Watch Journey Perform an Epic ‘Wheel In The Sky’ at First Show With New Lineup
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A new chapter in the Journey saga began on Thursday night when they played Chicago's Aragon Ballroom. It was the return of drummer Deen Castronovo after a six-year absence, the debut of new drummer Narada Michael Walden and new keyboardist / backup singer Jason Derlatka. Bassist Randy Jackson had to miss the show due to back surgery, so Marco Mendoza stepped in for him. Journey was also accompanied by the classics Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain and longtime singer Arnel Pineda.
The set was significantly longer than their typical shows of the last few years and featured big hits like “Open Arms”, “Faithfully” and “Separate Ways” as well as long-neglected deep cuts like “Suzanne”, “Just The Same Way” and “So Feeling” Above is a fan shot video of an epic “Wheel In The Sky” that completed the first set.
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This is the first show Journey has played since bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith split up following a legal battle over the band's trademark. They announced the addition of Walden and Jackson to the line-up last year, but Castronovo's return was announced just days before the Aragon gig. "Deen is back," wrote Already on Facebook to the fans. "We are now double (2) drummers with Narada."
When Rolling Stone spoke to Schon earlier this year, the guitarist explained that the band's new line-up gave them a new meaning. “We're not afraid to go to new places,” he said. “It's easy to stay safe and write where we've always been. We have a little bit of it so we don't all lose, but at the same time this is a new chapter in Journey. I want to go where we haven't been. "
Journey are also working on their first album of new material since Eclipse in 2011. They are hoping to release it later this year and last month they shared the new song "The Way We Used To Be". The band members recorded their parts in separate studios around the world due to the pandemic.
The Aragon Ballroom Show was a warm-up concert for Journeys' set on Saturday night in Lollapalooza. They will then play in Atlantic City on August 20, followed by two shows in the New York City area, both on the 21st. The first is the Central Park Homecoming Concert, where they will take the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and many other big names. Then fly by helicopter to Jones Beach on Long Island for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation's Never Forget Concert.
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