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A new voice for Journey

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January

Journey, one of our favorite 80s arena rock bands, has a new lead singer and plans for a spring tour, including a stop here in the Tampa Bay area.

Jss The band announced on its website that Jeff Scott Soto will take over the singing duties for Steve Augeri. Soto had been subbing in for Augeri, who left the band's summer tour due to illness, the website said.

Soto is best known perhaps as the lead vocalist for Yngwie Malmsteen's first two albums. And for the movie "Rock Star," Soto handled the lead vocal work for Mark Wahlberg in the fictional band Steel Dragon. 

With Soto now on board, Journey is planning two concerts in Florida in February (at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 9 and at Pompano Beach Amphitheatre on Feb. 10) before launching an overseas tour that will take them to England, Germany, Switzerland and Spain.

Will the change in singers be a setback for the band, which was beginning to win over longtime fans with Augeri replacing the legendary Steve Perry? So far, fan reviews on Soto's performance found on the web have been mostly positive with the usual dose of dissenters.

"JSS is a great lead singer -- the whole band just rocked!" one fan wrote on Journey's site about their 2006 Oklahoma City stop.

Someone who caught a later show in New Orleans felt a bit different: "Some of these reviews saying that Jeff has so much energy ... so what? Does running from one end of the stage to the next qualify to be lead singer?"

Judge for yourself. Soto has clips of his performances with Journey at his website (jeffscottsoto.com).

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:21pm]

    

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