Let's face it, Mr. Jim Peterik is a real 'Survivor' of this crazy old business called rock'n roll. He's been around ever since the early seventies (Ides Of March, etc.) and he'll probably be there for another forty years or so. "Extra Moments" is the first release at the brand new 'MelodicRock Records', featuring Peterik and his trusty Survivor' companion, Jimi Jamison. I had a quick chat with the real Survivor (blonde kids all over the world - nevermind - it's not the reality show) about the new CD and various things. Here's JIM PETERIK doing the Rapidfire Questions...

How has the reaction to your latest CD been?

Jim- Unexpected and amazing really. People seem to be feeling about these lost gems the way we did before they were rejected. The ruff demos are very telling but they represent me trying to represent the songs to Jaimo and the label.

Any favourite songs and lyrical highlights on "Extra Moments" and why?

Jim- 'Love Chiesled in Stone'. The lyric means a lot to me and I think other people will relate...

What's the idea behind releasing a bunch of demos and "rejected" songs?

Jim- Giving them a second chance! I always totally believed in these songs from the start.

The biggest mistakes in music - the work of an A&R person? (the beatles, etc)

Jim- They can be the saving grace or the ruination. Overall I really value the input of Serafino Perugino. He pushes me to the limit and gets the best out of me. Much like John Kalodner did when I was in Survivor. 

'Cry Of The Wild Heart' date back to 1984, are there any more oldies in the vault?

Jim- A few more gems yes. Missing Persons. Hearts of Stone. Others.

What's the typical starting point for you as a songwriter - melody, a certain riff, chorus, or lyrics?

Jim- A title or concept usually comes first for me. Then I find a mood musically that fits. Then chiefs. Melody and riffs.

Any overall theme of mood that you're trying to capture while writing songs?

Jim- It really runs the gamut from joyous to depressed and all stops in between. Bittersweet is my favorite.

Does your vision for music get affected at all by trends and age?

Jim- You fine tune stuff slightly. But a good song will always be a good song. And a lousy one.....

Would you say that you're a fan of theatrical rock and Jim Steinman?

Jim- I respect him a lot but I only live there on occasion. 'The Destiny Stone' by Pride Of Lions is the closest I got...

So, who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)

Jim- Beatles, Beach Boys, Bacharach, Elton John, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens.

What's the best/worst thing about being a musician?

Jim- Waiting all day for a show is the worst. The best- the show!

What do you do when you're not playing or listening to music?

Jim- Playing music!!!

What 3 words describe you best?

Driven. Intense. And enthusiastic.


You are in a balloon with Neil Schon, Tommy Shaw, Lou Gramm and Tom Scholz - who would you throw out as ballast and why?

Jim- No ballast brother! [Urban's note: now that's just too polite really :)]

What's your favourite 1980's album(s)?

Jim- China Crisis - 'Flaunt The Imperfection'.

What are your future plans?

Jim- Writing great songs. Producing more Lisa McClowry. Her new one 'Time Signature' I am exteremely proud of. Continue the Ides of March. Pride of Lions. World Stage. Keeping strong.

If there's anything you'd like to say, add, promote, please do:

Jim- The new Ides Of March album 'Still 19'. The new Lisa McClowry  'Time Signatures'. Thanks for listening.


interview by Urban 'Wally' Wallstrom  urban@rockunited.com 
Photos from Jim Peterik's website and related sources.

27 August 2010
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