Journey – a Long Road

music musings, beaverdamusa.comI recently watched Pat Monahan of Train induct Journey into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  I would like to say I had a hand in that…..  If you recall, a few months ago, I mused about the Hall and the fact that I voted in the online poll (Rock HoF).  Well, Journey won, so I had a hand in it since I voted for them.

I found a documentary (thought they were just about nude pygmies & polar bears) on Journey a few weeks ago and spent a lazy Saturday afternoon watching it.  Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey  explores Journey’s lead singer, Arnel Pineda’s rise from lounge singer to performing with the very band he idolized.  It is definitely worth the two hours since it also gives a concise history of the band.  

Journey has seen its share of personnel comings, goings, and even comebacks.  There was a time where it really looked like they might implode, but they persevered.  Obviously, the biggest going was Steve Perry’s departure and the search for a lead singer.  During the Hall induction, it was great to see Steve Perry back on stage with his former bandmates.  He showed class in acknowledging his love for the band and especially calling out Arnel and his vocals.  

Journey was part of what I consider my best value concert ever.  Back in high school, I had purchased tickets to see Blue Oyster Cult at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium.  Why was I going to see Blue Oyster Cult?  To this day, I really don’t know, but I was.  In the days before the internet, one relied on radio stations and newspapers to announce concerts.  Pollstar, Ticketmaster or Stubhub didn’t exist.  The local rock station KDF teased that a major concert announcement was coming and everyone was speculating who it could be.  The Escape album has just been released and I had a hunch the major act would be Journey.  Well, I sold my BOC tickets and waited for the announcement – sure enough, Journey was coming to Nashville.  So my friend Joe & I drove (remember, no internet) to Nashville after school to buy general admission tickets at the Sound Seventy ticket outlet next to Centennial Park.  

Fast forward to the night of the show and we were down on the floor about two hours prior to show time so we could get up close.  Back in those days, there were no “seats” on the floor – you stood, the entire time.  If you hit the floor that typically wasn’t good and involved people in uniforms, etc…  Well the opening act was Loverboy who had just released their sophomore album – Get Lucky. The lead single from that album was Working for the Weekend and they opened with it that night.  I will forever believe for that first song, they were lip synching.  They didn’t any other songs, but for some reason it looked as if they were on that one.  

Next, Journey came out with Steve Perry in the trademark jeans, yellow shirt, and black tuxedo tails.  For the next couple of hours, I had a front row view as they played through their previous songs and most of the Escape album.  One interesting memory is of Jonathon Cain playing guitar while Steve Perry played part of Stone in Love on the keyboards.  I have seen Journey since, but nothing compares to being that close and being blown away by the music and its volume.

So, it was great to see Journey get inducted into the Hall finally.  Oh, I mentioned it was the best value, didn’t I?  The ticket cost $10.  ‘Nuff said.

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About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

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