At age 15, Peter Noone reached international fame as “Herman,” lead singer of the legendary ’60s pop band Herman’s Hermits. Beloved by screaming teens thanks to Noone’s good looks and big hits like I’m Into Something Good and Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, Herman’s Hermits were dubbed “the original British Invasion band” and went on to sell more than 60 million recordings, racking up seven gold albums along the way.
Flash forward nearly 50 years, and Noone and his band still perform more than 200 concerts a year. Their next Chicago-area stop is Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora, in a strong double bill featuring the Ides of March, aka the “Boys from Berwyn,” best known for their ’70s hit Vehicle.
See two legendary rock bands on one amazing night for only $39.50 to $49.50. For tickets and information, go to ParamountAurora.com, call the Paramount box office, (630) 896-6666, or visit the box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or two hours prior to evening performances.
Herman’s Hermits formed in Manchester, U.K. in 1963. Their classic hits include I’m Into Something Good, Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter, I’m Henry VIII, I Am, Silhouettes, Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat, Wonderful World, Just A Little Bit Better, There’s A Kind of Hush, A Must To Avoid, Listen People, No Milk Today, The End of the World, Leaning On A Lamp Post and Dandy.
As “Herman,” the photogenic Peter Noone graced the cover of nearly every international publication, including Time Magazine. Herman’s Hermits appeared on every top-rated television variety program there was, including Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Jackie Gleason Show, Danny Kaye, Dean Martin, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert and The Midnight Special.
Current members include Peter Noone on vocals, the founder and sole original member, with Vance Brescia on lead guitar, Billy Sullivan on rhythm guitar, Rich Spina on keyboards and bass, and Dave Ferrara on drums.
On October 16th, 1964, a basement in Berwyn played host to four schoolboys, guitars, drums, and their dreams.
From that meeting sprang platinum hits, Grammy awards, and a common bond that has lasted ever since.
The Ides of March were put together by founding member Jim Peterik as a teen band, strong on original material, British pop harmonies, shimmering vocal harmonies and a trademark driving brass section that forged a sound that is timeless and unforgettable. Soon the band was recording for London’s Parrot Records subsidiary, releasing five singles between 1966 and 1967, including the local hit You Wouldn’t Listen. The Ides eventually burst onto the national scene in 1970 with the million-selling single Vehicle. Other hits include Superman, L.A. Goodbye, the rousing sports anthem Finally Next Year, and from Peterik’s other band Survivor, Eye of the Tiger.
The Paramount Theatre is the center for performing arts, entertainment and arts education in Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois. Named “One of Chicago’s Top 10 Attended Theaters” by the League of Chicago Theaters, the 1,888-seat Paramount Theatre, located in the heart of downtown Aurora at 23 E. Galena Boulevard, is nationally renowned for the quality and caliber of its presentations, superb acoustics and historic beauty.
The Paramount Theatre continues to expand its artistic and institutional boundaries under the guidance of President and CEO Tim Rater, Artistic Director Jim Corti, a dedicated Board of Trustees and a devoted staff of live theater professionals.