Members: Neal Schon, Ross Valory, Jonathan Cain, Deen Castronovo, Arnel Pineda
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Albums: Journey (1975); Look into the Future (1976); Next (1977); Infinity (1978); Evolution (1979); Departure (1980); Dream, After Dream (film soundtrack) (1980); Captured (1980); Escape (1981); Frontiers (1983); Raised on Radio (1986); Trial by Fire (1996); Arrival (2001); Red 13 (EP) (2002); Generations (2005); Revelation (2008); Eclipse (2011)
Awards: 1 Grammy Nomination
Hits: "Don't Stop Believin'," "Open Arms," "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)," "Faithfully," "When You Love a Woman"
Other: Journey's Greatest Hits album is Diamond Certified (10 million+ sales).
It’s hard to think of ‘80s music without thinking of Journey. Epic songs and adoring fans made this San Francisco band an icon, and although the lineup has been shaken up over the years, their classic hits remain radio staples decades later and it's hard to find someone who does not know the words to “Don’t Stop Believin.”
The band formed in 1973, and the beginning was a rocky road for Journey. Their first two albums received very little critical and commercial success, but it was not long before that all changed. They added the iconic soaring vocals of lead signer Steve Perry in 1977 and the rest is history.
Thanks to songs including “Lights” and “Wheel In the Sky,” their album Infinity was an instant hit among music fans in 1978, eventually becoming certified platinum and achieving modest success on the Billboard charts. It became immediately clear that Journey was growing in popularity thanks to their similarity to other bands like Boston and Foreigner, and in 1979 Journey released Evolution, which only furthered their success.
The album included yet another set of singles that would go on to be classics including “Lovin’, Touchin’ Squeezin” and “Any Way You Want It,” both of which enjoyed success on the charts. Though they were on their way up, Journey’s success up until that point would be nothing compared to what they would find once they entered the new decade.
The ‘80s brought with it the release of their eighth album, 1981’s Escape, which eventually went on to be certified nine times platinum. It remains their most popular original record more than 30 years after its release, and there is no surprise why. Highlighted by “Don’t Stop Believin,” which is among their most iconic songs, the album also included a slew of other popular tracks such as “Open Arms” and ”Who’s Cryin' Now.”
Another popular album in ‘83 made Journey a household name, and they toured relentlessly until a breakup in 1984. Despite their popularity in the ‘80s they were unable to ever really recapture that same level of success when reunited in the ‘90s. With a reconstituted line-up, they found additional fortune in the mid 2000's. Their songs continue to live on, and fans show up in droves to enjoy a heartwarming rendition of “Faithfully.”
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