Survivor in Charlotte
Posted by: Kevin ()
Date: May 26, 2013 03:27PM

just got back, so a couple of quick thoughts. With an 11:00 curfew, and a 9:45 start time, it didn't give the headlining band much of a window to work with, but a free concert mainly for the Nascar fans (with a race tomorrow) isn't a bad thing.

Either way, for those that haven't heard yet, the current Survivor lineup features both Jimi Jamison and Dave Bickler on lead vocals. This is pretty cool, but there are inherent difficulties. The way things are playing is that the original singer for the song will take it through the first chorus, then the other singer will take the next verse, then do backing vocals and stuff from there on out. This was done on several songs, and several songs are simply one singer for the duration.

That being said, Jamison can be hit and miss these days (he was pretty...aloof tonight), and Bickler has lost a large part of his upper range, although he sounded better tonight and had a little more upper end available tonight than the youtube recordings from this year. Maybe Dave's just getting into the swing of things again after being basically inactive since 1999. With the trading back and forth though, it takes longer to warm up, so both singers sounded the best towards the end of the show. Must say the show was probably slightly weighted towards Bickler on lead vox over Jamison. Some of the earlier reviews had mentioned some nervousness/umcomfortability with the switching singers, but this has mostly been ironed out by now, and should only get better once the European tour starts.

Speaking of vocals, the main issue is that Jim Peterik's backing vocals are sorely misssed. You had the lead vocals ok, and Frankie Sullivan's high pitched backing vocals, but there really isn't anybody in the band to provide that mid-range backing vocal. Jamison would be the closest, but it doesn't quite work and Dave Bickler on backing vox pretty much sounds like Dave Bickler. What they really need is for one of the other band members to be able to carry that 3rd harmony part for the Survivor vocal sound.

The big point here is setlist. Survivor has a very large back catalog, and with the fairly recent addition of the lost Survivor song (aka 38 Special's Rockin' Into the Night, which was recorded for the debut Survivor album and not included), they have a pretty rocking set at the moment. What is hurting them is an extended jam on Rockin' Into the Night (ok, but it was pushing the limits), a long keyboard solo, and this extended guitar instrumental/solo/blues a 75 minute set filled with a bunch of rare/older material and missing several of the hits. If you have 2+hrs to play with, that's find and you have time to do this type of thing. On a fairly short set, this whole thing took the place of 3 songs that could have been added in, and they pretty much lost the crowd by the time the guitar thing happened.

So in the end, I guess you can call it a mixed bag. For the longtime Survivor fan, it's really cool to have both singers on stage at the same time swapping parts. If you can trim the fat off the more self-indulgent parts of the setlist, there is the potential for a really good show, but it does need some work at the moment.

Feels Like Love (Dave Bickler lead, Jimi Jamison lead verse 2)
Can't Give It Up (JJ lead, DB lead verse 2)
Take You On a Saturday (DB)
High on You (JJ)
Rockin' into the Night (DB, JJ lead verse 2)
It's the Singer Not the Song (JJ, DB lead verse 2)
Rebel Girl (DB)
Keyboard solo --> The Search is Over (JJ)
Guitar Instrumental, solo, blues song (with a bit of JJ lead vox)
I Can't Hold Back (JJ)
Somewhere in America (DB)
Eye of the Tiger (DB, JJ lead verse 2)

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Survivor in Charlotte890 Kevin 05/26/2013 03:27PM
Re: Survivor in Charlotte 545 Andrew 05/26/2013 06:24PM
Re: Survivor in Charlotte 450 movingpictures 05/26/2013 07:06PM
Re: Survivor in Charlotte 378 MSL 05/26/2013 09:42PM
Re: Survivor in Charlotte 274 Terry K. 05/27/2013 04:20AM
Re: Survivor in Charlotte 292 movingpictures 05/27/2013 04:26AM
Re: Survivor in Charlotte 245 Terry K. 05/27/2013 04:32AM
Re: Survivor in Charlotte 371 MetalWarrior85 05/26/2013 11:35PM
Re: Survivor in Charlotte 329 movingpictures 05/27/2013 12:46AM
Re: Survivor in Charlotte 307 Scottrock55 05/27/2013 01:02AM
Re: Survivor in Charlotte 242 Terry K. 05/27/2013 04:26AM
They should be ashamed of themselves! 434 juliocruz 05/27/2013 08:23AM
on the subject of setlists... 307 Kevin 05/27/2013 08:39AM
Re: They should be ashamed of themselves! 286 Terry K. 05/27/2013 09:01AM
Re: They should be ashamed of themselves! 215 juliocruz 05/27/2013 09:02AM
Re: They should be ashamed of themselves! 220 Terry K. 05/27/2013 09:13AM
Re: They should be ashamed of themselves! 227 Kevin 05/27/2013 10:07AM
Re: They should be ashamed of themselves! 228 Aaron J 05/27/2013 10:44AM
Re: They should be ashamed of themselves! 305 Andrew 05/27/2013 10:37AM
Re: They should be ashamed of themselves! 271 Terry K. 05/27/2013 11:25AM
Re: They should be ashamed of themselves! 286 Andrew 05/27/2013 11:51AM
Re: They should be ashamed of themselves! 220 Terry K. 05/27/2013 11:45PM
Re: They should be ashamed of themselves! 228 Leet2607 05/27/2013 11:42PM
Re: Setlist 211 Geir 05/28/2013 02:29AM

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