Journey Reveals Randy Jackson and Narada Michael Walden as New Rhythm Section

Journey has announced the addition of bassist Randy Jackson and drummer Narada Michael Walden to the group’s ranks. The new Journey lineup performed a socially distanced version of “Don’t Stop Believin'” for UNICEF USA’s virtual event “UNICEF We Won’t Stop”, which aired Saturday night (May 23) on MSNBC. Also appearing with the band was keyboardist and vocalist Jason Derlatka. Jackson is no stranger to Journey, having previously played with the band from 1985 to 1987 and appeared on 1986’s “Raised On Radio” album. Walden is a Grammy-winning musician and producer who has previously worked with the likes of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin. He was honored with Grammy Awards for “Producer Of The Year” in 1987, “Album Of The Year” for the movie soundtrack “The Bodyguard” and the “R&B Song Of The Year” for Franklin’s “Freeway Of Love”. Continue reading

Journey Fires Drummer Steven Smith and Bassist Ross Valory

Long-running legendary classic rock band Journey has summarily fired their rhythm section of Steven Smith and bassist Ross Valory. The news of the split came via a press release from Los Angeles-based law firm Miller Barondess, LLP, which has filed a lawsuit “to ensure that the band continues on its great success of more than 40 years.” According to the lawsuit, Smith and Valory had attempted a “corporate coup d’état” to gain control of one of the band’s business entities, Nightmare Productions. Schon and Cain are represented by Skip Miller, Mark A. Barondess and the lawyers at Miller Barondess, LLP in Los Angeles. Per Miller, who is lead counsel: “This is not an action that Neal and Jon wanted to bring against two men that they once considered their brothers, but the devious and truculent behavior of Steve and Ross left them reluctantly with no choice but to act decisively. Journey will continue on with great success by ridding the band of disruptive members and replacing them with top musicians; and most importantly, by keeping its essential members — Neal Schon, Jon Cain and Arnel Pineda — fully intact.” The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages in excess of $10 million.Continue reading