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Journey rolls out fall Las Vegas residency
Journey has just announced a nine-date Las Vegas residency for the fall. The band will play a limited engagement at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace between October 9th and 26th, with tickets going on sale this Friday, April 19th at 10 a.m. PT.
Journey’s nine Vegas performances are set for October 9th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 23rd, 25th, and 26th. General ticket prices begin at $69, plus applicable tax and fees, and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com/journey or in-person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office. All shows begin at 8 p.m.
In addition to current frontman Arnel Pineda, Journey now features the full musical line up of the classic early-’80s version of the band that recorded 1981’s Escape and 1983’s Frontiers — including co-founders Neal Schon and Ross Valory, along with Jonathan Cain, and Steve Smith. Guitarist Neal Schon told us that it’s always a pleasure teaming up with drummer Steve Smith: “I’ve been playing with Smith consistently with my stuff, so, I love playing with him. Y’know, he’s very, very artistic, amazing drummer and y’know, he aspires to get better everyday. And so him and I have great chemistry together.”
Keyboardist Jonathan Cain, who was drafted to replace co-founder Gregg Rolie in time for the writing and recording of Journey’s 1981 breakthrough album, Escape, co-wrote such classics as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Open Arms,” “Stone In Love,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” — as well as composing “Faithfully” all on his own. Cain, who is a born again Christian, told us that faith plays a tremendous part in his songwriting: “It’s like pin the tail on a donkey a lot of the times, you’re like. . . you’re like, you’re blindfolded. And you’re given this music and now it’s time to breathe a lyric into it, y’know? And you have to put yourself into it and I think it’s a big Holy Spirit moment, y’know? He, He guides you there where you’re supposed to go. Probably the hardest Journey song for me was ‘Only The Young.’ Two months sitting on my kitchen table, my kitchen table was the cassette player with that song in it. And every morning I’d wake up with my coffee going ‘What is this?’ I was patient. (Laughs) I sat with it. It’s a struggle.”
Just released is Journey – Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers. The set, which is available as a double CD and DVD or Blu-ray, was captured live on February 7th, 2017 at Tokyo’s Budokan arena. In addition to current frontman Arnel Pineda, the show features the full musical line up of the classic early-’80s version of Journey that recorded the albums — including co-founders Neal Schon and Ross Valory, along with Jonathan Cain, and Steve Smith.
In addition to such classic hits as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Open Arms,” “Stone In Love,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” and “Faithfully,” the new collection features such deep album cuts as Escape’s “Lay It Down” and Frontiers’ “Back Talk,” which haven’t been played live since the albums’ original touring cycles.
The DVD track listing to Journey – Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers is: “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Stone In Love,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Keep On Runnin’,” “Still They Ride,” “Escape,” “Lay It Down,” “Dead Or Alive,” Neal Schon Guitar Solo, “Mother, Father,” Jonathan Cain Piano Solo, “Open Arms,” “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” “Send Her My Love,” “Chain Reaction,” “After The Fall,” “Faithfully,” “Edge Of The Blade,” Steve Smith Drum Solo, “Back Talk,” “Frontiers,” “Rubicon,” “La Raza del Sol,” and “Lovin,’ Touchin,’ Squeezin’.”