Band and fans take time to mourn the tragic death of lead singer Jimi Jamison
In the wake of lead singer Jimi Jamison’s sudden death on August 31, Survivor has canceled the September and October dates of their fall 2014 tour. “We are devastated by this loss, we trust that our fans will understand our wanting to take some time to mourn and remember our brother,” said Dave Bickler, who, along with Frankie Sullivan, is an original member of the celebrated band formed in 1978. Tour organizers are working with host venues to re-schedule the canceled dates.
“I called him ‘Golden Throat’ and for good reason. Jim Jamison had a voice we will never forget. It was massive and huge and yet sweet and gentle. He was a loving soul and a brother to me in many ways. I will miss him greatly” said Sullivan
Jamison joined Survivor in 1984, some of the hit songs recorded by the band during that period include chart busters like “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High on You,” and “The Search is Over.”, from the “Vital Signs” album and “Burning Heart” from “Rocky IV.” In 2004 he was featured in the Emmy nominated Starbuck’s commercial that parodied their iconic hit, “Eye of the Tiger.”
2012 would delight Survivor fans around the nation, when they began touring with both Jamison and Bickler “It was an honor to share the stage with such a great talent and Jimi was one of the best vocalist in the business” said Billy Ozzello. “Even though he’s gone, he will continue to be with us in spirit”
Survivor’s fall tour begins again on November 13 in Hanover, MD.
Frankie Sullivan interview with Lucas Gordon in Los Angeles and the ending is epic. Thank you Lucas. You ROCK!
Thanks Pete Roche for your awesome article and coverage of our concert last weekend.
Few people spotted the difference when Survivor switched singers in the mid-‘80s. We certainly didn’t.
Then again, we were all of twelve or thirteen at the time, and Jimi Jamison (“Burning Heart”) sure did sound a lot like Dave Bickler (“Eye of the Tiger”) to our then-untrained ears. It took us a while to figure out that the voices heard on the anthemic Rocky III and Rocky IV theme songs belonged to different dudes.
We’ll be in Pershing Square Downtown tomorrow on Saturday, August 2nd. Our meet and greet starts at 7:15 and we’ll see you there. Thanks for this amazing article Pershing.
Survivor was formed in the cold Chicago winter of 1977 by Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik. By the end of 1978, Survivor was signed to a record deal with Scotti Bros. Records. Under patronage of John Kalodner, then head of A&R for Atlantic Records, Survivor went into the studio to cut their first self-titled album. This record, released in 1980 with the single “Somewhere in America,” did moderately well and started to build a loyal base of fans.
After touring for 8 months, the band went back into the studio. The result of those sessions, ”Premonition”, is considered by many fans to be their favorite Survivor record. The album was released in 1981 with the singles, “Poor Man’s Son” and “Summer Nights”. This record improved on the first album’s success, although still not the big breakout the band was looking for – that was to come with the 1982 release of “Eye of The Tiger”. The title song for this record was expressly written for Rocky III, which brought the band national attention. “Eye of The Tiger” spent seven weeks at the #1 spot on the U.S. charts. The song won a Grammy, an Oscar nomination and was voted ‘Best New Song” by the Peoples Choice Awards. Immediately following the record, the band toured extensively performing in sheds and stadiums.
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