Saturday, August 8, 2009

Journey - Fans Say: Don't Stop Tourin'!‏

by Brent Warnken

Journey is on the road and is attracting quite a bit of attention. The band's "Don't Stop Believin" track recently became the first catalog track ever to reach the two million mark in digital sales. The song was first made available to the public through the iTunes Store on April 28, 2003 and has since gone double platinum. Although the ballad has always been one of the band's most popular songs, it found a resurgence in popularity after it was featured on the soundtrack to the climactic final set-piece of HBO's hit mafia series The Sopranos.

Following its initial release in 1981, "Don't Stop Believin," the second single from the chart-topping album Escape, peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. To this day, it continues to be a favorite pop-rock tune for movie and television soundtracks, for receptions and for cell phone ringtones. To get the latest tour information for Journey, go online today and don't forget to get your own pair of Journey tickets as soon as possible.

Journey initially got their start in the music industry in the mid-1970s releasing a string of jazz-rock albums all of which did moderately well, but were not big blockbusters in terms of sales. In 1977 the band hired vocalist and frontman Steve Perry, who transformed Journey's sound and was largely credited with making the band into superstars. Perry's first album project was Infinity, which was released in 1978 and eventually sold a million copies within a year. Evolution followed in 1979 and Departure was issued in 1980. Each was met with a warm reception from fans, but it wasn't until Escape that Journey fully experienced a lift-off in terms of sales.

Escape was groundbreaking for the band, spawning several hit singles including "Don't Stop Believin'," "Stone in Love," "Who's Crying Now" and "Open Arms." Critics pointed to the sturdy songwriting and the advanced electric guitar riffs as grounds for the groups instant success; Escape eventually topped the charts and went onto sell millions of copies worldwide (and still gets plenty of airtime today). The record Frontiers followed in 1983 and contained the hit singles "Separate Ways" and "Faithfully."

Once again, Journey proved that they could create musical magic twice in a row with the sophomore set Frontiers. The last album that the band recorded before disbanding was Raised on Radio in 1986. It simply didn't match the huge selling numbers that the previous two records had, but it still showed that Journey held firmly to their devoted fans, eventually claiming the sales of two million copies.

Since the initial breakup, the members of Journey have joined forces on several occasions for reunion tours, even heading back to the studio for readings that have produced Trial By Fire, Arrival and Generations, along with several live albums. The most recent record was Revelation, which hit stores in 2008. The band, although having been on the scene for decades now, still knows how to rock - you better believe it!

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