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DEKALB, Ill. — Legendary rockers Survivor and John Waite will be bringing down the house at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb, Ill., at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 17, in a concert presented by the Egyptian and ProSound Productions.
Friends of the Egyptian have the first opportunity to purchase tickets from 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 26, through 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 27. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 28. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for $59.50 and include a meet-and-greet with Survivor. Premium reserved seats are $49.50 and regular reserved seats are $39.50. Tickets are available by phone at (815) 758-1225 or in person during box office hours from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. Tickets are available online at www.egyptiantheatre.org.
Formed in the cold Chicago winter of 1977, Survivor’s “Eye of The Tiger,” a song requested by Sylvester Stallone to be written expressly for Rocky III in 1982, shot the band to national attention. “Eye of The Tiger” spent seven weeks at No. 1on the Billboard charts in the U.S. and won a Grammy, received an Oscar nomination and was voted “Best New Song” by the People’s Choice Awards.
Survivor’s 1984 album Vital Signs kept the band on the charts for more than 40 weeks in 1984 and 1985, achieving multi-platinum status with a string of hit singles. The album included Billboard Top 20 hits “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High on You” and “The Search is Over,” which reached No. 2 on the Hot 100.
Current Survivor band members are Jimi Jamison (vocals), Frankie Sullivan (guitar), Marc Droubay (drums), Billy Ozzello (bass) and Walter Tolentino (keyboards/guitar).
Englishman John Waite has risen to rock fame as the lead singer and bassist of The Babys, as part of the super group Bad English and as a solo artist. The British group The Babys had two pop hits that both peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, 1977’s “Isn’t It Time” and 1979’s “Every Time I Think Of You.”
Waite’s 1984 solo album No Brakes resulted in international attention — and was a Top 10 Billboard album in the U.S. because of the smash hit single “Missing You,” which went to No. 1 on the Billboard singles charts.
In 1988, Waite joined former Babys bandmates Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips, along with Journey’s Neal Schon and drummer Deen Castronovo, to form the super group Bad English. In 1989, the Bad English ballad “When I See You Smile” went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and earned Gold certification. Its parent album, the self-titled Bad English, reached Billboard’s Top Five and sold nearly 2 million copies in the United States alone.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.egyptiantheatre.org. Become a Friend of the Egyptian and receive free movie tickets, discounts on concessions, advanced ticket purchasing for select shows and 10 percent off at participating downtown DeKalb restaurants.
Posted March 25, 2013