Then: Rocky III gave the world a lot of amazing things. It's where we first met Mr. T. It's where we first saw the good side of Apollo Creed, and it's where we first heard "Eye Of The Tiger." This is all thanks to Sylvester Stallone, who was truly a kingmaker back then. He was looking for a song for his latest Rocky movie when he heard "Poor Man's Son" by a Chicago band called Survivor. He asked them to write a similar song, and they produced "Eye Of The Tiger." The song shot to Number One on the Hot 100, and soon gyms all across the country were blasting it. But the good times were brief for Survivor. In 1983, lead singer Dave Bickler left the band after experiencing voice problems. They hired a soundalike and cut "Moment of Truth" for the soundtrack to The Karate Kid; in 1985, they recorded "Burning Heart" for Rocky IV. The latter song is a truly fantastic account of the Cold War battle between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago, but it didn't quite connect like "Eye of the Tiger." Really, how can any song compete with that? Survivor called it quits in 1989.
Now: The lure of the oldies circuit was too powerful to resist, and in 1993 Survivor returned to the road. Original singer Dave Bickler even returned for a brief period in the mid-1990s. In 2003, they tried suing CBS for naming their reality show Survivor; they lost. In 2006, they suffered another setback when a reported attempt to land a song in Stallone's new movie Rocky Balboa didn't quite pan out. Yet as their name might suggest, despite all the challenges they've faced, Survivor has refused to give up on the touring life. Catch them this summer at the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo in Iowa and the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival in Colorado.