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Formed: January 1, 1973

During their initial 14 years of existence (1973-1987), Journey altered their musical approach and their personnel extensively while becoming a top touring and recording band. The only constant factor was guitarist Neal Schon (born February 27, 1954), a music prodigy who had been a member of Santana in 1971-1972. The original unit, which was named in a contest on KSAN-FM in San Francisco, featured Schon, bassist Ross Valory, drummer Prairie Prince (replaced by Aynsley Dunbar), and guitarist George Tickner (who left after the first album). Another former Santana member, keyboard player and singer Gregg Rolie, joined shortly afterward. This lineup recorded Journey (1975), the first of three moderate-selling jazz-rock albums given over largely to instrumentals. 


By 1977, however, the group decided it needed a strong vocalist/frontman and hired Steve Perry (born January 22, 1949). The results were immediately felt on the fourth album, Infinity (1978), which sold a million copies within a year. (By this time, Dunbar had been replaced by Steve Smith.) Evolution (1979) was similarly successful, as was Departure (after which Rolie was replaced by Jonathan Cain). Following a live album, Captured (1981), Journey released Escape, which broke them through to the top ranks of pop groups by scoring three Top Ten hit singles, all ballads highlighting Perry's smooth tenor: "Who's Crying Now," "Don't Stop Believin'," and "Open Arms." The album topped the charts and sold millions. Frontiers (1983), featuring the hit "Separate Ways," was another big success, after which Perry released a double-platinum solo album, Street Talk (1984). When the group got back together to make a new album, Valory and Smith were no longer in the lineup and Raised on Radio (1986) was made by Schon, Perry, and Cain, who added other musicians for a tour. 


Following the tour, Journey disbanded. Perry went into a prolonged period of seclusion as Schon and Cain formed Bad English with vocalist John Waite. Bad English had several hit singles, including the chart-topper "When I See You Smile," before breaking up. Perry returned to recording in 1994, releasing For the Love of Strange Medicine. Although the album went gold, it was a commercial disappointment by previous standards. In 1996, Perry, Schon, Cain, Valory, and Smith staged a Journey reunion, releasing the million-selling Trial by Fire, which featured the gold-selling Top 20 single "When You Love a Woman," and going on tour. Perry and Smith opted out of the reunion after the tour, but Journey continued, hiring a new lead singer, Steve Augeri (formerly of Tall Stories), and a new drummer, Bad English's Deen Castronovo, who made their debuts on "Remember Me," a track on the 1998 Armageddon soundtrack. The band next reconvened in 2001. Arrival, Journey's 11th new studio album, was released in April, followed by a national tour. 


The band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 21, 2005. That same year they released a new album, Generations, and embarked on their 30th anniversary tour. Shows on the tour stretched over three hours long and were divided into two sets -- one focusing on pre-Escape material, the other on post-Escape material. The archival release Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour appeared on both DVD and CD in 2006, the same year that the group brought Jeff Scott Soto aboard as a replacement for Augeri, who developed a throat infection that prevented him from singing. 


However, Soto's time with the band was limited; in 2007, Journey announced that they had parted ways with the singer and were once again seeking a frontman. They found him in Arnel Pineda, a Filipino vocalist that they discovered after seeing him perform on YouTube. Pineda made his debut with the band in 2008, the same year that Journey released Revelation. Fueled by the adult contemporary hit “After All These Years,” Revelation was a surprise hit that wound up going platinum. Journey returned in the summer of 2011 with Eclipse, a concept album that saw the band tie together its progressive rock beginnings with its ‘80s arena rock peak.

http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Journey/Biography/
| Closed on 09/27/12 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
17 Fans 
41%a. 10 (They Rock)
29%b. 7-9 (Pretty Damn Good)
24%c. 5-6 (They're Ok)
6%d. 1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of them)
0%e. JOURNEY SUCKS!

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#3 | 598 days ago

They were like REO Speedwagon to me. Bands driven by great guitarists that once their rock ballads started selling, that was all they seemed to play. I mean I would sellout in a heartbeat if that kind of money was pouring in, so I sure don't blame them. Over all, I liked their music, I just stopped listening to them when Steve Perry started making me cry all the time.

devil
7-9 (Pretty Damn Good)  
  
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#1 | 598 days ago

Another band that was great from the 70's through the early 80's and then pfffffftttttt! no


Separate Ways has to be my favorite song from these guys!


Don't Stop Believin' (well, until the WHITE SOX abused the f**k out of that song in 2005)
Faithfully
Open Arms
Any Way you Want It
Wheel in the Sky
Stone in Love
Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
Who's Cryin Now
Lights
7-9 (Pretty Damn Good)  
#2 | 598 days ago
unopescatore (+)

they're alright
#3 | 598 days ago

They were like REO Speedwagon to me. Bands driven by great guitarists that once their rock ballads started selling, that was all they seemed to play. I mean I would sellout in a heartbeat if that kind of money was pouring in, so I sure don't blame them. Over all, I liked their music, I just stopped listening to them when Steve Perry started making me cry all the time.

devil
7-9 (Pretty Damn Good)  
#4 | 598 days ago

Solid band, had their moments but was never really into them. The Separate Ways video is in the interwebs Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement. A true master piece of unintentional comedy and for that I salute them.
5-6 (They're Ok)  
#5 | 598 days ago

i do my best to keep this band out of my ear holes. journey, styx, reo, bon jovi...they all kinda fall under a schmaltzy, wedding dj-y,  going-to-get-stuck-in-your-head genre.
#6 | 598 days ago

Faithfully is the song of my High School Graduating Class. Mariah Carey ruined OPEN ARMS for me though.
10 (They Rock)  
#7 | 597 days ago

I lkied them...I have Stone in Love on a CD that's in my car, and anytime that song comes on, I BLAST it. 
10 (They Rock)  
#8 | 595 days ago

I've got a couple Journey albums...those albums all safely put in case of fire.  I loved Journey when I was into that type music. Steve Perry had a beautiful voice and could turn on the tears faucet real easy crying I still love their music tho and have kareoked "Lights" - found out I'm no Steve Perry! LOL
some of my favorites are:
  • Lights
  • Faithfully
  • Any Way You Want It
  • Wheel In The Sky
  • Stone In Love
10 (They Rock)  
#9 | 595 days ago

saw them a few years back at Summerfest.  they were terrible.  none of the old classics,  only played new crap they were trying to peddle.  huge disappointment.no
7-9 (Pretty Damn Good)  
#10 | 594 days ago

The late 70's and early 80's I listened to them, but now some of their ballads make my ears bleed. Weird how 20 years ago some of the stuff I listened to now makes me think WTF was I thinking.
#11 | 568 days ago

(Edited by texas_tornado4261)
I saw Journey in Concert when I first moved to where I am living.
I think they rock !    Their old music from way back....                                              cool

I have a friend that goes to every concert they have !..literally, drives, planes,
you name it,,...                               .....

I can sit back and listen to their songs anytime.....brings back great memories..      yes
10 (They Rock)  

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