Drummer Deen Castronovo Rejoins Journey

Drummer Deen Castronovo has officially rejoined Journey. Guitarist Neal Schon confirmed the news on Twitter:

Journey To Play Special Symphony Show In Las Vegas

Journey will be playing a special symphony show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show will take place on December 18 and tickets will be available on July 23 at 10 a.m. PT. Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, and Live Nation customers will also have access to a presale on July 21 at 10 a.m. PT.

Journey’s “Escape” Certified Diamond In U.S.

Journey’s “Escape” has officially been certified diamond by the RIAA after reaching 10 million or more sales and stream equivalents in the U.S. Guitarist Neal Schon commented:

“This is such a truly gratifying achievement for all the work we did together. Congratulations to all.”

Keyboardist Jonathan Cain added:

“On behalf of all that helped to make our album ‘Escape’ a diamond award achievement, we say thank you. To our fans, to our bandmates who took part in recording this album, to our label, to all in radio and finally to the distributors who believed in this music, we are deeply humbled and honored to accept this prestigious award.”

Journey Share Animated Video For New Song “The Way We Used To Be”

Journey have shared an animated video for their new song “The Way We Used To Be.” The clip was directed and produced by Andrew Seth Cohen and Ryan Kieffer, with animation produced by Confidential Creative.

Neal Schon commented:

“The first song, ‘The Way We Used To Be’, came out of one of the many loops I’d written while the long downtime continued with the pandemic we all had to deal with. So utilizing my time and trying to keep fans in touch I started posting many jams and loops I created very quickly most every day. On ‘The Way We Used To Be’, I laid down the keyboard loop with over-dubbed rhythm and a little blues lead guitar and sent to Jonathan [Cain]. He sent it back very shortly after with demo vocals and lyrics and I said to myself with a smile — we’ve still got it!

I felt Jonathan nailed the lyrics and melody with haunting chorus ‘got to get back to the way we used to be.’ So this was the complete new beginning chapter for Journey — many more follow the same sequence with all of us collectively writing and working together. We now have over 26 songs that we’ve written and whittling it down to 10 or 12. We are very excited by all the new musical endeavors we’ve created together looking forward to getting back on the road to you.”

Journey To Release New Single Next Week

Journey are planning to release a new single on June 24. The band confirmed the news, while also announcing their appearance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, NV on September 18.

Journey Reach Settlement With Steve Smith And Ross Valory Following Alleged “Corporate Coup D’État”

Journey have officially resolved their legal dispute with ex-bassist Ross Valory and ex-drummer Steve Smith. This news comes after guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain filed a lawsuit against the former members following an alleged “corporate coup d’état.”

Journey’s management Q Prime commented:

“The members of the band Journey who were parties to a recent lawsuit (Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Steve Smith and Ross Valory) are pleased to announce that they have resolved their differences and reached an amicable settlement agreement. Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain acknowledge the valuable contributions that both Ross Valory and Steve Smith have made to the music and the legacy of Journey. Ross Valory and Steve Smith wish their former bandmates well and much success in the future. Journey looks forward to continuing to tour and make new music for their dedicated fans around the world.”

As previously reported, Journey’s new lineup consists of guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, vocalist Arnel Pineda, bassist Randy Jackson, drummer Narada Michael Walden, and second keyboardist Jason Derlatka.

[via Blabbermouth]

Neal Schon Says Journey’s New Single “Should Be Coming Out Mid-February”

It was previously revealed that Journey were working on a new album and now it looks like we may get the effort’s first single next month. During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Neal Schon said that the band are planning to release a new song in mid-February.

Schon said the following about the progress the band have made on their new album:

“It’s coming along, man. It’s really shaping up. Narada [Michael Walden, producer/drummer] and I have been working nonstop. Jonathan [Cain, keyboards] is also working from his houses in Florida and Nashville. Arnel [Pineda, vocals] is working from Manila. [Bassist] Randy Jackson is working mostly from L.A. And it’s one of those Zoom sessions and it sounds phenomenal. It sounds like we’re all playing in the room at the same time. I actually can’t wait until we do get together and start putting the show together. The new single should be coming out mid-February.”

He also added the following when asked how the group’s new lineup has impacted their sound:

“You have to hear it for yourself. It still sounds very much like Journey thanks to the songwriting, my guitar playing, and the vocals. But the rhythm section is definitely a powerhouse. Narada has been known for years, and Randy Jackson is a completely monstrous bass player. Some people may not be aware of his work, but they have credentials that go way, way back. Randy and I have always been pretty in tune, and Narada and I are in tune. And now it’s coming together. It’s got a new strut to it.

There’s nothing we really can’t play. I’ve got a track I laid down with Narada the other day. I sent it to Arnel and he was freaking out. He said, ‘This sounds like brand-new [Jimi] Hendrix or Prince. Please write more of that.’ And I was just messing around. It was just a jam we did and it turned out to be monstrous. We’re creating. We aren’t afraid to go to new places. It’s easy to stay safe and write where we have always been. We have a bit of that so we don’t lose everyone, but at the same token, this is a new chapter of Journey. I want to go where we have not gone before.”

Neal Schon Says Journey Are Headlining Lollapalooza Next Year

If the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t derail their plans, Journey will be headlining the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago next year. Guitarist Neal Schon confirmed the news during a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk.”

Schon said the following:

“I’m dying to get on stage again. We have our first date booked for Lollapalooza, and we’re headlining in Chicago. And that’s supposedly in April. Hopefully that’ll not get pushed back, because vaccine is finally here. And hopefully they start dispersing it very quickly so everybody can get back on their feet and can get out and hear music, ’cause that’s what heals the world, I think.”

He continued when it was mentioned that the band were on an odd choice for a festival that mainly features alternative rock, hip-hop and electronic artists:

“I have not seen the bill. Alls I know is we’re headlining it. I can guarantee you that with the new blood in the band, when we get together for two weeks of rehearsal before that show, we will be the new alternative. [Laughs] We’re gonna add a lot to the show. We’re gonna bring some new dynamics and open things up a bit and show people what the musicianship is really like in this band.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Journey’s Arnel Pineda Teams Up With One OK Rock’s Takahiro “Taka” Moriuchi For Quarantine Performance Of “Open Arms”

Journey’s Arnel Pineda and One OK Rock’s Takahiro “Taka” Moriuchi have shared a quarantine performance of Journey’s “Open Arms.” Pineda commented:

“GOOD DAY folks..to honor the #legacy of #JOURNEY’s #ESCAPEalbum, specifically #NealSchon #Jonathan Cain #StevePerry #RossValory #SteveSmith…me and my one of a kind & extra exceptional buddy rocker of the amazing band #OneOkRock #Taka decided to jam this song #OpenArms hope you’ll enjoy it folks..and thank you in advance if you ever find yourselves listening and watching it for awhile.. WE HAVE NO INTENTION OF OWNING NOR INFRINGE THE COPYRIGHT OF THIS SONG.. ROCK ON BROTHERS AND SISTERS!!!”