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February 24, 2017 at 6:35 pm Quote #55938


I know Journey isn’t regarded very highly by most Van Halen fans, but they are in town this week and we don’t get a lot of live music, so…

Apology #1: I went to see Journey last night and thought they were great. I knew every song but 2, it was a sold out crowd, great atmosphere, good 2 hour and 2 minute show.
Apology #2: Their drummer, Mike Smith, did the obligatory drum solo and he blew Alex Van Halen’s drum solo out of the water. That fella can drum – it was so solid and uptempo and clean! On the flip side, Neal Schon did a couple of guitar solos that were more atmospheric than rockin’. The guy can play, but it’s very different from EVH and not nearly as enjoyable.
Apology #3: I got caught up on the moment and sang Faithfully and Don’t Stop Believing at the top of my lungs along with everyone else. For this I have no excuse and I am truly sorry.

They play again tonight and Sunday. If tickets go for cheap on Sunday I might go back. Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone.

February 24, 2017 at 7:03 pm Quote #55939


I think the drummer’s name is actually Steve Smith. He is also a very well regarded jazz drummer, and played in other bands outside of Journey for many years until recently rejoining the band. Journey was basically just another nostalgia act, but then they found that new lead singer from the Philippines who sings just like Steve Perry could in his prime – and were reborn overnight.

February 24, 2017 at 8:08 pm Quote #55941

February 25, 2017 at 12:49 am Quote #55945


Gilligan: I know Journey isn’t regarded very highly by most Van Halen fans

True that…. ;)

February 25, 2017 at 3:04 am Quote #55947


Oops, yeah Randy, it is Steve Smith. I knew it was nearly the most boring name possible! Anyway, I looked him up and he is pretty highly regarded. Plus, he’s been in Journey for 3 different stints, dating back to the early 70′s.

Forgot to mention Arnel, the singer. He’s something of a legend here in Hawaii because there are so many Filipinos here. I guess that’s why they can play 3 dates here?! He’s very young and animated compared to the rest of the band and sounds great. Not exactly like Steve Perry, but as close as you can get.

February 25, 2017 at 9:37 am Quote #55950


Steve is one of those top drummers of all time. Very well regarded in the jazz world. Different kind of drumming though… Alex is one of those top rock drummers. I love them both!

February 25, 2017 at 3:05 pm Quote #55953


Just kidding. We all have our secret pleasures (No Doubt & solo Gwen)…

February 25, 2017 at 7:07 pm Quote #55955


I have always liked Journey…

Neal Schon is what first drew me to the band, always thought he played great. For me, if a band had a great guitar player I always took notice.

It doesn’t hurt that the band also has a large catalog of great songs.

The poor folks play for keeps down here…They’re the living dead. Nobody rules these streets at night like Van Halen!!

February 26, 2017 at 12:17 am Quote #55957


i like Journey pretty good. some great tunes/albums.

February 26, 2017 at 11:00 am Quote #55958


I saw them a few years ago – that singer is incredible. There’s no shame in a good fun show.

Resident dickhead. I will hurt your delicate feelings.

February 27, 2017 at 2:19 pm Quote #55968


My brother is a drummer and he has said since the early 80s … Steve Smith is one of the best, if not the best, drummers alive. The dude is awesome.

February 27, 2017 at 4:31 pm Quote #55971


Thanks for the support, guys. I know a lot of dudes think of Journey as a wimpy ballad band (which I guess they are about 1/3 of the time!) but they can certainly rock as well. Neal Schon is able to add a lot of “meat” to pop songs with his playing.

Go check ‘em out if they’re in your town! The drum solo alone is almost worth it.

February 27, 2017 at 5:48 pm Quote #55972


No worries, I’ve had a good time seeing Journey the couple times I have. Never saw them with Perry but saw them with Augeri and Arnell and enjoyed both.

February 28, 2017 at 8:12 pm Quote #55987


good for you man,hey when people ask me what i listen to,i answer”it depends on how i feel” and i like Journey too.Cool for you

March 1, 2017 at 5:50 am Quote #55990


I wish I could have the same apologies, all the time ! :-)

awesome post ! Thank you Gilligan !


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