black and white press photo of members of the band Journey

Journey

2017
Category:
Performers
Members:
  • Jonathan Cain
  • Aynsley Dunbar
  • Steve Perry
  • Gregg Rolie
  • Neal Schon
  • Steve Smith
  • Ross Valory

Call the style what you will – arena rock, stadium rock, concert rock – Journey dominated in the ‘70s and ‘80s.  

Journey performed ballads and scorchers with equal skill and passion led by Neal Schon's remarkable guitar and the soaring vocals of Steve Perry.

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Call it what you will – Arena Rock, Stadium Rock, Concert Rock – the music of Journey defined the big rock and roll sound of the late 1970s and early 1980s. 

Formed in San Francisco in 1973, the group was initially a combination of ex-Santana members Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie, and ex- Frumious Bandersnatch members.  The band was steeped in the psychedelic and jazz fusion sounds of San Francisco and pushed out into the territory of progressive and hard rock with songs like “Of A Lifetime” and “I’m Gonna Leave You.”  In 1977 they found Steve Perry – one of the all-time great rock voices – a singer who could perform ballads and scorchers with equal skill and passion.  Between 1978 and 1981, they refined their sound, worked on their songwriting, and eventually released one of the biggest hit albums of the early 1980s, Escape (1981).  Pulling from Queen’s melodic rock sound (by specifically working with Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker), the band was soon performing in sold out stadiums around the world.  Their biggest hit, “Don’t Stop Believin” is a song that has gone beyond its own place and time and has become a cultural anthem, appearing in everything from the TV show Glee, the final episode of The Sopranos, and even as the finale of the Broadway musical Rock Of Ages.  They followed up in 1983 with another album full of radio hits on Frontiers.  The opening track “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” blended all the best elements of their powerful music: synth arpeggios, guitar power chords, thumping bass and drums, and the soaring vocals of Perry.  In the late 80s and 90s they only put out two new albums, but each captured their signature sound, although with a decidedly AOR sheen.  The band continues to tour the world with their new lead singer Arnel Pineda, and their classic hits continue to rock the world – just turn on “Don’t Stop Believin” in a bar and see what happens.

Selected discography: “Of A Lifetime,” Journey (1975) ● “I’m Gonna Leave You,” Look Into The Future (1976) ● “Lights,” “Wheel In The Sky,” Infinity (1978) ● “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” Evolution (1979) ● “Any Way You Want It,” “Walks Like A Lady,” Departure (1980) ● “Don’t Stop Believin,” “Stone In Love,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Open Arms,” Escape (1981) ● “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” “Send Her My Love,” “Faithfully,” “Only The Young,” Frontiers (1983) ● “Girl Can’t Help It,” “I’ll Be Alright Without You,” Raised On Radio (1986) ● “When You Love A Woman,” Trial By Fire (1996)

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