Journeys Neal Schon on Hall of Fame Reunion With Steve Perry: Im Open to Everything': Exclusive Interview
Timeless Power Ballad "Don't Stop Believin'" Becomes First Catalog Track Ever To Reach 2 Million Mark in Digital Sales
"Don't Stop Believin',
the classic Journey power ballad, has just become the first catalog track in history to achieve online digital sales of more
than 2 million units, according to SoundScan.
First made available
through the iTunes Store on April 28, 2003, the truly timeless "Don't Stop Believin'" has become the top-selling catalog track
in iTunes history and the sole catalog track to have crossed the 2 million (double platinum) threshold. (The term "catalog"
is used to refer to a pre-digital era track released for digital sales prior to the launch of the iTunes Store.)
Stop Believin'" enjoyed a massive resurgence in popularity in June 2007 after serving as the soundtrack to the climactic final
set-piece of HBO's hit mafia family television series, "The Sopranos." Download sales of the song on iTunes rocketed
an incredible 482% for the period from Saturday, June 9th (the night before "The Sopranos" finale) through Tuesday, June 12th,
of that year.
As downloads of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" reached record numbers, demand for the band's CD catalog
began accelerating and continue to this day.
Following its original release in 1981, "Don't Stop Believin'," the second
single from Journey's groundbreaking chart-topping "Escape" album, peaked at #8 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart and at
#9 on the Pop Singles chart. Propelled by what the All Music Guide has called "one of the best opening keyboard riffs
in rock," "Don't Stop Believin'" quickly established itself as one of Journey's signature songs while defining the possibilities
of the classic rock power ballad.
Like the rest of the Journey catalog, "Don't Stop Believin'" continues to connect
with the hearts and lives of pop music lovers. The song has been a perennial favorite with producers and directors of
both movies and television. It was featured memorably in "Monster," starring Charlize Theron and made its way onto iTunes'
"Top 10 Most Downloaded Singles" list in 2005 following same-week appearances on both Fox's "Family Guy" and MTV's "Laguna
"Don't Stop Believin'" hit a grand slam in 2005 when it became the unofficial theme song for the Chicago White
Sox, World Series Champions. Journey frontman Steve Perry performed the song at the World Series Championship celebration
Dateline - New York - October 31, 2008; source: Legacy Recordings
Published by MTV News
on Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 6:37 pm.
Just in case you’re wondering, that was not Steve Perry singing “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” with
Journey during the Super Bowl pregame, nor was it a Journey tribute band. It was, indeed, Journey, with new singer Arnel Pineda, who joined the band in 2007 after being spotted by them singing Journey songs on YouTube.
Of course, “Don’t Stop Believin’ “ gained a whole new life after being played in the last scene of “The Sopranos” finale in June of 2007. MTV News
tracked down Perry himself, who revealed that he actually insisted on knowing the end of the show before granting permission
for it to be used.
“I was not excited about [the possibility of] the Soprano family being whacked to ‘Don’t Stop Believin’,”
Perry told MTV News after the show had aired. “I told them, ‘Unless I know what happens — and I will swear
to secrecy — I can’t in good conscience feel good about its use.’” The show’s producers made
Perry promise to keep it under his lid, which he did, and then they spilled the beans on how the song was used and how the
show ends, after which Perry signed off.
“I can hardly put in words how good it makes me feel, to be honest with you,” said Perry about the pivotal
role the song played in the show. “There’s nothing more in my lifetime that I wanted than to be part of a band
that wrote the kind of music we did when we were together. … When I saw ['The Sopranos'] last night, what I saw was
the director pull back into the foundation that was there all along during the most important moment when all this chaos [is
going on]. The song was, literally, cutting from lyric to lyric, from mother to son to James [Gandolfini] at the key moment
and on [the lyric] ’streetlight people,’ it pulls back with the cameras to reveal a streetlight and I said, ‘My
God, this director [Chase] got it. He got the song!’
JOURNEY TO PERFORM AT PREGAME SHOW
AT SUPER BOWL XLIII ON NBC
American rock sensation JOURNEY will help kick off Super Bowl XLIII as part of the pregame festivities
adjacent to Raymond James Stadium during the Super Bowl XLIII celebration in Tampa Bay on Sunday, February 1 at
5:30 p.m. EST. JOHN LEGEND will also appear.
More than 148 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s Super Bowl, the most-watched television program
in history. The pregame show and Super Bowl XLIII will be broadcast worldwide to more than 230 countries and territories.
JOURNEY-Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums) and Arnel Pineda (vocals)
- earned Platinum honors in 2008 for Revelation, marking their 11th Platinum album certification to date.
For more information on Journey, visit www.journeymusic.com.
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|July 15, 2008|
ZVUE Launches Retail Promo With Rock Legend Journey
Pre-loaded MP3 player
with music from Journey’s new double CD
to be carried at Wal-Mart
San Francisco—ZVUE Corporation
(NASDAQ: ZVUE), a global digital entertainment company, today announced that ZVUE will be selling an exclusive MP3 Player
pre-loaded with all 22 tracks from the new Journey double-CD, “Revelation”. The Journey-branded player will be
available exclusively in 3,600 Wal-Mart stores nationwide beginning July 22. The product retails for $39.88 and will be presented
in gift-box packaging, designed to feature Journey with their new lead singer Arnel Pineda.
Each disc of the double-CD
will feature 11 tracks; one will feature brand new material from the band while the other will feature re-recorded classic
The Journey-branded MP3 player comes with high-quality ZVUE Sound Headphones, 3 ft. USB Cable and 1
GB of built-in memory, which will allow customers to augment the Journey music with several hundred additional tracks of their
“We are excited about partnering with one of the greatest rock bands in history and continuing to
work with Wal-Mart to provide exciting ways for customers to enjoy new and classic music. This is the second pre-loaded MP3
player to be distributed by Wal-Mart this month alone,” said Jeff Oscodar, ZVUE President and CEO. “The Journey-branded
MP3 player offers great value and will provide generations of customers with many hours of listening enjoyment.”
|June 17, 2008 |
Pictures of Journey with Jimmy Page & Chris Squire at the london
more pictures available here.
|Picture of Ross and Joe Elliott at Arrowfest in Holland.|
more pictures available
|June 12, 2008 -- JOURNEY is featured in the June 23rd issue of People Magazine.
Here is a link to People and a video clip of Journey.|
SELLS MORE THAN 104,000 UNITS IN DEBUT WEEK
CD/DVD Package Exclusively Available at Wal-Mart Stores
June 10, 2008 -- JOURNEY’s new three-disc CD/DVD package REVELATION has sold more than
104,000 copies in its debut week according to Wal-Mart Stores, marking the band’s biggest first week’s sales since
1996’s TRIAL BY FIRE. Released June 3, REVELATION is being sold exclusively at Wal-Mart
and Sam’s Club in North America, Walmart.com and Samsclub.com, and Journey’s official website, Journeymusic.com.
REVELATION’s first week’s sales marks a 1400% increase over the band’s 2005’s first
week’s sales of GENERATIONS.
"We are thrilled with the early success of Journey's ‘Revelation’ music
project, and clearly our customer is excited about it too,” said Jeff Maas, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Entertainment,
Wal-Mart U.S. “We believe that if we continue to find innovative products, priced to showcase the value, our customers
will show their excitement by purchasing the product. Journey has been great to work with and clearly this reflects a win
for them and for our customer.”
The first disc consists of 11 new songs, the second is filled with 11 re-recorded
classics, and the third is a live, in-concert DVD. All of the music on REVELATION was produced by Kevin Shirley
(who previously worked with JOURNEY on their Platinum-certified TRIAL BY FIRE album).
marks a new chapter in the legendary career of multi-Platinum rockers JOURNEY, thanks to two singles at Rock and AC radio
(“Never Walk Away” and “After All These Years”) and rave reviews, including the New York Times
who hailed: “…the band seems to have taken rock vitamins: it feels alive.”
JOURNEY--Neal Schon (guitar),
Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums) and Arnel Pineda (vocals)—is currently on a European
tour through June 28. They’ll start a massive summer U.S. tour with special guests Heart and Cheap Trick on July 9 in
JOURNEY SET TO RELEASE ‘REVELATION’
JUNE 3 EXCLUSIVELY AT WAL-MART
March 11, 2008 -- A new chapter in the legendary career
of multi-Platinum rockers JOURNEY--Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums)
and Arnel Pineda (vocals)—will begin on June 3 with the highly anticipated release of REVELATION, a three-disc CD and
DVD package to be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores in North America.
The first disc will consist
of 11 re-recorded classics, the second is filled with 11 new songs, and the third is a live, in-concert DVD. All of the music
on REVELATION was produced by Kevin Shirley (who previously worked with JOURNEY on their Platinum-certified TRIAL BY FIRE
JOURNEY will take REVELATION on the U.S. concert trail later this July, with details to be announced in the coming
The New Journey
JOURNEY WELCOMES ARNEL PINEDA
ARMS” TO THEIR FAMILY
AS THE BAND’S NEW LEAD SINGER
December 5, 2007 -- After much speculation…the wait
is finally over.
JOURNEY--Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums)--is
proud to introduce fans all over the world to their new lead singer, Arnel Pineda (“pin-eh-da”). He replaces Jeff
Scott Soto, who parted ways with the band earlier this year after stepping in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the band
in 2006 for medical reasons.
Arnel hails from Quezon City in the Philippines and has been singing Journey songs--in addition
to original material--with his band, The Zoo, for the past couple of years in clubs all over his homeland. Joining the legendary
band is a dream come true for him.
“It’s so exciting to sing with one of the best bands in the world. It’ll
be a lot of hard work on my part and I’m actually looking forward to the scrutiny I’ll get from the hardcore JOURNEY
fans. I know they’ll expect me to sound exactly like ‘the voice’ (Steve Perry), but that will never happen.
I know there's only one Steve Perry in this world.”
When it was time for JOURNEY to look for a new lead singer, the internet came to their rescue.
Guitarist Neal Schon wanted someone new to the music business, so he turned to YouTube. After finding Arnel singing “Faithfully,”
he knew he had found the perfect frontman.
“I was frustrated about not having a singer,” explains guitarist Neal Schon, “so
I went on YouTube for a couple of days and just sat on it for hours. I was starting to think I was never going to find anybody.
But then I found The Zoo and I watched a bunch of different video clips that they had posted. After watching the videos over
and over again, I had to walk away from the computer and let what I heard sink in because it sounded too good to be true.
I thought, ‘he can’t be that good.’ But he is that good, he’s the real deal and so tremendously talented.
Arnel doesn’t sound synthetic and he’s not emulating anyone. I tried to get a hold of him through YouTube and
I finally heard from him that night, but it took some convincing to get him to believe that it really was me and not an imposter.”
Arnel Pineda picks up the story: “My friend Noel picked up the message on YouTube and told
me it was from Neal. I thought it was a hoax so I ignored it. Noel said, ‘what if it really was Neal and he wanted to
offer you the chance of a lifetime?’ So I e-mailed Neal back and the rest is history.”
“Arnel brings a soulful and passionate voice to JOURNEY,” continues keyboardist Jonathan
Cain. “His personality is very well-suited to our music. He’s a sincere, authentic person with a great smile and
a big heart. I think fans are really going to love him. With Arnel’s soaring tenor, Journey returns to our heritage
Schon agrees, “We feel reborn. I think there’s a lot of chemistry between the five
of us. At first we were going to go into the studio and just write 4 songs, but now it’s escalated to a lot of great
new and diverse material. The stuff sounds tremendous. Everyone’s so stoked about it. We feel very fortunate to have
JOURNEY is currently working on a new album with legendary producer Kevin Shirley, which they hope
to release by spring/summer 2008.
Journey Opening Virtual World In Second Life
Staying with their tradition of being on the cutting edge, Journey has created an island paradise in the Virtual
3D world of Second Life. Journey fans can directly interact with other fans and experience all of the bands history through a 3D representation
of their physical self called an Avatar. The Journey island in Second Life is like a Journey Theme Park. Here are just a few
of the things that you can do.
- Learn about each Journey Album on a walk through time. Each album has it's own dedicated themed area featuring
music, history and Art.
- Dance at the Escape club with your friends while listening to the Journey Juke box which features virtually
every song recorded by Journey.
- Attend special events at the Escape club which include Live DJ's, contests, and tons of fun!
- Watch special Video Presentations at the Captured Amphitheatre.
- Watch Virtual Live perfomances by Second Life Artists.
- Play some fun games!
- Hang out in a relaxed Island environment with your friends and fellow Journey fans where you can ride a motorcycle,
race around the island on a Jetski, take a paddleboat out to explore, or just relax on one of the secluded atolls around the
- You can meet tons of new friends and fellow Journey Fans at the Journey island in Second Life!
- How to Access The Journey Island.