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Concert set? Journey has enough hits to play a boxed set

Postby tater1977 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:13 am

Review: Concert set? Journey has enough hits to play a boxed set

By Jimmie Tramel Tulsa World
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Journey and Asia teamed up Monday night at the BOK Center.

Let’s talk superlatives.

Most embarrassing moment: Journey has been on stages in Tulsa many times, but this was the first time as a bonafide Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band. So, what was embarrassing? It’s embarrassing that rock hall voters took so long to acknowledge the obvious: Journey belongs.

Granted, selecting inductees for any hall of fame is tough duty because there are dozens of worthy candidates and you’re often splitting hairs, but, if eternal radio airplay counts as criteria, Journey should have been at the front of the pack.

Bands play a "set" during concerts. Journey has enough hits to play a boxed set. Journey played 15 songs (give or take, not counting solo ventures) at the BOK Center and could have played 20 or 30.

Journey finally made it into the rock hall this year. Guitarist Neal Schon said in an interview earlier Monday that he had pretty much given up hope of it ever happening.

The wheels of justice turn slowly, but they do turn.

A somber moment: Asia vocalist John Wetton died of cancer in January. His replacement, Billy Sherwood, had Wetton’s blessing, according to a story drummer Carl Palmer told the BOK Center crowd. A photo of Wetton was projected above the stage when Asia performed “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes,” a song Wetton wrote for the band’s second album.

Most amazing discovery: If you’re keeping score, the “new” guy in Journey isn’t really a new guy anymore. Vocalist Arnel Pineda’s tenure with the band spans from 2007-2017. For comparison’s sake, Steve Perry was with Journey from 1977-1987 before a brief reunion in the 1990s to record the very-good-and-you-shouldn’t-forget-it “Trial By Fire” album.

Though Perry wasn’t Journey’s original vocalist, his voice came to be so synonymous with the band’s sound that you once wondered if a Perry-less Journey would be doomed. A couple of replacements took Perry’s spot at the microphone before Journey found Pineda on, of all places, YouTube.

What are the odds any other person on the planet could sound so much like Perry? It was initially a reason (“You’ve got to hear this kid”) to see Journey all over again. But fans aren’t buying Journey tickets in 2017 because they’re curious. They’re buying tickets because they want to see and hear Journey.

From the opening licks of the show-starting “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” it’s immediately clear that this band isn’t some kind of imitation of Journey. This is Journey, period, and Pineda shares a stage with four guys who made the blockbuster "Escape" and "Frontiers" albums.

Most illuminating moment: Schon was touched when Tulsa issued a proclamation making Monday, June 5 Neal Schon Day in the city. Schon said he was “blown away” during the concert and he said he wanted to dedicate a performance of the song “Lights” to “all of you here in Oklahoma.” He asked people in the crowd to light up the BOK Center with their cell phones. They obliged, giving the song a light show effect.

Schon, who very much looks the part of rock star and who seemed like there is no place he would rather be than on stage, was born in Oklahoma (at Tinker Air Force Base) and was raised in California. Did you know Journey drummer Steve Smith has an Oklahoma connection? According to folks who want to get the word out, Smith was a student at the University of Tulsa in 1976. I asked a peer (Tulsa’s Jamie Oldaker drummed with Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton and other rock royalty) about Smith supposedly attending TU. Oldaker’s reply: “True. That’s when I first met him.”

Best example of how an opening act should close a show: Asia’s set wrapped with “Only Time Will Tell” and “Heat of the Moment.” That’s called saving your best for last. Those songs were the biggest hits on Asia’s monster debut album in 1982.

Best Journey soundtrack song: You know what’s underrated? Journey’s soundtrack songs. “Ask the Lonely” from the 1983 movie “Twist of Fate” was part of the set. “Only the Young” from 1985’s “Vision Quest” was not part of the set, but it’s a great tune. The internet tells us Journey also charted a song called “Only Solutions” from the “Tron” soundtrack in 1982. Sorry, don’t remember that one, but now would like to hear it.

Biggest surprise: It was interesting that Journey’s playlist included “Edge of the Blade” from the “Frontiers” album. Four singles from “Frontiers” were hits. “Edge of the Blade” was not one of them. But playing it live was a nice treat for Journey fans who enjoyed listening to “Frontiers” all the way through instead of fast-forwarding the cassette to songs that got heavy radio airplay — “Faithfully,” “After the Fall,” “Send Her My Love” and “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart).”

Best update: Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain talked about the origins of the song “Faithfully,” crafted as a postcard to folks back home while the band was on the road touring. Cain wants to apply the song’s message to those in the armed forces, saying he hopes it keeps them connected with loved ones “and out of harm’s way.” His words were met with applause.
Perry's good natured bonhomie & the world’s most charmin smile,knocked fans off their feet. Sportin a black tux,gigs came alive as he swished around the stage thrillin audiences w/ charisma that instantly burnt the oxygen right out of the
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Re: Concert set? Journey has enough hits to play a boxed set

Postby The_Noble_Cause » Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:01 am

"A couple of replacements took Perry’s spot at the microphone before Journey found Pineda on, of all places, YouTube."

What an asshole comment. Augeri was there for a decade.
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