Success can be a fickle mistress. As different Rock bands come and go, Journey abides with amazing consistency. Millions of fans throughout the world will agree: this is the hardest working band in Rock and Roll. Last year, on their Infinity Tour, Journey played in one hundred and seventy-two cities across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Now, having completed their new Columbia album Evolution, the group has embarked upon yet another World Tour. Early this Spring, audiences in Europe and the Far East thrilled to the sound of Journey. Sold out crowds from England to Germany, Switzerland to Scandinavia and Japan have greeted the new tour with multiple encores and standing ovations. Surely, few have returned to our shores with wider acclaim than the five stalwarts who are Journey.
The genius of Steve Perry is readily apparent in his recorded works. But unless you have seen Journey's Lead Vocalist in concert, it is impossible to appreciate his emotion and intensity. His range and strength seem to grow with each tune. Steve Perry is truly unique among the singers of this world. A native of the San Joaquin Valley of California, Steve comes to Journey richly prepared for the task at hand. He has studied the greats in R n' B and Rock and Roll all his life, and now with Journey, his great pipes have found a fitting home.
Ross Valory is the Bassits' Bassist. In concert, Ross is an automatic standout, his animated playing mirrored in his ever changing expressions. Ross is classically trained and accomplished. Once the anchor of the Steve Miller Band, Ross has become a vital focus of Journey's live show, as well as an important contributor to their albums. In every sense of the word, Ross Valory is a true professional.
Gregg Rolie is Journey's premier Keyboard Player, and Vocalist. It is difficult to gauge the depth of Gregg's feeling. He always displays complete devotion to his craft and his fans. An intense man whose heart is the greater part of his lyrics and tunes, Gregg has always been a dynamic element of Journey's performances. The people remain the object of his concentration, a gratifying fact in an aloof and sometimes plastic world.
The backbone of Journey can be felt in the relentless, driving drumming of Steve Smith. A former student of the great Bernard Purdy, and the prestigious Berklee School of Music, this native Bostonian is one of the top five drummers in the world today. Steve hones his craft with such diverse artists as Jean-Luc Ponty, Focus, and Ronnie Montrose. Now, with Journey, all of his abilities are brought to bear. Boundless energy, and intense drive are the hallmarks of Steve's playing as you will soon discover.
There are many great guitarists in the world, but none can rival the polish and majesty of Neal Schon, Journey's Lead Guitarist. Throughout the world guitar players known and unknown continue to marvel at this man's command of his instrument. He makes it all seem so effortless, solos building with sweep and precision, never a note out of place. A pro since the age of fifteen, Neal is utterly dedicated to his music. He practices constantly, and it shows in his flawless concert presentations. And, like his colleagues in Journey, Neal puts the people first, always.
Well, our show is about to begin. We thank you for coming tonight, and assure you that you will be glad you came. Our Journey show is put together by the best road production team ever assembled. Road Manager Pat Morrow, and Stage Manager Scott Ross, have worked diligently in advance to assure a smooth concert. The sweet sound you will hear is mixed by Kevin Elson, a veteran of eight years of mixing live and in the studio for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Ken Mednick, out brilliant Lighting Designer, has developed his abilities with such bands as Queen, Loggins and Messina, and Aerosmith, to name but a few. On stage, Head Technician Kevin Anderson, Drum Forman Jim McCandless, and Guitar Technician Craig Reed have worked all day long to make this evening's show as perfect as they know how. And last but not least, our great truck drivers, Joe DeAnda and Jack Villanueva, had the hammer down all night last night, making sure that our sound, lights and production all arrived on time.
So get ready. Jump up and get down. As always, you are the reason Journey is here. We came to play, for you.
Journey uses Peavey Amplifiers and Speakers, Sonor Drums, Synare Percussion Synthesizers, EV Microphones, and Roland products to make our show sound as strong as it can be.