Dave Bickler

Tue
12
Mar

DAVE BICKLER Returns With Solo Debut, ‘Darklight’

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The voice on one of the most instantly recognizable and celebrated rock anthems of all-time is back with his first-ever solo album - with the arrival of former Survivor singer Dave Bickler’s ‘Darklight.’
 
Released on March 15, 2019 via Deko Music, the ten-track album recalls the singer’s classic rock roots with a modern sound - and features contributions by the likes of Ryan Hoyle (Collective Soul) on drums, Brad Smith (Blind Melon) on bass, Grammy nominated producer Steve DeAcutis (Vanilla Fudge, Corey Glover, Vinnie Moore, Overkill, etc.), and Grammy Award winning mastering engineer Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Mastodon, Monster Magnet, etc.).
 
The album’s lead-off single is the track “Hope,” which will be released digitally on March 8, and can be ordered via this link:
 
 
Starting his musical career as lead singer of the 1970s rock group Jamestown Massacre (best known for the Billboard Top 100 Song, “Summer Sun”) and doing commercial jingle work in Chicago, Dave was the lead singer of Survivor from 1978-1984 and 1993-1999, and co-lead singer 2013-2014.
 
And his crowning career achievement was singing on the track “Eye of the Tiger” - the theme song for the hit film ‘Rocky III,’ which topped the Billboard charts for six weeks and won a Grammy Award for 'Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.' From 1999-2009, Dave served as the singing voice behind the most award winning radio campaign in advertising history ('Real Men of Genius'), for Bud Light beer.
 
‘Darklight’ will be issued on both CD and vinyl, with the vinyl version being available in both standard (black) and limited (gray swirl) editions, and if ordered online via http://www.merchbucket.com/category/DEKOMUSIC-DAVEBICK.html, it will include a bonus track. Dave will be launching a European solo tour in March, with further Euro/US dates and festival shows throughout the year.
 
And if the album is pre-ordered now via http://www.merchbucket.com/product/DAVEBICK-MEGABUNDLE.html, a limited edition bundle of only 100 will include the following:
 
One (1) Dave Bickler - "Darklight" CD
One (1) Dave Bickler - "Darklight" (AUTOGRAPHED) LTD Edition Gray Marble Vinyl
One (1) *Exclusive digital download of the song "Day and Night" (delivered at time of shipping) - not included on the "Darklight" album
One (1) Dave Bickler - "Darklight" Shirt
 
‘DARKLIGHT’ TRACKLIST:
 
  1. Hope
  2. Kaleidoscope
  3. Fear Of The Dark
  4. Magic
  5. The Gift
  6. Always You
  7. Time
  8. Sea Of Green
  9. Lights
  10. Angel Heart
  11. The Sky Is Falling
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: www.davebickler.com
 
 
Fri
11
Jan

Original SURVIVOR Vocalist DAVE BICKLER Confirms UK Dates

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Original SURVIVOR vocalist DAVE BICKLER has confirmed a short run of UK dates in March. The voice of the worldwide hit 'Eye Of The Tiger' will play LONDON The Garage 11, BRISTOL Thekla 12, NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms 13, PRESTATYN HRH AOR 14.
Tickets on sale now at https://tinyurl.com/yaelkzpl
 
CHROME MOLLY have been announced as Special Guests for all shows except Prestatyn.
 
In 2018 Dave Bickler released his long anticipated solo album ‘Darklight’ on all digital platforms.The album has been a labour of love and his main focus for many years. Its release was accompanied by a simple statement which said “Remember, there's no light without dark, and there's more to light than meets the eye! Happy listening!"
 
As the original singer in the band Survivor, Dave Bickler had his biggest hit with the double platinum 1982 hit ‘Eye of the Tiger’, the theme song for the motion picture Rocky III. The song, which topped the US, British and Australian charts, became an international hit, selling millions of copies around the world.The song won Bickler and the band a Grammy Award for ‘Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal’, was voted ‘Best New Song’ by the People's Choice Awards and received an Academy Award nomination.In subsequent years the song continues to be an influence, featuring in a variety of spheres including sporting events, electronic games such as Guitar Hero, and numerous ‘Best of’ charts.
 
The album ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ which produced a further US Top 20 hit single with ‘American Heartbeat’ was certified platinum in the USA.
 
Dave Bickler served three stints with Survivor from 1978–1983,1993–1999 and 2013-2014. In 2013 Bickler rejoined the band with Jimi Jamison, touring regularly until Jamisons' untimely death in 2014. Dave Bickler appeared on four albums – ‘Survivor’ ,’Premonition’, ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ and ‘Caught In The Game’.
 
From 1999-2009 Dave Bickler was the singing voice behind the hugely successful 'Real Men of Genius' Bud Light radio and TV commercials. It became the most “award-winning” radio campaign in advertising history!
 
DAVE BICKLER (Original SURVIVOR vocalist) plus special guests Chrome Molly
 
UK - MARCH 2019 
11 LONDON, The Garage
12 BRISTOL, Thekla
13 NOTTINGAM, Rescue Rooms
14 PRESTATYN, HRH AOR*
 * Dave Bickler only 
 
 
Thu
27
Sep

DAVE BICKLER Debuts New 'Darklight' Solo Album

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Former Survivor vocalist DAVE BICKLER has launched his long worked on solo album 'Darklight' onto all digital platforms as of today. The album has been a labor of love for the much loved vocalist. I'm told a CD and LP release will follow, but with no ETA as yet.
 
Dave's simple statement reads: "My new album "Darklight" is being released at MIDNIGHT! Remember, there's no light without dark, and there's more to light than meets the eye! Happy listening!"
 
Available on Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, Instagram/Facebook, Google Play, Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, Napster, iHeartRadio, ClaroMusica, Saavn, Anghami, KKBox, MediaNet, and Shazam!
 
 
 
Tue
05
Jun

FRANKIE SULLIVAN Sues Yet Again, This Time DAVE BICKER

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Yes, Mr Sue everybody, who once tried to have the hit TV show Survivor renamed, is at it again.
Not content with suing former band mates Jim Peterik and Jimi Jamison, this time FRANKIE SULLIVAN is going after DAVE BICKLER. For using a Survivor graphic in his advertising. The same issue that's been behind most of Frankie's lawsuits. Give me a break.
 
Here's the article from TMZ:
 
Survivor founder Frank Sullivan is pissed one of his ex-bandmates is using the band's name and logo to promote his solo career ... even though he left the group THIRTY. FOUR. YEARS. AGO.
Sullivan -- who started the band in '77 and exploded to fame with "Eye of the Tiger" -- is suing Dave Bickler, claiming the OG member agreed to leave the band in '84 and signed a contract giving up his right to use the band logo.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Sullivan says Bickler to this day continues to promote his solo career by using the band's logo, which Sullivan says is plastered all over Bickler's website "implying current affiliation" with the band.

 
Sullivan also claims Bickler slaps the logo on promotional flyers. Even his Instagram handle makes a reference to Survivor. Sullivan's suing to get Bickler to drop the act and for damages.
We reached out to Bickler ... his attorney tells us this suit "is frivolous and simply a mean-spirited attempt to harass Dave for the success he is enjoying on his own." We're told Bickler has no need to imply he's still with Survivor, but sometimes the band shows photos of him in their promos ... "which would seem to undermine the premise of their lawsuit."
Bickler was the lead singer for "Eye of the Tiger" ... and his lawyer says this suit can't change that.
 
Thu
03
Mar

DAVE BICKLER No Longer Part of SURVIVOR

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More sad news from the dysfunctional world of SURVIVOR. Vocalist Dave Bickler has left. Or been removed. Under what circumstances it is not clear - although the tweet from Frankie Sullivan suggests - it was not good.
 
"To all my dear fans, Bitter sweet news that I am no longer a member of Survivor. Just wanted to share that with you. There is no longer a place for me in the band. So I'll be moving on and direct all my energies to my solo project. And thank you for all your support. Peace. Dave."
 
Tue
20
Oct

SURVIVOR Recruit New Vocalist CAMERON BARTON; Tour Dates Pending

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EXCLUSIVE: Classic melodic rockers SURVIVOR are coming back.
 
Following the tragic death of Jimi Jamison, the band (featuring original guitarist Frankie Sullivan and original vocalist Dave Bickler) went into indefinite hiatus.
 
But now news comes that Frankie Sullivan has recruited a new vocalist to take Jimi’s place and join him and Dave Bickler on the road again, starting in January at a Las Vegas date.
 
The new voice is Nashville singer/songwriter Cameron Barton – a 20 year old described on his website as “Fusing iconic classic rock songs with today’s modern country, Cameron brings a new and compelling sound to country music”.
 
 
Survivor’s booking agent website was quoted: “Survivor has a live show that brings your audience right back to the original records with a true concert excitement! Lead by founding member/lead guitarist Frankie Sullivan at the helm along with original lead singer Dave Bickler and the band's newest member Cameron Barton whose natural vocals clone the late Jimi Jamison, Survivor's second singer. Limited shows for 2015, 2016 touring the world!”
 
When asked to comment, Frankie Sullivan would only state “No singer news as of yet. Will keep you posted.” The new quote disappeared from the site later that very day.
 
So it’s yet to be made official, but I can 100% confirm that the band has already started rehearsals with Dave and Cameron.
 
It’s good to see the guys back, but it’s with a heavy heart that it must happen without the late, great Jimi Jamison.
 
 
UPDATED; Here is the official press release made overnight:
 
VETERAN ROCK BAND HITS THE ROAD WITH LEAD VOCALIST CAMERON BARTON

Legendary rock band Survivor is embarking on their next chapter in 2016 with a new member who has seemingly given new life to one of rock ‘n’ roll’s preeminent bands. With 21-year-old Nashville resident Cameron Barton assuming lead vocalist duties, the group will take their trademark arena rock sound to their loyal and devoted fan base.

Barton steps into the role of Jimi Jamison, who passed away in September 2014. Survivor is excited to have Cameron bring his powerhouse vocal style to the band’s live shows. “He’s great,” says the band’s Frankie Sullivan. “After hearing him, I was in Nashville within twenty four hours. I was in the studio with him about a day later. I stayed with him for about four days, and put him through the ringer. He just kept getting better and kept delivering.” Barton’s commitment to getting the job done is something that impresses his bandmate. “He’s a very focused guy. Most musicians aren’t that focused when they are that young. He learned twenty songs in about eight days.”

Sullivan noted that there might be pressure of taking on the role of lead singer in a group with such a historic pedigree, but he says Barton doesn’t seem to be affected by the pressure. “He just wants to do what he does. You get new people in with new ideas, and usually that comes with a different vibe.”

All in all, the band is hoping that 2016 brings more success with their impending tour and planned album, slated for later in the year. “I think it could be a year to remember. He has a great work ethic.”

Survivor released their first album in 1980 on Scotti Brothers Their first Top-40 on the Hot 100 came the next year with “Poor Man’s Son.” Their big break would come in 1982 when the band was asked by Sylvester Stallone to provide the theme song for Rocky III. That single, “Eye Of The Tiger,” hit # 1 – staying there for seven weeks, winning a Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, a People’s Choice Award, and an Academy Award nomination. The song came in at #18 on the “Top 100 Singles” chart in Billboard‘s 100th Anniversary issue and it’s well over the 300,000 mark on iTunes, where it’s currently holding strong at #9 on their “Top Soundtrack” chart. The band also struck paydirt as a result of a Stallone movie when “Burning Heart” appeared on the soundtrack of Rocky IV in 1985, hitting # 2 on the singles chart.

The band’s VITAL SIGNS, was another huge success for the band, peaking at #16 on Billboard‘s “Top 200 Albums” chart thanks to the Billboard Top-20 hits "I Can't Hold Back" (#13), "High On You" (#8) and "The Search Is Over" (#4).

Dates for 2016 will be announced soon. For more information about Survivor, log on to their www.SurvivorBand.com

 
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