Jim Peterik and The Ides of March to Star at Holiday Tree-Lighting Ceremony in Elk Grove Village

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The Ides of March featuring band founder Jim Peterik will highlight the Elk Grove Village holiday season with a performance at the tree-lighting ceremony.

The Elk Grove Village holiday tree-lighting event is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 29, 2019, on the Village Green, located behind the Charles J. Zettek Municipal Complex, 901 Wellington Avenue.

Following their performance, the Ides of March band members will join Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson when he throws the switch to light up the holiday tree and more than 250,000 lights around the municipal complex, Elk Grove Public Library and the Elk Grove Park District Pavilion.

A fireworks display will follow the tree lighting, announcing the entrance of Santa and his elves. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Elk Grove Village thanks the Skroko family for donating their Colorado Blue Spruce tree to serve as this year’s holiday tree. Elk Grove Village is also grateful to the Lions and Leo Clubs and Elk Grove Village CERT members for volunteering their time and services to support the event.

Dave Bickler, Frankie Sullivan, and Jim Peterik (in order) are the first three band members to appear in the “Eye of the Tiger” music video.


Jim Peterik (keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist) is a star and enduring professional in the music world. He co-wrote “Eye of the Tiger” with guitarist Frankie Sullivan in 1982 — both from Chicagoland. In fact, Frankie Sullivan frequently shopped at the Apple Store —Woodfield for digital accessories for his music profession. The band members were founders of rock band Survivor, which performed “Eye of the Tiger” as the theme song for Rocky III and skyrocketed to fame when the song was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks. “Eye of the Tiger” was the #2 song for 1982, behind Olivia Newton John’s “Physical.”

Before Survivor and “Eye of the Tiger”, Peterik wrote “Vehicle” as a founding member of the Ides of March in 1970. “Vehicle” rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band got together in Berwyn, Illinois where members were growing up.

VEHICLE Live at the Chicago House Of Blues 2014. From the Ides Of March Boxed Set “Last Band Standing”



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Jim Peterik & the Ides of March have lucky 15 year old trombonist Madison Kidd sit in and play their iconic hit song Vehicle. Madison rocks it and Jim Peterik approves!

Legendary singer & songwriter Jim Peterik stopped by 95 WIIL ROCK Studio East and performed a medley of some of the greatest songs he wrote for 38 Special. (Caught Up in You, Hold on Loosely, Rockin’ Into the Night)

Jim Peterik performing “Eye of the Tiger” at a very special wedding ceremony.

Jim Peterik stopped by a wedding to perform “Eye of the Tiger” for a very special reason. The bride’s father passed away from cancer and “Eye of the Tiger” is the song he listened to for inspiration while undergoing treatment. His wife reached out to Jim, and told him the story while her husband, Dr. Calandras, who was fighting to survive his illness. Jim Peterik made a visit to the hospital to meet Dr. Calandras after hearing that his song was giving him inspiration. Sadly, the man lost his fight. Not too long after his death, Jim Peterik made the amazing gesture of appearing at Dr. Calandra’s daughter’s wedding to perform his hit song, Eye Of The Tiger. A local band, One Night Band, was notified a couple days before the wedding that they would be backing Jim Peterik on this song, “Eye of the Tiger.” It was a great experience! Jim Peterik is a true Rockstar with a heart of gold!

Jim Peterik & World Stage – “Proof Of Heaven” feat. Dennis DeYoung (Official Music Video).

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