Journey Fire Drummer Steve Smith And Bassist Ross Valory

Journey have fired bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith. The band made the move after the duo allegedly tried to go through with an “ill-conceived corporate coup d’état” to take control of the band’s name.

According to a press release that Los Angeles-based law firm Miller Barondess, LLP issued through Business Wire, Valory and Smith were trying to take over one of the group’s business entities, Nightmare Productions, which they thought controlled the Journey name and trademark. A lawsuit has since been filed.

The press release said the following:

“In 1998, [Neal] Schon, [Jonathan] Cain and [Steve] Perry entered into a written agreement providing Schon and Cain the sole, exclusive, irrevocable right to control the Journey Mark, including the Journey name. They are, therefore, authorized to perform together as Journey, with or without anyone else.

Defendants Smith and Valory were members of Journey at various times during the band’s history. Collectively, they only have a very few song credits on Journey albums. Nevertheless, they were compensated generously for many years.

Recently, however, defendants attempted to launch an ill-conceived corporate coup d’état to assume control of Nightmare Productions because they incorrectly believe that Nightmare Productions controls the Journey name and Mark. They hope that, by taking over Nightmare Productions, they can hold the Journey name hostage and set themselves up with a guaranteed income stream after they stop performing. Smith and Valory began their campaign to take control of Nightmare Productions in December 2019 by conspiring to oust Schon and Cain from control.”

In addition to firing Valory and Smith, Journey are also seeking damages “in excess of $10 million.” Lead counsel Skip Miller says “this is not an action that Neal and Jon wanted to bring against two men that they once considered their brothers, but the devious and truculent behavior of Steve and Ross left them reluctantly with no choice but to act decisively.” The band will now be moving forward with replacements that are said to be “top musicians.”

Journey Announce 2020 Tour With The Pretenders

Journey have announced a 2020 tour with The Pretenders. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

May 15 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
May 16 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
May 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
May 20 – Boise, ID – ExtraMile Arena
May 21 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
May 23 – Inglewood, CA – Forum
May 24 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 26 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
May 27 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
May 29 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
May 30 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jun. 01 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Jun. 02 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Jun. 04 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Jun. 06 – East Troy, MI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Jun. 07 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Jun. 09 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Jun. 10 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
Jun. 19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
Jun. 20 – Durant, OK – Choctaw Grand Theater*
Jun. 22 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Jun. 24 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum
Jun. 26 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
Jun. 27 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Jun. 29 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Jun. 30 – Cuyahoga Falls OH – Blossom Music Center
Jul. 02 – Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center
Jul. 03 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Jul. 05 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 08 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Jul. 10 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Jul. 11 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
Jul. 13 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Jul. 14 – Quebec City, PQ – Videotron Center
Jul. 17 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
Jul. 18 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul. 29 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Jul. 30 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 01 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 02 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 04 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 05 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Aug. 07 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Aug. 08 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 10 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Aug. 12 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Aug. 13 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Aug. 21 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Aug. 22 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
Aug. 24 – Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Aug. 26 – Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf
Aug. 27 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center*
Aug. 29 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
Aug. 30 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
Sep. 02 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Sep. 03 – Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center Arena
Sep. 05 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sep. 09 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
Sep. 11 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
Sep. 12 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Journey Add Four December Dates To 2019 Las Vegas Residency

Journey have added four more dates to their 2019 Las Vegas residency including shows on December 27, 28, 30, and 31 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Previously announced dates include: October 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, and 26.

Keyboardist Jonathan Cain told Billboard the following about the new dates:

“We don’t usually play a New Year’s Eve show. How quick the [other] shows sold sealed the idea and this year it made sense for all of us.”

He also added:

“I always tell people, there’s a heart in Vegas you haven’t seen yet. You don’t have to look too far to find it. Back in the day nobody wanted to play Vegas — and now it has become the place to play.”

Journey Announce Fall East Coast Dates

Journey have announced some fall East Coast shows. Here’s the dates:

09/27 Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
09/28 Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
10/01 Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/02 Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Event Center
10/04 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
10/05 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena

These shows will take place before the band’s previously announced Las Vegas residency.

Journey Announce 2019 Las Vegas Residency

Journey have announced a 2019 Las Vegas residency. The band will perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on the following dates: October 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, and 26. Tickets will go on sale to the public on April 19 at 10 a.m. PT. Details regarding the various presales can be found HERE.

Journey’s Neal Schon Files Lawsuit Against Live Nation After His Wife Was Allegedly Assaulted By A Security Guard

Neal Schon has decided to file a lawsuit against Live Nation after his wife Michaele was allegedly assaulted by a security guard during Journey’s March 14, 2017 show at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The couple are suing for assault and battery, as well as intentional infliction of emotional distress. They are also claiming that the incident triggered a pre-existing health condition. The guard has since filed his own papers, saying that Michaele was trying to “enter a restricted area for reasons unknown” and that he did not attack her. The venue has also denied the allegations in a separate filing.

Michaele commented:

“Every year, for nearly a decade now, I’ve been at every show with my husband, and I take video footage and pictures — behind the scenes, the shows, and even our days off — that we share with friends and fans around the world. The fans are so kind and thank me for the videos of Neal and JOURNEY and all of our adventures.

Prior to this show, as with every night, I was introduced to the manager and security, and proceeded to film from the moment the show started and throughout. I walked all over in front of and around the stage without incident. Then, when the confetti dropped and I was recording the stage, I was suddenly attacked and shoved into the P.A. JOURNEY security guards came to my assistance, once seeing the attack. JOURNEY’s security reviewed the venue’s security tape, and the entire incident was recorded; the approach, attack, security coming to help me, everything. At the end of the tape, you see one of the security guards position him against the barrier and later remove him from Neal’s protected area while I’m running off because I did break down crying.

Since going public, everyone has been asking, why did it take two years? That’s simple, management told us to not worry, to not say anything, and that they would take care of it. For over a year, we were strung along believing that it was being pursued, with [former Live Nation executive chairman] Irving [Azoff] telling us repeatedly that he had it under control. Then the tragedy of my mother’s injury and subsequent entrapment in a horrific situation consumed our lives. For the next 18 months, we were fighting to save my mother’s life from the corrupt Virginia elder care system; that was our focus and we succeeded. We restored her life.”

Neal added:

“After 50 years of performing professionally, I have never seen anything like this before. My wife has toured with me for every show for nearly a decade and now this happens. It was definitely intentional that they targeted my wife and I to inflict pain, fear, and hurt as a way to scare her. What is even worse is that I don’t believe anyone believed that my wife was seriously, mentally or physically, harmed by this incident, even though she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis since 1993. Then Irving Azoff suggested we go to his friend, a doctor in L.A. Dr. Hart did testing on Michaele and said he could definitely see the newly developed lesions on her brain, which were due to the trauma from the attack that she sustained. This wasn’t a momentary event, it’s something that will follow her.”

What’s even more compelling is that our [JOURNEY’s] head security guard, Leo, removed the assailant and then informed me when I got off stage. I was in disbelief and instructed Leo to get the tape from the venue and watch it. He said he did and it was all there, yet when we got it, there were clearly 20 seconds edited out. When I wrote back, I asked where those 20 seconds of footage went, I was told, ‘Oh, that must’ve been a glitch.’ But there’s no other glitch in the whole hour-and-a-half performance. Just right when the incident happened. It was obviously edited, as anyone can see.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Journey Share “Don’t Stop Believin'” Performance Video From “Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers”

Journey have shared a performance video for “Don’t Stop Believin'” off their new concert film/live album “Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers” (out March 29). That effort was filmed during the band’s February 7, 2017 show at Tokyo’s Budokan, which saw them performing their albums “Escape” and “Frontiers” in full. The release will be available on DVD+2CD and Blu-ray+2CD.