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Fans respond in full force for BOK Center double feature

Postby tater1977 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:31 pm

Journey and Def Leppard: Fans respond in full force for BOK Center double feature
By Jimmie Tramel Tulsa World

https://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/downto ... 87f66.html

Remember that time Journey came to Tulsa and didn’t have quite enough songs for a lengthy set?

It happened, according to the Tulsa World’s clip files.

Forty years ago, in July of 1978, Journey headlined a show at the Civic Center and played 45 minutes before coming back for two encores. The encores stretched the show to 70 minutes.

A Tulsa World entertainment writer surmised that, probably, Journey was unable to offer a longer show because the band had recently added a new lead singer, Steve Perry, who joined the group for their most recent album, “Infinity.”

“Journey had recorded three albums before being joined by Perry,” wrote the reviewer. “But instead of having Perry learn the old material, the group has apparently chosen to simply disregard the pre-Perry repertoire.

Having too few songs is, of course, no longer an issue. The 40-years-later problem is finding a way to shoehorn all the Journey songs you want to hear onto a set list.

Journey played the BOK Center for a fourth time in the venue’s 10-year history Monday night and partnered with Def Leppard, which performed there for a fifth time, for a twin bill show. There was no evidence of ticket-buyer fatigue, as the place appeared to be packed.

Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott said his band has been touring in the U.S. for 38 years and “as long as there are people out there, we will keep coming. That’s why we do it.”

Half of the shows on the co-headlining tour are opened by Journey and half are opened by Def Leppard. Journey went first Monday night and Def Leppard closed. (There’s an interesting story about this sort of arrangement in Sammy Hagar’s memoir.

When Hagar was touring with David Lee Roth, they agreed to take turns opening, but Hagar alleged that Roth often experienced transportation “problems” when they were en route to play big markets and thus Roth had to be the closer because he needed extra time to reach to the venue. Hmmmm.)

Speaking of memoirs, this is the first time Journey has played Tulsa since the release of keyboardist Jonathan Cain’s memoir, “Don’t Stop Believin.’”

It’s recommended reading and it will allow you to see (and hear) a Journey concert from a fresh vantage point even if you’ve seen the band multiple times. For instance: Why is Ross Valory showcased on a video screen when the “we all need the clowns to make us smile” lyric arrives during “Faithfully?” What’s the touching story behind the song “Only the Young?” Was unfaithful during the “Faithfully” era? Even though someone was less than faithful, Journey still got a heck of a song out of the deal.

It’s still qualifies as one of the great miracles in music history that Journey was able to find a soundalike for Perry, a beloved-by-fans vocalist whose last work with the band was the 1996 album “Trial By Fire.” Discovered on YouTube, current vocalist Arnel Pineda has been with Journey for 11 years. Close your eyes and you’ll double-dog swear it’s Perry.

Of course the skilled musicians surrounding Pineda are top-flight, including Oklahoma-born guitar maestro Neal Schon, who attended a pre-show press conference to announce that he would be donating items to the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture.

Who are any of us to second-guess artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? But, as a consumer of music, here’s wishing that Journey's members would scale back on time devoted to solos, impressive as they may be, and add more songs to the set list.

You can’t please all the people all the time, but it’s hard to go wrong with songs when you’ve got a catalog like Journey's.

This isn’t 1978 when the Tulsa World reviewer said this about song-short Journey: “All they need are a few good breaks. They’re that good.”

According to the review, the opening band that night was Fools. Meanwhile, the band responsible for “Foolin’” was Journey’s tag-team partner Monday night.

Question: Which rock bands who “popped” during the same era as Journey and Def Leppard remain capable of filling arenas in 2018? Most of their peers have found smaller venues to be more right-sized nowadays.

Def Leppard, strong as ever, sort of defies categorization — not a hair band, not a heavy metal band, moreso a band that found success by masterfully blending turn-it-up rock with radio-friendly ambrosia.

The audience sang along to the band’s 80s and 90s hits and seemed to dig a cover of the David Essex song “Rock On,” which was recorded by Def Leppard in 2006.

Give Elliott and crew major props for knowing how to finish strong. The last two songs before an encore were “Hysteria” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” The encore included two songs from the “Pyromania” album which went to No. 1 on the U.S rock chart: “Rock of Ages” and “Photograph.”

Let’s close with a challenge: Dare you to find a better double feature of rock acts in BOK Center history. KISS and Motley Crue maybe? Or maybe not? Score it however you want, but Journey plus Def Leppard equals three and a half hours (30-minute intermission included) of the soundtrack of your life.

Having too few songs is, of course, no longer an issue. The 40-years-later problem is finding a way to shoehorn all the Journey songs you want…
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 venue.TR.com
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Re: Fans respond in full force for BOK Center double feature

Postby tj » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:34 am

Jimmie's a good writer. He often finds old articles to compare with and brings back the nostalgia. My sister went to the concert in the old review. She also saw them when they came through Tulsa with Van Halen during that period.

The band visited a local record store during either the evolution or departure tour, can't remember which, and had their hand prints cast in concrete in the sidewalk outside. Records were replaced by cds, then mp3s, and the record store closed. Last time I was there, it was a furniture store. I don't know if the concrete casting remains.
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Re: Fans respond in full force for BOK Center double feature

Postby The_Noble_Cause » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:37 am

"Discovered on YouTube, current vocalist Arnel Pineda has been with Journey for 11 years. Close your eyes and you’ll double-dog swear it’s Perry."

Yea, sure, right. :roll:
And Augeri "was Perry with a perm."
These comparisons are soo cheap.
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Re: Fans respond in full force for BOK Center double feature

Postby Lora » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:10 am

The_Noble_Cause wrote:"Discovered on YouTube, current vocalist Arnel Pineda has been with Journey for 11 years. Close your eyes and you’ll double-dog swear it’s Perry."

Yea, sure, right. :roll:
And Augeri "was Perry with a perm."
These comparisons are soo cheap.


I'm with you on that. A person can appreciate Arnel and Steve Augeri for their contributions, but when they throw out the "close your eyes and you'll swear it's Perry" line, it pretty much invalidates their review for me. :roll:
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Re: Fans respond in full force for BOK Center double feature

Postby tj » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:08 am

So when their perspective is that Arnel has an awesome night and to their ears sounded as good as Perry the rest of the review is invalid? I guess his points about the rest of the musicians - Ross, Smith, Neal and Jon - being top flight are invalid too, then. Yeah, Neal and Steve Smith are pretty low shelf. DL must suck too.

I agree with TNC on the Augeri comparisons. I never thought that he sounded like SP, but did a great job of carrying on the legacy.
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