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Here's hoping 2021 does better than 2020! Colin Peterik and the Brooklyn Charmers will be on tour coming to YOU!
Mark your calendars!
Every time I check the time at my World Stage recording studio I think of the generosity (and craftsman skills) of our dear friend, trumpet player and Ides team member Bob Wade. One of the fabulous Chase Twins, Bob is one of those guys that can do it all and barely break a sweat. He and his fire-red-haired wife Liiliosa make quite a stunning pair. All the Ides were gifted a hand-crafted clock like this one. 

Now we all can rock around it!

Me and my 1958 Corvette at Colin Peterik’s The Jam Lab after a video shoot.
If you've ever wondered what those switches on a guitar are for...
At the Jam Lab with my '58 Corvette. Looks rock'n'roll!
I told you I played a little guitar. LOL!  Check out this Gibson Flying V replica. It’s perfect in every detail- just a lot smaller. It was a surprise gift from my dear friend and long time graphic designer (album covers and much more)  Mark Alano (left) who surprised me with it the other day at the studio. 

Thx to Larry Millas for capturing this moment. 

Rock on!  Jim

P.S. It’s a perfect partner for my original 1958 Flying V.
Big arch and tiny Jim. Exploring the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI with KP.
Take part in Dick Biondi Day! Celebrate the Wild I-tralian! Broadcasting legend, American treasure, and friend of the Ides.

Details in the poster and here:

Event can be viewed on the Official Dick Biondi Film Facebook page:

Donations can be made via this link:
Happy Birthday to the Man, the Myth, the Legend that is Michael Borch! For over 55 years, the anchor of the band!
Want to learn songwriting skills? Ever wanted to ask JP questions about the songwriting process? Here's your chance! http://rockcamp.com #RocknRollFantasyCamp
HIGHLAND PARK, IL – The eighth episode of RaviniaTV airs this Friday, August 21, at 7 p.m. CDT on Ravinia’s YouTube channel, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook page.

The latest episode features an exclusive interview and a special performance with distinguished soprano Nicole Cabell and composer Ricky Ian Gordon. The episode will also bring viewers a “TOPical 5” countdown of the top 5 duos of all time, picked and presented by Chris Petlak and Lisa Allen of 101.9 THE MIX, as well as a memorial of the longtime Ravinia-favorite pianist Leon Fleisher and the second part of a recurring comedy sketch by The Comic Thread, which was highlighted on the recent WGN Midday News story about RaviniaTV.

A “Chicago’s Own” spotlight on Jim Peterik of The Ides of March serves up an exclusive interview in which he talks about the band finding chart success with his “Vehicle” 50 years ago and the call he received from Sylvester Stallone that led him to cowrite “Eye of the Tiger” for Rocky III. Peterik and The Ides of March — including all four founding original members from 1964 — close the show with a mini-concert on the festival’s pavilion stage. 

New episodes of the Exelon-sponsored weekly series are released every Friday at 7 p.m. CDT on Ravinia’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.


YouTube: www.youtube.com/raviniafestival

Ravinia welcomes all festival fans to follow, connect, and interact online with @RaviniaFestival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as its blog, backstage.ravinia.org. Ravinia Festival is a not-for-profit organization.

Poster by Todd Gustafson
Happening TODAY!!! Starting at Noon Central.
***UPDATE*** While you should watch all day (there's a lot of awesome music!) the Midwest Section starts around 2:50PM Central, and I will be on around 3:15PM. ***** This Saturday, August 15th! I’m proud to be a part of (DE)TOUR Virtual Music FestivalšŸ¤˜Presented by Morrison Hotel Gallery and Rolling Live Studios & benefitting NIVA and MusiCares, this festival is co-hosted by @allihagendorf & @matthewpinfield and is going to be legendary. Don't miss out. Watch the livestream and get more info at www.RollingLiveStudios.com! #DETOUR #RollingLiveStudios #SaveOurStages #MusiCares #NIVA #Spotify
Today's charts on wave.fm! Look who's #1!  

Thanks to Robert Wade for the heads-up.
Coming up on the 26th! Want to learn songwriting tips from Jimbo? Want to ask questions, get advice? Here's your chance! Go to www.rockcamp.com and register now!
Happy Birthday to the Keys of March, Scott May!
Happy Birthday to Christian Matthew Cullen, keyboardist with Pride of Lions and the Mighty World Stage Band! Love ya, ya big goofball!
Happy Birthday to our own Maven of Merch, one of the Brides of March (and my personal assistant) — Chris Hall May!
On this day in 1982, "Eye Of The Tiger" began its six-week run on the top of the Billboard chart!
Met some fans while waiting for sushi - Elise on the left and Mila on the right. Elise's mom Diana took the photo.

Get your copy now! It's a two-year calendar, so you still have half of 2020 and ALL of 2021 to go!

Features gorgeous photos of guitars from JImbo's collection, on-stage photos of Jim and his friends, lyric sheets, stories -- in other words, everything a Peterik fan could want!

Grab one for yourself, and several for gifts! You can get your Christmas shopping done early! 

Order yours here: http://jimpeterik.com/merchandise/

If you are outside the USA, please contact us first for shipping.
From my friend Tom Frangione!
More rock than one hand can handle!!   Colin at his 8th anniversary dinner with Meredith and Jimbo and Karen. At Gibson’s.
Thank you to Dan and everyone at Barbara's Bookstore in Burr Ridge for this fab display. So glad you are open!  I even bought the Alicia Keys autobiography from you!

Keep rocking!  Jim
A very special evening with Jim Peterik & Cathy Richardson!

Streaming live, unplugged and six feet apart from the Jam Lab right here on this page!

Your host: Colin Peterik 
May 27th. 7pm Central

Premiering their two new songs “The Best In Us” and “Comeback Story” as well as playing their biggest hits and taking requests from YOU!

Donations can be made to grammy.com/MusicCares to support gigging musicians. Be there! Or be a rhombus!!
In case you're confused about just where to watch NBC Sports Chicago:
Thanks to Chris May for making me this fab Ides of March logo face mask. You can be safe and stylish!
Rock steady!  Jimbo
Today! Check out my show where I'll be playing songs and telling stories at 5:00 pm CT on Youtube.com/WeAreHear to support those in our music community impacted by COVID-19 through @musicares. Big thank you to @wah_music, @roland_us & @taylor_guitars for making this possible! #stayhome #staysafe #togetherathome #wearehear
Hope you all have a blessed Easter celebration.  Stay safe and keep rocking!! Jimbo
Some of my favorite memories are of the Ides playing Atlantic City at the famous Steel Pier which attracted the biggest acts in show business since the 30’s.

The Ides played the grand ballroom in 1970 and 71, following the iconic diving horse.

When we’d hear the splash just outside the ballroom, that was our cue to hit "People Get Ready" as the slightly damp crowd filed into the ballroom.

During the day we would wander the pier munching on Belgian waffles covered with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

We’d have 3 shows a day -- 3pm, 6pm and 9pm, 30 minutes each to the second.

After our 9pm show we’d feast on pastrami sandwiches at a nearby deli. Good times indeed!

Here’s the poster! JP
Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday, dear Tim Bales, Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Us Day!
Here I’m pictured with Sarah of the big dinosaur exhibit at Navy Pier and Tyson the T-Rex.
I had the pleasure of guesting on the Mancow show yesterday morning. We talked about the Ides' upcoming show at City Winery and our show at 210 Live in Highwood on March14th.

Lotta crazy fun was had by all.
Thanks to great folks like WGN radio icons Steve King and Johnnie Putman and Mark Hersh, a great photographer/ artist I met at the great One Of A Kind craft show at the Merchandise Mart in December, I was treated to dueling premiers of the "Vehicle" video by Russian Supergroup Leonid and Friends. 

Mark told me about these friends of his back in December and Ron Onesti sings their praises as well. I loved their cover of "25 or 6 to 4." 

But of course, now "Vehicle" is my hands-down favorite -- the most soulful and accurate cover I have ever heard down to the note perfect rendition of my guitar solo. (Even Richie Sambora didn’t try to pull that off in the solo he did for the Bo Bice smash version!.)
Here is a shot of Mark and I standing in front of one of his Chicago photo mashups.
Thank you Steve & Johnnie and Mark for sending this “soon to go viral”video on the 50th anniversary of our song’s release!
Here at Colin Peterik’s Jam Lab -- another 2 tracks toward the completion of the new Pride of Lions record "Lion Heart."

Left to right: Mike "Many Hands" Aquino, Larry "The Ea"r Millas, Jim "Jimbo" Peterik, Eddie "Ringo" Breckenfeld and Klem "Stink Finger" Hayes.  

Photo courtesy of Colin "Badd Ass" Peterik

Mike Aquino, Ed Breckenfeld, Klem Hayes, Colin Peterik
One small step for rock & roll! Three generations unite. Colin, Colby and Jim Peterik.  At the Jam Lab!
With Ross Bartolomei, after my fresh purpling. One of my new best friends.
Bob Bergland of the Ides of March came by yesterday to show me his incredible, just-acquired Fender Jazz Bass.  It’s a 1960 -- from the first month and the first year this model was issued by Fender. And what a beauty. He purchased it from my good friend and dealer Craig Brody at his store Guitar Broker in Fla.

Through the years Craig has catered to my insatiable habit selling me an 1967 Inverness Green Firebird 1, a 1983 Gibson ES 347 in one-of-a-kind factory purple, a Gibson Map of USA custom and others. Photo by my guitar widow Karen Peterik.
The Pride is Back, Baby! Toby at World Stage Studio cutting vocals for our new Pride of Lions album for Frontiers.