Journey









Journey

Journey

is a rock band which was formed in 1973, in San Francisco, California. The band was formed by former members of the group, Santana, and has switched some members as time went on. The band’s greatest success was during the 1070's and the 1980's. They sang power ballads and other styles of songs. Some that can be remembered are, Open Arms, Separate Ways, Wheel in the Sky, Any Way You Want It, and Don’t Stop Believing.

Journey began in San Francisco, in 1871, when Walter Herbert, then Manager for the group, Santana, decided to put together a group of musicians and he originally called them, The Golden Gate Rhythm Section. Gregg Rolie (keyboard player and vocalist), along with Neal Schon (guitar player), was not satisfied with the direction that Carlos Santana wanted to go so they left the Santana band in 1972. Other members of the new band consisted of Ross Valory (bass player), and George Tickner (rhythm guitar player). The band was called Journey and they made their first public appearance at Winterland on New Year’s Eve, in 1973. The band flew to Hawaii the next day and played at the Crater Festival. The band released their first album, self titled, Journey, in 1975. Their second album was released in 1976 and called, Look Into the Future. The next year they released, Next, contained shorter tracks. Neal Schon sang lead in several of the tracks. The albums did not bring much attention or success. They received moderate sales on their, Next, album. The band recruited Robert Fleishman for their new lead singer. Robert went out on the road with Journey in the spring of 1977 but did not stay long. There was tension in the band among other members and Robert. Robert seemed to fail to finish new songs quickly and he also liked to play the tambourine along with the bands classic numbers. Fleischman was fired and Steve Perry (from the Alien Project), was hired on as lead singer. Steve made his debut with the group at the Old Waldorf, in San Francisco, in 1977. Perry and Schon paired up and wrote their first song together called, Patiently. The song appeared on their new album called, Infinity, and it was released in 1978.

The group’s album, Evolution, was contained their first Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 single, Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’. Then from 1987 to 1995, their record sales continued to grow. The band released 3 compilation albums and every one of them sold very well. In 1993 Kevin Chalfant (from the group The Storm), played with Journey on a few shows. In 1995, Steve Perry rejoined the band as lead singer. The old lineup from 1980 to 1985 was reunited in 1995 and they released the album, Trial By Fire, and from it came the single, When You Love A Woman.

The band released a total of 22 albums and compilations, plus many singles, during their musical career.