1973 in San Francisco
Original Journey Members:
Gregg Rolie - vocals, keyboards
Neal Schon - guitar, vocals
George Tickner - guitar
Ross Valory - bass, vocals
Prairie Prince - drums
Significant Facts About Journey:
- 23 albums and 43 singles since 1975
- Worldwide album sales total more than 75-million
- Journey music has been part of the animated TV shows South Park and Family Guy and movies Caddyshack and BASEketball
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005, and inducted into the San Francisco Music Hall of Fame in 2003
Early Journey History:
Santana's former road manager (Herbie Herbert) recruited two of that band's members (Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon) and former Steve Miller Band bassist Ross Valory to form the Golden Gate Rhythm Section, later to become Journey. The group's first album in 1975 established its jazz-influenced progressive rock sound. After several personnel changes, Steve Perry signed on as lead vocalist, launching the band's greatest period of commerical success, from the late '70s through the mid '80s.
In 2005 the band, which still includes original members Schon and Valory, marked its 30th anniversary with the release its 23rd album, Generations and an anniversary tour, at times featuring some of the many former members of the group. In December 2006, Jeff Scott Soto replaced Steve Augeri as lead vocalist. Soto had been filling in for several months after Augeri was sidelined with a chronic throat infection. Soto was replaced a few months later by Arnel Pineda, vocalist for a Filipino cover band, who was hired as a result of a video he postedon YouTube.
Essential Journey CD:
The group's seventh album produced three hit singles and sold over 9-million copies. In addition to its commercial success, the album also received critical acclaim that has eluded them through most of their existence.
Current Journey Members:
Neal Schon - guitar
Jonathan Cain - keyboards
Ross Valory - bass
Arnel Pineda - vocals
Deen Castronovo - drums