The Players

Marc Scherer

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If you look up “overachiever” in the dictionary, you will see a picture of Marc Scherer. After touring Europe with the psychedelic rock group, Lovecraft, he put music on hold to pursue a passion for creating jewelry. Simply being competent, however, wasn’t nearly enough. His work adorns sports celebrities, movie stars and rock idols and is on permanent exhibit at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

But success didn’t satisfy the hunger that drove him onward. A lifelong martial artist, Scherer’s energy is both tranquil and intently focused. Like some ancient Asian parable, his journey brought him back to where he started – singing.

He provided vocals for the Gary Wells album, Pulling A Few Strings, which was produced by Shoes and covered by Material Issue.

As lead singer for Arc of Ages, Marc began recording at the Burr Ridge studios of Grammy Award-winning songwriter Jim Peterik. Jim was so taken with what he heard that he chose Marc to demo the tunes written for the latest Pride of Lions album, Immortal, to Frontiers Records. Scherer’s back-up singing on the album blends seamlessly with front man Toby Hitchcock’s voice.

One of the songs originally intended for that album, Change Everything, became Marc’s debut single on a compilation of melodic rock artists entitled MRCD9 “15 Years Later”, which is available from www.melodicrock.com.

Soon, Peterik was composing an album designed to showcase Marc’s talent, featuring guest performances by Shoshana Bean and Joe Jammer. This eagerly-awaited collection of songs promises to be the perfect vehicle for Marc’s 4-octave range – a voice of such astonishing clarity and strength that it is hard to believe he isn’t already a major star. Considering his track record for success, that shouldn’t take long.

 Jim Peterik

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Peterik started performing in 1964 with some of his schoolmates in Berwyn, Illinois as The Ides of March. Their hits included “Vehicle,” “You Wouldn’t Listen,” and “L.A. Goodbye” in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1976, he released a solo album, Don’t Fight the Feeling, and toured with several of the era’s most popular bands, including Heart and Boston.

Peterik formed his most successful band, Survivor, in 1978. In 1982, Sylvester Stallone commissioned Survivor to write and perform the theme song for Rocky III. This song, “Eye of the Tiger,” became their defining single, spending six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and going double platinum; it also won them a Grammy Award and an Oscar nomination for Peterik and Frankie Sullivan for Best Song. This was followed by their 1984 album Vital Signs, which featured the Top 10 hits “High on You” (No. 8) and “The Search Is Over” (No. 4), plus another sizable hit in “I Can’t Hold Back” (No. 13).

In 1985, Peterik co-wrote the theme to Rocky IV, “Burning Heart,” which was another big hit (No. 2 in early 1987) for Survivor; followed by “Is This Love” (No. 9).  Survivor disbanded in 1988, following their album Too Hot to Sleep.

Joe Jammer

kyq4ynzoJoe “Jammer” Wright has lived the quintessential rock ‘n roll dream. By the time he met Led Zeppelin in 1969, Joe had already been a roadie for acts like Jimi Hendrix and The Who. He struck up a friendship with Jimmy Page and was soon hired as a guitar tech for the group, eventually accompanying them to England. Joe was given his nickname by Page and Robert Plant, who, after hearing him play his guitar backstage one night, said, “Here comes Joe the Jammer”.

In addition to being the original guitarist for Supertramp and founding member of Nobody’s Business, Joe was studio guitarist for Stealers Wheel and has played with Donna Summer, Joe Cocker, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger and Jerry Lee Lewis. His artistry can be heard on over 150 albums that have sold more than 10 million copies collectively. As a roadie and a musician, Jammer has toured the world and experienced some of the most iconic moments of rock history backstage, onstage and in the studio. When Hendrix thrust his guitar against the amp at The Monterey Pop Festival in June of ’67, Jammer was the guy standing in back, trying to keep it from falling over. His tales of life on the road with the biggest acts of the ’60’s and ’70’s are epic.

After spending twenty years touring in Canada, Joe now divides his time between Europe and his hometown, Chicago. He is an imposing figure of a man, who is fluent in 6 languages and proficient playing any style of music, from Blues to Rockabilly.