Two rock groups that have left an indelible mark on fans, album sales and the music industry, Starship starring Mickey Thomas and Survivor, will perform at the Eastside Cannery April 20, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.
The albums of both groups were an almost constant fixture on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs of the Year and 200 Albums of the Year in 1985, 1986 and 1987. The extensive radio airplay and exposure on emerging video music channels, MTV and VH1, only added to their success in the studio and on tour.
Mickey Thomas established himself as one of Rock music’s most recognizable voices. His soaring, strong vocals helped propel Starship’s albums in the 80s and 90s to Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum status. He made his mark in the music world in 1976 as lead vocalist on the hit “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” with The Elvin Bishop Band. Three years later Thomas joined Jefferson Starship as lead vocalist after the departure of Grace Slick and Marty Balin. The new partnership produced a number of hits including the #1 song “Jane.”
The group was renamed Starship and continued to record an amazing string of hits including “No Way Out,” “We Built This City,” and “Sara.” In addition, Starship received an Oscar nomination for the #1 hit “Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now” from the movie Mannequin. The group’s other top hits included “Find Your Way Back,” “Stranger,” “Laying It On The Line” and “It’s Not Over Till Its Over” which became Major League Baseball’s theme in 1987.
It took Survivor five years to achieve what some bands never get; national status and a #1 hit. Survivor’s title song “Eye of The Tiger” took the 1982 album to multi-Platinum status but also earned the group a Grammy award and an Oscar nomination. The song was expressly written for Rocky III and stayed at #1 on US charts for seven weeks.
The band toured on the success of the Eye of The Tiger album and would eventually follow up with the Top 20 hits “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High on You,” and “The Search Is Over.” The song “Burning Heart” peaked at #2 on the charts as part of the Rocky 4 soundtrack. Tickets are $49.95 Gold, $39.95 Prime, $29.95 Reserved and $19.95 Select, plus tax and fees. Purchase tickets 24 hours a day at www.eastsidecannery.com or call the Eastside Cannery Box Office at (702) 856-5470.
The Eastside Cannery is located at 5255 Boulder Highway (Boulder Highway near Tropicana), Las Vegas, NV 89122, (702) 856-5300.