There’s only one thing Rocky Balboa needed to comeback and regain his title from “Clubber” Lang in Rocky III and it wasn’t the intense training from rival turned trainer Apollo Creed, the memory of the beloved and crass Mickey, or the belated enthusiasm from his loving wife Adrian.
No, the only thing Rocky needs to beat “The Southside Slugger” is the anthemic 1982 classic “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor. Responsible for Philadelphia’s favorite fictional son’s return to glory is Jim Peterik, who co-wrote the song with Frankie Sullivan. Peterik called into the CBS-FM Star Phone with Scott Shannon in the Morning to discuss his new book, Through the Eye of the Tiger.
“It’s been a fun ride and I finally decided I’m going to write about this,” says Peterik “I didn’t have the train wreck life that I read about with Mötley Crüe. I didn’t have that much fun.”
Peterik admits that his work and bands may be household names, but he may not be. Regardless, all the years he’s spent creating timeless music has allowed him to tell a compelling story.
“A lot of the songs I wrote endured. I want to talk about those stories,” he says “It was a very interesting process. I’m glad I did it.”
Peterik is also celebrating 50 years since the beginning of Ides of March by releasing CD/DVD box set called Last Band Standing, which will feature special videos, live concert footage, special guest commentary, and deep cuts from the archives.
Both Through the Eye of the Tiger is available now and Last Band Standing will be released later this year.
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