Journey To Launch “Eclipse Tour” With Foreigner, Night Ranger

Journey To Launch “Eclipse Tour” With Foreigner, Night Ranger

Journey is one of my favorite bands because they’re one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s least favorite bands. And Rolling Stone Magazine just happens to be one of my least favorite American institutions.

After all, the magazine is the reason why Journey, one of the best selling music acts of all-time and one of America’s most beloved bands, is not a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

As people who were old enough to remember the 1980’s have told me—because I’m certainly not that old—everyone listened to Journey and everyone wanted Journey concert tickets. Everyone.

These extremely old people—who I of course am not one of—also told me that everyone owned a copy of Journey’s 1981 album Escape (either on vinyl or cassette, whatever those are). By the way, Escape has been certified 9x Platinum but Rolling Stone gave it two and half stars out of five.

Recently, Journey has been introduced to a whole new generation of fans thanks to the Fox television show Glee. The smash hit musical-dramedy used Journey’s seminal song, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” in one of their show-stopping finishing numbers. That same song was also used in the Tony nominated jukebox musical, Rock of Ages.

The fact that Journey is beloved by music fans but not by the fustian rock snobs at Rolling Stone Magazine delights me to no end. It’s also why I hope (and pray) that Journey’s upcoming album and tour are extremely successful.

On May 24, the Journey releases their 14th studio album, Eclipse. The only place you’ll be able to purchase the opus is at Wal-Mart stores.

“[It’s a] concept record with some spiritual themes to it … pretty tough, hard-hitting stuff,” explained Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain. “We just felt like it was time to send a message to the world about how we feel about life in general.”

Eclipse is Journey’s first album since their 2008 offering, Revelation. That oeuvre peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 and eventually went Platinum.

With Eclipse, the band is looking to build on their previous success.

“I’m in love with this record, which I haven’t said about one of our albums for a long time,” gushed Journey lead guitarist, Neal Schon. “It’s a rock record and it sounds amazing.”

To support their latest work, Journey will launch a 35-date tour of the United States beginning July 21 in Salt Lake City, Utah at Rio Tinto Stadium. Their trek wraps Oct. 21 at Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.

Some of the highlights from their touring calendar include Journey in Hartford, Connecticut at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Aug. 13; Journey in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Aug. 21; and Journey in Dallas, Texas at the Gexa Energy Pavilion on Sept. 24.

If that wasn’t enough, Journey is bringing along two other 70’s/80’s hard rockers on their much anticipated “Eclipse Tour.” Those rockers are none other than Foreigner and Night Ranger.

“This will be one of the main events of the summer. Bands who represent the magic era in classic rock together for the first time in ten years. Get ready to rock!” exclaimed Foreigner lead guitarist Mick Jones.

Journey, Foreigner, and Night Ranger are together on the same marquee. Teased hair and acid-washed denim will never be the same.

“We’ve got a lot of hits to play and there’s plenty of time to do some new stuff too, so we’re gonna mix it up,” explained Schon. “We haven’t toured with Foreigner for over 10 years, so we’re really looking forward to this run.”

Foreigner will be at every show minus the Sept. 2 gig in Saratoga Springs, New York at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Apart from that date, fans should look for Journey, Foreigner, and Night Ranger in places like West Palm Beach, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; Chula Vista, California; and Portland, Oregon.

Just recently announced, Journey and Foreigner will descend on Mansfield, Massachusetts and the Comcast Center for a show on Aug. 12.

Currently, Journey consists of original members Schon and bassist Ross Valory. They are joined by lead singer Arnel Pineda (member since 2007), drummer Deen Castronovo (member since 1998), and Cain (member since 1980).

Some hardcore Journey fans are still not down with Pineda. Nothing against him they just want “The Man” back. “The Man” being the one and only, Steve Perry. One online commenter wrote that the current incarnation of the group is “Journeymania” and called them nothing more than a tribute band.

While one can understand the frustration of Journey’s fans, Perry has been out of the fold since 1998. It seems unfair to insist that the other members of Journey have to give up the band (and/or the name) especially when they’re healthy and ready to make music.

Besides, Perry was Journey’s third singer, and since his departure, the band has used three more. It’s not like he’s Journey’s only voice.

It’s time to accept Pineda and move on.

Before embarking on their U.S. dates, Journey concerts are scheduled for South America at the end of March, Mexico and Puerto Rico in April, and Europe in June and July.

Journey’s 2011 Tour Itinerary
>>July 21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Rio Tinto Stadium
>>July 23 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
>>July 24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion
>>July 27 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
>>July 30 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
>>July 31 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
>>August 2 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
>>August 3 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
>>August 5 – Columbus, OH @ Crew Stadium, Ohio State Fair
>>August 6 – Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
>>August 10 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
>>August 12 – Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
>>August 13 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
>>August 16 – Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre
>>August 17 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
>>August 19 – Virginia Beach, VA@- Virginia Beach Amphitheater
>>August 20 – Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
>>August 21 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
>>August 24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
>>August 27 – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
>>August 30 – Syracuse, NY @ New York State Fair
>>August 31 – Allentown, PA @ The Great Allentown Fair
>>September 10 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
>>September 16 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
>>September 17 – Tampa, FL @ 1-800 Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
>>September 18 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
>>September 24 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
>>September 25 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
>>September 28 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
>>October 1 – Englewood, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
>>October 7 – Chula Vista, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
>>October 14 – Wheatland, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
>>October 15 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
>>October 19 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
>>October 21 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena

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