Hit ’70s band Journey performs for fans of all ages

With all the changes that have happened to hit ’70s band Journey and its members throughout the years, fans questioned whether or not they would enjoy the bands new sound compared to the old.

Fans of all ages filled the seats of the sold out show held at the Scotiabank Saddledome last Sunday to see if the band could deliver the same as back in the day.

“I’m a classic Journey fan, so I think the old members are better. But I thought (Arnel Pineda) was good,” said Tim Mayer, a long-time fan who was able to cross an item off of his bucket list after seeing the concert.

A fan from the younger generation, Nicole Burnett said, “The new guy (Pineda) isJourney’s tour hits various locations across North America and in the United Kingdom.

Photo Illustration by Kassidy Christiensen actually really good, I was impressed by him. It’s hard to follow in the footsteps of Steve Perry, but he held his own.”

Since their start in 1973 in San Francisco, Journey has gone through several different band members. The most well known lead vocalist in the band’s history is Steve Perry, who was with the band for 21 years. After Perry quit due to medical issues, he was replaced first by Steve Augeri, then again by Arnel Pineda, who joined the band in 2007 and is still the lead vocalist.

Younger generation fan Mackenzie Ross found Pineda’s sound was “Pretty much the same, he didn’t really sound any different,” from Perry’s sound.

Pineda, who ran and jumped across the stage throughout the show managed to keep the band’s energy high and the audience tuned in throughout.

Never Walk Away was the opening song, followed by Anyway You Want It. The set list was well crafted to bring the mood up and down as many hits were played. One of their latest renewed hits, Don’t Stop Believin’ wrapped up the set as the third last song, followed by one encore, Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’. The show started with two other classic rock bands, Night Ranger and Canadian band Loverboy.

The tour continues until the end of May 2013, visiting many international countries including the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia.

kchristensen@cjournal.ca