From beautiful Berwyn, Illinois, The Ides of March started as The Shon-Dels in 1964 and renamed themselves after the bass player read Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. These are live performances of two of their biggest hits. The first, “Vehicle,” was the fastest-selling record Warner Brothers ever had when it was released in 1970. The second, “L. A. Goodbye,” was released in 1971 and was a local Chicago hit (it hit #5 on WCFL’s survey, and #5 on WLS) but only made it to #39 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. Both feature Jim Peterik on guitar and lead vocals. The band took a hiatus in 1973, and Jim started the band Survivor, writing several of their hit songs, including “Eye of the Tiger,” featured in the movie Rocky.
The band reunited in 1990 at the prompting of their home town, and, amazingly, all of the members returned. They still pursue an active performing schedule and are still wildly popular.
The Ides of March: your Two for Tuesday.