What some might consider the fourth incarnation of Journey rocked the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ with a 40+ year career span full of numerous smash hits!
Starting out in 1973 under the name of Golden Gate Rhythm Section, the band changed their name to Journey shortly after and has seen a few changes prior to this current line-up.
The first incarnation, 1973-1976, consisted of Neal Schon (lead guitar), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Ross Valory (bass), George Tickner (rhythm guitar) and Prairie Prince (drums) who was replaced by Aynsley Dunbar (on drums) shortly after.
The second incarnation, 1977-1997 consisted of the band hiring on a new lead singer whom Rolie could share vocals with. His name was Robert Fleischman. Fleischman left within the year and was replaced by Steve Perry. This era also saw Steve Smith replacing Dunbar on drums. This line-up of Perry, Schon, Rolie, Smith and Valory saw the band receiving their first Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 single with Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ in 1979, which went to #16. Rollie would end up leaving and the band found Jonathan Cain as his permanent replacement. This line-up would last until 1986, when Smith and Valory were fired from the band for musical and professional differences. Studio musicians Randy Jackson and Larrie Londin would fill in the two vacant spots. The band took an indefinite hiatus in 1987 and would return in 1995 with Perry, Schon, Cain, Smith and Valory which would only last until 1997.
The third incarnation, 1998-2006 saw Steve Augeri replacing Steve Perry on vocals and Deen Castronovo replacing Steve Smith on drums. The line-up of Augeri, Castronovo, Schon, Cain and Valory would last until 2006 when Augeri had to step down due to a throat infection. Jeff Scott Soto filled in for him on vovals until the band found a permanent replacement.
The fourth, and current, incarnation came together in 2007 when the band hired Filipino singer Arnel Pineda as their new vocalist. Schon discovered Pineda while watching a video on YouTube of Pineda singing with his Journey tribute band called Frontiers.
Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Deen Castronova and Ross Valory rocked the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on June 11th, 2014 playing all of the band’s hits. It was an impressive show with exceptional musicianship, excellent stage appearance and great visuals. Our photographer, Jeff Crespi, was on hand to catch the band in action. Here are his images.