Journey is widely considered a singles band, and a part of them is certainly aware of this in looking at their setlist. They hit all the high water marks of their career in tracks such as “Any Way You Want It” and “Faithfully” which always have a presence somewhere in the set. The group does sneak in a “Ritual” and “She’s a Mystery” from 2011’s Eclipse, and sometimes adds “City of Hope” to the mix.
Aside from their breakthrough record Escape and the almost as popular 1978 Infinity, the band barely touches their 90’s and 2000’s material. They do deliver “Be Good to Yourself” as the opening track, which comes from their interesting 1986 release, Raised on Radio. And as arena rockers famous for huge sing-alongs, it is only fitting for them to once again add a huge rock version of the “Star Spangled Banner” to the setlist.
Of course, the band keeps one thing reliably intact, and that is their powerful live rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” to the unsurprising chant of every single person in the audience.
Be Good to Yourself
Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
Any Way You Want It
Send Her My Love
Only the Young
The Star-Spangled Banner
Stone in Love
She’s a Mystery
La Do Da
Wheel in the Sky
Don’t Stop Believin’
Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’
Who is in the current line-up?
Few bands switch through members as often as Journey. The group leaves a wake of approximately 12 members, but the current line-up has been surprisingly stable. It consists of the only steady founding member, Neal Schon on lead guitar. Ross Valory was a founder, but left the group for a large portion of the 80’s and 90’s, though he returned in 1995.
Rounding out the current line-up is Jonathan Cain on keys who has been with the band since 1980, Dean Castronovo on drums since 1998, and the group’s newest member, Arnel Pineda on vocals since 2007. It is perhaps the last member that surfaced the most intrigue for seeing how he can fill in for the mesmerizing and bombastic former Journey frontman, Steve Perry.
How long is a Journey concert?
Journey performs for roughly 80 minutes.
Who else is playing on Journey’s tour?
Steve Miller Band is running as co-headliners with Journey. The two swap headlining status for each show, playing similarly lengthened sets. With that said, it is not uncommon for the last act of the night to play an extra 10 minute encore.
Both groups have direct support in the form of Tower of Power. This is not some fly by the night rock group. Tower of Power has released material since 1970. They provide an absolutely sensational blend of R&B, jazz, and free form soul with a total collective membership of 10 people on stage at any one time.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Journey’s tour?
There seems to be quite a few places to obtain presale tickets for these shows. The first method is through American Express’ platform. You need an American Express card for purchase, but it is the fastest and most direct way. They appear to be covering the entire tour this year.
Interestingly, CitiNational is also providing presale passwords directly through their own platform. This is known as the Citi Private Pass, and they do not serve just any tour. Though the rates are good, you need a membership with Citi to make the purchase. Tickets are also quite limited and go fast.
Another major option for presale passwords is the appropriately titled, online resource, Presale Passwords Info. They collect data from both private and public sources, listing all found presales in one location.
Finally, Journey announces presales through their Facebook page for purchase on their official website. They make the announcements in batches, so stay close to the page for the most immediate presales.
Alternatively, you may have a little bit of luck contacting the group’s current record label, Nomota LLC. They are a very small imprint based out of Healdsburg, California. They can be reached at 707-433-9330.
“I now know why Journey’s lead singer Pineda suffered from laryngeal problems in Novembermber. Pineda, who replaced former lead singer Steve Perry in 2007, was a vocal dynamo, and I can see why his voice needed to rest. This young man sounded just like Perry (probably with more range) and his energy breathed new life into the songs of my generation.” – Sheryl Krieg of the News-Sentinel
“The reason Journey remains so popular with vocalists today is the challenging vocals, as established by former lead singer Steve Perry. Pineda seems to have mastered them though, easily commanding the mountainous dynamics of a song like “Faithfully,” though the diminutive singer did seem to lack Perry’s sheer power in the higher registers.” – Mark Jordan of Go Memphis
“Keyboardist, rhythm guitarist and co-songwriter Jonathan Cain prefaced the latter with an orchestral-tinged Journey suite. Lest anyone forget that Schon is a master shredder, he provided constant reminders, initially with “The Star-Spangled Banner” but at multiple points, especially during the less frenetic, Pete Townshend-ish tone he applied to “Wheel in the Sky.” – George Paul of the Orange County Register
The Eclipse Tour 2013
Tour Opening Acts: Loverboy
Started February 5, 2013 in Sioux City, Iowa | Ended December 3, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio
The Eclipse Tour 2012
Tour Opening Acts: Pat Benetar
Started July 21, 2012 in San Bernardino, California | Ended December 15, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Tour Opening Acts: Night Ranger, Foreigner
Started February 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Ended October 21, 2011 in Seattle, Washington
Revelation Tour 2009
Tour Opening Acts: Gregg Rolie, Heart
Started July 16, 2009 in Walker, Minnesota | Ended October 3, 2009 in Henderson, Nevada
Revelation Tour 2008
Tour Opening Acts: Night Ranger
Started March 8, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Ended October 4, 2008 in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tour Opening Acts: April Wine
Started June 23, 2006 in Camden, New Jersey | Ended November 17, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana