Tomorrow is the highly anticipated drop date for Journey’s latest album, Eclipse. Sold exclusively at WalMart and Sam’s Club stores, it’s the second album with new Perry soundalike Arnel Pineda in tow. And, of course, longtime members Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory and Deen Castronovo. Schon swears that Eclipse will prove to be one of the band’s strongest works, to date.
Journey is about to hit the road in June with appropriately retro-opening acts Foreigner and Night Ranger. And they’ve teamed up with http://www.iloveallaccess.com to offer fans special VIP ticket packages.
The original members of Journey came together in San Francisco in 1973. The band included Santana alumni Neal Schon on lead guitar and Gregg Rolie on keyboards and lead vocals. Bassist Ross Valory and George Tickner on guitar, both of Frumious Bandersnatch. Drummer Prairie Prince of The Tubes rounded out the group. Their first album, Journey, was released in 1975. It did not make waves.
By 1977, the band added lead singer Steve Perry, and their fourth album, 1978’s Infinity, reached No. 21 on the album charts. Here’s one of the album’s hit singles, “Wheel in the Sky”:
The release of this album gave Journey it’s first Billboard Hot 100, Top 20 Single, “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin'”. It came in at #16.
Departure reached No. 8 on the album charts and included the top-25 hit “Any Way You Want It”.
This is Journey’s 8th and best-selling album. It’s gone nine times platinum, and released three top 10 hits, like this one:
This is Journey’s highest charting single so far. It stayed at #2 for six consecutive weeks and ranking at #34 on Billboard’s 1982 year-end Hot 100. Here it is live:
Frontiers continued Journey’s commercial success, reaching No. 2 on the album charts, selling nearly six million copies. The album generated four Top 40 hits, including this one:
Singles Released (1985)
In 1985 the band released two songs previously intended for Frontiers– “Ask the Lonely” on the soundtrack to the movie Two of a Kind, and this one, for the movie Vision Quest. Starring Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino and Ronny Cox, the movie was filmed in Spokane, WA. Here’s a LIVE performance with lead singer Arnel Pineda, who came on board in 2007.
Raised on the Radio (1986)
This album went multiplatinum, selling over two million copies. It also produced four top 20 singles, including this one:
Trial By Fire (1996)
This album reunited the Frontiers‘ album line-up (Perry, Schon, Cain, Valory, and Smith) and got itself a Grammy Award nomination in 1997 for this #2 hit.
Revelation sold more than 196,000 units in its first two weeks and stayed in the top 20 for 6 weeks. May 24, 2011 is the next album Journey will release, Eclipse.