Taking a Journey back to greatness
Journey is one day away from its gig here in Tampa Bay at the Ford Amphitheatre, though it seems like we've been waiting years for this tour. (Read my story in today's St. Pete Times here, and click here to hear the Ross Valory podcast interview.)
Naturally, I've spent the last few days looking up the band's setlist from recent shows, trying to figure out if my favorite tunes will be taken for a spin on Wednesday night. The good news is that nearly all of the songs you NEED to hear will be played.
But what about those lost classics? The tunes from earlier albums deserve just as much love as "Stone in Love" or "Faithfully."
The great thing about bands like Journey is that they had great tunes deep into every album they did back in the '70s and '80s, when making a "complete album" was still a cherished art form.
These days, iTunes has pretty much dissolved that necessity for musicians. But forgive me if I look back on fonder years. (Dude, it's what I do.)
TOP 5 LOST JOURNEY CLASSICS:
5. STAY AWHILE: "Reach out your hand, oh, to me. Oh, I'm fallin'."
4. THE PARTY'S OVER: "What can this poor boy do when he's hopelessly in love with you?"
3. DIXIE HIGHWAY: "I don't care what you want to be, baby, long as you're happy and free."
2. LINE OF FIRE: "Bye, bye, bye, Suzi."
1. JUST THE SAME WAY: "Come with me, never go away. Every day we will fly."