Over the length of Jim Peterik's spectacular career, he has worked with and developed lasting relationships with a long list of fellow (and remarkably talented) artists. Eighteen years ago, Peterik had the idea to record an album and mount a subsequent concert celebrating these friendships and collaborations.
Thus began "World Stage". The CD and show were an immediate sensation, as Peterik pushed his own envelope into different styles and refined those with which he had already had significant success. Audiences were thrilled to see such a rich array of stars together on one stage, playing their own hits and Peterik's collaborations, interacting with Peterik and the other guests in ways heretofore unseen. Multi-star "mashups" are common on awards shows seen on television, but these are often haphazard and simply a big "jam session". Not so with World Stage. Peterik assembled a "house band" comprised of the top musicians in the Midwest, if not the entire country, some with their own Grammy nominations and scores of appearances on hit albums. Under Peterik's guidance, they researched and dove deep into the repertoire of each guest until they were keen and comfortable adapting and executing each nuance as if it was first nature. Peterik's easy style as a bandleader held one ironclad edict: Honor The Song. And they certainly did...and do.
The Guest artist lineup for this year includes Dave Jenkins from Pablo Cruise, David Pack, The Ides of March,
Anthony Gomes, Toby Hitchcock and at least one surprise artist. This is going to be one heck of a show!!
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