of cassette tapes containing live recordings of the Ides from a 1972 concert in Houghton, Michigan. The guy that talked to the audience. The blaring four-trumpet lead of the horn-rock band Chase planted their roots in Chicago, a foundation of the band being drummer Gary Smith and bass player Dennis Johnson, who most Chicagoans know … "We loved that sound, but as the band wore on, we started wanting to do songs with brass, like the James Brown stuff and Arthur Conley's 'Sweet Soul … The proceeds benefit the “Thursday Suppers” at HNC, and sells out in 4 weeks. 1992: Full-length CD “Ideology” released, with re-recordings of “Vehicle,” “L.A. Former Lead Singer of Kool & The Gang. 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 featured single was "L.A. Goodbye". Ides keyboardist Scott May releases his next CD “ownlife.” Work progresses on the new Ides CD to be released for the summer season. MIKE BORCH — VOCALS AND DRUMS. That’s the way I intended it to be with the Jim Peterik Band which became Survivor. It becomes an SRO event. The Ides of March in December 2014 in St. Charles, IL. In 2014 the Ides celebrated the 50th anniversary of the band. Overall the album is less jazz-oriented than Blood Sweat & Tears' highly successful music of the period but equally it is less blues-based than Mike Bloomfield's Electric Flag, while the guitar work of lead singer Jim Peterik ensures that The Ides Of March stay close to the rock music form. The song is included on a CD entitled “The Cubs Greatest Hits” which is sold at all Major League Ballparks in The USA. Used copies often sell on Amazon for over $100. Frontman. I’ll give you an example. The original four members – Bergland, Borch, Millas and Peterik – are still playing together (after Peterik's hiatus to form Survivor). Noted session player TIM BALES joins the band on trumpet late in the year. The Ides are asked to be the special guests of radio legend Dick Biondi on the WLS Broadcast celebrating his 50-year anniversary on the air. The show’s dual hosts are Dick Biondi and Bob Sirott. The Ides of March still play it on tour. It is astounding to hear the band so nimbly returning to its roots, summoning the voices of their youth. And I enjoyed that. Gary Loizzo, lead singer of American Breed, dies at 70. 2004: The Ides Of March celebrate 40 years together with a series of multi-media shows emceed by broadcasting legend Dick Biondi. Jim Peterik’s songs have garnered 18 top-10 Billboard spots and have sold over 30 million copies, earning him a Grammy(tm), a People’s Choice award, an Oscar nomination, and multiple Gold and Platinum RIAA commendations. 2010: Berwyn, Illinois announces that it will rename the portion of Home Avenue that passes in front of Morton West High School “Ides Of March Way” in honor of the band. The missing section was spliced in from a previously discarded take. So we … Artist Biography by Mark Deming. The band originated in Berwyn, Illinois, in 1964 and is the […] The benefit disc sells out. Fifty years later, the regrouped Ides of March are still entertaining fans of Chicago-cultivated rock. Jim Peterik. Their 1965 debut single “You Wouldn’t Listen” harkens back to the British invasion of the time. The collection quickly sells out. Ray Graffia, lead singer and guitarist with New Colony Six, another popular rock band in the late 1960s, remembers his band vying with the Ides of March for radio time. This allowed Peterik to concentrate on lead guitar. The Ides chose to invite several of their Superstar friends to celebrate their 55-year musical journey. 1973-1990: The Ides Of March go on extended hiatus, during which Jim Peterik founds the band Survivor and co-writes all their platinum hits including “Eye Of The Tiger,” “The Search Is Over,” “High on You” and “I Can’t Hold Back.” Jim also begins a career of writing collaboration, which results in many platinum hits for other artists, most notably “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into The Night,” “Fantasy Girl” and “Wild-Eyed Southern Boys” for .38 Special and “Heavy Metal” with Sammy Hagar. The show you will see this year will feature The Ides of March, David Pack, former lead singer with Ambrosia, Gary Wright, the Dreamweaver, Alex Ligertwood, former singer of Santana, Toby Hitchcock, Pride of Lions, Colin Peterik, Fever Breaks, Leslie Hunt and Riley Pettrone, The World Stage Band, and always … The original members are now joined by Scott May, Keyboards; Tim Bales, Trumpet; Henry Salgado, Trombone; and Steve Eisen, Saxophone. 1964-65: The Ides of March begin in Berwyn, Illinois (a western suburb of Chicago) on October 16th as “The Shon-Dels”. Sony BMG released Ides of March Extended Play nationally; the album was culled from the band's live recordings. (** these are the only two tracks they recorded in stereo during the Parrot years). The Ides will be featured on the 2019 “Flower Power” cruise in the Carribbean. In 1966, after changing their name to The Ides of March (a name suggested by bassist Bob Bergland after reading Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in high school), the band released their first single on Parrot Records, "You Wouldn't Listen." Their first full-length Christmas CD, “I Believe in Christmas,” is released featuring new songs and selected live tracks from the Ides’ annual Christmas Concerts. Production begins on a new DVD project to mark their upcoming 50th Anniversary. In 1997 the five-track album "Age Before Beauty" was released, which included an instrumental of "Vehicle" and a new version of "Roller Coaster". 2003: The Ides record and release a double live CD, “Beware-The Ides Of March Live” of an entire concert at the College Of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Chicago. Herr first appeared on "Girls Don’t Grow on Trees" in 1967. 2018: The Ides kick off the new year on the 4th Moody Blues Cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse with ports of call in the Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico. 1973: The “Midnight Oil” album was released, signaling a shift to a country-rock direction. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc in November 1972. The Ides are chosen to be the entertainment at the FBI’s 100-year-anniversary party, playing before many international VIP’s. Goodbye” & “You Wouldn’t Listen,” the Ides’ versions of the Survivor classics “Eye Of The Tiger,” “High On You,” and “Rebel Girl,” new material featuring the single “Come Dancing,” and a re-release of the Ides’ first recording “Like It Or Lump It.”. 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. The Ides will celebrate the release of their latest album, “Play On,” along with their 55th Anniversary year at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois on Saturday, October 26th. Sony-BMG releases “Ides Of March Extended Play” culled from the band’s live recordings. And yeah, it is so ingrained in music history, so much so that I’m constantly surprised where it jumps back into my life. The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the corresponding Cash Box listings. 1968: A brass section (CHUCK SOUMAR – TRUMPET, VOCALS AND PERCUSSION; JOHN LARSON — TRUMPET; Bassist Bob Bergland doubled on Tenor Sax for the Brass Numbers) was added and they secured a record deal with Warner Brothers Records. Powered by the unforgettable songs of Grammy-Winner Jim Peterik, their music has become an evergreen feature on radio stations everywhere, in movie soundtracks, and national advertising campaigns. Original trumpet player Chuck Soumar resigns from the band to pursue other interests. Christmas 2005: The Ides sing their Christmas carol “Sharing Christmas” to a capacity crowd at the 4pm Mass at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral. The Ides team up with Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago to release “Sharing Christmas,” a 4-song EP that features radio legend DICK BIONDI. The Ides of March Play On On July 28th, The Ides of March invited family and friends to celebrate the release of Play On at the Jam Lab in Brookfield, IL. 2009: After a devastating fire at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral, The Ides immediately pitch in to help. Jim Peterik tours behind his “The Songs” CD. As of 2018, the band continues to tour, both by themselves and as part of the "Cornerstones Of Rock" series where they act as the house band for a variety of '60s-era Chicago-area bands. Chicago's Ides of March excelled at vibrant British Invasion-style pop-rock. The following year they released their first new music since 1973, a four-song cassette EP entitled "Beware – The Ides of March". In 2006 The Ides' first two albums, Vehicle and Common Bond, were nationally re-released on the Collector's Choice label. The band played its final show of their "first era" at Morton West High School in Berwyn that November. Goodbye” and it stayed at the #1 spot on regional charts for five weeks, but only reached #73 on the Billboard Charts. Sterling Morton High School West, the school most of the band members attended) to "Ides of March Way" in tribute of the band. Planning begins for a new Ides album for 2018. Their first record, "Like It Or Lump It," was released on their own "Epitome" record label in 1965. Later, Biondi asks the Ides to share the celebration of his honorary street-naming in downtown Chicago. Their photo session ran 90 minutes over due to the amount of fans wishing to have their pictures taken with the band. The band toured extensively throughout 1970 in support of many top acts, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin. Since 1964 Chicago’s IDES OF MARCH have thrilled audiences throughout the United States and Canada with their mix of rocking guitars, brilliant brass, and heartfelt vocals. And the heartfelt liner notes have … The Ides play a featured set at the prestigious “Tin Pan South” Songwriters festival in Nashville with special guest Jeff Carlisi of .38 Special fame, and a encore of “Vehicle” that features “American Idol” Finalist Bo Bice appearing with the band for the first time. He changed his name to Ray Scott and formed the short-lived group Orphanage before relocating to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. The song is used on many Cubs-themed Radio and TV programs to the present day. The Ides of March began in Berwyn, Illinois (a near western suburb of Chicago) on October 16, 1964, as a four-piece band called "The Shon-Dels." The band plays an intimate show in the ship’s nightclub, and an SRO concert in the main theatre, where they were greeted with a standing ovation as they took the stage. The sold-out show at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois can be seen on the DVD, A Vehicle Through Time. In 1973 the Midnight Oil album was released. The band continues their tradition of singing the Christmas Eve Mass at Holy Name Cathedral. 2017: The Ides continue to play sold-out houses with the “Cornerstones of Rock” tour, along with many Ides dates cross-country. 2012: Nationally-known Grammy(tm)-winner STEVE EISEN joins the band on saxophone and percussion, marking the first full-time Sax Player in the Ides’ history. Unlike the Cryan Shames, who issued 3 albums on Columbia, Parrot never scheduled an album for the Ides of March. The song was used on many Cubs-themed radio and television programs. Like Columbia's The Cryan Shames, they had local success in the Chicago area without much label support. The Ides are featured on the Moody Blues Cruise aboard the NCL Pearl in the Caribbean. Survivor was founded in 1978 by guitarist/keyboardist Jim Peterik, formerly the lead singer of the Ides of March, and guitarist Frankie Sullivan; the two recruited lead singer Dave Bickler and recorded a self- titled debut album as a trio with studio musicians Dennis Johnson on bass and Gary Smith on drums. 2018-Jim began writing with 38 Special for a new album. The CD “Still 19” is released at parties in Nashville TN and Berwyn IL. He also began a career of writing collaborations which resulted in many platinum hits for other artists, most notably "Hold on Loosely," "Rockin' Into The Night," "Fantasy Girl" and "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys" for .38 Special and "Heavy Metal" for Sammy Hagar. This album also did not produce a hit single. All of these songs and more are featured in the Ides Of March set, making it a non-stop juggernaut of everyone’s favorite tunes, a tour of the American Music Songbook touching on multiple genres ringing memories as only hit songs can. 1991: The Ides release their first new music since 1973, a four-song cassette EP entitled “Beware-The Ides Of March.”. 1990: The Ides’ home city of Berwyn, Illinois makes an offer to have a re-united Ides headline their “Summerfest” festival. Jim Peterik, Grammy awawrd-winning singer-songwriter, lead singer for Ides of March, formerly of Survivor Advertisement "It was a typical grey, late summer's day in Chicagoland. Stuffed with ultra-rare single sides, unreleased material, and never-before-seen photos, Ideology: The Ides Of March 1965-1968 showcases what lead singer Jim Peterik refers to as the band's "signature harmonies." Jim Peterik’s autobiography, “Through The Eye Of The Tiger” is released. 2006: The first two albums, “Vehicle” and “Common Bond,” are re-released nationally on the Collector’s Choice label. 1966: The band changes their name to “The Ides Of March” (The name was suggested by bassist Bob Bergland after reading Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in school) and released their first single on Parrot Records, “You Wouldn’t Listen.” The song reached #7 in Chicago, and #42 on the Billboard Charts in the spring of 1966. 2005: “Vehicle” becomes a #1 hit again when “American Idol” runner-up BO BICE performs the song 3 times on the top-rated show, and during his appearances on many other network shows. In 1992 the album Ideology was released with re-recordings of "Vehicle", and "You Wouldn't Listen", plus new material. The CD “Ides Essentials” is released. 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