Formed in the early 70s, Journey has enjoyed a successful career that has spanned decades. Since their debut album, “Journey”, was released in 1975, Journey has released 15 studio albums, 11 of which reached platinum status. They’ve released numerous Top 40 singles, and their “Greatest Hits” album has gone platinum fifteen times, earning Journey the coveted diamond-certified status. As music industry-savvy as they are talented, Journey has reinvented its sound with each album, transcending music trends through the years while simultaneously influencing bands from all genres. Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Journey is considered one of the world’s best selling bands, and they show no signs of hanging up their mics, much to the delight of loyal fans all over the world.
Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. Considered by many to be one of America’s most beloved arena rock bands, and one of the biggest influencers of today’s rock bands, Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. The band has received several nominations throughout its prestigious career, winning many awards, including more than twenty Bay Area Music Awards. Perhaps the most prestigious award Journey has won is the Billboard Legend of Live in 2011, which honors groups or individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to live music and touring.
Journey’s songs are a staple in the arena rock world, and “Don’t Stop Believing” is a fixture in popular culture, covered by numerous musicians and adopted by sports teams across the country. The song was also the unofficial anthem of the 2005 and 2010 World Series championship teams. “Don’t Stop Believing” has also appeared in countless television shows, movies, and was even covered by The Chipmunks. It seems everywhere you turn, Journey has made an impact on the music industry and beyond, showing again and again why they have survived an ever-changing industry, while other talents from their era have faded away.
Active since the early 70s, Journey has so many hits to pack into their concerts. Several fan favorites are always included in their setlist, including “Don’t Stop Believing”, which introduced an entire generation to this timeless band when it was featured in the pilot episode of the popular show, “Glee”, in 2009. Power ballad, “Faithfully”, makes the list, and its simple guitar riffs and drum lines let strong vocals carry the song as the fans sing along. Upbeat “Anyway You Want It” makes the list and Journey’s signature ballads, “Open Arms” and “Who’s Crying Now”, have fans singing right along.
Journey in Concert
The Journey concert experience really highlights why the band has been so popular for decades. The band’s longevity has been attributed to their stellar live performances. The performance is energetic with lots of crowd interaction and an impressive lighting display. Like many bands formed in the 70s and 80s, Journey really gets into the instrumentals, showing off the skills that made them the unstoppable band they are today.