Journey

(click on the image to enjoy Be Good to Yourself from Journey)

A few days ago I got to feel total vindication. I was on a road trip with my older son, I was driving and he was playing the music from his iPod on the radio. Suddenly, a song I recognized started to play, and that is not usual as I don’t know most of my sons’ songs. It was Journey playing Be Good to Yourself, and my son said “Oh, by the way, I borrowed a lot of music from your computer, and these old guys rock”.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, specially since I had to abandon listening to my music when these two became members of my family. Since they were born I had to listen to what they wanted to listen, starting with Barney, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and The Official Pokemon Album (which had nothing to do with Pokemon), all the way through the modern version of metal and the cheapest plastic record companies could produce. I remember one time I was playing my music in the car, and one of them said: “Dad, that music is so old”. It wasn’t even old, it was Huey Lewis and the News! I was so angry I wanted to turn and give him a mean look and say “Do not, I repeat, do not talk about Huey that way! You can say anything you want about me, or your Mother, but Huey you respect, you hear me?” But I didn’t.

And now, he listens to music from the 80s, from my iTunes library? Hey, it’s all well, I guess, even if it’s only Journey, Guns & Roses, ACDC, The Police and Aerosmith for the moment. Now that the door is open, the time will come for me to reintroduce them to U2 and Triumph, and only when they are ready, to Huey and the News.

Be Good to Yourself came out in 1986, included in the album Raised on Radio, which I think didn’t get the success it deserved. The best years of Journey had come and gone in their two previous albums Escape and Frontiers. A few years ago, Journey came to my town, and I went to see them live with my wife and a group of friends. The original old members had a new young singer that sounds exactly like Steve Perry, but can jump up and down the stage, and around the old guys. And they still Rock!

Enjoy Be Good to Yourself.

Here, a little more information about Journey :

Journey is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1973 by former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest commercial success occurred between 1978 and 1987, after which it temporarily disbanded. During that period, the band released a series of hit songs, including 1981’s “Don’t Stop Believin’“, which became in 2009 the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history.[2][3][4] Its parent studio album,Escape, the band’s eighth and most successful, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and yielded another of their most popular singles, “Open Arms“. Its 1983 follow-up, Frontiers, was almost as successful in the United States, reaching No. 2 and spawning several successful singles; it broadened the band’s appeal in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart. Journey enjoyed a successful reunion in the mid-1990s, and later regrouped with a series of lead singers.

Sales have resulted in two gold albums, eight multi-platinum albums, and one diamond album (including seven consecutive multi-platinum albums between 1978 and 1987). They have had eighteen Top 40 singles in the US, six of which reached the Top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and two of which reached No. 1 on other Billboard charts, and a No. 6 hit on the UK Singles Chart in “Don’t Stop Believin'”. Originally a progressive rock band, Journey was described by Allmusicas having cemented a reputation as “one of America’s most beloved (and sometimes hated) commercial rock/pop bands” by 1978, when they redefined their sound by embracing traditional pop arrangements on their fourth album, Infinity.[5] According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Journey has sold 47 million albums in the US, making them the 28th best selling band. Their worldwide sales have reached over 80 million albums.[6][7] A 2005 USA Today opinion poll named Journey the fifth best American rock band in history.[8][9] Their songs have become arena rock staples and are still played on rock radio stations across the world.

The original members of Journey came together in San Francisco in 1973 under the auspices of former Santana manager Herbie Herbert. Originally called the Golden Gate Rhythm Section and intended to serve as a backup group for established Bay Area artists, the band included recent Santana alumni Neal Schon on lead guitar and Gregg Rolie on keyboards and lead vocals. Bassist Ross Valory and rhythm guitarist George Tickner, both of Frumious Bandersnatch, rounded out the group. Prairie Prince of The Tubes served as drummer. The band quickly abandoned the original “backup group” concept and developed a distinctive jazz fusion style. After an unsuccessful radio contest to name the group, roadie John Villaneuva[10] suggested the name “Journey.”[11] The band’s first public appearance came at theWinterland Ballroom on New Year’s Eve, 1973. Prairie Prince rejoined The Tubes shortly thereafter, and the band hired British drummer Aynsley Dunbar, who had recently worked with John Lennon and Frank Zappa. On February 5, 1974, the new line-up made their debut at the Great American Music Hall and secured a recording contract with Columbia Records.

Journey released their eponymous first album in 1975, and rhythm guitarist Tickner left the band before they cut their second album, Look into the Future (1976). Neither album achieved significant sales,[12]so Schon, Valory, and Dunbar took singing lessons in an attempt to add vocal harmonies to Rolie’s lead. The following year’s Next contained shorter tracks with more vocals, and featured Neal Schon as lead singer on two of the songs.

Journey’s album sales did not improve and Columbia Records requested that they change their musical style and add a frontman, with whom keyboardist Gregg Rolie could share lead vocal duties. The band hired Robert Fleischman and transitioned to a more popular style, akin to that of Foreigner and Boston. Journey went on tour with Fleischman in 1977 and together the new incarnation of the band wrote the hit “Wheel in the Sky”, but fans were lukewarm to the change and management differences resulted in Fleischman leaving within the year.[13][14]

In late 1977, Journey hired Steve Perry as their new lead singer. Perry added a clean, tenor sound and the band became a true pop act. Their fourth album, Infinity (1978), reached No. 21 on the album charts and gave the band their first RIAA-certified platinum album plus hit singles “Lights” (#68 U.S.) and “Wheel in the Sky” (#57 U.S.).[citation needed]

In late 1978, manager Herbie Herbert fired drummer Aynsley Dunbar, who joined Bay Area rivals Jefferson Starship shortly thereafter.[15] He was replaced by Berklee-trained jazz drummer Steve Smith.[16]Perry, Schon, Rolie, Smith, and Valory recorded 1979’s Evolution, which gave the band their first Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 single, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” (#16); and 1980’s Departure, which reached No. 8 on the album charts and included the top-25 hit “Any Way You Want It“.[citation needed]

Journey’s new-found success brought the band an almost entirely new fan base. During the 1980 Departure world tour, the band recorded a live album, Captured. They also recorded the soundtrack to the filmDream, After Dream while in Japan.[citation needed]

Keyboardist Gregg Rolie now left a successful band for the second time in his career.[17] Keyboardist Stevie “Keys” Roseman was brought in to record the lone studio track for Captured, “The Party’s Over (Hopelessly in Love),”[18] but Rolie recommended pianist Jonathan Cain of The Babys as the permanent replacement. With Cain’s replacement of Rolie’s Hammond B-3 organ with his own synthesizers, the band was poised for a new decade in which they would achieve their greatest musical success.[19]

Journey released their eighth and biggest-selling studio album, Escape, in 1981. The album, which has thus far sold nine times platinum, went to number one on the album charts that year, and included three top-ten hits: “Who’s Cryin’ Now“, “Don’t Stop Believin’“, and “Open Arms“. The last is Journey’s highest-charting single to date, staying at No.2 for six consecutive weeks and ranking at No.34 on Billboard’s 1982 year-end Hot 100. MTV videotaped one of their two sold-out shows in Houston on November 6, 1981 in front of over 20,000 fans.[20]

Capitalizing on their success, the band recorded radio commercials for Budweiser and sold rights to their likenesses and music for use in two video games: the Journey arcade game by Bally/Midway andJourney Escape by Data Age for the Atari 2600.

This success was met with piqued criticism. The 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide gave each of the band’s albums only one star, with Dave Marsh writing that “Journey was a dead end for San Francisco area rock.” Marsh later would anoint Escape as one of the worst number-one albums of all time.

Journey’s next album, 1983’s Frontiers, continued their commercial success, reaching No. 2 on the album charts, selling nearly six million copies. The album generated four Top 40 hits, “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)“, which reached No. 8, “Faithfully“, which reached No. 12, “Send Her My Love“, and “After the Fall“, both of which reached No. 23. By this time Journey had become one of the top touring and recording bands in the world. During the subsequent stadium tour, the band contracted with NFL Films to record a video documentary of their life on the road, Frontiers and Beyond. Scenes from the documentary were shot at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than 80,000 fans in attendance.[10]

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