The Journey tribute band known simply as “Journey” is currently rolling through the Northeast. The band even includes original members Neal Schon & Ross Valory, as well as 80s-era keyboardist Jonathan Cain. They stopped in at Jones Beach on Friday, August 10th. Opening up for the Journey tribute band was the actual Loverboy (ugh!) and Pat Benatar. I did not attend. While the idea of seeing the band that defined my childhood seemed like a good idea, Journey ended in 1997 with the departure of Steve Perry. While new singer Arnel Pineda is a great vocalist, Neil Schon appears to be in it for the money. After Perry left Journey in 1997, Neil replaced him with Steve Augeri, who sounded very much like Perry. Jeff Scott Soto then replaced Augeri in 2006, and a year later, Pineda was found.
While Pineda isn’t trying to imitate Perry (to which I commend him), the band could call themselves something other than “Journey.” The bottom line: I’m not into tribute bands. I have no interest in seeing “Fair Warning, Riders on the Storm, Led Blimpie or Almost Queen. Seeing someone else singing Journey’s songs won’t work for me. Every band has an evolution. They change over time, things happen – band members join, leave, die, whatever. Steve Perry wasn’t Journey’s first lead singer, but for me, from childhood to infinity, he will always be the definition of who they are as a band. I can’t escape that.
In related news, the Man with the Golden Voice, is rumored to be working on a new solo album. In an interview, Steve Perry revealed that he has written over 50 new songs and is rumored to be working on his first solo album since 1994’s For the Love of Strange Medicine. Hardly anything has been reported since then. I can’t wait! We all need new frontiers. Indeed.
OK, this one is for the ladies…
After 20 years of marriage, Kenny G has filed for divorce last week. In doing so, he has revealed that his real name is Kenneth Bruce Gorelick. So if you’re a sucker for a sultry soprano saxophonist, Mr. G is single, and on the rebound!
Just think what life with Kenny could be like… Every day could be the lap of luxury – he’s successful, got great hair, and if you hit it off with him, the future Mrs. Gorelick’s home will be filled with music! Sure, it’s elevator music, but hey – you can’t be too picky these days.
He is seeking joint custody of their 14-year old son, so kid-friendly is a must!
Best of luck to y’all!
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