When Frontiers released Pride Of Lions‘ groundbreaking first album in 2003, many people asked is this one of those project bands that do one or two CDs and then disappear – or a real band with staying power?
Now in the year 2017, the answer is clear at the dawn of the release of their fifth studio album Fearless. In addition, their best selling Live In Belgium CD and DVD proves to the world that Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock and the powerful Pride Of Lions band is not just a studio concoction, but a live force to be reckoned with, headlining shows in America and Europe.
“We are always trying to top ourselves,” states singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Jim Peterik, “This time I went back and listened closely to all the previous CDs to hear the strongest assets of each record, what was working and what could be improved. I went into writing the Fearless material keeping that in mind. I feel it sticks closer to the template we set with our first CD, yet goes to new places musically as well like using a Kansas-style fiddle, played by Andrew Ohlrich, on the video/single “All I See Is You”.
Peterik continues, “The songs and performances on Fearless are… well… truly fearless. The title track blazes from the speakers gaining steam with every chorus. Take the highest ground. Stand and fight. You gotta be harder. You gotta be tougher. You gotta be- fearless! This could be the new battle cry for Rocky Balboa or any common man needing to make a difference in the world.”
“When I got together with Jim in Chicago to record- things just caught fire,” enthuses Toby Hitchcock, “I sang 12 vocals in two days- unheard of! That’s how inspired I was with the new material.”
PRIDE OF LIONS line-up:
Jim Peterik: Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Toby Hitchcock: Vocals
Ed Breckenfeld: drums
Klem Hayes: bass
Mike Aquino: guitar
Christian Cullen: keyboard