Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Wheel in the Sky Keeps on Touring

According to, Journey is going on tour to support their 13th album, "Generations":

"We'll play songs from the very first record and everything else from there on out, including music from the new album," guitarist Neal Schon says of the group's planned three-hour show. "We're going to be taking fans through a time trip here."

Taking a page out from Prince's 2004 Musicology tour, Journey will include a copy of "Generations" with each ticket purchased at most shows on its North American tour. A traditional retail release of the album will follow once the trek is complete. Although the band has spent its entire career on Columbia, it is unknown what label will issue the new set.

"Generations" was recorded earlier this spring by the band's current lineup, which is completed by bassist Ross Valory, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, singer Steve Augeri and drummer Deen Castronovo. Augeri has been in the fold since 2001, taking over the frontman role from Steve Perry, who led the band during its most commercially successful years in the late 1970s and 1980s.
I love how journalists have to find another way of saying "The real singer isn't in the band so this is basically karaoke." Even I can't understand why someone would want to see Journey without Steve Perry. And yet, I fully support Queen's touring with Paul Rodgers fronting them. Though at least he has a history of his own. And yet, I didn't support Sammy Hagar's joining Van Halen. Things sure get complicated when bands stick around after original members leave.

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