Survivor: A Conversation With Frankie Sullivan (Part Two)

In November of 2011 guitarist Frankie Sullivan and vocalist Jimi Jamison together announced that after a long hiatus Jimi would be returning as lead vocalist of the band Survivor. The group, which has a plethora of hits including “Eye of The Tiger”, “The Search is Over” and “I Can’t Hold Back” among others, will soon embark on a tour and begin work on their first album of new material with Jamison in more than five years.

The new lineup of Survivor includes Jimi Jamison (vocals), Frankie Sullivan (guitar), Marc Droubay (drums), Billy Ozzello (bass) and Walter Tolentino (keyboards/guitar).

In the second of my two-part interview with Frankie Sullivan I ask him about his approach to songwriting, the sessions for the album Vital Signs, his take on X-Factor/American Idol and why paying your dues as a musician is so important.

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Survivor: A Conversation With Frankie Sullivan (Part One)

In November of 2011 guitarist Frankie Sullivan and vocalist Jimi Jamison together announced that after a five-year hiatus Jimi would be returning as lead vocalist of the band Survivor. The group, which has a plethora of hits including “Eye of The Tiger”, “The Search is Over” and “I Can’t Hold Back” among others, has been recording and touring sporadically the past few years with vocalist Robin McAuley.

The news of McAuley’s departure and Jamison’s return also coincides with the announcement that Survivor will embark on a new tour in the summer of 2012. In addition, the band also plans to start work on their first album of new material since 2006′s “Reach”.

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Survivor’s Concert Tomorrow Night Is Cancelled

Survivor founder and lead guitarist Frankie Sullivan sustained an injury while performing with Survivor last Friday in Woodstock, CT and is under strict doctor’s orders to rest.  As a result, tomorrow night’s show in Martin, TN is cancelled.

Thank you all for the well wishes for a speedy recovery!

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Frankie Sullivan Reunites Four Original “Survivor” Members including Dave Bickler and Jimi Jamison

Frankie Sullivan couldn’t “Hold Back” any longer and has reunited four original members of SURVIVOR  – and BOTH lead vocalists, Dave Bickler and Jimi Jamison.

“Our fans are the best and I can’t think of a better way to give them our best.  With this line-up, and both Dave and Jimi in the band, we can perform ALL of our hits” says guitarist Frankie Sullivan.

Dave Bickler  was lead singer of Survivor from 1977–1983 and 1993–1999.  From 1999-2009, Dave was the singing voice behind the highly successful ‘Real Men of Genius’ Bud Light radio and TV commercials, the most award-winning radio campaign in advertising history!

Bickler is the voice of the band’s biggest hit, “Eye of the Tiger” which held the #1 spot for seven weeks on the Billboard charts.  “Eye of the Tiger” earned Survivor the GRAMMY® Award for “Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal” the voted “Best New Song” by the People’s Choice Awards, and received an Academy® Award and Golden Globe nomination.  “Eye of the Tiger” remains a cultural phenomenon and is one of the most downloaded rock songs of all time, selling more than 3.5 million track downloads in the U.S.

Jimi Jamison rejoined Survivor in 2012. The band’s first album with Jamison, VITAL SIGNS,  is still praised by fans and critics alike as one of the best AOR albums of all time and includes the top 10 hits, “High On You”, “I Can’t Hold Back” and the #1 song, “The Search Is Over.”

The band is already hard at work on new material and is looking forward to getting back in the studio together.

For more information on Survivor, visit www.survivormusic.com

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