Journey, Loverboy Ready to Rock Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
Journey was created in 1973 by former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. They were originally called the Golden Gate Rhythm (they formed in San Francisco) and intended to serve as a backup group for the Bay Area artists. The band included Neal Schon on lead guitar, Gregg Rolie on keyboards and lead vocals, Ross Valory on bass, George Tikner on rhythm guitar and Prairie Prince of The Tubes served as drummer.
After realizing they were as talented as the artists they were covering for, the group abandon the “backup group” concept and developed a unique jazz fusion style. They renamed their band Journey and had their first public appearance at the Winterland Ballroom on New Year’s Eve, 1973. Shortly after Prairie Prince rejoined The Tubes and Journey hired British drummer Aynsley Dunbar. In 1974, they signed a recording contract with Columbia Records and was on their way to stardom, or so it seemed.
After three unsuccessful albums and the coming and going of numerous band members (Tickner left in 1975), Columbia Records suggested they change their musical style and add a frontman to share lead vocals. They hired Robert Fleischman and channeled hit bands Foreigner and Boston for their style. In 1977 they wrote the hit “Wheel in the Sky” but audiences still weren’t impressed.
Finally in 1977, Journey hired Steve Perry as their new lead singer and the band’s fourth album, Infinity reached no. 21 on the album charts. That same year they received their first RIAA-certified platinum album plus had hit singles “Lights” and “Wheel in the Sky.”
Over the next several decades, Journey continued to replace band members but still managed to produce multi-platinum albums and a slew of top 10 hits, including, “Open Arms” and “Separate Ways.” “Don’t Stop Believin’” is arguably their biggest hit and a staple of the musical Rock of Ages, which is set to open next month at the Venetian.
Today, only two of the original band members remain, (current members include Neal Schon, Ross Valory, Jonathan Cain on keyboards, Dean Castronovo on drums, percussion and vocals and Amel Pineda- lead vocals) but Journey’s success is unchanged. The band still continues to amaze audiences with their power ballads and incredible vocals and you’ll see that next Friday, Dec. 7 at Planet Hollywood.
The newest tour has been dubbed by the band, “The concert that takes you back” and into the future” promises to include all of the songs that made them one of the most popular bands of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. Also, Loverboy (“Working for the Weekend”) will be opening for Journey, so get ready for a Las Vegas Night 80’s style! You can find discounted Journey tickets right here on Best of Vegas.
Las Vegas, NV – 11/30/12