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

The Dead Daisies Shares Unplugged Self-Isolation Version of New Single – “Unspoken”

Rock supergroup The Dead Daisies (Deep Purple, Journey, Whitesnake) just dropped their new single ‘Unspoken’ from their upcoming new album Holy Ground coming soon via Spinefarm Records! The band just shared a brand new unplugged version of the track, recorded during self-isolation due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Watch it now! 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

The Room – Caught By The Machine

Sometimes modern bands can forget the lineage of Progressive Rock – if we go back in time to the seventies and early eighties, it was an experimental style of music that often incorporated twinges of Psychedelia, Pop and Rock whilst still allowing for extensive sonic exploration with elements of Blues, Folk, and Jazz along with constructs such as longer song formats. Continue reading

Listen To Steve Perry Cover “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

Steve Perry, the iconic former lead singer of Journey returned with force in 2018, with new music via a new album, his first in more than two decades. Traces was released on October 5 via Fantasy Records (a division of Concord Records/UMG). Now as a thank you to fans, Perry has released a cover of the Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane penned Christmas Classic, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. The song was made famous by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me In St. Louis. Continue reading

Sons of Apollo Perform Covers Of Dream Theater, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Van Halen And More At Concert For Future DVD

Sons of Apollo the supergroup of prog metal legends featuring members of Dream Theater, Guns N Roses Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs and Journey performed last weekend at the Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria for an upcoming CD, DVD and Blu-ray. The group performed two sets separated by an intermission — one “regular” set, and another that featured an orchestra and choir. They ran through a set list of their own originals from their debut Psychotic Symphony (InsideOut), as well as covers of Dream Theate, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Ozzy, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Rainbow and more! Watch the fan-filmed footage below! The Ancient Theatre is fast becoming a favorite venue for DVD performances and career-spanning shows due to its amazing sound and the historic venue itself. They have hosted recent major artists such as Devin Townsend, Opeth, Behemoth, Apocalyptica and more. Continue reading

“The Black Album” By Metallica Hits A Record 500 Weeks On The Billboard Charts

Metallica’s perpetually selling hit record Metallica a.k.a. The Black Album (Elektra) has just hit quite the milestone: spending 500 weeks on the Billboard 200. This is the only Metal record to do this in music history and one of only three others ever ahead of them: Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, and Journey. Two of those albums (Bob Marley and Journey) are Greatest Hits releases, adding extra merit to Metallica and Pink Floyd. While not tracked consecutively, the album is one of only four to spend 500 weeks on the chart (this week’s charts find it at #137.) A further breakdown can be seen here. Continue reading

Sons Of Apollo Cancel Summer Tour Dates

Sons of Apollo, the prog metal supergroup made up of members of Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, and Journey and more band have canceled all of their summer festival tour dates. The band released a statement to the fans apologizing. Their stunning debut album Psychotic Symphony, came out last October via InsideOut Music. Continue reading

Neal Schon Of Journey Releases Holiday EP, Offers Free Download

World-renowned guitarist and songwriter Neal Schon, the creative force behind Journey for 45 years, has released a holiday-themed EP. Ave Maria features a classic song of the season, a much-loved classic rock cover, and new versions of classic Journey songs. You can stream the EP and download the ‘Ave Maria’ single below: Continue reading

Sons Of Apollo Book First Tour Dates Of 2018

 

Progressive metal supergroup Sons Of Apollo featuring ex-Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) will start 2018 with the first dates of their debut wold-tour. They begin in Tampa, FL on February 3 as part of the Cruise To The Edge prog rock music cruise, which will be sailing to Belize and Costa Maya. Next, they will play Miami, FL on February 9 as part of the Monsters Of Rock Cruise Pre-Show party. Tickets for the upcoming tour dates go on sale this Friday, December 1 at 12pm local time. Psychotic Symphony is out now via InsideOut Music Continue reading