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A Journey Like No Other

303Last Friday I attended my fourth Journey concert. This time I saw them in Atlantic City, New Jersey – and as always, they put on a phenomenal show. The set list was comprised of many of the band’s greatest hits, as well as some newer cuts, including “Faith In The Heartland” from Revelation and “Ritual” from Eclipse.

Journey's setlist.

Journey’s setlist.

Neal Schon played two guitar solos; one was a blistering version of the “Star-Spangled Banner” and the other an atmospheric intro to “Wheel in the Sky.”

112Jonathan Cain’s piano solo that led into “Open Arms” was a gorgeous medley of Journey classics, including “When You Love A Woman,” “Patiently” and “Why Can’t This Night Go On Forever,” among others.

190The concert ended with three iconic songs from the band’s impressive catalog: “Faithfully,” a confetti-filled “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’.”

084Before the show started, my cousin and I had the opportunity to go backstage and meet Jonathan Cain, whom I interviewed earlier this summer. He was extremely nice and took the time to talk with us and pose for photos, as well as autograph my vinyl copy of Eclipse and a Journey poster for my cousin.

008We also had the chance to walk through the backstage area – where we saw Arnel and Deen warming up for the concert. Before heading to our seats, we got some Neal Schon guitar picks and an autographed photo of the band.

347While this may be my fourth time seeing Journey, it won’t be my last. For more than 40 years, they’ve been creating beautiful, infectious music that has served as the soundtrack for millions of people’s lives, including my own, and in concert they continue to put on a show like no other.

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2 thoughts on “A Journey Like No Other

  1. gaburris@roadrunner.com on said:

    Anohter great review about Journey, Michael. I am hooked on Journey just as much as you are, Michael. I had the great priviledge of seeing them during the early 80s when Steve Perry was still with them. I truly miss hearing Steve’s voice and am so happy he’s back to singing. I hope to see more of Steve to come. Arnel Pinetta has a great voice and has made a great transition into the Journey we know today. I will be watching for more interviews and reviews of Journey and Steve Perry to come! Keep up the great work Michael. I want to add that I was saddened to see the lead singer of Survivor pass away at such a young age. He was a truly gifted entertainer. Amy

  2. Amy,

    Thanks for the kind words. There are some great potential interviews coming down the pike, so stay tuned.

    Just like you, I was shocked to hear about Jimi Jamison’s passing last night. He had a tremendous voice and I’m saddened that I never got to see him live or speak with him. Life is sometimes too short, so you’ve gotta’ make the most of it while you’re here. Whatever you want to do, go for it – because we only get one shot.

    Enjoy what’s left of the summer, and I’ll do my best to keep you entertained. 🙂

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