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.
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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Survivor came out of Chicago in 1978, released their defining song “Eye of the Tiger” in 1982, changed lead vocalists in 1984 and then watched as their album Vital Signs, produced three top twenty hits. As MTV changed the way music was marketed, Survivor rode the crest of video popularity, while releasing several more chart topping songs.
Over the past thirty years, Survivor has broken up, regrouped and changed personnel several times. In late 2011, Survivor founding member Frankie Sullivan announced former lead singer Jimi Jamison would reunite with the band. Survivor then spent last summer on tour, but no new music was released. Just as the 2013 summer tour was about to begin, Sullivan made another announcement; original lead singer Dave Bickler was rejoining Survivor. With both Jamison and Bickler fronting the band, there were many questions to be answered.
After a recent performance, I sat down with Frankie Sullivan to discuss how the return of Dave Bickler came about, the effect of having two lead singers in the band, the future of Survivor and we welcome a surprise guest.
For the full interview click http://blog.ourvinyl.tv/frankie-sullivan-of-survivor-an-interview/
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