Jim Peterik: “I just heard what is probably the best cover of our chestnut “Vehicle” that I’ve ever heard in my life!”

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Vehicle – Leonid & Friends (The Ides of March cover).

Jim Peterik, best known as the founder of the band Survivor; OR as vocalist and songwriter of “Vehicle” by the Ides of March gave a superb compliment to the Leonid & Friends YouTube stars and touring group from Russia.

Jim Peterik is co-writer of the anthem “Eye of the Tiger”, the theme from the motion picture Rocky III.

Peterik once performed in an All-Star line-up with Alan Parsons of Alan Parsons Project, the country group Blackhawk, and other stars at Harmony in in the pre-Million Dollar Block Party era in downtown Arlington Heights.

Here’s what Jim Peterik had to say about Leonid & Friends …

Ides of March Official (YouTube)

I just heard what is probably the best cover of our chestnut “Vehicle” that I’ve ever heard in my life! In fact, when I first heard this, I thought it was us! And then I looked at it and saw it was all these other people…

It’s a real homage to the Ides of March and the sound we created with “Vehicle.” We couldn’t be prouder that you chose this song. I have to tell you, the guitar solo (Sergey? Serge?) — he’s the only guitar player that’s ever copped my lead note-for-note-perfect. The horn section is tight, Vasily is great (strange to hear a little of that accent, but that’s just fine!)

Anyway, congratulations, Leonid and Friends and Great God in Heaven, we love you!

— Jim Peterik and The Ides of March

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

The Ides of March cover performed by …

Leonid Vorobyev – transcript of the musical source, bass, producing, mixing, mastering, video-montage
Vasily Akimov – lead vocal, tambourine
Igor Dzhavad-Zade – drums
Sergey Kashirin – guitar, backing vocal
Vlad Senchillo – Hammond organ
Serge Tiagnyriadno (Kyiv, Ukraine) – backing vocal, guitar
Andrey Zyl – trumpet
Maxim Likhachev – trombone
Oleg Kudryavtcev – tenor sax
Ksenia Buzina – backing vocal, shaker

Andrey Deineko & Kir Popov – video shooting
Special thanks to
Gigant Record studio
CineLab SoundMix Studio

Leonid and Friends have already impressed millions of people on YouTube with cover songs from Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire.



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