The Ides of March will rock the house and energize their Chicago-area fans with a May 21 show in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall.
The Ides of March burst onto the national scene in 1970 with the million-selling single “Vehicle,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts. The Ides toured with bands such as Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead. The Ides are that rare commodity that still has all their original members some 30 years later and a special chemistry that makes every show a memorable experience.
The Ides of March performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $35, $30 and $25; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Formed in 1965 in the Chicago suburb of Berwyn, the six founding 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 sophomores at Morton West High School studying Julius Caesar, the Ides of March found its name and developed a strong local following playing teen clubs and sock hops after school basketball games.
The Ides soon earned a contract from London Parrot Records. The band toured America and Canada on weekends throughout the summer while keeping up their high school education. In 1970 they got their big break. Warner Bros. Records signed them and released “Vehicle,” which sold more than a million copies. The song went to No. 1 on Cashbox and No. 2 on Billboard.
In the 1970s the Ides toured with such bands as Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead and Poco. In 1973, after 15 singles and four albums, the Ides went on a 17-year sabbatical. Peterik achieved platinum success as co-founder, songwriter and keyboardist with the band Survivor, co-penning all of the band’s hits including the motivational anthem “Eye of the Tiger” from the film “Rocky III.”
In 1990, the original six members of The Ides of March with the addition of longtime 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.
North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).
Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307