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IDES OF MARCH featuring
With its signature horn riff and one of the most famous opening lines in rock’n’roll, "I’m the friendly stranger in the
black sedan, won’t you hop inside my car", the Ides of March’s Vehicle has earned it’s place in rock history, but the
story behind The Ides of March has a resonance that few bands can match.
The Ides are commonly referred to as "Chicago’s Band"
and it’s easy to see why. Formed in 1965 in the Chicago suburb
of Berwyn, all the members: Jim Peterik – lead vocal, lead
guitar; Larry Millas – vocals, guitar, bass; Bob Bergland –
bass, vocals, sax; Mike Borch – drums, vocals; Chuck Soumar –
trumpet, percussion, vocals; and John Larson – trumpet, vocals
have been friends since grade school. As freshmen and sophomore at
Morton West High School studying Julius Caesar, the Ides of March
were formed. The band developed a strong local following. Their
determination led to a contract with London Parrot Records and
their first single, "You Wouldn’t
Listen", which made it to #42 on the Billboard charts
and #7 on Chicago’s WLS survey in the spring of 1966.
The Ides of March toured America and Canada on weekends while
keeping up their high school education. In 1970 they got their big
break. Warner Bros. Records signed them and released their
The song went to #1 in Cashbox and #2 in Billboard and became the
fastest breaking single in Warner Bros. history.
The Ides, now in college, toured with bands such as Led Zeppelin,
the Allman Brothers, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead
and Poco. They appeared on many television shows including Dick
Clark, Mama Cass, John Byner, Dennis Holey and many more. "Vehicle",
which Jim Peterik wrote and sang, has since become a horn band
classic, being performed on the Tonight Show by Tom Jones and
Sammy Davis Jr. It also became the centerpiece of Sylvester
Stallone's motion picture smash, Lock Up.
In 1971, the Ides released "L.A.
Goodbye" which stayed at #1 for five weeks on the
Chicago charts. It is still a much requested song at radio,
currently on heavy rotation on The Drive, 97.1 in Chicago.
In 1973, after 15 singles and 4 albums, the Ides went on a 17-year sabbatical. Jim Peterik went on the platinum
success as co-founder, song-writer and keyboardist with the group,
Survivor, co-penning all of their hits including the motivational
anthem from Rocky III, "Eye Of The Tiger", as
well as "The Search Is Over", "High On You",
"I Can’t Hold Back" and "Burning Heart" from
Rocky IV. He also co-wrote hits for 38 Special including
"Hold On Loosely", "Caught Up In You",
"Fantasy Girl" and "Rockin’ Into The Night".
He and Sammy Hagar wrote "Heavy Metal" for the animated
classic of the same name. Many of these songs can be heard in a
typical Ides set arranged in true Ides of March fashion.
In 1990, the original six members of The Ides of March with the
addition of long-time friend Scott May on keyboards and Dave
Stahlberg on trombone reunited for what was supposed to be a
one-time concert for Berwyn’s Summerfaire. The event drew 25,000
fans and convinced the Ides to extend their tour indefinitely.
Each year, their fan base continues to grow, not only drawing
their loyal followers, but also their children and grandchildren.
The Ide’s goodtime spirit never grows old!