Chicago music/songwriting legend Jim Peterik performs outside Revolution Brewpub (Episode 242)

Music legend Jim Peterik (Ides of March, Survivor, countless songwriting credits throughout the past 50 years) joins me for a fantastic meal provided by Revolution Brewpub (2323 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). When I realized the iconic Jim Peterik would be in my car, I wanted to be sure we ate at an iconic Chicago location. From their iconic beers to the brewpub, Revolution is the best.

We covered A TON in this episode, and Jim had his guitar at the ready throughout. Some highlights:

  • The Ides of March are celebrating their 55th (!!) year with a new album (“Play On”).
  • How on earth are the guys in Ides of March still friends?
  • The first Ides of March rehearsal happened while the Beatles were on Ed Sullivan.
  • I blew Jim’s mind by bringing a vinyl copy of Survivor’s “Premonition” album along for the recording.
  • The life-changing phone call Jim got from Sylvester Stallone.
  • The evergreen quality of “Eye of the Tiger.”
  • What went into the writing of “Eye of the Tiger.”
  • Hulk Hogan using “Eye of the Tiger” as his entrance music.
  • If I worked out, I’d listen to “Eye of the Tiger” all the time.
  • Survivor’s “Summer Nights” was my gateway drug to Survivor.
  • Jim plays “Vehicle” in my vehicle! SCORE! Great God in heaven, you know I love Jim Peterik.
  • Could “Vehicle” have been a hit in the “Me Too” era?
  • Why didn’t Jim ever leave Chicago for warmer climes?
  • Jim plays the new Ides of March song “Blue Storm Rising!”
  • Writing “Heavy Metal” with Sammy Hagar.
  • The hits Jim wrote for .38 Special. Who doesn’t sing along loudly to “Hold On Loosely?
  • Jim opened up for Zeppelin!
  • The state of rock in 2019.
  • Did the guys in Ides of March resent Jim for Survivor’s success?
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