Founded in 1973 in San Francisco around former Santana members Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie, with the assistance of Ross Valory, George Tickner and Prairie Prince, Journey’s legacy has spanned over 30 years with 18 U.S. releases and over 75,000,000 in album sales.
Journey’s initial style was progressive jazz-rock, complete with extended and improvised solo spots, a style much in evidence on their first three albums for Columbia Records. In April 1975 Tickner bowed out of music to attend Stanford Medical School. He was eventually replaced by ex-Alien Project vocalist, Steve Perry (following a brief tenure by Robert Fleischman).
The switch to their signature highly sophisticated rock occurred with the recording of their hugely successful album, Infinity. Journey’s drummer, Aynsley Dunbar, was unhappy with this new style and left for Jefferson Starship, to be replaced by legendary drummer Steve Smith. The band’s next release, Evolution followed and brought the band their first US Top 20 hit, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’”.
Captured was a live double album that surprised many critics. The album featured cranked-up guitars and raucous hard rock, eventually peaking at number 9 on the US album chart. Founding member Rolie departed after its release, to be replaced by Jonathan Cain, who had previously played with the Babys.
Cain’s arrival was an important landmark in Journey’s career, as his songwriting input added a new dimension to the band’s sound. The band’s next release, Escape reached number one and stayed on the charts for over a year. It also spawned three US Top 10 hit singles, “Who’s Crying Now”, “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Open Arms”. The follow-up, Frontiers, was also massively successful, staying at number two on the Billboard album chart for nine weeks.
Valory and Smith departed the group prior to the release of 1986’s Raised On Radio, which generated another US hit single, “Be Good to Yourself”. The band was joined in the studio and subsequent live dates by bass players Randy Jackson and Bob Glaub; drummers, Mike Baird and Nashville veteran Larrie Londin.
In 1996 Perry, Schon, Smith, Cain and Valory reunited to release Trial by Fire, which entered the US chart at number three. The following year Deen Castronovo (ex-Bad English) replaced Smith and vocalist Steve Augeri (Tall Stories) replaced Perry after health problems sidelined the singer.
Vocalist, Steve Augeri first recorded with Journey for the band’s 1998 contribution to the Armageddon soundtrack – "Remember Me". The soundtrack, which hit Number One on the Billboard charts and was certified triple platinum.
The band’s 18th release, Arrival debuted in the spring of 2001 and the group launched their incredibly successful 56-city Arrival 2001 World Tour.
An Essential Journey greatest hits collection arrived in 2001 from Columbia Records; an honor previously bestowed on legends such as Miles Davis, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, and Barbra Streisand.
Throughout the summer of 2002, Journey again brought its live show around the country during their "Under The Radar Tour". It also gave the band an opportunity to showcase music from their new EP, Red13, to their die-hard fans. A late 2002 release of the EP gave the rest of America the chance to embrace Journey’s latest rock creation.
Journey set out on a multi-city tour with top selling bands Styx and REO Speedwagon in 2003 dubbed “The Classic Rock Main Event Tour”. Hailed as one of the top selling tours of 2003, The Main Event Tour attracted thousands. During 2004, Journey’s “Detour” continued to sell out venues across the nation.
January 21, 2005 will forever be known as “Journey Day,” as declared by Hollywood’s Mayor Johnny Grant. That’s the date Journey - who has sold over 75 million albums worldwide making them the 29th best-selling music group of all time - was honored with the 2,275th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Not only was the entire current line-up in attendance (guitarist Neal Schon, bassist Ross Valory, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, singer Steve Augeri and drummer Deen Castronovo), but several band members from the past as well: drummers Steve Smith and Aynsley Dunbar, guitarist George Tickner and singer Robert Fleischman. Perhaps the greatest surprise of all—not only to the fans in attendance, but to the band most of all—was the unexpected appearance of the group’s legendary former frontman Steve Perry, who had not been seen anywhere with the band since his departure in 1996 after Trial by Fire was released and earned the band’s first Grammy® Award nomination for “When You Love A Woman.”
Revelation (2008) should bookmark one of the most challenging chapters of Journey’s legendary career. Instead, the new album offers a lasting testament to Journey’s legacy, and a striking glimpse of their brilliant future.
The first album with lead vocalist Arnel Pineda, Revelation is Journey running on no less than twelve cylinders, a fine-tuned offering that sounds every bit like a band hitting their stride. Yet Pineda hadn’t even joined the band when the album’s first songs were written in mid-2007, and founding guitarist Neal Schon is quick to admit, it wasn’t always easy to stay optimistic when the band wasn’t sure what the future held.
“I was getting frustrated with not having a singer, but still wanted to move forward and knew that we had a big year in front of us. There were times I got frustrated, but I never lost hope,” recalls Schon. “I wanted a guy that could convey the classic songs with a similar texture to his voice, and a tenor voice, but someone who puts his own spin on it. Which is exactly what Arnel does.”
Pineda’s discovery is already etched into Journey’s lifelong musical history, as Schon scouted literally hundreds of singers via online video website YouTube before finding the band’s new frontman. “When I heard Arnel, I knew I had found our singer and immediately called management,” says Schon. “Next, I called Cain. And before we knew it, Arnel was on his way to the U.S. to audition. By the third day of full rehearsals with the band, it was a slam-dunk. Then, we proceeded into the studio where Arnel sang six Journey songs in one day. He sounded simply amazing. I looked at Cain and said, ‘There he is. This is our guy.’” Cain agreed.
Between the two of them, Schon and Cain penned all eleven of the new tracks on Revelation. There is no lack of chemistry in Journey, beginning with the songwriting core of Schon and Cain. “I felt strongly about moving forward and writing new material. It was time,” Schon states. Schon then put the call into Cain and started the song writing process which has now become the album, Revelation. “There’s an innate trust and respect for what we each do as we weave our way through this music,” says Cain. Schon adds, “In the alphabet, I might be a Z and Jonathan the A, that’s just how opposite we are musically sometimes. I write mostly rock and Jonathan writes most of the ballads, but when you combine the chemistry of us together, you’ll find that it is the nucleus and sound of what is and has been Journey. And now, with the right voice in place, we have all the right ingredients.” Cain adds, “We’ve been doing this for so long together, we both know what we want to hear, and we both know what works for the band.” Neal agrees. “By now I think we should be able to do it in our sleep.”
“It’s so exciting to sing with one of the best bands in the world,” says Pineda. “It’ll be a lot of hard work on my part, and I’m actually looking forward to the scrutiny I’ll get from the hardcore Journey fans. I know they’ll expect me to sound exactly like ‘the voice,’ but that will never happen. I know there’s only one Steve Perry in this world.” While that may be the case, Pineda breathes new life into the band’s heralded catalog, from the soaring stretches of “Only The Young” and the full vibrato that introduces the small town girl and city boy from South Detroit in “Don’t Stop Believin’,” to the pristine tones of “Open Arms” and “Faithfully” and the driving rhythm of “Separate Ways.”
“Not only can he cover our old material, but he’s such a diversified performer that it leaves everything wide open to where we can go,” marveled Schon of his new singer. “He’s got tremendous abilities and he’s an outstanding performer, which people will soon find out.”
Revelation: The album to look for. The future looks bright once again.