By Caryl Clem
Looking forward to concerts in Chicago includes iconic bands like Journey on May 2, 2022 at Allstate Arena. The radio station WLS celebrated their coming appearance with a “Journey” week featuring their lead songs. The magic when music dissolves time happens every time I listen to time buried favorites like “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Open Arms”, and “Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin to name of few of their hits. Decades later after their single hits consistently hit the Top Forty Charts during the 1980’s, generations still relish listening to Journey’s signature music.
In 1975, the first appearance under the band title” Golden Gate Rhythm Section” in San Francisco showcased a psychedelic, jazz, rock combo that featured two former members of Santana. Three releases later by 1977, the bands’ identity is still forming with marginal sales. A new name Journey is on the front cover of “Look Into The Future”, 1976. The “Infinity” album increases popularity with three hit song as Steve Perry’s voice stirs passions. Encouragement by a band members’ father to not give up leads to a hit single, “Don’t Stop Believing” in 1981 along with other popular singles. Within 6 years after a questionable start, Journey reaches record sales demand hitting 9 million in America. The band lost members seeking their own careers at the end of the 1980’s.
Band member changes lead to hiatus in 1987. The reorganization emerged in to the release “Trial by Fire “in 1996 that sold I million. The legacy of Journey was refueled by “Arrival” in 2001 and “Generation” in 2005. Journey was back on the concert tour reconnecting with audiences from coast to coast. The newest vocalist found by searching YouTube is Amel Pineda since his debut in “Revelation” 2008, “Eclipse” 2011. Pat Monohan from the band Train inducted Journey into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
Currently the Freedom tour is a testimony to Journeys’ timeless appeal. The rollicking keyboards, the clever interplay of harmony styles, the ballad lyrics echoing love’s resilience or the pain of loss captures hearts of all ages. Journey music strikes a familiar chord for many. https://mentalitch.com/classic-rock-profiles-history-of-journey/