Survivor, John Waite at DeKalb’s Egyptian Theatre May 17

• Four original Survivor band members to appear

Online Staff Report

DEKALB, Ill. — Survivor and John Waite will be rockin’ the house at DeKalb’s Egyptian Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 17, and for the first time in Survivor’s history, four original band members will hit the stage. Survivor’s concert at the Egyptian is the only chance in Illinois (out of Survivor’s announced U.S. and European tour dates) to see these legends perform together.

Chicago native Frankie Sullivan couldn’t “Hold Back” and has reunited four original members of Survivor, including himself, both lead vocalists Dave Bickler and Jimi Jamison, and drummer Mark Droubay.

Sullivan said: “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.”

Bickler was Survivor’s lead singer from 1977 to 1983 and again from 1993 to 1999. He is the voice of the band’s biggest hit, “Eye of the Tiger,” which held the No. 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,” and was voted “Best New Song” by the People’s Choice Awards. The song also received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. “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.

Jamison rejoined the band 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 No. 1 song, “The Search Is Over.”

To purchase tickets for Survivor and John Waite, visit 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. Egyptian Theatre is at 135 N. Second St., DeKalb, Ill., and can be reached at (815) 758-1215.

Posted May 8, 2013

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