Jim Peterik has known Dennis DeYoung since the '60s, when they were starting out with their first local bands. But they'd never written or recorded together until they recently became neighbors.
Jim Peterik talked about finally recording with Dennis DeYoung after a lifelong friendship: "It was the thrill of a lifetime. I mean, we had been knocking around Chicago in bands since he was in the TW4 and I was in the early, early Ides of March. And we'd share bills at the Wild Goose teen club and goofy places like that. Always knew each other, always respected each other. When Styx took off, when Survivor took off, we lost touch a little bit."
Jim Peterik talked about what convinced Dennis DeYoung it was the right time to work on new music. OC: ...this is what we do. :28 [phone quality]
"He moved into a house two blocks from me. Our wives and us got together for dinner and we started talking about doing an album together, starting, writing for a Dennis DeYoung album. I kind of got him off the dime, and he'll admit it, that he was getting a lit bit, not lazy, because he was doing a lot of live shows, but a little disenchanted with the music business. And he's going, 'Well, it's not like the old days. It's not going to sell.' I said, 'You don't do it because the album's going to sell or it isn't going to sell. You do it because this is what we do."