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Double Platinum Survivor Still Caught In The Game of Rock-N-Roll

Survivor – Performing Friday, May 20, 2016 at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival in Richardson, TX

While you may know them for the smash hit “Eye of the Tiger,” Survivor has been playing within the rock scene for nearly 40 years. Friday, May 20, 2016 Survivor will rock at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival on the State Farm Amphitheater Stage at 10:00 p.m. preceded by Asia featuring John Payne at 6:45 p.m. and The Guess Who at 8:15 p.m.

Formed in 1978 by Jim Peterik along with Frankie Sullivan, Dave Bickler, Gary Smith and Dennis Keith Johnson, Survivor was considered an ultimate band by Peterik. In the early years, Peterik served as co-lead singer, guitarist, and keyboardist. Their first album, self-titled Survivor, was not as successful as the band wanted. Johnson and Smith left due to scheduling conflicts and were replaced by Stephan Ellis and Marc Doubray. With this reformed line-up, they recorded Premonition featuring the first Top 40 sing “Poor Man’s Son.”

In 1982, Sylvester Stallone approached Survivor and asked them to create a song similar to “Poor Man’s Son”, for Rocky III. The band agreed, and “Eye of the Tiger” became their first hit, rocketing up the Billboard 100 to claim the number 1 spot and remaining in the Top 40 for several weeks. The album, also titled Eye of the Tiger, was one of the band’s most popular albums.

In 1984, Jimi Jamison replaced David Bickler as lead singer, after the latter suffered nodules on his vocal cords and was unable to continue singing. Their first successful song with Jamison, “Moment of Truth,” was the theme song for The Karate Kid.

Survivor produced albums from 1980 to 1988, when Too Hot to Sleep was released. Their most recent album, released in 2006, was titled Reach. Jamison, the longtime lead singer of Survivor left the band after Too Hot to Sleep wasn’t as successful as he hoped, and continued to tour under the name. Several members of Survivor sued Jamison for the inappropriate use of the name, but the lawsuit was dismissed. Jimi returned to Survivor in 2000, then again in 2011, where he played until his death in 2014.

Today, the band features Frankie Sullivan, Billy Ozzello, Walter Tolentino, Ryan Sullivan, and Cameron Barton. Over the 38 years they have been performing, the band has had nearly two dozen different line-ups, with Frankie Sullivan the only band member who was in the original band.

Check out Survivor on their website for tour dates and videos: www.survivorband.com
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“Double Platinum Survivor Still Caught In The Game of Rock-N-Roll” written and contributed by guest blogger Ali Weiss for Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival. #WAMFest2016

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GATES OPEN AT 6:30PM AND WILDFLOWER! STAGES TO ROCK ON SATURDAY

It’s been a wild weekend here at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival! We are so excited to update that the gates are going to open at 6:30 p.m.. The festival has been partially open since this morning and indoor performances inside the Eisemann Center have continued as scheduled throughout the day.

Unfortunately, Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of the severe weather. All acts prior to 6:30 p.m. set to perform on outdoor stages have been removed from the schedule.

Want the good news? The Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage, Plaza Stage, and Bud Light Stage are ready to rock (after a lot of hard work by the festival folks).

Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage
8:15 p.m. The Guess Who
10:00 p.m. Grand Funk Railroad

The Guess Who

Plaza Stage
8:45 p.m. Judah & The Lion
10:30 p.m. Fitz and the Tantrums

Bud Light Stage
6:45 p.m. Devil’s Sooty Brother
8:15 p.m. Joshua Ray Walker
9:45 p.m. Big City Outlaws

Aeromyth

Hill Hall
9:00 p.m. Aeromyth

UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage
6:00 p.m. Jason Castro
7:45 p.m. Darrell Scott
9:15 p.m. Crystal Bowersox

The Plaza Stage viewing grounds consist of solid concrete but you’ll want to bring a lawn chair for the Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage area, or wear comfy boots to navigate the soggy grass. The wet conditions have created high humidity of 94% and cool temperatures in the 60’s.

Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday general admission tickets to the festival will be honored for use, either today or tomorrow. We scan it once and you can decide whether that will be for Saturday or Sunday. Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed free admission.

Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have been cancelled for today. Due to wind damage, the WF! Kids area is closed for the rest of the weekend.

The schedule for all acts is updated and posted on the website. www.wildflowerfestival.com

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Announces Revised Saturday Schedule Due To Severe Weather Impacts

All gates to open at 6:30 p.m. with most national acts set to perform

The Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will open all gates at 6:30 p.m. The Festival has been partially open since 11 a.m. this morning, with indoor music performances taking place as scheduled on Eisemann Center stages.

Weather Impacts On Performances
With the exception of Blue Oyster Cult and Quiet Company, all performances set for this evening on outdoor stages at Wildflower! will perform as scheduled. Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival this weekend due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of severe weather. Tonight’s 7:15 p.m. performance by Quiet Company on the Plaza Stage has also been cancelled along with all other acts scheduled to perform on outdoor stages prior to 6:30 p.m.

Weather Impacts From Today’s Storm
At approximately 1 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, severe weather passing through North Texas impacted the festival grounds causing limited wind damage. Festival staff are in the process of cleaning the grounds and all six gates at the festival will reopen at 6:30 p.m.

Patrons Asked To Prepare For Wet Conditions
People planning to attend the festival this evening to enjoy the outdoor stages will want to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing and lawn chairs are recommended.

Saturday Passes To Be Honored Today Or Tomorrow
Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday passes to the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will be honored for use either today or tomorrow.

Saturday Pass Dropped To $30 For Saturday Performances / Children Get In Free Sunday
Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed through the gates free of charge.

Other Updates
Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have also been cancelled for today and, due to wind damage, the Children’s Area on the festival grounds is closed for the rest of the weekend. Information on the performance schedule for all acts is available at www.wildflowerfestival.com.

WILDFLOWER! FESTIVAL TO PARTIALLY OPEN DUE TO THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER

Festival grounds expected to fully open at 5 p.m., or once area storms pass; performances on Eisemann Center stages continue as scheduled

(Richardson, TX) – Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will partially open at 11 a.m. due to the threat of severe weather in the area. Gate F, located on the north side of the event, is open for patrons to directly enter the Eisemann Center to enjoy performances on the Singer Songwriter and Hill Performance Hall stages. The closest parking area to Gate F is the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas parking garage. View the Festival Map for locations.

All six gates on the festival grounds are expected to reopen at 5 p.m., or once the threat of severe weather has passed. People planning to attend the festival to enjoy the outdoor stages this evening are asked to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing, umbrellas and lawn chairs. All afternoon performances scheduled to take place on outdoor stages prior to 5 p.m. have been cancelled.

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival has historically had bouts with rain over the past 27 years of its history in Richardson, but the event has always been held rain or shine. Richardson’s Emergency Management team consistently monitors the weather, and public safety personnel have plans in place to shelter people if necessary.

Tickets available online or at the gate.

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