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Post of the Day Archive
2003


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There was no Post of the Day for January 01-05.

Date: 06 January, 2003
Editor: gumonmyshoe27
Author: RunningAlone
Original Location: Precious Time of Back Talk
Post: "If you were casting a pre-1998 Journey movie...who would you cast as Neal? Jon? Ross? Steve P.? Smitty? Gregg? etc.???? (No cheating -- the real bandmembers can't be in the movie!)"

Date: 07 January, 2003
Editor: gumonmyshoe27
Author: LAWoman
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I found this while I was at work not working. :)

"The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH, © The Plain Dealer 2003
Friday, January 3, 2003
Friday! Veteran band Journey sets out on hard-rockin' course for 'Red 13'
Gary Graff; Special to The Plain Dealer. Distribution zones: All;WILLIAM HAMES

"Journey has gone the indie route for its latest CD, Red 13. Journey's new EP Red 13 (Journeymusic.com) quietly slipped into stores during the holiday season after being available on the band's Web site. It seems an odd way for a successful veteran group to put out something new, but guitarist Neal Schon says Journey is trying to figure out new and less restrictive ways to make and distribute its music these days.'It was our first time that we were not signed to a label with rules,' Schon says. 'We've been doing it forever, but it was a little less creative to keep on repeating yourself and keep on doing a formula type of thing. It's a brand new thing for us, which is kind of exciting.'

"Schon says Journey's split with Columbia Records after nearly 30 years with the label was based on a lack of promotion for its 2000 album Arrival. 'I'm not so sure they wanted it to do well,' he says. 'Our catalog and Greatest Hits package have been big sellers to those guys forever. I think they didn't want to confuse the issue with new [product]. So when they came back to us and offered us a minuscule amount of money to do another record, I looked at the rest of the guys, and we all said What for? We decided to go our own way.'

"Journey fans will notice that the five pieces on Red 13 are more hard-rocking and expansive than is usually associated with Journey, recalling the early days of the group's career before singer Steve Perry joined in the mid-'70s. 'I was not thinking of the normal way when we go into the studio and think OK, we need hooks. We need to come up with a good chorus here, we need to come up with this and that and all of the elements you want to bring in to be heard massively all over the radio,' Schon says. 'I was not even thinking about getting on the radio. I was thinking about our live shows, which seem to be the most important area for us anymore, and these are songs that serve that.'

"Schon says Journey might record a full album or another EP before it begins to tour again in the spring. Meanwhile, he's working on the debut album by Planet Us, his side project with Sammy Hagar, Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Journey drummer Dean Castronovo."



There was no Post of the Day for January 08.

Date: 09 January, 2003
Editor: gumonmyshoe27
Author: Dawn
Original Location: Precious Time of Back Talk
Post: "I certainly feel every fan has the right to their feelings. Yet I'm not sure if this particualar forum is the right one to air this particular sentiment, [that Journey has become a fringe band without Steve Perry] though I'm not going to take issue with it. Like I said, it's more a feeling than anything else. I just want to clarify, I personally was not making any statement about how *I* myself feel about the band as it is today one way or another. I was just saying that when people say things like "no, it wasn't Perry's band; it always was and always will be Neal's band" and so forth, it sounds to me what is really being said is "Neal and Herbie started the band to showcase Neal's talent, therefore if you are a real Journey fan, you are supposed to love Neal more than any other member of the band, past or present" which I think is sort of silly. My point was simply that the fans gravitate to whomever they gravitate to, due to how they feel about each member's presence, style, musical ability, charisma, etc. Who actually formed the band usually doesn't factor into that at all, the same way Mick Fleetwood formed Fleetwood Mac, it's even named after him, but most of their fans gravitate to Stevie Nicks for whatever reason. There's really nothing Mick can do about that. If he had to continue with Fleetwood Mac for some reason without Stevie, he certainly could, morally, ethically, legally, etc. But if some fans felt that it just wasn't the same without Stevie, that's their right, too. It's not an act of disloyalty or ingratitude or anger toward Mick at all, it's just how they would feel. That's all."

Date: 10 January, 2003
Editor: gumonmyshoe27
Author: Rob
Original Location: JourneyDigest Mailing List
Post: "It's been a long time since I've added a post, so I'm letting it all out on this topic boys and girls. Bear with me, there's a point here.

OK, let's see here. Arrival (a top shelf CD) had so-so sales. Journey and Sony part ways (hurrah!!!). The Red 13 experiment(thanks Chris for that awsome artwork) is traveling by word of mouth and gets seen in music stores because nuts like me that move all the discs to the front of the rows. Gone are the days of huge scarab posters like when Escape through ROR were released. JOURNEY NEEDS EXPOSURE if the music is going to gain popularity (you can't have an opinion about the music if you don't hear it every hour like Justin friggin Timberlake). Radio stations with "top 40" format won't play it 'cause it's not popular. Rock stations won't play it 'cause [insert favorite excuse here]. And I'm not the only one disgusted with the politics of NY radio stations.

Did I say the boys need exposure? What better than opening for Bon Jovi, Matchbox 20, or the old Rolling Stones if it's going to get the new music heard. I say go for it! Do it in Europe, do it in the US! Do small clubs and huge arenas! Who cares if they're first, last, or part of Journeypalloza. Although I've been spoiled the last few years getting up front seats for Journey in small venues, and I'm across the stadium for Bon Jovi's Continental Arena dates, I'll get over it. It's a price to pay for watching the boys do in 2003/4 what Bon Jovi has done in 2001-2003. Bon Jovi's top of their game (as is Journey) and they're drawing audiences who are only now discovering 7800 degrees, Slippery When Wet and New Jersey."

Date: 11 January, 2003
Editor: gumonmyshoe27
Author: Merrilee
Original Location: JourneyDigest Mailing List
Post: "As for Journey opening for Toto or any other act in Europe would be great exposure, which they NEED. It's a whole new game for Journey now without Steve Perry. They need to win people over all over again and that is not necessarily a bad thing because it has made them more willing to be experimental musically, and also in their touring and preformance style. I have really enjoyed hearing them play 'non-hit' songs and stuff they haven't played live since before Perry, even.

"But, if Journey chooses to open for, say, Bon Jovi in the USA, I say BRING IT ON. We, the Journey FAITHFUL will ROCK the venue and make our preference known. Personally, I doubt that any band in the US would have the BALLS to take Journey on as an opening act.

"Ok, and just one more comment: (and I know this has been beaten into the GROUND, but I can't let it go) I don't agree that Steve A. does a better job on Don't Stop Believin', or any other Perry Song. He does a remarkably...acceptable...cover of the Perry Era songs. And that's not to bash the guy at all. I LOVE the Red 13 CD and look forward to more of the same because Augeri is really coming into his own. For me, there IS NO REPLACEMENT for Steve Perry. That Journey is sadly no more. But the new Journey is still awesome. It's just a different awesome, so to speak.

"Ok, just my opinion. Sorry to be so lengthy."

Date: 12 January, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: livin'2do
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "A couple things don't add up....If Eminem had the number one album, selling more than 7 million copies - and he is the leading artist in the hottest musical style out there - then why don't his sales seem to be hurting [from independent CD burning and other thefts]? If there's a large percentage stealing Journey's music, then wouldn't there be an even larger percentage for an act that is in its prime?"

Date: 13 January, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: journey24/7
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Put my jrny cap on to run errands this morning cuz it's so windy here. Made my stop at Lowes and the check out girl asked if the hat was in reference to the band. But OF COURSE!!! Anyway, the conversation followed and i asked if she has ever seen them in concert. THIS POOR GIRL HAS NEVER BEEN TO A CONCERT!!!! Poor soul. So I educated her on what she was missing and she learned all about Red 13 (she does at least have Arrival)and she seemed very interested in the EP. And I told her that I better see her there when they tour this summer. So my trip in for a carpet edging strip was very productive."

Date: 14 January, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: petersensc
Original Location: VH1.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "Taken right from the horses mouth so to speak. This is on Kevin's diary page under his likes, dislikes and such.
http://www.cavemanproductions.com/lists.htm

"*Journey - Trail By Fire: Ah, what a voice - what a band! This is a long story, but I had NEVER heard Journey, other than 'Wheel In The Sky' before working with them. John Kalodner called me in to his office in L.A. one day and played me 'Seperate Ways', and very loud for him too! He asked me what I thought, and I said 'lots of reverb!'. I had no idea what to say. He said they were having trouble finding a producer - they didn't like Bruce Fairbairn's (then) recent work, Glenn Ballard had been in the running but had bailed to do Aerosmith (which I ended up redoing), Ritchie Zeto, Mike Stone, etc., all failed to excite them - and would I meet the band. So off to San Francisco I went, and I think Steve Perry was attracted by my no-nonsense attitude to them. I couldn't have been star-struck, because I didn't know them at all! Pre-production was great, I made them play the whole album live before we started recording, and by the time we got into the studio Steve and Neal had had enough of the 'rehearsing' but the sessions at The Site studio in Marin County were magic. I had been warned that Perry could be difficult to work with, but he is a superstar, and what a set of pipes. I love that man! And all of them, to be honest - Jon Cain I love, and I was the most nervous about producing him, because he'd produced a Jimmy Barnes album I loved! Neal is my brother-man, Ross is a sweetheart, Smitty and the new guys Dean and Augeri are fantastic - but that original band is the deal!! I was nervous to mix the band, and so employed George Massenberg, one of my all-time favorite mixers, but the band preferred my mixes, and in one of the highest compliments paid me ever, Massenberg told me he'd learned more from me than from anyone else! From him, high praise indeed, and one of those moments when you think maybe this job WILL work out!

"Check out his list."

Date: 15 January, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: jrny 1983
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "Just purchased Red 13 and have fallen in love with Journey all over again. Sure, I missed Steve perry at first, but Steve Augeri more than adequately fills his shoes, and the band seems to continue on to greater heights than I ever expected. Neal's guitar work is beyond exceptional from the first track on, and the whole band seems to jam better than ever. This is one CD I will definitely wear out. I thought once Steve Perry left I would never hear my favorite band again, but I am convinced I will continue listening to great Journey music for a long time as they and myself continue to grow older. Keep rockin', the 60's generation needs you guys to lead us on."

Date: 16 January, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Speak your Heart
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I have a three year old who loves Journey. Knows all their names, depending on the song will be that person and watches the DVD twice a day, at least. Anyways, he went to the babysitters yesterday and I guess she had had enough of his Journey stories. She went out to the goodwill and bought him red leather pants (acutally Vinyl)a white satin shirt and boots. She found out what Steve wore by my three year telling her. This little boy has worn that outfit since yesterday. He insists that we play Journey so he can rock on and be the little Journey man.

When my husband and I first saw him in the outfit, we were stunned. I dont know what amazed me more, the fact that this three year old loves Journey so much or the fact that a babysitter found this outfit at the goodwill and it matches so closley."

Date: 17 January, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Sperry2587
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: " 'Classic Journey sound' is the way the Perry-era Journey sounded. And the way the current lineup sounded (for the most part) on Arrival. I hope they can recapture that on the new album.

Signature Journey is Soaring vocals, Beautiful and Melodic guitar and piano. It's also creative bass (Ross is the greatest!) and flawless drums (we love you Deen).

That's classic Journey sound!"

Date: 18 January, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: sherconner
Original Location: Precious Time of Back Talk
Post: "Hello Everyone--Steve Perry turns 54 on January 22nd! Can you spare Steve a few minutes to read on?

"I received such a wonderful response last January to my initial Perry Birthday project. The buzz is in the air again as Steve's birthday approaches; so many of us would like to do something kind for Mr. Perry because his talents have touched our lives. I believe he would agree he does not want for anything of a 'material' nature. So maybe we could honor his birthday by doing something for a friend of his-fellow musician, Jason Becker.

"After Steve's birthday last year, Jason's Mom, Pat told me 'We also love Steve Perry. He has a wonderful heart.'

"Jason is a talented guitarist, songwriter and producer. Steve provided vocals and percussion for a track on Jason's CD Perspective. Since he was only 20 years old, Jason has had ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gerhrig's Disease). In Jason's words 'It has crippled my body and speech, but not my mind...'

"If you have not already done so, please honor Steve's birthday by checking out Jason's website: www.jasonbecker.com. There you can read about this talented musician, his connection to Steve and his amazing spirit!

"Top 10 Reasons to Celebrate Steve Perry's Birthday this way!

"10. Because you've always wanted to show your appreciation to Steve Perry--for the magic his music can work. Helping a friend of his would be a great way to honor him.

"9. Because Steve's beautiful Mother, Mary, (whom he adored), passed away as a result of a degenerative muscular disease.

"8. Because you've discovered the sizzling music of Jason Becker--talented guitarist, composer and producer (Solo, Cacophony, David Lee Roth Band).

"7. Because your body might not be in tip-top shape but it gets you from Point A to Point B quite nicely.

"6. Some of us are musicians, but even if you're not, I know you've enjoyed singing along to a Journey tune with your car radio--Imagine if you were denied that simple pleasure.

"5. Because you are the lucky parent or grandparent of a healthy child.

"4. Because, like me, you are sometimes guilty of focusing on your own little 'bubble of trouble' instead of stepping back to get the big 'Perspective'

"3. Doing anything to Celebrate Steve will irritate the anti-Perry fans-Hey, whatever motivates you....lol!

"2. After a visit to Jason's website, you realize instead of feeling sorrow about his condition, Jason is trying to cheer you up and make you feel better-Amazing!

"1. 'I believe that every Soul Has a Song to Sing
The Spirit's locked in every man Waiting for a Wing
Oh so much Wasted Oh so little used
The trick of a Dreamer is keeping Yourself from the Blues
And I don't mind runnin'
Everyone's a Hero If you want to Be
Everyone's a prisoner Holding their own Key
Every step I take Every move I make
Always one step closer
I don't mind runnin' alone.'
-------Steve Perry & John Bettis (from Street Talk)

"Suggestions to get your imagination going:
**Prayers & Postive thoughts put out into the Universe are Free
**Help a family you personally know who is affected by ALS
**Skip this week's cappucino, video rental or whatever little pleasure and donate that amount instead or purchase one of Jason's CDs or videos
**Are you a computer whiz or recording whiz that may know of new software that could help Jason compose again?
**Educate yourself at www.jasonbecker.com or www.als-tdf.org

"This year to make it easier & quicker-if you choose- I'm providing a Paypal option for donations to Jason and his parents, Pat & Gary Becker, inside an 'in Honor of Steve Perry' Birthday Card. All donations along with your messages will be forwarded to the Becker family. Email me at sherconner@yahoo.com if you want the Paypal option info.

"Thanks for 'Listening to Your Heart.' "

There was no Post of the Day for January 19-21.

Date: 22 January, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: baybandrocker 4ever
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Journey has definitely been a key factor in my life. Simply put they are one of the world's best rock 'n roll bands and an amazing group of talented musicians.

"I'd say seeing them for the first time this past tour has changed me into a Journey-a-holic and there is no turning back.

"They've written some of most membrable rock songs in the history of this genre. Their music speaks to all sorts of people and helps them get through life.

"It is simply amazing that they have been around for 30 years now and their still going strong.

"I can't wait for 2003 and see what is next for the legacy that is Journey."



There was no Post of the Day for January 23.

Date: 24 January, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Zakar
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I have a friend at Fred Meyer that is the manager of the Electronics department. I spoke with him today and brought in a copy of Red 13 that I bought recently. I played it for him and he was blown away by it.

"He said, 'This is Journey? Old school Journey? Your right, this is really good!'

"I told him that if it was ok that I would donate that copy to the store as a sample to play and that I would like them to try and get a bunch of copies from the distributor; as well as sell them up front by the register.

"They have a tray there now that has Barry Manilow Christmas music. I told him to get about 15+ copies if he could and put Red 13 there in place of it.

"He said that he would call the distributor and ask them to send him a bunch. So, I will let you all know in a few weeks when he gets some.

"I love Journey! This band rocks! So does my manager friend Cliff, he is cool too!"

Date: 25 January, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: jrnyjetster
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "One important element we should all realize and admire about Steve Augeri, is that he too WAS/IS a major Journey fan himself. He gives his heart and soul to his performance and has made those classic songs his own. He may not FEEL the lyrics the way his predecessor did, obviously, he didn't write them, but he most certainly sings them with a great deal of passion, respect and integrity. We can't ask for much more than that, can we? He is Steve AUGERI, afterall."



There was no Post of the Day for January 26.

Date: 27 January, 2003
Editor: gumonmyshoe27
Author: wkmahler
Original Location: Journey Digest Mailing List
Post: "Greetings, Just bought Red 13 for $8.99 at Newbury Comics. Strawberries wanted $9.99.

'Red 13:' It is good to know that Journey has harkened back to the days of the musical instrumental. I like it. This segues perfectly into the next song.

'State Of Grace:' The drum beat, wow Dean has his hands full at the end. Could that be synth or midi live? I'm sorry Steve Augeri, you don't sound like you're really into this CD in full force at all. You wailed during Arrival and on the Journey 2001 DVD but here? Well this sound seems to be a mix of old, pre Infinity and circa 1982 Frontiers. The backing vocals sound too mechanical. It worked for 'We Will Meet Again' but not here on this CD. Come on guys let Steve use that octave range of his. Let him put some blues into the backing vocals. I am sure he is talented enough.

'The Time:" Good song, reminds me of 'Whipping Post' by the Allman Brothers, just the overall rhythm of the song.

'Walking Away From The Edge:' Sappy piano...good lyrics though. Come on Jon, you've been doing everything you can to stay away from the Gregg Rolie sound and Steve Augeri has no problem with the Steve Perry sound. Can't ya do it just the same way?

'I Can Breathe:' My first thought was 'Live And Breathe.' Okay song.

The overall sound is unlike anything I can recall but it is too, hmmm overlayed for some reason. The guitar is too thick in some parts. I hate to say this, but I can understand why Sony and Journey said 'bye bye.' Go try Island or the label that Dana Glover is on. Dream Works. You guys ARE very talented and I will keep this EP but expect better in the future."

Date: 28 January, 2003
Editor: gumonmyshoe27
Author: Monker
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "[Regarding: 'IMO, when Augeri sings the "classic" tunes, I don't get the feeling that he has suffered the pain or the inspiration of most of those songs. I guess he doesn't have to, but to me, that is what makes the songs so great. If someone tells me a great story, it makes it even greater to know that it is true.']

"I guess I don't get this...Many of the classic Journey songs were not written for Perry, or about his life. The song you mentioned, 'Separate Ways' was written for Ross and Steve Smith, who were both having family problems at that time. 'Open Arms' and 'Faithfully' were both written by Jonathan for women in his life. 'Send Her My Love' was written by Jonathan after he met a friend of an old girlfriend. 'Rubicon' was written after Jonathan read a book about Caesar.

"That isn't meant to mean that Perry didn't have 'his' songs too..'Lights,' LTS, 'After the Fall,' 'Who's Cryin' Now,' etc.

"But, the bottom line is that ALL of those songs from those early days were written for PERRY's talents. So, of course they are going to sound a bit different when ANYBODY else sings them...especially when you are so used to hearing Perry sing them."

Date: 29 January, 2003
Editor: gumonmyshoe27
Author: Greggregcarpenter
Original Location: Journey Digest Mailing List
Post: "In my review of Red 13 I mentioned that the production was just not up to par. There were some good ideas, but they just did not come across. I really hope they redo 'State Of Grace' for their next full length album. The sampling and drum tracks were really inventive, but the sonics were really poor. There just isn't any punch. It was mastered like the last Rush album. Everything was equalized at the loudest possible level so that there is no real separation between bass, drums, guitar, synths, and vocals, therefore, no punch like you mentioned on the Audio Slave album."

Date: 30 January, 2003
Editor: gumonmyshoe27
Author: changes4kellyp
Original Location: Precious Time of Back Talk
Post: "Sorry Folks-another Perry post! But I will post about Perry if I want to. It is no dis to anyone else in Journey past or present. It just makes me want to post more about Perry when someone tells me not to. I'd love to hear someone on American Idol sing one of Journey's songs. Even before I was a huge Perry/Journey fan, I ALWAYS recognized Steve's voice immediately. Nobody sounded like that - wouldn't it be neat to hear someone young (like in AI) who had that early Perry range? I think it would be neat! Randy might get a kick out of it too."

Date: 31 January, 2003
Editor: gumonmyshoe27
Author: SF-DANO
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "Just dreaming, but wouldn't a reunion show with anyone from the band at anytime who wanted to be involved be wonderful. If the egos could all just be put aside for say two shows (east and west). I would pay and travel gladly. The person I really want to see back jamming with the guys is Gregg Rolie. But after reading some interviews it doesn't seem like it is going to happen. Being in the Bay Area and going to a Journey show, I always thought, 'hey maybe someone from the old days will show up and surprise us tonight.' Still waiting and hoping."

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There was no Post of the Day for February 01.

Date: 02 February, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: LAWoman
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "[Responding to 'since there is nothing new on the Journey horizon']: They have a major tour planned for 2003 and they have plans for a full CD.

John Kalodner said a few months back that he was trying to look into the release of some classic Journey video. As Ace pointed out, however, you'd have to have a bunch of people in agreement and who knows how hard that might be. The other issue I see anytime older material is released is quality. We all know Frontiers & Beyond was released in the 1980s so it was obviously shot with a release in mind. Still there were some complaints when Journey released Frontiers on DVD that somehow it didn't measure up to contemporary stuff. So who knows what video/audio was recorded of the classic stuff that remains of a high enough quality to be released. "

Date: 03 February, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: ForceInfinity
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I'm not bashing oppinions...I was merely expressing that I didn't think that 'Walkin' Away from the Edge' was the BEST ballad... although it did have some moving lyrics.

"One thing I noticed is that some of Trial by Fire sounded like it came from the pre-Cain era. 'Don't be Down,' 'So Easy to Fall,' 'Trial By Fire.' 'Message of Love' had Frontiers written all over it.

"On Arrival, there was a nod toward their very first album if you listen to the guitar solo on 'World Gone Wild' (think 'Kohoutek'). 'Livin' to Do' sounded like something off of Depature. There were also nods toward Escape and Raised on Radio. This was also nice because it 'felt' like Journey.

"Red 13 I've not been able to pin down because alot of it is quite original. The only thing that sounded like 'stereotypical' Journey was 'I Can Breathe.' Everything else was original.... but it still feels like Journey in a way.

"I gotta give my nods to Trial by Fire. I thought 'One More' was one of the hardest songs they've done. 'Castles Burning' ranks up there as well."

Date: 04 February, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author:
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Hey, Jonathan! My heart skipped a beat when I saw your post. So good to hear from you! I look forward to your new cd as usual. Any time frame for the release? You've got me itching for it now!

My daughter, whom you've met a couple of times, takes drum and piano lessons (as well as tap and jazz). Being artsy, myself, I feel she never practices enough, too. I guess we have to let the kids live and learn.

It will soon be time to order a few more 'Animated Love Songs' for some of the people at work. It's the best gift I can think of - especially when you autograph them!

My heart goes out to the family and friends of the NASA crew as well. My girlfriends in Dallas say they heard the sonic boom and the windows were rattling. How scary!

Keep us informed of the new cd - we're ready!!!! Good wishes and the best of health to you and your family!"

Date: 05 February, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: ksjrnyfn
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "Most true Journey fans recognize that Journey is more than just one member. I, for one, appreciate all incarnations of Journey...past, present, and most likely whatever the future holds.

I have seen Journey numerous times with Perry and numerous times with Augeri. They both bring something unique to the mix, as do all the members, past and present. I have seen Augeri mulitple times every year since he joined the band and I can say that he is indeed coming into his own. I agree that 'for 2 hours all was right with the world.' I'm loving Journey NOW as I did THEN. As for Steve Augeri, a warmer, more gracious person you will never meet. He really does not deserve the personal attacks he has had to endure. He didn't force SP out. All he did was take a job of a lifetime. Any person in his position would have done the same.

There will always be SP fans that can not or will not accept the fact the SP has "retired." IMO these are not true Journey fans. They are Perry fans and there is nothing wrong with that. I am truly baffled at the ugliness that some of these *fans* spew towards Journey fans, Steve A, and the rest of the band. What purpose does it serve? Journey is NOT a one-man band."

Date: 06 February, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: TRIAL BY ARRIVAL
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Some of you are aware that I am only 16 years old and it is sometimes a challenge to find Journey fans my age. But I was sitting in my theatre class listening to Boston's debut cd today when this girl, a year younger than me (who knows I am a huge Journey fan) asks me if I have any Journey on me at the time. As usual I did, so she borrows the Essential cd disc one. And at the end of class I asked her how far she got. And she said that the only song that she had listened to for the whole half hour was 'Don't Stop Believin'.' I looked at her and I just said, 'you know they have about 30 to 40 other songs, some of which are better.' She says 'I know, but I just love that song.' She had also claimed that she loved 'Who's Crying Now,' but hadn't listened to it. I just love coming across people like this. It means a lot to someone like me with the kinda crap that comes out today. I thought I would share this nice and interesting story with you guys."



There was no Post of the Day for February 07.

Date: 08 February, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: pb01
Original Location: Precious Time of Back Talk
Post: "I just left a few words that I wanted to express about how some people view the whole Steve Perry vs new Journey. Quite simply, the previous singer left and has no intentions of returning otherwise we would have seen it by now. Don't get me wrong most of us miss him..but for right now..there's nothing. People...there are much too many things to worry about than keeping your eyes glued to what people say about you..or even to this great band. War seems to be iminent right now..although I hope it doesn't happen. Lives have been lost these past few years..plus the economy right now is for garbage. I know I should leave my own bagage at the door..but hey...I come here to read positive stuff as well as other sites. But I guess its human nature for all of us to get sunked in and allow ourselves to get way to involved than what we should. Let us all live in peace and really reflect on how powerful each of our actions, what we say, etc. can impact people so that we may go in a positive direction than a negetive one. Most, if not all of you are very special people and support such great talent and generous guys like Neal, Jon, Steve Augeri, Deen, and Ross, plus all the past memebers. I just hope you can all see that we owe these guys are support and to the rest of human kind! Thats it for now. Take care everyone!"



There was no Post of the Day for February 09.

Date: 10 February, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: LosAngelesWoman
Original Location: VH1.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "[RE: Steve Perry 'The Voice'] Funny, I've always thought the "voice" of Journey was Neal's guitar. Journey has had a few lead singers, but Journey would not be Journey without the signature sound of Neal's guitar."

Date: 11 February, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: SF-DANO
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "Steve Perry would still be in Journey if Steve Perry wanted to be in Journey. He did not.

Secondly, I am a Steve Perry fan. I am a fan of his vocal ability and style. I am not a fan of the way he conducts his business life. I he wanted time off, or out of the music business entirely, all he had to do was communicate his feelings with the other members of the band. Again, he did not. If he had communicate his feelings back in 1986 (after the ROR tour), he would have been replaced then. We would have had Journey during that whole period.

Lastly, you say Steve Augeri is a clone of Steve Perry. Well if he is a clone, than that means his talent as a vocalist should be the same as Perry's. Then why do you fell he sucks? Sounds to me like you don't think about or develop your opinions very well."



There was no Post of the Day for February 12.

Date: 13 February, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: steevemarshall
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Just about every day i play Journey music on my cd at work. The guys that i work with hadn't really been into their music (but now they seem to know all the words to the songs). Today one guy said 'i can see that your music is a real big part of you as that band is all you seem to listen to.' I told him thats because it makes me feel good! Some songs more than others seem to get inside my soul. what do you really like about the music?"

Date: 14 February, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: LAKID
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Last night I went to a party in a ballroom and the theme of the party was the 80's and probably there was five to six hundred people there. anyway, The DJ was playing all the music of the 80's and people were dancing and so on and suddenly Don't stop beleiving came on and the place went nuts. nobody was dancing but everyone was singing and pumping thier fist. And everyone cheered when the song was over. even the dj said wow we must play more journey. But it just goes to show the staying power that journey has. people from 21 to 40 where at this party and journeys music brought everyone together this one moment."



There was no Post of the Day for February 15.

Date: 16 February, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: One Journey
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "What is Journey? Just one of the biggest selling acts in recording history. Once having the honor of being the 4th biggest selling record of all time, the music of Journey continues to be reborn. It's a shame that the honor of this band gets clouded by it's fans dramas and disagreements...but then again, passion is passion. I have always loved Journey, I still love Journey, and I always WILL love Journey. Their music has enriched my life...and if it's the only one I've got, that's the truest testament to them."



There was no Post of the Day for February 17.

Date: 18 February, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Raised On Journey
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I recently emailed an online "buddy" for a non-journey related favor but he knows I am a Schon fan so he was filling me in on some news when he wrote:

" 'By the way, I am friends with Mike Anthony of Van Halen... and he, Sammy Hagar, Niel(sic) Schon and Pat Castelatto (He meant Deen) are talking about making a new disk... I heard the jam tapes recently... and it is killin'! ... it is very heavy and super cool!!! We have not spoken of the project over the last few months... but, I know Mike really wants to do it.'

"He must have heard the jam session last year (his last sentence indicates it was not yet a done deal) I asked him for a small sampling of the jam session (so I could share with everyone here) but he doesn't have a copy, Darn!

"Sounds like we have some rocking tunes to listen to if they ever get a CD out! C'mon guys. How about just a tour?"

Date: 19 February, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Blondn6ft
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Congratulations Jon & Liz. What a special and wonderful relationship you must have with one another. Many blessing for the years to come. And a special thank you to Liz for always sharing her husband with us! It takes a special lady to put up with us crazy ladies that idolize your husband!"

Date: 20 February, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Overdrive
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "[Could Journey survive without Neal?] I don't believe that Journey as we know it could survive. Neal is a genius that can only ever be succeeded; not replaced. If Ross, Jon, Steve, and Deen stayed on, they could try to find somebody, but nobody will ever be as good as Neal (and nobody will ever be as good for Journey). Now, Perry is a great talent (the greatest voice in his field, in my humble opinion). But, from what I've heard, his attitude almost foredoomed him to ultimately leave (or get ousted, I've never actually been told what happened). Steve Augeri was the addition that was needed for a Journey comeback. But 'addition' was the key word. Had it not been for Neal's genius, his guitar 'talking Journey,' and the great talents of Cain and Valory, the chance for Augeri to assist in Journey's rise would never have come to pass. Arrival, Red 13, that recording for Armageddon, and all the tours and shows since their rebirth would never have happened. I thank God and my lucky stars that all of these ducks have fallen into a row, and I hope that that duck will fall into the row if and when it is needed."

Date: 20 February, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Drmaftrdrm
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I admit quickly that ['Mother, Father'] is one of my favorite all time Journey songs but I was from a broken home as well. I truly think that Journey has the ability to make you feel like each song was written just for you and that is why they have the strong staying power that they have. They touch our hearts and so we are devoted to them."

Date: 21 February, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: schongirl
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Happy Happy Birthday to Neal!! From all us Schon Girls!! We love you sweetie!! You rock our world!!"

Date: 22 February, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: ing85
Original Location: Water Cooler of Back Talk
Post: "My prayers to all the victims and their loved ones...it is truly a sad day...may somewhere down the road may Jack Russell find the strength to continue on with Great White and may all the families find the strength to carry on."



There was no Post of the Day for February 23.

Date: 24 February, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Dedee
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Even though I felt compelled to add my feelings to the many supportive thoughts conveyed on Friday, I couldn't bring myself to post. Instead, I just kept rereading Steve's 'Love is all you need' for the umpteenth time and playing Journey's CDs, over and over again. Some of the songs were too close to reality for comfort and therefore, were too painful to listen to in their entirety. The occurrence of the recent tragedies caused these previously powerful messages to hit harder and cut even deeper than they ever have in the past. We're only two months into 2003, haven't put our troops in danger by militarily attempting to oust the heartless Iraqi dictator and liberate the Iraqi people from oppression, and yet too many decent, defenseless Americans have tragically lost their lives. It was only a few weeks ago that we watched in horror, as the Space Shuttle Colombia broke apart and began it descent toward earth in a ball of fire. Seven courageous human beings, whose only selfless mission was to travel into their unknown destinies in order to advance the science of space exploration, never returned to the arms, cheers, and praises of their loved ones and all Americans. We barely had time to begin recovering from the heartbreak of that dreadful sight, when we were confronted with the devastating news of the Chicago night club disaster. Dozens of people, who were only seeking an evening of entertainment, had their bodies crushed as their lives came to an abrupt halt. Then this past Thursday night, hundreds of Great White fans, who had gathered at The Station, in R.I. to absorb the spiritual upliftment that music provides, were forced to run for their lives through a blazing inferno in search of an escape route from what had to have felt like pure **** . Ninety-seven of these poor souls took their last breath of life in that over-crowded, dark, smoky, and panic-stricken room, and were denied the privilege of prolonging their happiness and catching a glimpse of their promising futures. These unbearable tragedies have left open wounds in millions of hearts and empty beds in many homes.

We're all fully aware that our lives, and the lives of the people we love, could be taken from us at any given time, but I believe these horrific incidents are an agonizing, but important, reminder for us to never take life for granted. From now on, I'm going to make a conscious effort to thank God for the blessing of each new day and live it as if it could be my last. When I'm thinking of someone who's dear to me, I'll find a way to let her or him know. Instead of just saying 'Goodbye' when I leave the house, I'll provide the person I'm leaving behind with an extra hug or kiss. While I'm listening to Journey's music, I'll pay closer attention to the gratitude, positivity, and hope in the words and keep them close to me at all times, so I can spread the optimism and faith I've extracted from them. 'Don't Stop Believin' ' has become the band's signature song... it would be wise for all of us to take its powerful message to heart and pass it on to others. If we believe in the power of love and in Journey's music, we can make a positive difference in other people's lives, through the warm and sensitive touch of kindness and support. In an effort to combat the overpowering sadness that consumes us, love is all we need to give to those who feel the heartbreaking effect of this chain of tragic events and to ensure that the victims' appreciation, for family, friends, mankind, and living, will live on in all of us.

Ever since September 11, 2001 our eyes have been opened to the fearful challenge of having to function in an environment of uncertainty in a 'world gone wild,' among the millions of citizens of other nations who have been surrounded by it for far too long. Nevertheless, 'there's still livin' to do'.... it only makes sense to live and breathe the extraordinary quality of life, because once life is gone, we've lost the opportunity to accomplish the things that we inadvertently and regretfully postponed."

Date: 25 February, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: BillA
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I captured the video of Neal on CNN and put it on my frontpage temporarily so anyone who wants to see it go check it out, you will need Windows Media Player and the clip is converted in two sizes LOW and HIGH quality, BOTH CLIPS ARE EXACTLY THE SAME, just one is 2 mg one is 6 mg so depending on your download speed grab the LOW or HIGH version. Hope that helps those who missed it or don't have CNN, I will leave the clips up for about a week or until bandwidth costs get too crazy."

Date: 26 February, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Arkansas
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Okay, flame me immensely if you must, but I think Tall Stories is actually a better album than Arrival. TS is expansive and loose, but crisp and crunchy. I think it's a very good, clean recording. Arrival is a little too planned and processed. I think it gets quite muddy in spots.

I'd like to see Journey cover Tall Stories. But then again, I'd also like to see Journey cover The Storm. (Really I wish that The Storm had been Journey. But that's another story.)

Actually, I'd really love more new Journey. Let Kevin Elson produce again. Get Mutt Lange maybe. Whatever happened to Mike Stone?"



There was no Post of the Day for February 27.

Date: 28 February, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Onthefritz
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I think the tour will sell itself! Styx has a huge fan base as well as Journey, not to mention REO. Many people will come just to see those acts together. It's gonna be tough to get great tickets though We're gonna be fighting with other camps, hopefully the ticket fairies will smile on us."

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There was no Post of the Day for March 01.

Date: 02 March, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Drum1949
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "What has been said about Steve Perry and Journey is almost correct. However, Journey lives today because of Steve Augeri and this is life. There would be no Journey at this moment if Neal, Jonathan and Ross didn't hand pick Steve A and Deen. The purpose of a band is to make music...and that's the only purpose. They are fortunate to have five of the best musicians doing that.

"Journey is making some excellent new music. Red 13 is a step forward; so was Arrival.

"Sure, everything said about the past success is true but that was then. If you are a true fan you want to hear the music live.

"Steve Perry is truly a great singer...but let's face it, that doesn't make him a good band member. A band is a marriage...when the players can't get along it's time to part. His statement on BTM proved that.

"Look, we all would like Journey to still have Steve Perry and Steve Smith but that's not happening. Steve Augeri is a true talent. Listen to Tall Stories. And Deen by far is one of the most talented drummers in rock today. So in order for the music to live, they had to move forward. And not stay in the past."

Date: 03 March, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Revoluschon
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I don't know how many of you had the distinct privilege of hearing Neal do ["The Star-Spangled Banner"] at last years' shows but it was, without a doubt, the most AWESOME "Star spangled banner" SOLO that I have ever heard and I've heard quite a few. My wife and I saw the Austin, Texas show and he was completely unbelievable. Just that Solo made the trip from Houston to Austin worth while and I want to hear and see it again! PLEASE Neal, hook us up?!"

Date: 04 March, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: SF-DANO
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "First off, Steve Perry was an incredibly talented vocalist (IMO). My problem with Perry goes back to 1984. Perry wanted out of Journey after Frontiers. He did not want anyone to do solo albums or side projects because it "would only make me want to do one" (ego sign#1). Neal had done none commercial music side projects. Artistic jazz fusion, or kind of off the wall hard rock with HSAS. Neal did not do his side projects as a spring board out of Journey. In my opinion, Perry did his solo album to test the waters as a solo artist. He did Street Talk, and had some success. He decided to do another Journey record, but he wanted to call all the shots (ego sign #2). First order of business, get rid of Ross and Smith. Now remember Ross was in Journey from the beginning. As a fan, I am already beginning to be turned off by this move. Next, they record ROR. Which, in my opinon, sounds more like a Street Talk (solo Perry pop album), than a Journey album. There are some decent songs there, but it turns out to be the most pop (not rock) sounding album Journey ever released. They tour, the tour is then cut short (touring problem #1), and then Steve Perry basically disappears for ten years, and doesn't even tell the guys that he is out of Journey or anything (Ethics problem #1). During this time he releases FTLOSM to minimal success and goes on a little mini tour that he couldn't even complete(touring problem #2).

"Then around 1995 some of the former members decide to get a band together and reform Journey. Steve Perry gets word of this, and all of a sudden, after ten years, he wants to be involved and back in the band (ego sign#3). Are you beginning to see the way Perry thinks yet? Neal makes his biggest mistake at this point in my opinion. He decides to go with Perry again. So they record TBF, which has initial success. And then Perry, who in my opinion never intended to tour, developes a hip problem (touring problem #3). Perry drops into seclusion again for two years (ethics problem #2). Finally the band decides its time to move on, and asks Perry if he wants to be in Journey or not. Perry declines to rejoin. Fine, Neal and Jon decide they are going to move on with Journey and notify Perry this is what is going to happen. Perry asks them not to use the name Journey (ego sign #3), and call it something else. Well if using the name Journey is going to help them be succesful, and Perry of his own choice does not want to be a part of this, then Perry has no rite to ask them to do anything. The facts are that Perry left Journey hanging without word for 10 years and then again for another two. I would say that after showing no one else in the band any respect during those two instances, Perry lost any rite he may have had to ask the rest not to "crack the stone". The truth is Perry himself "cracked the stone" that Journey the band was back in 1984, again in 1987, and again in 1996.

"As someone stated earlier, I believe Steve Perry made the comments "I never felt like part of the band" and "just don't crack the stone" because he knew it would divide the fan base. Why all the legal stuff and the gag orders? Why, if he doesn't have an ego and since he declined to rejoin of his own free will, would he not wish the guys well in the future and enjoy the legacy that he did have with the band? That is basically what Steve Smith did and is still doing. Come on, we all know why, it is a little thing called ego. Or in Perry's case, a big thing called ego.

"Everyone is entitled to there opinions, but for me, it is hard to see how anyone can come down on Perry's side of things here. Appreciate the man for his talent as a singer/songwriter, but don't make an idol out of him. Don't make him a god who can do no wrong. As a band member, Steve Perry proved that there was a whole lot he could do good, and whole lot he could do wrong. Now that Perry is out of the music business, and done for good as far as touring goes in my opinion, I wish him the best in his personal life, as I believe Journey does also.

"If you don't like the new line-up, appreciate the Journey that was. But in the music business, and it is a business, to expect anyone to not try and use every option that they have to be succesful, is just unrealistic and naive. Using the name Journey, a very well known name in the music business, a band name started before there was a member named Steve Perry, just makes smart business sense."

Date: 05 March, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Zakar
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I love [the music of Journey] because it never leaves me feeling angry and ticked off.

"I have found that it always brings the 'edge' off instead of bring it on.

"I always love how Neal's guitar playing, in particular 'Fillmore Boogie' how it gets me feeling in a jammin' happy sort of feeling.

"Can't wait for more music! Lookin' forward to the tour this summer"

Date: 06 March, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: jrnyman28
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "[re: Matthew Schon's influence] Well, most of Dream After Dream definately fits the bill. I thought there were some songs on Infinity that might work as well. TBF was full of strings but I am not sure who you would credit with that.

"Journey has a lot of music with strings in it, but I do not like the idea of playing with a symphony. Too many bands have done this now. Kiss, Yes, Moody Blues, Aerosmith, Metallica, Scorpions...there is nothing new to it. And it wouldn't really be a big change for Journey since they DO already have a lot of strings in their music.

"I would love to see Journey do like Aerosmith and put out an all blues album. And I like the acoustic stuff I have heard, it is a nice change from Journey's style...but I don't think I would want an entire CD of acoustic either.

"In the end, I am looking for the next CD to be a little shorter than Arrival and TBF, but I would like it to be very diverse. Journey is a band that can do pretty much ANYTHING! I WILL be listening..."

Date: 07 March, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Romanticguy22
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I will dare say this. I can compare Steve Augeri to Mick Jagger of the rolling stones and here is why? When Steve Augeri does a show he entertains the crowd, he claps, dances, sings does everything a frontman should do. He sings the songs with emotion and fire in his veins. If you go to a rolling stones concert and a Journey concert and you see Mick and Steve they both have a great idea of being a frontman. Steve doesn't have an ego on stage. He compliments the rest of the band and at times lets them get the spotlight. Steve Augeri is a great entertainer. He makes going to Journey concerts more enjoyable."

Date: 08 March, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: DrewinTampa
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I was surfing Billboard.com today and came across a very interesting quote about music as follows in the 'Chart Beat' secion: 'The music we hear at the age of 14 is the music we feel will be the best of all time.' So, when I was 14, Escape by Journey came out. I found that very amazing. Was anyone else 14 in 1981? Isnt that weird?"

Date: 09 March, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: LAWoman
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "I don't get this co-headling concept even though everyone seems to be doing it lately. There is only so much time the bands can stay onstage usually because of local rules or noise ordinances and that kind of thing. If it's an outdoor venue it's kind of weird for the opening acts to be playing in the sunshine and if you schedule the show too early people skip the opening acts. I think Journey should have just gone out with either Styx or REO because 3 on the bill for bands who are all at about the same level of popularity is too much.

I like REO, Styx and Journey but I have a feeling last year's Journey tour will not be topped this year. I'm hoping Journey throws in a few solo shows here and there. REO seems to be doing just that on their tour with Styx now."



There was no Post of the Day for March 10.

Date: 11 March, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: KCJourneyholic
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "A 'shameless bump for my hubby's sentiments...'cause they bear repeating.

"...when it's more than just about the music, we applaud and value 'each and every single individual' whose extraordinary musical talent has so enriched our lives, and continues to impact our lives by the friendships that develop and endure .. no matter how long we've embraced the music that is ~

"JOURNEY"



There was no Post of the Day for March 12-15.

Date: 16 March, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: TECHNAJIVE
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Neal sure is getting a lot of notice lately! CNN, ROCKLINE, RED13, ETC...which is good because that helps journey get a little more notice. Neal Schon of course may be finally getting that appreciation he needs! He was with journey from the beginning, so he is JOURNEY. I hope Steve Augeri starts getting a little more show. Personally, I think he will by the next album. If they go with the whole new direction they're planning on taking. "

Date: 17 March, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Daphne
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Happy St. Patricks to one and all! Spring has arrived in the Northeast, and a great day to think about what spring and summer have in store for us Journey fans - Journey tour, Bammies, Planet Us! I don't know if there's any 'Irish' in Journey, but enjoy 'just the same way' as any Holiday - with your feet up and a brew in hand! (Green or not)"



There was no Post of the Day for March 18-19.

Date: 20 March, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: jll12572
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "In this time of war, I just wanted to ask each of you to take a moment and remember all of those affected in your thoughts and prayers. Pray for our military, that they do what needs to be done, and that they come home soon safe and sound. Pray for the families of our military that they get comfort while in the stressful wait and wonder about their loved ones. Pray for the lives of all the innocent people that will be lost in this conflict, may they find peace in wherever it is they find themselves. And pray for peace, that this war will end quickly. And take a moment to let those you care about that you love and appreciate them."



There was no Post of the Day for March 21.

Date: 22 March, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Intell
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Just saw "View From the Top" last night with Gweneth Paltrow (sp?). They opened the first scene with "Don't Stop Believin'" as the track, done by a sound a like group. Anyone know who it was? I didn't stay for credits. Hope John and Steve and all others got paid. Don't know why they didn't use original unless there is some kind of conflict using old (Perry-version) songs for movies. BUT THEN...Adam Sandler doesn't seem to mind. He loves Journey songs The originals too! Let me know what you think....

PS Anyone who gets Modern Drummer- May issue has Steve Smith on cover- my son's drum instructor (Randy Koons) wrote a technical article on ".....Stone Killer"- I typed for him to send in. My minute claim to fame I know nothing about drums except that my son is sounding pretty good."



There was no Post of the Day for March 23.

Date: 24 March, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: OhioJourney
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I'm a big Ross fan!! I got lucky enough to be in front of Ross at a few of the concerts last year. It amazes me how he can make faces and carry on a conversation with a fan from the stage and still never miss a beat. I'm really looking forward to the concerts this summer. I think with everything that is going on in the world we could all use a smile and Ross is one person who can always make me smile!"

Date: 25 March, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: rustygreen
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "What a show it was. Styx can still rock after all these years. Drummer Todd Sucherman could be Deen Castronovo’s brother. The set opened with 'Blue Collar Man' and ended with a powerhouse version of 'Renegade.' Hearing newer music like 'Heavy Water' would make any old Styx fan a fan all over again. This band looks like they still love what they do and they do it so well.

"REO Speedwagon took the stage with the same energy. Opening with 'Don’t Let Him Go' and 'Music Man.' The band was on top of their game. It’s hard to believe that they are still not making top 40 hits like they used to. The music is fresh and the band is tighter than ever. They ended their set with '157 Riverside Avenue' that kept the house on their feet.

"But it didn’t end there. REO Speedwagon and Styx joined together on stage to jam. The first was 'Blue Collar Man' from Styx and then 'Roll With The Changes' from REO Speedwagon. What a show to see all those musicians jamming on stage.

"Believe it or not though, the show got better. Journey took the stage and although Steve Perry and Steve Smith were no longer in the lineup one would never have known it. From the opening 'Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)' new vocalist Steve Augeri was right on. Playing classics like 'Stone In Love' and 'Wheel In The Sky' and songs not heard played live like 'La Raza Del Sol' and a new one called 'Fillmore Boogie.' This band could rock. New Drummer Deen Castronovo is one of the best drummers in rock n’ roll. With veterans Ross Valory, Jonathan Cain, and Neal Schon, Journey plays tighter than ever.

"They played for about 100 minutes along with the 100 minutes that was put in from Styx and REO Speedwagon. No one walked away feeling that they didn’t get their money's worth.

"The best part is you can enjoy the show too. I saw this show in the comfort of my own home. Go out and rent or purchase Styx and REO Speedwagon Arch Allies Live At Riverport and . Relive the experience of these great shows and then let's get pumped to see these three bands play together for the 2003 'Rockin’ The Arena' Tour."

Date: 26 March, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: ksjrnyfn
Original Location: Dixie Highway of Back Talk
Post: "Just waiting on the tour schedule. The only vacation days I have scheduled are for San Fran next month and Chi Town in July. I think I have validated the opinion of my staff that I am just a Journey Junkie. Can't plan the kids' camps, daycare, or family vacation til the tour schedule is posted. Need to get my summer planned, people."



There was no Post of the Day for March 27-29.

Date: 30 March, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: TECHNAJIVE
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I really think it's time for Cain and Augeri to record a song with both of them singing leads. Perry and Rolie did.

"The new record needs at least two. Why? Jon Cain has never been truly credited or given a chance vocally as he should. "Lose Myself in You" (Arrival outtake) is my favorite song of all! Awesome gutiar, bass, drums etc..

"Who ever agrees with me that the band should take this seriously and get them to do it, then say so! Neal reads the posts, so tell him now!

"Post a post a tell them that is what you want. Everyone please pitch in."

Date: 31 March, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Hamlet
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Today's championship matchup--

" 'Higher Place'

"My theme song to keep me upbeat was 'Don't Stop Believin',' until I heard 'Higher Place.' I feel that it's time to be a part of the future and leave the past as golden memories or leave them as snapshots in my mind.

"Kewl Championship and great job to you!

"--MaryAnn"

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Date: 01 April, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Raised on Faith
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Championship results--

"Stone In Love 38
Higher Place 23

"Stone In Love wins and does the repeat! I guess that's just our Journey song!

"Here's the Top 20 in case you guys want to make a CD or anything.
20)Walking Away From The Edge
19)Send Her My Love
18)After THe Fall
17)Who's Crying Now
16)Escape
15)Remember Me
14)I'll Be Alright Without You
13)State of Grace
12)Open Arms
11)Lights
10)Be Good To Yourself
9)Ask The Lonely
8)Wheel In The Sky
7)Any Way You Want It
6)Kiss Me Softly
5)Faithfully
4)Separate Ways
3)Don't Stop Believin
2)Higher Place
1)Stone In Love

"Thanks to everybody who particioated! It was a lot of fun!"

Date: 02 April, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Scarab49
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Forgive me if I posted this in the wrong forum, but I have a quick question regarding the TYKETTO album Shine with Steve Augeri at the helm.

I have a friend who went to merry ol' England for vacation. Knowing I'm a BIG JOUNREY fan, he asked me, prior to his leaving, if there were any cd's I wanted him to look for while he was over there. After some thought, I came up with and told him the TYKETTO album SHINE w/Steve Augeri on vocals. It's a hard album to find, certainly here on the east coast, but I figured I'd see if he'd have any luck in England. Well, I got a call from him yesterday and he said he found it on sale for like $10.00 and that he picked it up for me. You can imagine how excited I was to hear that I would be getting this album once and for all.

Anywho, I was wondering if anybody else in here has that album and if so, what does it sound like? How does it compare to TALL STORIES and his work with JOURNEY? On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, how would you rate it?"



There was no Post of the Day for April 03.

Date: 04 April, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: jrnyjetster
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "The band needs to showcase a better mix of NEW material. Are most of us in agreement here? Sure, they have to perform the staples, but I could do without 'Open Arms,' that's for sure. ADD 'With Your Love,' maybe. I wouldn't mind if they dropped 'Escape' and 'Ask The Lonely,' either. Instead they can play 'WALKING AWAY FROM THE EDGE' and 'I GOT A REASON.' IF they have time, I'd like to hear a couple of obscure classics like 'Opened The Door' or 'Precious Time.' Could you imagine hearing these live again?

"I know there will be many differences of opinion on this subject, but I think it is safe to say that it's definitely time for a major overhaul of the setlists.

"From what Neal has said in his latest interview, I think we just may get our wish. Something to anticipate, anyway. I like surprises!"

Date: 05 April, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: LAWoman
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "No forum at all? I wouldn't miss the WC, but I think it would be a bad move to get rid of Dixie Highway and the General Forum right when the tour is starting. Journey fans will always find a place to talk--they did it before BT and they will do it after, but I'd think Journey would want to retain a forum over which they had control. I think it would be too bad if fans had to go to VH1 or here or private forums to discuss the shows. But I'm just a fan and it's their lives and their career and they are obviously going to do whatever they think is best."



There was no Post of the Day for April 06.

Date: 07 April, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: mnmsjrny
Original Location: VH1.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "Well let's call it a friendly competition. I saw REO when they opened for Journey's show in Vegas back a few years ago (the show that Journey recorded for DVD) and really enjoyed their set, but thought Journey definitely put on the better show. The only time I've seen Styx do a full set was at Junefest in Vegas in 2001. Their set was actually better than Journey's which suffered from sound problems that nite.

"I *did* get to see all 3 bands at the Volunteers for America show in Dallas after 9/11 -- shortened sets. Can't remember if it was REO or Styx who's drummer blew out my ears though... (think it was REO) Was a pretty amazing thing to see actually.

"All 3 bands are great, but naturally the "die hards" (and you know who you are) for each band is going to think THEIR band is best. (Journey Journey Journey)

"Off to pick up a copy of REOs greatest hits... can't believe I don't actually OWN any REO... :D

"Gonna be a great tour!"



There was no Post of the Day for April 08.

Date: 09 April, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Monker
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Well, a few comments...First of all, the car lot and restaurant things were brought up in other threads and I just put a different spin on then...If they are invalid, that's fine with me because that is what I was trying to say. LV has the bowling alley thing right...but, IMO, the arcade (Water Cooler) became THE reason why people were coming...It was not to bowl (talk about Journey), which is why the place (Back Talk) exists. Also, I was going to post this diatribe to my webspace...But, I thought it would be more 'appreciated' here. If it's not, the moderators can close the topic and I'll cut and paste the post, and probably rewrite a bit of it, and put it on my webspace...That's one of the reasons why I have have my forum.

"But, it seems people are worried more that BT will become inactive and eventually die if there is only Journey talk. I just do not believe that is true. One of the reasons why the WC was sooo busy was because differing opinions from different perspectives were posted. When all opinions are basically being driven from the same perspective, and everybody agrees with everything, that is when conversation becomes boring and dies.

"I know I'm picking on the mailing list a lot, but it's a perfect example. Diversity is not promoted there so everybody agrees about everything. The result is that you have hundreds of people who all agree and nobody really has any need to say anything...And, if somebody new DOES say something different, they are jumped on by a bunch of people and that opinion is squished real quick. So, there is a flurry of posts and then a bunch of dead time, and then a flurry of posts...right now there is dead time...until somebody posts something a bit controversial.

"So, yeah, it's a challenge...It's a challenge to the moderators, and Journey, to allow people to be at least a little critical of things. It's a challenge for those who wish to be critical to NOT BE INSULTING when they criticize. It's a challenge to the moderators, Journey, and the other forum members to allow a diversity of people, perspective, and opinions so the conversation is not the same, over and over again. It's a challenge to EVERYBODY to not take this all so seriously that you get all emotional and post things you may regret later.

"If those challenges can be met, then the conversation will NOT die...Think about this: the mailing list, with a few hundred fewer members, was more active when Journey did not exist then it is now. Sky's old forum, the one BT was built upon, survived for years, even before the TBF reunion...and it was basically limited to Journey discussion. It is not impossible...it's been done before."



There was no Post of the Day for April 10.

Date: 11 April, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Tina B
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Tommy Shaw called in for an interview this morning on a local radio station in Omaha. He sounded very excited about getting the chance to tour with Journey. The DJ asked him about who was headlining & he said Journey was headlining and they'd be flip-flopping with REO for the first two slots. He said it was Journey management who made the decision, not Neal, because it didn't matter to Neal. I just wanted to clarify the rumors that Neal's ego wouldn't let them do anything but headline. He also talked about the show they did for VH1. He talked about them all singing Lights and how beautiful the voices harmonized. The show's being edited right now."

Date: 12 April, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Loneman1
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "C'mon all, maybe I am wrong, but I think deep down we are all here for one reason...to let our wonderful Journey continue. Now over the last few days, there have definitely been those that have felt the need to lash out at the band due to the loss of the deleted forums. Now, I can understand you being a more than a little shocked at the sudden disappearance of the places you could all come to talk about whatever crossed your minds, like world affairs and past band members, but c'mon. It isn't like there aren't many, many, MANY other online discussion boards around the Internet you can go to to talk about these topics (and tell all of your friends about as well). Granted, it was probably an inconvinence having to uproot from those forums, but I personally think you will all live to speak your minds freely about ANYTHING on your mind once again with your friends at the MANY places that are bound to (and actually already have started to) pop up all over. Keep in mind this IS Journey's house, which has been reiterated several times. Many bands would never have even given you the chance at forums like what existed, like free reign to talk about anything you wanted at their expense. Now they decide that they should focus that space to further the availability of media that many of us have been asking for for awhile. IMHO, I think we really got the better end of the stick. This website simply laid the foundation upon which you guys built many of your great friendships outside the topic of the band. Just because the forums aren't here anymore doesn't suddenly mean those friendships are terminated. You will all live to talk together again. Just don't blame the band's music.....Journey has been bringing their gift to us for 30 years as of this year, many, MANY more years than we have even had the open forum of the internet available at our disposal, let alone this individual website. Don't let this change tarnish your view of that."



There was no Post of the Day for April 13.

Date: 14 April, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Drmaftrdrm
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "While on vacation last week, I listened to nothing but Journey and Neal and let me tell you, that just made it all worth it. Nothing better. And Neal is the man for sure. I love Voice, Beyond the Thunder, and Late Night to name but a few. He has lasted through a generation gap and he is coming back. Proud to say I am a Journey fan."

Date: 15 April, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: jrnyman28
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Originally Red 13 was created for the fans who were anxiously waiting for the tour to begin. It was a thank you to the fans who have continued to support Journey throughtout all the changes. Red 13 was kind of a present during some difficult times when the band was leaving Sony and starting up their own thing. Red 13 was to tide us over and was never really intended for retail distribution. It was kind of a test for selling Journey music through Journey's own online store and concerts. Red 13 was very successful and there was a chance for retail distribution so the boys took it.

"Red 13 is a good CD, strong songs, a little more raw in the production, and a slightly different style of music than we have come to know from Journey. It is a slight return to their free-form roots. There may only be four songs but the total up to almost half an hour of music.

"If you are Journey fan that it is more than worth picking up. But be open minded, this is not the Journey of the 80's."

Date: 16 April, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: journeyscarab
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Hey all! I just wanted to share something cool and make you aware of something that you might miss if you order from Journeyswag. I got my package yesterday and as I flipped it over to rip it open I happen to notice Steve's signature in Silver Sharpie on the back! I figured it was legit, but checked with CJ and she confirmed he had autographed 60-70 recent orders. So check those boxes folks! And Steve, you are a class act, thanks for taking the time to sign my box and send me a treat! "

Date: 17 April, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: DrArrival
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I saw Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers last night in Chicago. He has SOLD OUT 5 shows at the Vic Theater, a smaller, quaint venue.

"Anyway, I went expecting to hear ALL of his greatest hits and classic rockers. But I didn't. In fact the only real solid hits he sang were 'Refugee' and 'Don't Back Down.' He didn't do 'Free Fallin',' 'Don't Do Me Like That,' 'Here Comes My Girl,' etc.

"Did I leave disappointed? ABSOLUTELY NOT! He put on such an incredible show. For every 'known' song he sang, I think he sang 4-5 new, newer and newest songs. The concert lasted close to THREE HOURS! He was out on stage for over TWO HRS and 35 MIN.

"After I left, I thought, 'Boy does he have b*lls!' But what a brilliant move on his part, I think. Play for a long time, the audience leaves feeling they got their money's worth and then some ($47 per seat) with a new found interest in his 'new' stuff.

"Now I know that Journey is playing to what they feel the crowd wants to hear. And for the vast majority of their fans, they wanna hear the BIG Hits. In fact 2 years ago, I remember A LOT of complaints that they weren't doing 'Open Arms,' despite the fact that they were doing all of their other hits. For us die-hards here, we want to hear alot of the 'new stuff' but Journey has to try to please everyone.

"This year, Journey has the obligation, I think to give these Classic Rock fans what they want to hear. Especially with the large venues. But they also have a BIG captive audience to expose to their incredibly fantastic newer music. Some of these fans will be Journey fans, but some will be big Styx and/or REO fans. They will, obviously look forward to the 'familiar' Journey songs and music.

"Is 4-5 'new' songs enough, I don't think so. Although if you only have 80-90 minutes to fill, that's probably all you can spare...

"I guess the most important point thought that I am trying to make with this thread is that if Journey truly wants to 'move forward' as a new force, they are going to have to showcase that part of themselves somehow. Maybe this year is not the year (although, like I said, they will have very big captive audiences...) but next year I think they definitely have to get the b*lls that Tom Petty so aptly displayed and go into smaller venues and play AT LEAST HALF all NEW music for a good solid 2-3 hour show. Otherwise, they will forever be known as the old Journey 'Classic Rock' band."

Date: 18 April, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: WalkingAwayfromtheedge06
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I had this huge arguement with my friend about who was better...Journey or the rolling stones...my friend being a big stones fan argues that RS are the better group. I begged to differ. I even went as far as to write out a page of reasons why Journey is better. Like: I think theyre staged shows are better, they put more energy into theyre music, theyre a clean group, theyre awesome with fans, Steve has a way better vocal range than Mick Jagger, Journey has more complicated guitar riffs, Neil is an all around better guitarist, I could listen to journey all day day in and day out whereas the RS get annoying, Mick Jagger cannot dance like steve, Deens style of drumming is better than Charlie Watts', The musicians in Journey are more holistic--like Jon who writes great music and plays both the piano/keyboard and guitar. Also, if any of you saw the Stones on their HBO concert special in Madison Square Garden, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards were more concerned with smoking their cigarettes than playing their guitars--When Journey plays, they focus every bit of energy on the music. I think the Stones are overrated by the critics and Journey doesnt get the respect they deserve from the critics. Do you agree?"



There was no Post of the Day for April 19-20.

Date: 21 April, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: MJB
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "New stuff...new stuff...new stuff...I would love to hear more of their new songs - having attended concerts each of the last couple of summers (husband's comments during late spring: '...Journey...didn't you see them last year?!?'). Arrival and Red 13 are strong, strong CD's. My daughter and I hopped over to the Minnesota State Fair last year and caught Styx and REO together. I didn't know any of their newer stuff, so I was glad to hear lots of their oldies. I'm sure many of the fans on this year's circut will feel the same way about 'our guys'. But - it is a great opportunity to showcase some new songs to a wider audience...."

Date: 22 April, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: t-guin
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Maybe if Steve Perry would agree to let the band re-record Frontiers with Steve Augeri for no fee, and Journey would agree to let Steve Perry re-record Arrival for himself at no fee, then yes I would buy both."

Date: 23 April, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Deen Castronovo
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "We're kickin butt!! Trying songs like Dead or Alive, Precious Time, Rubicon and they all sound fantastic.

I LOST 40 POUNDS! I'm feeling the best I've ever felt and playing the best I've ever played.

I can't wait to tour again and see everyone.

I would like you to help me pick out a new drumset Mascot. The color is cherry sunburst like a Les Paul. Find me something that matches and looks hilarious! I trust you will find the right one.

Love you guys, see you soon !"

Date: 24 April, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: MarchWindsAgain
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I've loved Journey as far back as I can remember, my Mom played it all the time up camping for the Summer, played it in the house a lot too, but Journey was camping music. They always reminded me of Summer, when Summer is around, it's Journey time for me. Mom would always sing in her lil' trying to be Steve Perry voice which I thought was hilarious, she liked to do it with 'Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' ' the most, I think, and 'Lights.' So I liked them forever, my mother raised me on it, I'm grateful for that. As far as truly discovering them, Mom played the Greatest Hits CD on the way home from Camping back in 1998, and I just loved it, especially 'Wheel In the Sky,' I thought all the songs were the best. I get home, next day, I ask mom where she had that cd? I get it, I play it, the rest is history. I wanted to know everything about the band, hear all their songs, and simply rock, lol. These guys brought out an emotion in me for music and other things I never imagined. They have helped me in good times, and especially heart-break. When I got a letter from my girlfriend that told me that it was basically 'over' between us, (LONG story) I went to my room, and blasted 'Seperate Ways,' and 'Next' off of the Next album, the lyrics 'you used to be...so good to me, baby'...hit me very hard, and when my sister asked what was wrong, I just opened the floodgates. Like I said, these guys not only started something great for me, but they continue to help me through life, and motivate me in the best way possible. I don't think I could thank the guys enough for their inspiration, it's countless. Music is bliss, and Journey let me discover it. Thanks guys, you helped me on my journey through life, and I couldn't be more satisfied."

Date: 25 April, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: NCAugerifan2
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Once again, Congratulations to Journey on this special day! I am very excited for you guys. Thank you for the music that you have given to us over these many years. Your music has touched us in so many ways whether it is getting us through a hard time, closing our eyes and dream, or make us dance and rock - you guys have been there for us and we are there for you! I'm not able to attend the wonderful celebration in person this weekend, but I'm there in my heart...I'm wearing one of my Journey shirts to work and listening to Journey all day on JIFR!"



There was no Post of the Day for April 26.

Date: 27 April, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Christopher
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Every night, hundreds of thousands of children go to bed....without Journey. They lay in their beds, wishing for just the simple pleasures of hearing Neal play a solo, Steve sing a wonderful tune, or Deen pound the drums. The simple truth here, is that it can be prevented. Innocent children the world over, do not have to suffer the pain of not having any Journey in their ears. Please, do your part to make sure these children get the important music they deserve. You can make the difference between a child living a life without knowing the pleasure of Journey, and the joy of knowing that you've brought the joy of Journey to just ONE needy soul. Call today...please."

Date: 28 April, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: I'mStillRiding
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I'm in my truck at a red light, Open Arms is loud enough on my radio that other drivers can hear it, singing to myself as I often catch myself doing. From the corner of my eye I see someone waving at me to get my attention, I look at them and the lady now starts to point to me,and lipsinc Open Arms with me, It was the coolest thing! The light turned green and People behind me wouldnt give me time to chat, so If the fellow fan who "sang" with me is reading this, thanks for the smile and laugh, it was totally cool!"

Date: 29 April, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: jrnyjetster
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "...Steve Augeri, and to be honest with you, I can't imagine why, unless you've lived in a shell for 5 years! MY GOD, the guy was positively incredible on Saturday night at the Warfield show , as was the rest of the band, absolutely in top form! STUNNING! Take a look at this list of obscure classics included the setlist. STEVE AUGERI f***ing nailed them to a tee! I never thought we'd EVER hear these songs live again. WELL, I was proved wrong, I about fell over, seriously!

Medley: Line Of Fire, Dixie Highway and LA DO DA!! UNFRIGGINBELIEVABLE!!
Precious Time!! (Whoa!!)
Mother, Father!! (OMG!!)
Rubicon?!....... (WOW!!)
WHERE WERE YOU!! (OH, MAN! I about sh*t!)

Then, the SANTANA set with the 2 percussionists from the original band....JUST AMAZING!! And Deen's spectacular drum solo!! Need I say more!! Neal was grinning from ear to ear! The Santana guys also joined Journey for an incredible rendition of La Raza Del Sol!

They opened with State Of Grace, (it rocked!), then went into Seperate Ways and then Aynsley Dunbar gets behind the drumset for Wheel! The audience roared!!

They also did Higher Place and We Will Meet Again (fantastic song!) from Arrival!! PLUS, Stone In Love, Escape, Open Arms, Don't Stop Believin' and Be Good To Yourself.

SAMMY HAGAR joined the band on stage for the final encore and burning rendition of Zeppelin's Rock & Roll!! Unbelievable, incredible, show!!

All I can say, JOURNEY is alive and well with STEVE AUGERI and kicking major ass!! Don't deprive yourself, quit moaning, move forward and GET OUT THERE and see a show this year!! You will be enlightened."

Date: 30 April, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Dedee
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Dear Neal, Ross, Jon, Deen, Steve, and all past band members,

My appreciation for the more than generous gift of thirty years of songs, that have been created by and are performed with the unrelenting truthfulness and passion in your hearts and souls and have set my life to music, is immeasurable and will have no end. When the loss of a loved one caused the edge of the blade in reality to split my heart wide-open, you offered a means of escape by leading me to a magical, soothing place where that person filled my memories with the gentle, yet powerful, impact his or her life has had on mine... When I was craving someone who was happy to give me love, you reminded me that it's the giving of love that permits us to receive it.. When life suddenly turned cold, you showed me how beginning by being good to ourselves enables us to open our arms to its warmth... When I and those I love were separated from one another, you helped to keep the love circulating throughout our hearts, where it melted the miles in between us "faithfully"... When I was confronted by life's cruelty, you urged me to cling to its goodness and to continue to believe in the security of its promise... When the fear of failing held me back from attempting to gain something worthwhile, you convinced me that I'd only lose if I didn't try... When I achieved the goal of happiness, you were right by my side, encouraging me to move closer to my other distant dreams.

I could write a 1000 page book and never fully succeed in expressing my unyielding admiration, respect, and gratitude for the essential lessons your musical view, of the ups and downs in life, has taught me. Saying "thank you" is not nearly enough to convey my thankfulness for the enrichment, comfort, and inspiration you've contributed to my journey. Nevertheless you have my endless appreciation for permitting me to see the world through your eyes, by jam-packing the music with your decency, honesty, depth, strength, resiliency, insight, and optimism. Just as an artist uses a canvas, brush, and various paints to capture his/her view of the life that surrounds him/her, you combine powerful notes and profoundly descriptive words as a form of self-expression. Every night and day, during which I've felt your presence, will go on forever and touch me with your unequaled sensitivity and rewarding state of grace. God bless every one of you for ulitilizing your God-given talents and compassionate personalities to brighten our worlds with the refreshing music that spreads human decency and sweetens the journey all of us are taking through life.

The reason why we fans are so ready and willing to take time off from work and travel long distances away from our families, in order to attend Journey concerts, is because when we're in your world, we're never far away from the happiness and comfort of being at home. Whether or not you receive the highly deserved recognition that goes along with an artist's or band's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I want to reassure you that you'll always possess an all access pass which will permit you to hold your heads up high, as you roam freely through the halls of fame in our hearts and souls (although we'll never abandon the hope that the nominating committee will eventually recognize the outstanding quality of the music and longevity of Journey's legacy). Through 30 years of countless acts of genuine kindness and prolific, sensitive, soulful, extraordinarily high quality music, that breaks down all age/gender/racial/social/religious/political barriers and unites us all as a human race that views the offering of love as the quintessential purpose in living, you've become the one constant saving grace in our lives, our tower of strength, and our musical heroes, both on and off the stage."

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Date: 01 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: ilovekevin2002
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Oh my 'godsh,' I can't believe how ignorant people really are! Out of curiousity I traveled over to VH1's message boards and went under Journey and right there in print it said, 'Augeri needs to leave Journey!' I was trippin.' So I opened it and the 'person' (___hole) wrote that Augeri sounds nothing like Perry and that his voice sucks! That is just ignorance. So I posted and corrected this person! Man, I am still trippin' that someone actually said Augeri can't sing!!! That's just messed up. True Journey fan here, old or new!"

Editor's note: I have been submitting posts for Dave for two years now. I am starting to hate the negative posts about Steve Augeri. I refuse to go to the VH-1 message boards for that reason. Every time I read a negative post I try to find one that is positive--and shows our support for him. --Andrea

Date: 02 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: nightrangerfan
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "While I laud the efforts of the writer who interviewed Herbie Herbert a couple of years ago, it is important to remember Herbert's word isn't gospel and unassailable or full of half-truths. Don't forget, he was essentially fired by Perry during the Old Steve's misguided housecleaning.

The only themes in the interview I find highly unlikely are Herbie's disrepudiation of Jon Cain and his assessment of Ross Vallory's bass playing talents.

Ross was an original member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, one of the most highly regarded and innovative acts at the time. Certainly, one can hear his evolving musicianship on the "Escape" album. But for Herbie to dismiss Vallory as a no-talent before his "inspirational talk" is ridiculous.

As a mediocre-at-best singer/songwriter/pianist whose entire family are involved in the performing arts, I have had the fortune to make small-time connections with various people in the music industry. Not enough to persuade anyone to overlook my lack of talent and hook me up me with a record contract...I refer to "knowing people who know people" who, in turn, have provided me backstage access before and after shows.

Now, I have been a die-hard Journey fan since 1980. Journey is the single biggest influence on my songwriting this side of Roger Waters (not that anything I've written is one-tenth as good as their least creative work). I do think Neal is probably the most underrated guitarist in the world.

I first met Jon Cain in 1986, and then again in 1998 and 1999. Yes, people do sometimes have a "public persona" (see Whitney Houston) that more than adequately conceals a dark side.

In Jon's case, I will tell you, that is an impossibility. The man is filled with more sincerity, kindness, and gratitude than any other well-known musician with whom I have had the fortune to interface. When I saw them in 1998 (during their small-venue tour and the first with Augieri), the entire band was more than gracious to their fans. Aside from Neal, none of them paid any attention to the inevitable more-than-willing groupies.

Jon is just like Jack Blades! Neal literally had to come out of the tour bus five times to tell Jon they needed to hit the road - Jon and Ross were talking about anything with anyone.

Additionally, Jon's music has to be a reflection of the workings of his inner spirit. There is simply too much there...no reluctance to reveal his vulnerability and sensitivity to his audience...

Herbie's disdain for Perry is more than understandable...and there seems to be a unanimous, if not silent, agreement from those who were within his inner circle, that he was at best difficult to work with.

It is sad that Journey never capitalized on their worldwide popularity, and that they've been reduced to "corporate rock dinosaurs" by the critics. It's too bad Neal and Jon didn't realize the Journey could continue without Perry. No-one is bigger than the band - just ask Rush. Perhaps then Steve Augieri would have been rockin' the world with Journey in the late 80's instead of fronting Tyketto and Tall Stories...and there would have never been a fifteen year void for the millions of fans out there who missed their music so much during that time."

Date: 03 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: DrewInTampa
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly (with X2 on the cover), there is an article on American Idol. On page 32, in the 'Clay Aiken' article, they were complimenting Clay on his powerful pipes and compaired him to Steve Perry as quoted: 'his powerhouse pipes that rivaled STEVE PERRY.' So, this is a huge compliment on how great Steve Perry is/was. Just a note, I love S. Augeri, so dont bash me..hehe."



There was no Post of the Day for May 04.

Date: 05 May, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Monker
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "...why is there a piano ballad on Red 13? Why did Jonathan take the Whale on the "Under the Radar" tour? Why did they perform a rearranged GH set on that tour?

Because Neal didn't get everything that he wanted? Maybe because there were/are other people in the band that have a voice in such decisions?

How is that the same as ROR where Perry dictated the sound to such a degree that he fired people who did not perform in a way that he liked? Neal happened to see Christopher's Red 13 cover and wanted that for a reprint, but Neal didn't come up with the concept for the artwork as Perry did for ROR. Neal spoke in public about what he wanted, but he didn't go so far as to alienate Jonathan (or anybody else) as Perry did to Neal, Steve Smith, and Ross Valory.

They are two very different situations...One was a band being dictated to...the other was, and is, a member putting a lot of effort into influencing the band to go in a direction he wanted. But, they are not very comparable."



There was no Post of the Day for May 06.

Date: 07 May, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Jem
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "When I came home yesterday, I felt a shadow of discouragement following me. A black cloud settled over me. I've been trying to find a job, go to school, and stay optimistic, but isn't always easy. I decided to listen to Someday Soon. I felt the weight on my shoulders and the aching knot in my back melt like ice under the warmth of the sun. I unwound from the day and slept like a baby! Music can ease tension, and it helps like a nice, gentle massage... ahh... So next time you've had a bad day, try listening to a song that makes you feel better, too!"



There was no Post of the Day for May 08-09.

Date: 10 May, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: LAWoman
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I am stupid about technical stuff, but Metallica has a CD/DVD something or other that you can put in your computer and play the video + audio or use as a regular CD because I have it. I haven't tried sticking it in the DVD player, but it gives you video on a computer.

I think Journey needs to do a new DVD. I was watching a little of the 2001 DVD yesterday and they put on a different show now. They are a tighter band now. Steve owns the material and seems much more comfortable now. They all seem happier up there. The difference between that 2001 DVD and the show at the Warfield is like night and day. They had so much energy at the Warfield. Deen was so happy. Neal looked much happier at the Warfield. I always thought the 2001 DVD is a great show, but it falls a little short of capturing their live energy. So--we need a new DVD one way or another."

Date: 11 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: swwskj
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "Captured...is a GREAT live record. I've got every album since Infinity (including the box set) and my neighbor has EVERY single album since the beginning. If I might make one further recommendation...buy Escape RIGHT NOW!

Escape is an absolute masterpiece. Not one weak track on it. You could take all the songs NOT on the greatest hits package and those songs would be the 2nd best Journey album on their own. The album is just that good. I've got over 1000 CDs that range in taste from the Jazz of Fourplay to the Metal of Disturbed and Escape is easily in the top 5. I am an absolute Styx nut, but Escape can stand shoulder to shoulder with anything done by them or anyone else. You simply have to have this album!

What are you waiting for? Get off the internet and go buy it NOW!"

[Or buy it online right here through the MERCHANDISE Section of the Journey Tribute Page. All profits donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.]

Date: 12 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: schongirl
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: ""Hi Jonathan. Now that the tour has begun, I know you'll be real busy but I want to thank you again from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to chat with us before the show and making it possible to present Neal with our gifts for Aja. It was also a pleasure to finally meet you and Liz. Journey fans are truly blessed with such a devoted and talented group of musicians. I'm looking forward to seeing you in July again!!

Date: 13 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: jem
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Be fairly warned... I'm going TIGGER all over the place right now... bounce, bounce... bounce... I found TWO solo CDs at the music store today!! YAY!!! (Well, ok, so what if they're used--student budget, you know. I got Late Nite and For the Love of Strange Medicine... all right!!!! I really liked both when I listened at the listening station. To quote a country song my brother loves, 'I like it, I love it, I want some more of it!' I'm dying to get out of school and back to work so I can get more where that came from!! AWESOME singing, Neal, WOW!! I really like the whole CD!! The faster songs kick booty... and the soft Jazz is COOL!! (:Sigh: Jem is melting into the clouds now. I like the Blues tune 'Blackened Bacon.' Nice touch with the lady backup singers, too! FTLOSM is cookin', too, with lots of rockin' songs. I was not sure if it would be more ballads or a mix; I love pleasant surprises! I like 'Young Hearts Forever' A LOT, 'You Better Wait,' 'Stand Up (Before It's Too Late),' 'Missing You,' 'Somewhere There's Hope,' and 'Anyway'...WOW, his vocal range blows my socks off! The rest of them are good, too... they'll grow on me with repeated listening, but the ones at top are my faves on first listen. I was listening to both at school tonight. KEWL... OK, OK, I'm just a little bit excited, that's all! I'll be all right, promise... but after I jump up and down some more!! hehehe...Thank you THANK YOU to everyone who told me more about the solo albums. I appreciate it! I'll eventually get caught up, I hope! YIPEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! I do have to go to bed. Gotta get up and hopefully get a job call tomorrow!"

Date: 14 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: toto4evr
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "...Augeri may not be what Perry was 23 years ago but he is close on most nights and can hit pretty much any note...I look at it this way, at least he is out there singin' and rockin' with the boys which is something Perry obviously hasn't for whatever reasons...so, until Perry gets off his 'retired' ass and goes out for a full tour and sings live, no one will know if Steve Perry can sing even HALF as good as he used to. I for one, based on the 1994 shows I saw, the CD [Trial by Fire], and the cartoon tracks he did...though the latter two were good he is NOWHERE near what he was even 17 yrs ago let alone in 1980. Augeri has proven he can pull off many if not all Perry's old material very well in a couple of cases many have said he's even better! example: 'Seperate ways,' 'When You Love a Woman,' 'Be Good to Yourself,',and on most of the rock stuff I'd say he is equal to the task or better...the latter is just my opinion, regardless if it's Steve A. (whom I just luv!!), Steve P., or Gregg Rolie, or if it was Kevin Chalfant (now that would've been something--Kevin and Gregg together with Cain and Ross and Deen!!) I luv journey and want them active in touring and recording...we all have a version of Journey out now most of it was around for arena rock's heyday except for Augeri...I'm more than happy with what they've got going now...I only wish that others would just go check them out with an open mind. I had a simular hardship seeing Jimi Jamison front not once but twice my hometown heros SURVIVOR. While I think Jamo excells on the ballads and pop stuff that require a higher tenor voice, I way prefer Dave Bickler..but Jimi for now is the singer since 2000 and I have saw them with him and they were pretty good...as long as who replaces our heros and legends is talented and can pull it off, life goes on and so does the music! AS long as it is still good, I want to be a part of it!"

Date: 15 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: luvinjrny
Original Location: VH1.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "Man... For anyone who thinks Journey cannot rock without Steve Perry, just grow up. I still can't get over the new sound. This would be my fifth or sixth Journey concert (ever since the UCSD RIMAC Concert) and I'm still amazed. But first, I must congratulate both STYX and REO on a very good job done. Both the bands definitely rock the top off of Cox Arena and wow, did the title of this concert tour ever live up to its name. STYX put on a wonderful show of not only sound but also diversity...although I have to say, I was still disappointed there was no 'Babe' played. REO put on a good set for themselves, but to me something was missing from when I saw them the past two times. It just seemed like something wasn't correct for them. Now, nearly 3 hours later...on comes Journey. Opening with 'State of Grace' from the latest album Red 13 was just simply amazing, and then a direct transition to the forever classic 'Separate Ways.' Journey Kept pace with great song varying from nearly all albums...except one: Arrival. That kind of suprised me...I expected to hear one song off the album, but alas there was none. They did however play classics like 'Line Of Fire,' 'Escape,' 'Be Good To Yourself,' and 'Open Arms' (which was just simply amazing...Steve Augeri's vocals rock). They also blasted back to the past playing songs like 'Precious Time' (Jonathan simply blew me away with his harmonica) and 'La Do Da' from the ever-present Infinity Album. There is one thing that I can still hear ringing in my ear now over all else. That's Neal's rendition of 'The Star Spangled Banner.' It just plain ROCKED! For anyone, if you can hear this in its entirety, HEAR IT! Neal's amazing playing ability just blows me away, but his version on our National Anthem is just great. I wish I could have shook his hand so much after last night. Alas, again, I missed another non-opportunity. All said and done, Journey was simply one of the best concerts I've been to. Even if the side acoustics were not amazing, the experience was still great. May the Journey continue my fellow fans!"

Date: 16 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: zoofinall
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Interesting Times for an Interesting Band. Looks like Journey is up and running once again. Did anyone else see the show at the Los Angeles Colosseum back in 1980, I think? It was during the Departure tour and Journey was sandwiched in between the Scorpions and Black Sabbath and Cheap Trick and my god did they put on a show! Let's hope the energy of those days can be matched on the present tour. Did anyone catch the real reason why Dunbar had left the Drummers throne? I heard that he really didn't like the addition of Steve Perry and that he used to fill up all vocals parts with his 'over-drumming' style...is this true? If anyone has the real info about this please share...thanks in advance!"

Date: 17 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: amandasdaddy
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I had the opportunity to speak with Steve tonight. He said he would log on more often, but he fears the "bad vibes" that are posted out here. I would like to start a new topic - Pro Steve. Let's get this out - Steve Augeri is NOT Steve Perry... and thats ok. We can live with that. Journey fans do love Steve Perry, but we also love and embrase Steve Augeri. Steve - we really appreciate your talent and the new life you bring to the group. We love your energy and your sounds. We thank you for keeping the Journey sound alive. We accept you for who you are and love what your doing for us, the fans! We love how you and Neil "click". Thanks for the work your doing. We really do love your talent and your love for the music we grew up with."



There was no Post of the Day for May 18.

Date: 19 May, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: HapE2Give
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "When John Kalodner, the Henry freakin' Kissinger of rock, says 'So I talk to him [Steve Perry] a lot and there's no thing I've said that motivates him. I don't know what else to do about it,' about you, it's pretty much a safe bet that you have chosen NOT to return. But I will give you one thing. You're right. Life is, indeed, SHORT. Too short to sit around waiting on a 53-year-old unmotivated former rock star to get up off of his narrow a** and do something. Don't get me wrong. I hope he's happy, and I wish him well. But I love Journey too much and would consider them crazy if they even considered rolling the dice on Steve Perry again. I would think 'How dare they consider risking the great thing we've got going here?!' I'll take Deen and Augi. SP can continue his extended vacation at leisure. Call me when his next solo tour starts. That's the only way I want to see him now. Or maybe with some other band of his own creation. I don't say these things lightly, either. My respect for the new lineup was a long-time coming, mostly because I was closed minded. And my respect for the new lineup is also well-deserved because the guys have worked their leather-clad a**es off to repair the damage done by Sony and by SP's 'Departure.' Whatever his reasonS/demonS/ahem...moral inventory itemS (emphasis on the plural) were."

Date: 20 May, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Andy2812
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Has anyone noticed that on all of these reality dating shows, they all talk about their "Journey". All they're really doing is taking part in a ratings booster for the networks by trying to find someone to date. Someone should tell them that the true meaning of Journey is the greatest rock and roll band of all time."

Date: 21 May, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: FYRE
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "In a recent post someone listed Departure as their #1 favorite. That surprised me at first but the more I thought about - I think it's mine, too! It's a little like TBF in that it has a wide range of music on it: blues, pop, ballad, heavy, a touch of fusion, etc. Yet the album maintains that AOR, singular and distinct sound. To me, that's what's missing from TBF. First off, there's way too much music on TBF. Secondly, it's difficult to follow because it's also too diverse. I think two distinct albums could've been made from the cuts off TBF which I think could've both been as equally successful as Infinity or Frontiers. So I think Departure is my all-time favorite. People and Places especially is a thrill ride!"



There was no Post of the Day for May 22.

Date: 23 May, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: rickdrums
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Yeah, Sweet and Simple has some unbelievable harmonies not to mention about 2/3 of the way through the song Steve hits a note that is just below the sonic frequency that only dogs hear! Our (Departure) singer says "no way, not possible" to that one! Incredible."



There was no Post of the Day for May 24.

Date: 25 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: rustygreen
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "What a show it was. Styx can still rock after all these years. Drummer Todd Sucherman could be Deen Castronovo’s brother. The set opened with Blue Collar Man and ended with a powerhouse version of Renegade. Hearing newer music like Heavy Water would make any old Styx fan a fan all over again. This band looks like they still love what they do and they do it so well.

REO Speedwagon took the stage with the same energy. Opening with Don’t Let Him Go and Music Man. The band was on top of their game. It’s hard to believe that they are still not making top 40 hits like they use to. The music is fresh and the band is tighter than ever. They ended their set with 157 Riverside Avenue that kept the house on their feet.

But it didn’t end there. REO Speedwagon and Styx joined together on stage to jam. The first was Blue Collar Man from Styx and then Roll With The Changes from REO Speedwagon. What a show to see all those musicians jamming on stage.

Believe it or not though, the show got better. Journeys took the stage and although Steve Perry and Steve Smith were no longer in the lineup one would never have known it. From the opening Separate Ways (World Apart) new vocalist Steve Augeri was right on. Playing classic’s like Stone In Love and Wheel In The Sky and songs not heard played live like La Raza Del Sol and a new one called the Fillmore Boogie. This band could rock. New Drummer Deen Castronovo is one of the best drummers in rock n’ roll. With veterans Ross Valory, Jonathan Cain, and Neal Schon, Journey plays tighter than ever.

They played for about 100 minutes along with the 100 minutes that was put in from Styx and REO Speedwagon. No one walked away feeling that they didn’t get their moneys worth.

The best part is you can enjoy the show too. I saw this show in the comfort of my own home. Go out and rent or purchase Styx and REO Speedwagon: Arch Allies, Live At Riverport and Journey 2001. Relive the experience of these great shows and then lets get pumped to see these three bands play together for 2003 “Rockin’ The Arena” Tour. Are you ready to rock?!"

Date: 26 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: chas11
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Well thanks to you my friend and the rest of the mighty military of the USA, we can enjoy concerts and the freedom we so many times take for granted. Thanks for all you've done to protect this great country and just to keep your hopes up...it looks like the Journey boys will be rockin' for a good long time yet. Good luck in Iraq and hope you make it home soon!"

Responding to the following post by SOFJourneyfan: "Just able to get online to check out the concert schedule of my favorite band, only to find out that two more of favorites are in concert with them, Styx and REO Speedwagon. Here I am in Iraq with no idea when I will be redeployed back to the US. Keep up the good work on the what is going on in the world of Journey. Thanks again. "

Date: 27 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: chas11
Original Location: Dixie Highway of Back Talk
Post: "If you haven't had a chance to get on the Styx website you are really missing out. Tommy Shaws messages from the road are so enlightening. Check the one out from May 25th. He really tells how great each group is and how hard they are working to make this the most spectactular tour out there. Did I mention how great he thinks Journey is?"



There was no Post of the Day for May 28.

Date: 29 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: ladyluck83
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Anybody just LOVE Ross??? I DO! Since I've been in Back Talk, I haven't heard too much about him. It's a shame, because he has been with the band 'All The Way.' I personally have the upmost respect for him, and admire his talent and contributions to the band. I find myself just staring at him at concerts just to see what funny face he's going to make!"

Date: 30 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: madmatt
Original Location: Dixie Highway of Back Talk
Post: "Well....well.....well. Recently I ( and some brave others) have been posting that we are concerned about all the reports of sound problems in Journey concerts over the last few months/past couple of years. Most of you have responded with stuff like....."don't be negative....it is not your problem so don't worry about it....what good is posting this stuff gonna do.......there are no sound problems....I didn't notice a thing....Lay off our guys........ etc...". Well, did you notice a fans comments in a review of the Utah show located on the On The Road section of this forum? If you did not here is an excerpt "They really moved along well which kept the crowds attention! 3/4's of the way through Styx's performance Ross Valory came strolling down the aisle past us! He walked over to the sound booth and was checking out how everything played out. I almost reached outand said hello to him, but bashful me I knew he was working and left it at that".......Did you get that? Ross is going to the sound booth to check everything out before Journey goes on!!!!! Sure, his trip to check things out may have absolutely nothing to do with the posts here regarding the sound issues...but then again it might have everything to do with it.Those guys look in here all the time.They can't help it. One of the band members personally going to the sound booth....Hmmmmmmm.... Just an FYI to those of you with esoteric interests in the deep core issues Journey who misinterpret some of our concerns as 'Negativity'."

Date: 31 May, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: rustygreen
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "It's true. Some bands like the Eagles are one you could bring the whole family too. But there are not a lot of bands out there like Journey. Let's face it, State Of Grace is one heck of a rocker. Faithfully a great ballad. Each one of those songs would appeal to us older folks and the young ones in the audience. There is a whole lot more songs in their catalog that would fit just as well. I'm not talking about favorites. Just music that's great. Haven't we all said it's always been about the music? It's true. Journey's music should have been on the Voyager Spacecraft. Alien or Earthling, Journey could turn the universe upside down. In fact radio waves are shooting through space as you read this. The right life form with the right equipment may be dancing to Wheel In The Sky. One can only hope."

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There was no Post of the Day for June 01.

Date: 02 June, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Madcap
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Growing up in the 80's I was always a big metal fan (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, DIO, Slayer,Metallica, ect.)One thing that always blew me away was that the headbangers would usually wear metal shirts to school and every one of them seemed to own a journey shirt. You would see a guy wearing a Anthrax shirt one day and the next day he would be sportin a Journey shirt. All I can say is that Journey really had crossover appeal in the 80's. These are the same metalheads that would kick your az if wore a michael jackson or hall & oats shirt, but for some reason they thought Journey was cool."

Date: 03 June, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Jem
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Oh my, oh my, where do I start? Oh, yes, at the beginning! I went to the bank to deposit my check for safe keeping. I stopped by a display case entitled in bold letters, 'Remember this?' at the local grocery/one-stop-shop. I browsed. Who caught my undivided attention and grabbed me, rooted to the floor, staring agape with my mouth hanging open in utter astonishment and shock? It was an album cover pic. of Steve A. and his friends from Tall Stories! WOW!!! I couldn't believe I'd actually stumbled onto it!!! It was THE only copy, too... so I grabbed it and made my way toward the checkout. YESSS!!!! Oh, yeah, ooohhh... Lady Luck smiled on me! I told the cashier (she looked to be around my age) about being sooo happy to find Steve's CD. I told her that Steve is the lead singer of Journey. She said she loved Journey in the '80's. I told her to check them out again, they're still great!! I told her that I'd gone to the concert at the Gorge, and how fantastic it was, and she said thanks! She had NO idea they were back together! I have been listening to this EXCELLENT CD over and over... wow!! I can hear one very talented gentleman of Journey singing with his heart and soul!"

Date: 04 June, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Stealthtalker
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Here's the hypothetical (and I stress hypothetical) situation: You're the Journey manager. A bad reaction to make-up has forced KISS to pull out of the Aerosmith/KISS summer stadium tour. Aerosmith management offers Journey an 85 minute, no encore, opening spot on the stadium tour at the same rate of compensation the band is receiving for the 'Main Event' tour. Current contractural obligations not withstanding, do you accept the offer?"

Date: 05 June, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Crash
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "The green one is tuned differently (not sure which tuning he is using).....anyway, 'Higher Place' requires the guitar to be tuned differently than the other songs. That's the main reason for switching guitars. That, and to get a different tone sometimes....like for 'Lights,' on the DVD, Neal uses his 1963 Strat to get that great sound. I talked to Neal at the Gorge and he said he leaves that '63 at home now, because it's too fragile. He's playing a nice, brand new white Strat this tour."



There was no Post of the Day for June 06-08.

Date: 09 June, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: 67LT1
Original Location: Dixie Highway of Back Talk
Post: "Okay, I'm awake now...and wanted to share some more thoughts about last night's show...

"One thing that has occured to me the last couple years...

"It's hard on the bands to have a show at these 'outdoor' arenas when the first act has to go on when the sun is still high in the sky. I felt bad for Styx, as they were giving their usual 'all' and doing their usual high energy show. But, being first, promptly at 6:30, they played their entire set with the sun not even close to setting, and people not quite into yet... a phenomenon I have not witnessed at the indoor shows I've seen (Vegas, etc..).

"That aside, Styx came out and got right to rocking with a killer version of 'Too Much Time On My Hands.' With that, at least the front half of the venue was on their feet, singing along. Styx kept that momentum thru their entire 65 - 70 minutes. The only down times were when they brought out the new tunes. As if all connected by remote control, the entire audience sat down in one big wave from front to back when the new tunes would start.

"Only the third of the three new songs they played did people stand up, but that was due in large part to Glenn Burtnick's high energy singing and running through the audience while singing the song.

"Musically they did the usual bang up job. Only glitch was Glenn's wireless transmitter for his bass was having problems, and you could hear the audible "crackle" of the cutting in and out as he reached around to change 'channels.'

"REO SpeedWagon. Man!!!! I haven't seen these guys do this tight and high energy of a show since about 1984. From Neal Doughty's opening synth portamento slide on 'Ridin' The Storm Out,' to the last notes of 'Roll With The Changes,' REO did not let the crowd sit down. As I described in my previous review of Journey's set, the crowd stood, danced, and sang along to every song. Did Kevin talk? Yes he did...but heck he's been doing that since the first time I saw them in 1978. And last night's story was funny.

"They ended the show, the encore, with '157 Riverside Avenue,' which to me is one of the most arena friendly, rocking, live songs out there. It just a has a groove and energy that makes you tap your foot.

"Again, I was really impressed with REO last night.

"As with the other bands, the glitches were small. Dave's (guitar-player) in ear monitor stopped working midway through the second song, so he just removed them and tossed them to his tech side stage.

"During 'Roll With The Changes,' Tommy Shaw came out to sing with Kevin. OOOPS!! Sound dude forgot to bring the fader up on his mic. Being the pros they are, Kevin just handed Tommy his mic and went on. By the next verse, both mic's were operational.

"Anyway, that's my take on the night. You can read my Journey review here or on the 'on The Road' page.

"Whatever it was, last night's show was simply the best all around performance I've seen from the modern era Journey since I saw them at the Vegas gig (dvd show). Heck, all three bands were awesome."

Date: 10 June, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: rustygreen
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I was listening to the Journey live DVD and I noticed something. I have only known of two singers in my life that used their voice like an instrument. Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and Steve Perry. Both these singers did more than sing. It was like they were using it as an instrument. And they sure could play.

"But then I watched and listened to Steve Augeri on the DVD and it was obvious to me that he too uses his voice as an instrument as well. And play he did. This man is a part of Journey because he can sing.

"This brings me to another thing I have always known. Neal Schon sings with his guitar. He just doesn’t play, he sings with it. That’s why his solo album Voice is named such.

"So the way I look at it is when you have a singer who uses his voice as an instrument and a guitar player who uses his instrument as his voice and then you throw in a keyboard player, bass player, and drummer whose talents are above the bar of professional musician…then you have no better rock group out there than Journey. If you listen they don’t do it like anyone else. Maybe that’s one of the reasons this band stands out. They are like no other."

Date: 11 June, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Cinnamon
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "well, i had a crappy day, so, when i was at walmart about to pay for a Journey CD guess what happened? there was a thunderstorm the lights went out, and started to come back on, so i started singing,"when the lights go out during the thunderstorm...." right after the light went out and came on they went to only using the backup lights, you will not guess wose music started on Walmarts sound system, "faithfully" I started singing out loud along with the song, SO AWESOME! thanks guys!"

Date: 12 June, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: soletsdance
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Even if it were true, so what? Both acts that you mentioned are pretty well-known for their song-writing, and have written some great stuff, regardless of whether that is your favorite type of music or not. The Bee Gees in particular have had an amazing career that has covered a lot more than just the disco that everyone knows about. If you look into their history, you'll find out that they have a huge catalog of rock and even bluesier music than you might imagine. The best show I have ever seen on VH-1 was the Behind the Music on Journey (serisously!), but the second best was the Legends show on the Bee Gees. Very impressive was that band has done, especially in the U.K. They certainly have my appreciation."

Date: 13 June, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Jem
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Tall Stories! It ROCKS! You can get it by really digging through bargain bins. Check around, or look at songsearch.com. My favorite 'Spice Girl' Cinnamon recommends it! She says that you can find a lot of stuff there. Also there is Tyketto. there are two CDs, and I already forgot which titles. Oh, GeckoGirl! Can you help my Swiss Cheese memory out? I just got Tall Stories and I've been addicted to it, and my newest acquisitions, Frontiers, ROR, Journey, and Next... If you want to see my review of Tall Stories, you can find my thread called 'Holy Moses!! Someone Call the Sisters of Mercy!' It might be back a few days on page three or something, but a search of my name will pop up that thread. I know someone told me about the other two CDs there. Sorry, I can't remember at the moment!"

Date: 14 June, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: madmatt
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Just watching my collection of Journey videos before I leave for the American Airlines Center in Dallas to catch tonight's ZZ Top/Kenny Wayne Shepard/Double Trouble Show. To some of you, I am about to state the obvious here.

Most of you know that Journey fans are THE most passionate fans of any rock band. If you don't believe me, just read JDK interviews posted here. Ask anyone connected to Rock music.Journey generates more mail/email/comments etc....far and above most other groups.In my view, it is no surprise at all.

Before I continue, I must say that I love Steve Augeri. This guy is pure gold. The way he has stepped in the last few years is phenomenal. Last week in Dallas his performance was awesome. As we watched last Sundays show from the edge of the stage a friend of mine said "Man, there was no one on the face of the earth that would have been a better choice for Journey than that guy". No doubt.

We all realize how great Steve A.is.But IMHO, the Steve Perry stuff will NEVER go away. The reasons are clear. If you ask anyone who knows anything about music, Steve Perry was/is one of the top 5 greatest vocalist of all time.It is a widely accepted fact. I remember my late uncle who was 63 and a fan of big band music, hearing Perry on TV and telling me..."That guy can sing". For him to say that.....well you know. For someone who is the greatest of all time at what they did, the memories and discussion will never sudside. It is naive to think otherwise.

Member for member, there is no band who has had a more talented roster than Journey.This band was not just an invention of a record company to churn out hits.This band has always been comprised of 1st class musicians. Heavyweight players and songwriters.

Let's take Neal. Again, not just my opinion, but everyone in music know's Neal as one of the top rock guitarist of all time. Remember at age 15 or 16 Eric Clapton ask him to join his band. The same friggin week, he was ask to join the hottest band on the planet-Santana.The rest you know. Neal is not just my personal favorite musician of all time, he is one of the greatest of all time. Not just the run of the mill eighties guitarist who has since slipped into obscurity. His is without peer.

Jonathan Cain. Have you read how many songwriting awards he has received? When was the last time you looked at the roster of entertainers, from a large cross section of the industry, who have recorded his songs? He is an outstanding solo artist on his own with a number of brilliant solo releases. His deep, beautiful keyboard textures,vocals and so on.....well it is impossible to overstate what JC has meant to this band. Just look what happened after he came on board. Look at his song writing credits.The man is brilliant.

Ross- Always solid,Journey aside, he has supported some of the top names in the business. Like most bass players,he never get's enough credit. Ross is a rock solid professional. He keeps the heart of Journey beating strong. He is always there.

Drummers - Dean. Boy what a great thing to bring him on board. WOW, does he have the street creds.Ozzy and the list goes on and on and on and on. Along with being a great drummer, he is a great person. Adds a great ROCK edge. Love it.

Steve Smith - Legendary beyond Journey. Top drummers in the world. He studied under the masters. Now he is one. All modern drummers site Steve Smith as a mentor.He is a much sought after clinician A great drummer of all styles. Rock, Jazz...you name it. Again , there is no way to overstate his greatness.

Ansley - I won't go into it but take some time and look up who he has played with...just a couple of names , Bowie - Lennon.

Greg Rolie - I would bet that there are many here who have not seen the movie Woodstock or any of the footage. Just take a look. In my opinion, Greg is one of those handful of musicians who laid the ground work for modern rock. From his Santana days and beyond.This man was there, on stage with the legends. All of them.I miss Greg on stage with Journey.

I have always thought that Journey is under rated because of their success. Sounds strange right? The corporate rock label. Like JC said in BTM. That label came from jealously and envy. To some it is fashionable and chic to bash or marginalize anything that was high profile in the 80's.It's B.S. All you must do is attend a Journey concert and I would wager that the would passe' would be the very last way you would describe the band.

I don't get as upset as some of you do about the Perry comments. With Journey, it just so happened that all the planets aligned to bring together some of the greatest musicians of all time.Is this a gushing overstatement...maybe. But In this case, it is the absolute truth. I love Journey past, present and future...and I always will. On my way to the AAC. Later..."



There was no Post of the Day for June 15.

Date: 16 June, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: t-guin
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I love ROR! For a long time, I have felt that ROR had some of the best music. While it is very studio driven, perhaps that is what I like most about it. The music quality is extremely clean. The balance between voice and music is perfect. The songs fit the title to a "T". This was a record meant for radio. I look at this record and feel that Why Can't This Night Go On Forever could have been one of their biggest hits. It could perhaps be their best ballad since Faithfully and anything after. I know many people look at the personal inner workings of the band and what took place and dislike it for that. And as for the "Perry solo record similarities" well, lets be honest. Bands write, play and produce what best fits the man out in front. They play to their strenghts and Steve's voice was "One" of their strengths...yet it was the most recognizable. Any song that they wrote, especially after the arrival of JC was very vocal driven. Those songs fit that voice perfectly. Combine that voice with the other qualities that the band brought, and you have what we got. Is ROR different from Escape and Frontiers? Yes. I love it because of that."

Date: 17 June, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: MNM
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I checked [the official Gregg Rolie] site THREE times trying to see if there was any info on ["Going Home" from Roots (2001) being used in a Lincoln-Mercury commercial] -- he REALLY needs to make that bit BIGGER... nearly went blind trying to find it on the home page! [He] says it's a national ad...so anybody outside of CA seen it?"

Date: 18 June, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Grimbsel
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "This is all what Journey for me, grimbsel, stands for:

'As we were heading down the hall towards our buses, we heard Steve Augeri singing "Open Arms" and he too was having an exceptional night. Without saying a word, we all took a right and headed toward the stage. For the next or so hour we stood on the sides of the stage and sang and danced to Journey who were having what appeared to be a great night too. Suzy Young even said to me, "This reminds me of the old days..." and I knew what she meant. I was immediately thrown back to the late 70s, early 80s when I would go to a Journey show and it was wham bam and then wham bam again, they came at the audience guns a'blazin', one smokin' song after another. Bravo Journey men.'

this note is from Tommy shaw on the styx site. What can you say more about Journey?"

Date: 19 June, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: 4INFINITY
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "VH1 GREATEST SONGS FROM PAST 25 YEARS.....'DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' COMES IN AT #49 (OUT OF 100)...NOT BAD!"

Date: 20 June, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: Journeyman1970
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "For those who may be interested, 'Any Way You Want It' appears on the soundtrack for Charlie's Angels. The cd hits stores next Tuesday. You can't get much more exposure than to be heard in a major summer blockbuster. Thanks to those involved with the film who have good taste in music!"

Date: 21 June, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: beatnik
Original Location: Dixie Highway of Back Talk
Post: "I have read a lot of concert reviews here and noticed some of the posters complaining about the loud noise at the concerts. I just wanted to point out a few ear plugs that are out on the market that can make going to concerts more enjoyable and save your hearing at the same time. There are ear plugs made by etymotic research called ER-20 http://www.etymotic.com/ which reduce the sound by 20 db and they are only $12 plus shipping. You can also find similar products at www.musiciansfriend.com and www.zzounds.com although they may be more expensive. If you live near a music store, stop to see if they have some and save yourself the shipping charges. I don't recommend the cheap foam plugs made by Hearos (they are like 50 cents for a pair of them). They don't do anything but muffle the sound. They also have custom fit ear plugs out on the market but I think they run around $100-$150 a pair. By the way, I'm not affiliated with any of the sites listed above. I bought a pair of the ER-20's last year and have used them for every concert since then (around 12 concerts). These are re-useable earplugs. I recommend these especially for those who are taking children with them to concerts. Also, check to see the db reduction amount when buying the product. Some only reduce the sound by 12 db and others by 15 db. I found the 20 db reduction model to be perfect but others may even want the 25 db model. If any other members know of similar or better products, please add to this post. If you are like me and still want to keep rockin' into your 60's and 70's, then you need products like these to save your hearing."

Date: 22 June, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: Kaj
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "Hi everybody! This is just a 'fun' concept I have been thinking about and it has nothing to do with who´s best or something like that, just like the movie Freddy vs. Jason which is a no win situation for both...I think this little experiment of mine is built on 'humour.' So what I want to know is, what concert would you choose if these two bands played at the same time on different stages. Stage 1: Perry Project, featuring Steve-Lead Vocals, Gregg Rolie-Keyb,vocals, Lincoln Brewster-Guitars, Randy Jackson-Bass, Steve Smith-Drums and they were only playing stuff from Infinity, Evolution, and Departure. And on the other stage, Journey with the present formation doing songs from Escape up to Red 13. Seems like a tough one or...?"

Date: 23 June, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: jrnycmor
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Okay, so I'm at work this morning and my phone rings around 7:30. It was Chris Jackson of 98.5 KFOX calling to congratulate us on the Hollywood star! (I had emailed him a copy of the press release last week.) The first thing he asked me was "Is this really for real?" LOL Once I assured him it was not a hoax, Chris asked if I wouldn't mind going on the air with Greg Kihn. Greg, Chris and I talked for about 10 minutes. They were amazed about the star and teased me about the band being in the ground with Bette Davis and other movie stars. They also mentioned how Journey hasn't even been nominated yet for the RRHOF and what a shame that was. We chatted about the cost, how people now will be walking all over them, etc. One of the most interesting questions was if I thought this would bring Steve Perry out to "bury the hatchet" with the band. I commented that it would be great to see Mr. Perry again after all of this time and Journey fans world-wide would welcome his appearance at this event. There was more chit-chat about how Greg didn't want a star because only bad things have happened to him in LA. LOL They asked me to call and let them know when a date was set. After I hung up, Greg talked more on the air about how many millions of records Journey has sold, how great they were and mentioned again (as he often does) that he toured with them back in the day. What a way to start the morning."

Date: 24 June, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: romanticguy22
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "For me it's about the music that has inspired me for the last 20 years. This show in Philly will be extra special because I have been a Journey fan since 1983 when I was a 4-year-old boy singing and doing all of the moves to the 'Seperate Ways' video...LOL. The music that has inspired me in a lot of romantic ways. Especially with Arrival. Yes, I have used some of their lyrics to express myself romantically. Seeing Journey is what I look forward to every summer. I pray that they tour every summer for as long as possible. I hope that they stop aging so I can still them when I am 60. Its an event. I want to get there hours early in hopes that I can say hi to my favorite member Steve Augeri."

Date: 25 June, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: MD Augery Fan
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "What a show! It was my first time to the BJC and I have to admit it is the best venue I have been too so far. STYX and REO were amazing. Those two bands really got the crowd going and ready for Journey. I really like how both of those bands work the crowd. The bass player for STYX has so much energy running around IN the crowd like he did. Journey was OUTSTANDING! The entire band looked well rested and ready to go. Steve Augeri sounded perfect. I did notice that Steve was using a wired microphone instead of the usual wireless. I wonder why he made the switch? It could be because of the sound. Usually a wired mic has a stronger sound that wireless. I was happy that Steve saw my sign! On one side it had, 'Steve Augeri Rocks!' and the other side had, 'Take us to a higher place!' "



There was no Post of the Day for June 26.

Date: 27 June, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: Journeycat
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "It seems like just yesterday that Al Yankovic gave up his gig as the frontman of Journey (and what a lucky break that was for Steve Perry) to start his solo career. After a short break to free Grenada from the Whigs and a misguided attempt to start a chain of aglet repair stores, he's back on tour. His new album features an Eminem song he's not allowed to do a video for and 'Angry White Boy Polka.' He'll be tickling the accordian ivories at the Aladdin at 8 p.m."



There was no Post of the Day for June 28.

Date: 29 June, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: KCJourneyholic
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Here is so much pleasure in having Journey in one's life. The music and the gentlemen responsible for creating it..such class guys in their relationship with us fans ~ and all the fabulous people who understand its power and have developed the amazing friendships we all so cherish."

Date: 30 June, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: Photogal7
Original Location: Dixie Highway of Back Talk
Post: "OH Yeah!! The Wilkes-Barre show was phenomenal!! ... We had great seats and the entire show was just wonderful! I simply loved watching Jonathan last night, he seemed to really enjoy himself. And Deen!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is a monster on those drums! He never fails to completely blow me away with the way he fuses power, finesse, intricacy and just plain KICK Buttness on those drums. Just phenomenal!"

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Date: 01 July, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: Dr. Arrival
Original Location: The Cooler
Post: "When we were talking to [Steve] Augeri weekend before last, Frank and Stef were telling Steve that Bon Jovi was touring Europe and selling out 60,000 seat arenas. Frank told Steve he should get Journey to tour with Bon Jovi in Europe because it would get them an incredible amount of European exposure. And Steve told him that conceptually he thought it was a great idea but unfortunately he wasn't a Bon Jovi fan..................... (true story)."

Date: 02 July, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: Mr. Honesty
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Instantaneously, the first song to come to mind [from a thread entitled 'underrated'] Is definitely 'Higher Place'. Sad, but true. Such a classic. In fact, it's a melodic masterpiece. There's waaaay more songs too that have been unfortunately overlooked (Perry Era as well). It's just such a travesty though, that all the new stuff from now on will go largely unnoticed.

How ' 'When You Love a Woman' gets on the charts, tons of buzz and is treated like it's the second coming (when IMO it's really just standard, listenable, decent Journey material and nothing more. Still good, however) While something as kickin', lively and fresh sounding as 'Higher Place' doesn't do a thing, I'll never know."



There was no Post of the Day for July 03.

Date: 04 July, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: Addicted
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Wow! The words to 'Liberty' just brought tears to my eyes! Man I love this band, this land and the rights everyone before me made sure I have today. My freedom to choose, and today and always I choose to be happy, as healthy as can be, and to listen to as much Journey , with both wonderful voices leading me in my failed attempt to sing along to the music that helps me achieve my first choice: to be happy! Happy Independence Day all."

Date: 05 July, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: Jrnyjetster
Original Location: Dixie Highway of Back Talk
Post: "If you are paying good money to see one of your favorite bands live such as Journey...why would they (casual fans) NOT support a band's new material by sitting down, or taking a beer run when they play it? Could these people care less whether or not these bands still continue to write and record great music? Just something to think about. And YES, I know promotion and airplay have a lot to do with it, but I think it's LAME when people sit down like they were there to listen to an orchestra perform classical music. Funny how some people are sometimes, especially in my age bracket, 40 something. If you are there to see a ROCK concert, ENJOY IT! For cripes sake, get up, dance, whatever, BUT don't sit there like a BUMP On a log!"



There was no Post of the Day for July 06.

Date: 07 July, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: rustygreen
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I was playing Arrival over the weekend and was reading the liner notes when I got to the band thank you's and noticed that Ross was right when he said:

"'...From the ashes of it's trial by fire! Journey is three times blessed. Once for its initial success in the '80s, once for the partial success of its reunion in the mid-'90s, and once again for its reformation as a new, yet familiar creature and aside from crediting the many deserving individuals and organizations that contributed to the making of this album, I would like to thank God and all of our friends and families who have continually prayed for the band's safety and success, and, even though he has not been with us, for quite some time, I would like to thank our co-founder, Herbie Herbert, for all of his blood, sweat and tears over the years!'"



There was no Post of the Day for July 08.

Date: 09 July, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: tscott
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "[What music do you play for a date?] 'Kiss Me Softly' has gotten me into all kinds of trouble! (Wife is due in October.)"

Date: 10 July, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: quartermayne
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Last night at Nassau I noticed that Neal played the same Gibson guitar almost the entire gig except for his Fender on Lights. This is unusual for him, as he usually switches up and also has been playing a lot of PRS guitars. The Gibson is a beautiful cherry sunburst...it has the Floyd Rose tremelo...and it has two flip switches in back of the bridge...I've seen these same switches on other guitars that Neal has designed. Well, I was sure curious about this. Then today I read Tommy Shaw's note at the Styx website and he writes about Neal's brand new guitar, the Gibson Les Paul NS-2000 that Neal designed! I've look around the WWW for info including the Gibson site, but I don't see any mentions of this new model. Does anybody have any info...like how he designed it and with who at Gibson...and then of course, is it a model that you can buy retail? and when?!??"

Date: 11 July, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author:
Original Location: Dixie Highway of Back Talk
Post: [Responding to: "We shouldn't take ANY of these reviews too seriously. Sure, the good ones are nice, but who is to say that those aren't just as biased as the bad ones? I have said it before and I will say it again...'Folks here only seem to like the reviews that are positive. Those reviewers are called intelligent, well educated, knowledgeable music people, while the bad ones are called much uglier things.' We can't have it both ways. We shouldn't put too much faith in the good ones and we shouldn't harp on the bad ones. They are all just opinion."]

"Well, I'm going to call a spade 'a spade.' This article really ticked me off. And while you may say most of us only like the "good reviews", I say you are wrong...I read tons of reviews, and find that constructive criticism is welcome to me and I know to every band member...HOWEVER, when a tasteless article like this one comes out -ignorance abounds in every sentence this guy wrote. I prefer that reviews are done by intelligent, knowledgeable people who know good music. This trash for cash society that is running rampant in the music business today is what produces these kind of reviews. Ok I feel better now, Yo Momma (yeah, I said it and I'm glad!)"

Date: 12 July, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: madmatt
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Wow - I love free speech in this forum and everywhere else. "Get a life".......Hmmmmm. If that's the way Jon really feels.... you go Jon! Neal seems to feel the same way.People don't have all the facts? Very true. Only a handful do. Certain things should be removed from the forum, huh?

I am glad their comments ran in that new interview unedited. Just as I think all of our comments should run here unedited.

As long as comments do not drift into personal attacks, everything should be fair game. For a forum to be a legit exchange of issues, it has to be more than just a gushing cheerleading session. Cheerleading is ok, but that's not all this should be. It should be more than a mere "Journey Cotton Candy" stand.

Interviews like the new part II should include everything just as the artist said it. And by the way, I do not need anyone to explain what Jon and Neal "really" meant.I read it myself.

All that said.....I think Journey should go ahead and start the process of shutting this forum down. If the guys think certain criticism should not be allowed on here,and it gets to them that much, shut it down now. Neal said he is not coming on here anymore. Why continue a site if Schon (a founding member of Journey) is never gonna visit the site again? If Jon thinks we should "Get a Life" why is it of any value to the band to keep it going?

Just for the record, Tommy Shaw does his fans right, he posts almost daily. He is smart enough to know how to use the Styx site.

This forum is the official "Journey" band website. Shut it down before censorship. Or at least shut down the posting section and just keep the merchandise sales. The guys need the supplemental income.

Obviously those who did the interview are not true journalist. Why? Because after Neal finished his comments about comments being taken off other websites, what were their comments......something like "Woohoo" and "Thank God". That made me sick! Their comments say it all about them.

Any true Journalist would have pressed them on that issue. I realize these ladies write for a Journey Tribute Website and were obviously "StarStruck" by just being there and would not think of going any deeper. Heck, they got to be with Neal and Jon and got a vacation out of it etc.....

To me Jon and Neal came off as the typical thin skinned spoiled Rock Stars. I am not angry about what they said, It just shows their true colors.I know Steve Perry's B.S. was hard to take, but I have heard the same about Neal.Just read some of Kevin Shirley's comments.

Another thing, and someone else previously said this, to say that Steve P. really fusterclucked everything when he fired Smitty and Ross is true, but why didn't Neal and Jon take a stand right then? They could have stopped that crap right on the spot if they felt strongly about it. They could have told Perry " No! You try that B.S and I am walking!" They did not. They soldout the other two guys for their own career longevity. That kind of explanation rings hollow. One might say that they are just as culpable by their inaction. So let's not put everything off on Perry. Were not falling for that.It's too easy.

Remember the VH1 behind the music when Augeri answered the Perry questions with something like " I can understand how some people may feel that way. He sang songs that were a very special part of their lives ". Good intelligent answer!

I am sure the mods are really gonna tighten down now. Nothing other than gushing pabulum will last over 30 seconds. You know what's coming when the mods start posting the forum rules more frequently. The mods do not want to lose their position either. This forum gives them a sense of identity by being on the periphery of "The Rock Band". They will scream about that comment but deep down they know it's true.

If you will check some of my previous post's I have submitted pabulum, but also gritty observations. There must be both.

Just like LeadVocalz, I am off to "Get a Life". Consider this my "Departure"....... "



There was no Post of the Day for July 13.

Date: 14 July, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: fred_journeyman
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I think the real problem is that familiarity breeds contempt. You want Neal to respect you as a fan and I CLEARLY got the message from the latest interview that he respects the fanbase as a whole. His and Jon's negative comments - IN MY OPINION - were directed to the FEW individuals who CONTINUE to question the band's motives and believe they know better than the band does about EVERYTHING. If you believe Neal is talking to you, then maybe he is.

"Tell me, why should Neal or Jon (or anyone for that matter) respect the fan who is constantly criticizing, second-guessing, being negative and being just plain difficult to please?

"I think all too often with forums like this, it CAN give the average fan the idea that they are much closer to the band than they actually are. It tends to make the fan(s) believe that they actually OWN a piece of the band and the band should do their bidding.

"I get this all the time with the magazine I publish. People write in with their suggestions and we consider every one of them. Others write in with their praise, which we appreciate. Still others write or call and demand that something change in the magazine. If not, they will stop purchasing or subscribing. That's their right and it's my right to not have to "subscribe" to their list of "demands."

"Some who post here have never fully gotten on board with this new Journey. Of those, some have absolutely NO respect for Neal. It shows in their posts and no one is fooled.

"We make the decision to purchase (or not) the bands CDs, DVDs and whatnot. We can suggest all we want, but when we think that somehow the band MUST listen to our "concerns," then we have overstepped the boundaries of being a fan...unless of course, some of the fans are on the Board of Directors of Journey, LLC...

"- Fred"



There was no Post of the Day for July 15.

Date: 16 July, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: KCJourneyholic
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "May I share?? We celebrated Mark's b'day today w/family, altho it is actually on the 17th .. and we'll be enroute to Chicago!!

"Before his folks and sibs arrived, it was just our family of '5'. He puts on some music and straps on his guitar. First off we listen and jam to Styx..

"I'm busy preparing our dinner, but can still find a moment to dance away love those Styx boys!

"It's just a matter of time before Mark programs the DVD player and there are our Journey boys!! Before I know it, there are our daughters singing away to Journey .. along with their DAD ..

"it's all 'cause of our Mr. Augeri .. 'cause it's his Journey they know best"

Date: 17 July, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: pb01
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Better get the Snickers cause this one's a long one!

"Lets see... It all started back when I was a little kid. I heard "Don't Stop Believein" in the car. I didn't know at the time who the group was, but I knew I liked the song cause it was lyrics I could understand and the beats.. I liked the beats. It wasn't until I turned 14 that I really started getting into them.

"This was back in 1993...the year that brought me revival but also a great tragedy in my life. I lost my Dad to Leukemia. Doctors say he lost a Chromosome that brought it on...but I don't know. I'm no surgeon. We knew for a year that he wasn't going to make it through cause the Khemotherapy only prolongs life...doesn't end the Cancer unfortunately. After he died.... my mind was going through loops at that point. I knew I had a lot of responsibility to take on trying to care for my mother and sister. I don't know how I got through that time...but let me tell you it was the worst time in my life. I even had suicidal thoughts cause I really didin't know if I could make it now without my dad, but that would have been even worse to do. Good things were to come. My counselors helped me through my feelings...and instructed me to go out and get some uplifting music that would help me if I got stuck in a rutt. This is when I found the connection to Journey.

"The first cd I picked up was the Greatest Hits. I knew some of the songs...but then of course I finally found the song and the group I was trying to put together with "DSB." This song really is a backdrop of my life and this song I'm sure the rest of us fans cling to also. Even though I had my family to help me through so so during my life struggle... I really have never had any role models or male influences since I can remember...and this might sound strange and perhaps some of you think.. this guys a fraud....but I mean it.... I consider the Journey members as my father figures because I always know that they are there for me and their music takes me to places that are full of good and I wish more people would realize what us fans know. Journey in one word means "family." I know the band has family's of their own, but the new friends that have formed and all of the new fans...its really brought us all together.... and that is the greatest gift that anyone can receive. Now that I'm on the Street Team..it gives me a chance to help the band out by spreading the good word about them as well as doing my own volunteer work to help promote them. In a sence I'm paying back a huge debt I owe to them..even though its not necessary... I DO IT Anyways!!

"To Steve..... I look up to you both for guidance and I connect to you like a father and son would. Your a special guy that has filled great shoes..but you do it with style and us fans thank you so much everyday. Your voice is remarkable and at times I get tears in my eyes cause the tone and just the way you sing certain songs...its a bond that's hard to explain. But I hope your able to understand.

"To Neal... You also qualify as the healer. The way you rock on the guitar and even the slower songs sends a special melody in my heart. You've been the one that's carried the weight for this band and really this band would not exist because of you cause this band is yours. Your buddy Herbert said it best "There's something sophisticated about music...music can really take you somewhere." Words to live by man. Us fans thank you so much.

"To Ross... Your humor, funny faces, and also kindness...well.. what more can I say? Your a beakon to this band and it wouldn't be the same without you. Most of all...you make me laugh and if I'm feeling down and I can picture the shows I've been to and your there to help enlighten me or make me smile. I thank you very much man for helping me put on a smile and you grace the stage with style!!

"To Jon: You to are a huge father figure in my life. Your amazing songwriting skills and voice.... you know exactly what us fans feel like and you express that in your writing. We can't thank you enough for being there for us and remember we will always be here for you during rough times. Not to bring back unhappy stuff... I cried right there with you during BTM. It's unfair what people have to go through in life...but then of course this is life. It's tough and somehow we manage to get through it better than others. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness and its amazing what you guys do for us fans and for all human life.

"To Deen: You rock on the Drums man! You learned from the master and what better gift could their be?! You to also fit in the category of fatherhood. I can rock with you in the car, my home, wherever. Your the backdrop for this band and without you it wouldn't be the same. You've got some interesting mascots... I hope you can count on both Chris and myself to help you with whatever you need or the band needs!

"To conclude this... Being a Fan means being a part of a special family and its just so incredible that this band has brought people together and believe me its here to stay in the fans hearts forever!!! Take care everyone"

Date: 18 July, 2003
Editor: I'llBeAlrightWithJourney
Author: FYRE
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I also think they need to stay true. I'm just not convinced that arena rock is true JOURNEY. Evolving is true JOURNEY. Experimenting and taking risks. Let's not wait for melodic arena rock to come back into style. JOURNEY should take some risks and explore putting the JOURNEY sound into Latino rhythms. Finish off that cracked rock. Turn it to rubble and make cement. Use it to pave a new road."



There was no Post of the Day for July 19.

Date: 20 July, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: FYRE
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I had to bring this to the top. I'm so proud of myself - such poetic genius to grace such a forum has never been until my arrival.

"I think a steady dose of music is what is needed. A main problem:

"The JOURNEY fan base is somewhat divided (between Steve A. and Steve P. as well as the new direction of music).

"I think music listeners in general need a "separation" - something that will distinguish JOURNEY now from JOURNEY before.

"New music will do this! Infinity was a great example of how crisply JOURNEY cut away from their previous genre. I'm just not sure that Arrival and Red 13 made that same crisp cut.

"Poetic genius in motion: If the stone was already cracked - then finish it off and break it in half! Turn the stone to rubble! Grind it up and make cement. Then pave a new road with it! I'm still available for that full-time JOURNEY managerial position."

Date: 21 July, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: JourneyFanFromMichigan
Original Location: Dixie Highway of Back Talk
Post: "Wow, where to begin..........we don't think there are words to describe the week end we have had. We are so speechless and for those of you that know us, you know that doesn't happen often.

"Our journey began today at the hotel with Lori running into Tommy Shaw, with bed head and no make up. NOte to Lori, never leave the room without make up on!!!! We had a very nice chat with Chuck, he relived some old memories with us, very sweet man. Then we ran into Glenn, he was sitting on a bench waiting for a ride so we offered him our services (hehehe). Then as we are getting off the elevator, we literally ran into Lawrence. Once again Deb went speechless. He seemed as surprised to see us as we were to see him. Very cool, love those Styx Boys. Then it was on to Ruby's for a little pre show party. Met up with Stu and Em and Susan and Terry and Steve and Ann. So nice to see you all again. We did some PR work while we were there with a few folks that had not seen the band lately Then we were off to the venue. Stopped by a radio station party and signed up for some give aways. WE SHOOT, WE SCORE!!!!! FRONT ROW TICKETS!! Can you believe that??? When they called the name Lori Rogers, Deb screamed and Lori became speechless. So, there we were trading in our 4th row tickets for front row center, it was too incredible.

"REO ROCKED, Styx blew us away again. But our boys..............NEVER sounded better. For the record, we were very disappointed in the crowd for all the bands. No one was standing although they seemed to enjoy the music. Back to our boys, Deb and I both agree that this was a truly amazing show. Neal was as always a master. Ross, we love you! Jon, we love you too! Deen, was a monster. And Steve, how does he do it? He has truly made this band and the music his own. We are blessed to have him! FYI, beige suede pants and white print shirt and for Jon it was those cool embroidered jeans. Set list was pretty much like Chicago. We were fortunate to be able to go backstage and chat with Ross and Jon and Neal and get some pics with each of them. What a way to end another Deb and Lori excellent Journey adventure."

Date: 22 July, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: RossValoryRocks
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "During a Journey set, when they play Anyway You Want It, do you get a sudden uncontrolable urge to run out an buy a Ford?"

Date: 23 July, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: Wheelasaurus
Original Location: Dixie Highway of Back Talk
Post: "Hi! This question goes out to great people who run site. I am going to Greenville show. I am in a wheelchair and have had lots of serious medical problems the last 3 years. I am bringing a wonderful woman to the show who has stuck by my side the whole time. She has changed bandages, help me when sick ,just too many amazing things to even mention. Basically a friend,a nurse and a special mate. I am going to ask her to marry me during Faithfully. What I am wondering is if there is any possibility to meet any band member? It doesnt matter which one. (Though she loves Steves voice)Just a gratuitous hello. I want to do it as a special treat for her. I have seen the guys numerous times but this is her first. Even if it is a Styx memeber though not the same. I dont know if I can get backstage but hope I could(because in chair)But I can get to arena any time and will be in Sec 100A Luxury box. THanks for any help!!! Look forward to meeting some of you there. Stop by the box and say hi! My name is Chuck!"

Date: 24 July, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: Jrnyanytime
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "My 12 year old son is a HUGE Journey Fan (thanks to mom ) In fact he owns more cd's than I do! He even thinks he knows more about the band and is more of a fan than I am. He has all of his friends liking Journey too, their parents think it is great. When he gets older he wants to have his own tribute band! He has been to two concerts, Allegan County Fair in 2002 and Grand Rapids this year. In G.R. he even got to meet his idol, Jonathan Cain. (thanks to two special people . He is still on cloud nine (so is mom). I even have a 4 year old who loves Journey. At 2 1/2 he was able to tell you who played what instrument! The only thing was when you asked him who sang, he said Journey....he thought Steve's name was Journey! He would rather watch our Journey video than his Disney ones! It is great raising the next generation Journey fan. It is even better being able to share something with your child that you feel so passionite about."

Date: 25 July, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: FYRE
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Good luck. Just remember that I'm their self-appointed, virtual manager: Currently, we're developing Neal's consideration of exploring a Latin rhythm CD. He's got a lot to do so this is the least we can do for him! While he's knocking the rust off his Spanish guitar chops, we're working on inspiring him with various song ideas, packaging concepts, and tour details. See the thread "Aventura" for more details. I don't believe in too many cooks spoiling the broth. I believe that it takes a village to make a CD (with apologies to Hillary Clinton)."

Date: 26 July, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: JourneyFreak/UK
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Every Magic Sword DVD on E-Bay comments on the extra's that include a video of Steve Perry singing I Stand Alone, So off I went to Sheffield's VHM, bought the DVD and surprise surprise no Extra of the man himself. Why does this always happen to me, when I first got into Journey you couldn't get a single thing, Even now things are difficult to get hold of, You would think in this day and age they would make all DVD's the same. All the best to all Journey Fans, I'm extremely frustrated, GAZ."

Date: 27 July, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: JrnyNut2/UK
Original Location: Dixie Highway of Back Talk
Post: "Tears were streaming down my face as I sang along to "Faithfully" lastnight at the concert in Duluth, GA. I have sang those words a hundred times before without crying this time however I was touched with a deeper meaning of "Faithfully". It is you... John, Ross, Neal, Steve and Dean who are the faithful ones. The music you make and the songs you create are all a dedication to your fans and an honoring of your souls. You are faithful to what your hearts guide you to do, faithful to your families and friendships and faithful to your fans thru the thick and the thin. Thank-you from the bottom of my heart for all that you share of yourselves and for your faithful spirits. I am truly blessed by your music. Also, thanx for a rockin' evening lastnight. PS: I took my hubby to his first Journey concert lastnight and now he is another dedicated fan."



There was no Post of the Day for July 28-31.

August (top)

Date: 01 August, 2003
Editor:
Editor: Andrea86
Author: jrnyman28/UK
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "From The Noticeboard here at Melodicrock.com (and this is from a DIE HARD Styx fan)...

'Went to the REO/Styx/Journey show at PNC Bank Arts Center, NJ last night and it was one of the best shows that I've ever seen there -- especially since I was able to score some 2nd row seats! A feat nearly impossible at the Arts Center!!!

"To kick off the night perfectly, I ran into horrible traffic, so it took me 2 hours to get to the venue, when it should have taken a 1/2 hour. As a result, I completely missed REO Speedwagon! Woo, hoo! (I'm sorry, but I'm just S-S-O-O tired of them.)

"Next up was Styx, who played one of their best shows (is there every a "bad" show?). Glen Burtnik was on fire! NJ is his home, so I'm sure he was belting it out for his family and friends, who were sure to be in the audience. I got oodles of attention from everyone (they sure do know how to spread the love) and I got to play Tommy Shaw's guitar twice. (Yep, Peter, I did it again!) They played 3 from their new album: Waiting for Our Time, Kiss Your Ass Goodbye, and These Are the Times. All got a good response, with KYAG being the barnstormer! The crowd was loving them and, after the show, I overheard people saying that Styx was the best of the night.

"Journey put on one of the best shows that I've ever seen (no sound problems - YAY!) and Steve Augeri was in fantastic form! His voice never sounded better and the rest of the band was as tight as ever. At times, Steve's vocals would sometimes get drowned out by the band, by last night, he was crystal clear. Steve was in his glory last night, probably because he must have had tons of friends and family in the house. I got to give him a wave/smile and he smiled back at me. It's been a couple of years since I'd spoken to him, so it was great to see him glowing last night. The guy was all over the stage and his butter-yellow suede pants certainly took a beating. (Poor guy just might have to hang those babies up for good.)

"Hearing the crowd sing along with the bands last night was magical. It almost made me forget the annoying, rude people who kept trying to hord my space -- at some points, I had about 4-5 people trying to stand in my spot. :::shaking head::: Sure helped keep some of them at bay when I told them that I was pregnant and couldn't be pushed around. [Yep, guys and gals, I'm 3 mos. pregnant with my first child! Hmmm, perhaps I should change my ID to "Rocker Mom"? LOL!]

"All in all, it was a fantastic night. I'm so glad that I decided to go last minute. Today, I'm off to Styx's record signing at a local record store. Wish me luck! It's certainly been a whirl-wind Styx week for me! (Went to see them on Regis & Kelly on Tuesday.)

"RC' "



There was no Post of the Day for August 02-14.

Date: 15 August, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: jrny213/UK
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I know by now that everyone has seen the Ford commerical with Anyway You Want It. Has anyone seen the billboard ads? I was driving down Rt 9 here in NJ and I believe it was in Freehold area. Traffic was slow. So out of the corner of my eye, I notice a big word, Anyway. So I look and there it is, ANYWAY YOU WANT IT. The Ford sign. Then I noticed next to me is the Jeep Liberty, then as I go the Rubicon passes me. I was surrounded by Journey. Then 5 minutes later, Don't Stop Believin' is on the Radio. I swear this is a True story. Very strange day. Then later that day all the Lights go out in the city. Blackout. At this time I'am on Long Island. My friend and I went to a bar. Joking around he starts to sing Lights. Would you believe total strangers start to join in. Picture it, we are at a bar outside during a blackout. Cars are being used to light up the outside area. People are doing hand puppets on the side of the building, while my friend and I and some strangers are singing Lights. Because there are no lights. I swear this is true. What a strange day/night. Thought the story might make you smile."



There was no Post of the Day for August 16-19.

Date: 20 August, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: T+G Journey4Ever
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I can not help but feel somewhat responsible by the fact that my Augeri and Perry in the same band post caused such an uproar. But I also know all the Perry talk as come up in the past. As far as I see it...Journey fans love Journey music. I love the current line up. I know everyone does. They have been touring every year coming to our towns and working thier tails off so there still is a Journey. Augeri gives so much energy when he is on stage and he has heart. My Augeri and Perry topic was just a thought. Thats it! Maybe debate was not the right word. It was just like a picture. Picture this. All the guys together playing the music we love. It is all about the music. To not be allowed to talk about the past is not right. Anything Journey related should be allowed. But with the upmost respect to the band. But when fans on here belittle other fans, that should not be allowed on here. When I read negative things about fans telling other fans what to do, that makes me not want to post or read for that day. To pull Backtalk would be a shot in the heart to this fan. I come on here to find out all the latest info on the band I love. (Past and PRESENT) Anything I need to find out, it is here. People help each other out all the time on here with questions about Journey. People let people know when something is going on TV or some article was written on our favorite band. That is what Backtalk is all about. Journey rocks. Todd"

Date: 21 August, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: perryjourneyforever
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "As I have said before, no matter how old he gets, he will always continue to amaze me in every way, nothing could make me stop listening to him, and anyone who can sustain that type of longevity to the point of making a fan or fans say that, something has to be said for it--which brings be to the point of the same going for Augeri fans---no doubt they will be saying the same thing 10-20 years from now as well..he is also, just that good."

Date: 22 August, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: Monker
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "[Responding to: 'I too am a bit tired of the GH - but the ME tour was different because the bands pushed each other to a whole new level of energy. Plus, like Monker alluded to - it was a big league atmosphere.']

Exactly...Hey, I don't mind seeing Styx, or Journey, at an outside venue...like the fair or racetrack, or whatever. Sure, they did the GH stuff. But, the setting they were in was so much better. The sound was better. The 'show' was better. EVERYTHING was kicked up just one more notch. Saying it was a 'big legue atmosphere' is right on. I think those who skipped the show because, 'ah, it's just the Greatest Hits again..." missed seeing those songs in an atmosphere which may never happen again."

Date: 23 August, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: RossValoryRocks
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Lately the Perry threads, pro and con, have started up again, here on Backtalk and most of the other forums. Everyone has their beating stick out and ready to go to town on the issue. After reading most of them and wisely choosing not to respond to any of them, these random thoughts filled my brain, of course they are all rhetorical.

Why do people think they “KNOW” what the financial situation is between Steve Perry and Journey? Yes, in Herbie Herbert’s interview he said the “gave away the farm” to be able to continue, but what other evidence is there? None, except wild speculation by fans. The truth is out there, (which is a fitting statement given the X-Files feeling that has surrounded this whole debate from day one!) but we will never know because the whole thing is PRIVATE. The one thing that you can be sure of is that Perry is getting paid for the use of the songs that he co-wrote during his time in Journey, that is a standard thing in the music industry (For example: If Journey did a cover of a Led Zepplin tune, they would have to pay fees and royalties to do so, when they play a Perry co-written tune they have to pay him for his portion of that tune just like when Perry played Journey tunes on the FLTLOSM tour he had to pay whoever wrote the Journey tunes he did.) and that is the ONLY thing any of us can be sure of.

Why is Neal Schon labeled by some as arrogant for defending himself and his actions when he posted on Backtalk after someone abused him on the forums that his band pays for? If someone came into your house and started screaming at you wouldn’t you, at the very least, scream back a little? Doesn’t he have that right?

Why do the people who refuse to acknowledge Journey without Perry (even referring to them as UN-Journey) attack Steve Augeri? What did he ever do to deserve being attacked the way he has been, sometimes on the most personal of levels? As far as I can see all he did was accept a job bringing music that we all love back to us. Hasn’t he given Steve Perry appropriate thanks and reverence? And for that he deserves to be castigated huh?

Why do people assume they know what is better for Journey than Journey does? How would any of you like it if I and a few hundred of my friends sent you messages everyday telling you how to run your business or do your job?

Why do people think Steve Perry wants to come back to Journey? Saying he misses touring and thinks about it often is not saying “I want to come back to Journey”. And on a related note, why do people think that because Kalodner is spewing his own unique bullcrap about Perry/Journey that it makes it something worth taking note of? Journey as of this moment in time is Steve Augeri, Neal Schon, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo and Jonathan Cain…did I miss anyone?

Why would anyone want to think that we would be better without Journey as it is right now? There is no indication that Steve Perry EVER wanted to go back on the road with Journey even if he had his hip surgery done and over with. I don’t know about anyone else but I am glad Steve Augeri and Deen Castronovo decided to come into our lives and help bring us Journey’s music again.

Now for those who think I am just looking at the Pro-Perry people and/or Steve Perry himself and sounding off about how they act:

Why is it deemed inappropriate by some to give Steve Perry some kind of respect and thanks for years of good music?

Why is any mention of Perry greeted with some version of “Here we go again???’ There are many positive things to be said about what Steve Perry brought to Journey.

Why do some people constantly put down others who want to see Steve Perry put out new music and tour again? Perry solo isn’t for me, but I respect other people’s desire to see him and hope that he comes back.

And now for the ending…
Why do we all love the music of Journey so much and yet manage to turn so hard on each other? Maybe we can find away to co-exist with out all the vitriol consuming us? With Perry or with Steve Augeri it is STILL Journey, a blend of fantastic musical talents that has made the music we all love. Will we all agree on EVERYTHING? NO WAY. Can we all find away to co-exist peacefully, I hope so. For going on 26 years I have been a fan of Journey, they and their music have united me with so many good, wonderful, kind, considerate people: People who I call friends, people who I go to concerts with, hang out with, laugh with, cry with, sing and dance with. That to me is more important that worrying about who screwed whom in the great Perry/Journey debates."



There was no Post of the Day for August 24.

Date: 25 August, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: Rocker Chic
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "...It would have been too d-a-m-n-e-d scary seeing Hugo on stage actually replacing Perry. You think some people think that Steve Augeri looks like Steve Perry now??? Just imagine the confusion with Hugo! I can just hear the "Steve looks so much younger" comments now. I kind of like the fact that Augeri is in Journey and Hugo is still doing his own thing. Steve gets to do what he's always loved doing again -- finally! And, Hugo gets to still do his own music. I think there is plenty of room for both of them, and hope that both of them continue to do well. This world can't have enough good music out there!"

Date: 26 August, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: Trine (from Denmark!)
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I had Raised on radio on tape! I was listening to John Waite, later to Bad English, then I discovered Neal and Jonathan played in the band..Ok....I used to listen to [Michael] Bolton,...the hunger album..., Neal & Jonathan played on a few songs and Jonathan wrote some of them as well! Somehow it all became Journey in the end and I think that is a sign from God, to make me just choose music and it all is somehow Journey members!"

Date: 27 August, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: Cyclonus5150
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "I just wanted to let you guys know what an impression Journey has had on my 4 year old son. He absolutely refuses to go to bed at night without his "Greatest Hits" CD playing softly in the background. His fave song? It's a tie between AWYWI (my 5 year old daughter's personal fave) and Be Good to Yourself. He's also really taken to the whole "Frontiers" album but won't listen to it when he's going to sleep because "it's scary". His faves from that album are "Chain Reaction" and "Troubled Child".Whenever he has friends at the house what does he do? He immediately drags them up to his room and puts his Journey on...really loud. My wife and I have been cracking up. This has been going on for like a month now and I don't know what to make of it really. He's so into this band and I think it's great. I didn't push him into it either, he just latched onto it. It says alot about the magic of Journey if you ask me. I got the Houston 81 concert on DVD and his favorite thing to do now is sit in my lap and watch every second of it. He's fascinated with the mannerisms Steve Perry uses on stage and by Neil Schon's hair. I caught him watching it the other day holding a little blue plastic golf club pretending it was a guitar, imitating Schon. I wish I had a video of it, you guys would trip out. Oh well, that was my little story for the day."



There was no Post of the Day for August 28.

Date: 29 August, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: Photogal7
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Debra's brother Rob had been in a very serious motorcycle accident about a year earlier. Rob was a very gifted guitarist. He could simply listen to a song and play exactly what he heard. It was amazing. Anyway, Neal [Schon]was Rob's hero. So, when Debra found out Neal was going to be in Indy, she hatched a plan to get Rob to the show to meet his hero and I was to go along to record the photographic evidence LOL.

"The night before the show there was a HORRIFIC thunderstorm in the area. I didn't sleep at all. We woke up REALLY early to go to the radio station that was sponsoring the show so Debra could talk to Neal to pave the way for Rob. She wanted to make sure Neal was a cool guy because Rob was in a very delicate emotional and physical state at the time and she didn't want anything negative to happen. Well, Neal (and Johnny Gioeli) was a sweetheart and agreed to meet Rob that night (even though he said he hadn't slept either because of the storm, which had knocked over one of the radio station's towers).

"Rob was so excited as we drove from the nursing home he was in to the show. He hadn't been anywhere "cool" since the accident and he was so excited to be going to the show. When we entered the club we immediately saw Neal at the bar. He came right over to us and Debra introduced him to Rob. I was so impressed with Neal. He shook Rob's hand and told him he heard he played guitar. Even though it was hard to understand Rob because of the head injury, Neal talked to him like anyone else. Rob was so excited to meet his hero and to be treated by a man he looked up to as an equal and as a man and not something less than a full human being (like so many people do) just because of his physical circumstances.

"Neal Schon became my hero that day too. He even knelt down on that nasty floor to take a picture with Rob. What a phenomenal guy.

"To this day every time I see Rob he talks about meeting Neal. And, while his physical circumstances have never changed, his spirit was and continues to be lifted by his and my hero.... Mr. Neal Schon.

"Thank you Neal."

Date: 30 August, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: LAWoman
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: " [Re: Konoct Show:] What did you miss? Oh, let's see the best Journey show ever. This topped the Warfield. This topped Konocti last year. Why--you ask? Deen sang two songs: 'After the Fall' and 'Mother Father.' Yes, 'Mother Father.' I cried. 'Mother Father' was absolutely amazing. Deen can play amazing drums while singing with such heart and soul. His voice is so strong--you have to hear him. It will give you chills. And Steve was so gracious. Part of what was so amazing on 'Mother Father' was to hear Steve and Deen singing together on the chorus. Plus Neal was absolutely brilliant on 'Mother Father' as well. The best version of that I have ever heard--bar none--including the LP version.

"They did several songs from the new stuff: 'To Be Alive Again,' 'We Will Meet Again,' 'Higher Place' and 'Saving Grace.' 'Chain Reaction' was fabulous. They did a Santana set with 'La Raza' and yes, Neal sang 'Black Magic Woman'--a very soulful version, I might add. Need I mention that Neal is a rock god, a brilliant rock god. Michael Carabello & Gibby Ross (new & fabulous) were there for the Santana set and sounded great.

"Steve was sounding great tonight also. He was right on the whole night. 'Open Arms' was one of the best versions ever. The whole band was right on tonight. Jon also did some singing tonight--'Everybody's Everything' & 'Feeling that Way'/'Anytime' (or whatever that is called) and he played harmonica--sounded great.

"Ross rocked out from beginning to end. The audience was great and into the show. I hope the rest of this mini-tour is like this show. You CANNOT MISS these shows!! I have to recover now by eating chocolate and drinking (as a famous mother would say) 'mocolate char-tinis.' I think more reviews are coming since Mark was so nice to set up a little computer station just for this purpose.

"Did I mention Neal is now a 'brilliant' rock God?"



There was no Post of the Day for August 31.

September (top)

Date: 01 September, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: LAWoman
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "I figured this response would pop up from the Perryheads--didn't take long. Of course it couldn't be anything like they started thinking outside the box after seeing Styx and REO whose lead singers don't mind sharing the stage. And now that Journey has a lead singer whose ego allows other people to sing and have some input in the decisions, they decide to utilize all the talent & versatility in that band. I understand Steve Augeri plays a great guitar and we might hear some of that too. Neal actually gets to sing. They can add timbales. I'm sure all that will get some kind of criticism or other even though it is really about expanding musically. I mean it doesn't sound note for note like it did in 1983--God forbid they should progress.

I am also surprised that people are making judgments about Deen's voice without ever hearing him. Too bad Journey can't just put up a little mp3 snippet from the Konocti show on their site. Better yet, I'd like to hear Neal sit down with an acoustic and have Deen sing a little Patiently and flip it up on their site. That would be an appropriate choice."

Date: 02 September, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: LeadVocalz
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Although album artist Chuck Wright plainly states that the beetles are a tribute to the look of Journey's albums, I'm not sure that I liked his use of Journey's trademark symbol so prominently. Here's what he said about it. Read it, check out the album cover for yourself, and tell me what you think of it.

"When I was approached about doing the cover art for this compilation, a suggestion was made to incorporate different icons from various bands. To me the melodic rock bands that kept a consistent look and feel to their cover art were Journey (which I used the often scene Egyptian Scarab). Whitesnake (having a stone almost Roman Empire look to their last few covers) and then there are too many bands to name that use wings in one way or another. I then added the modern CD disc itself as the center piece."

Date: 03 September, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: LAWoman
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I don't think this has been up here--pretty sure I would remember this one.

8/1/03 Lancaster New Era/Intelligencer J./Sunday News Lancaster New Era/Intelligencer Journal/Sunday News

Friday, August 1, 2003

HAPPENINGS

Journey continues as it began
--
without Steve Perry
Jon Ferguson

Neal Schon wants everybody to get off his back about the decision to tour and record as Journey without singer Steve Perry. He wants to remind all those Perry fans out there that Journey started without the singer in the lineup and might as well celebrate its 30th anniversary without him as well.

Schon said Journey doesn't need Perry to draw fans to its current classic-rock outing with REO Speedwagon and Styx (another band missing its most famous member, namely Dennis DeYoung). The three bands, which epitomize the arena-rock sound of the 1970s, will make a stop in Hershey tonight.

"People come to hear the songs," Schon said during a telephone interview from a motel room in Green Bay, Wisc. "The songs are bigger than any one individual. And the band as a whole is bigger than any one individual. We've proven that.

"The Steve Perry diehard fans that are out there hate the fact that we're doing good. They absolutely hate it. I am the devil. I am the devil to all those people. I don't understand it. Journey was a band that was built around me."

People do sometimes forget that. In its first incarnation, Journey, formed in San Francisco in 1973, was the band that was going to turn Schon, a child prodigy who joined Santana when he was just 15 years old, into a guitar hero. The band, which included bassist Ross Valory, drummer Prairie Prince, guitarist George Tickner and later keyboardist Gregg Rollie, another Santana alumnus, mostly was an instrumental group that toured relentlessly and released little- noticed albums.

That all changed when the leather-lunged Perry joined in 1977. The band still toured relentlessly, but its albums started selling by the millions, its sales spurred by ballads like "Separate Ways," "Don't Stop Believin"' and "Open Arms."

"We toured for five hard years, building momentum," Schon, 49, said. "When Steve Perry came in the band we had already built a lot of momentum. It wasn't like we were starting from scratch zero. He walked into a good situation as well. I think we all made the best of it."

Journey first disbanded in the late 1980s, but reunited in 1996 - - with Perry in the lineup. The band released a million-selling album, "Trial by Fire," and toured. Perry, however, dropped out after the tour.

The current edition of Journey includes Schon, original bassist Ross Valory, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, drummer Deen Castronovo and singer Steve Augeri, a Perry sound-alike.

Though he sometimes gets miffed at Perry's fans, Schon said he does appreciate all that the singer did for the band.

"Steve Perry diehard fans are always going to be there," Schon said. "I'm always going to be one of the fans of his vocals. I was listening to some old live performances that were bootlegs of us the other night. I was like, "Wow.'

"The whole band sounded amazing. Not that we don't sound great now, but it was a different era and I had forgotten really just how good it was."



There was no Post of the Day for September 04-05.

Date: 06 September, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: rustygreen
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "The other day I was watching the NFL Kickoff show on ABC and Aerosmith performed “Dream On”. I thought to myself how great this song sounded 30 years later. After a slow start (Number 59 in 1973) this song hit the Top 40 going all the way to Number 6 in 1976. It made me think about the groups who’s first hits must have been played a million times. You would think that those songs that are 20 years old or older would have been played out. Could they ever sound fresh again? Each time Aerosmith plays “Dream On” it sounds just as good if not better. Not many groups can do that. Journey’s “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” is one of those songs. This song just celebrated its 24th anniversary in entering the Billboard Top 40 chart on 8/25/79. It spent 16 weeks on the Top 40 going as high as Number 12. For the most part this put Journey on the map. This song must have been played so much over the years one might think that its time had come and gone. But this is far from the truth. This song has survived through the years. Even with two different singers it continues to evolve. Now done with more of a blues sound this song never gets old. I have a feeling that long after the Journey has ended this song will be a rock ‘n roll icon. I say go pick out your favorite version of the song or all of them and play it again. It never gets old. Neither does Journey. That’s why us fans will always feel young around the music. Like most great bands, Journey was and still is ahead of its time."

Date: 07 September, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: geckogirl
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Hey Rich, thanks for covering me, since I just read the new posts...I'm gonna take a big step here and say this...Journey has always been my #1, when it was SP, it was great. I've been a fan probably longer than some of you are old, not to say that has anything to do with this SA/SP problem. This as we all know is The House of Journey = Neal, Ross, Jon, 'Steve Augeri' and Deen. No others, past members, hope all is well with them and that they are happy. Let it all rest. Now that said, I'm gonna say this, I am all for SA, I think he has a better sound, he has an awesome voice, he is so fantastic on the stage, and they all get along. Why would we want less? Steve Augeri is #1 in my book and I'm not going back. I still listen to SP, I have many Journey cd's, I have Perry's solo work. When did he put out his last cd? 1994, that is another 10 years coming up. I just thank god every day that Neal and the boys decided they were tired of waiting and found a perfect person to lead us into the future. Steve A. is one of the nicest people you could ever want to meet. He takes time with his fans, talking, looking at picture, just proud to be where he deserves to be today. I don't want tolive in the past, if that was the case we would still be listening to 'classic' Jrny music, would have no shows to go to and of course no new music or DVD's to look forward to...(I'm done for now)"



There was no Post of the Day for September 08-10.

Date: 11 September, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: LAWoman
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "VH1 Perry or Journey boards will not come back because they would have to be moderated and VH1 clearly doesn't run their boards that way. Somebody explained how the VH1 message boards are run on one of those boards--it's just a way for VH1 to sell advertising.

"Regarding the remaining spots on VH1 where the "core group" posts, I am sure you must see that the "agitators" still slam Journey and Neal and someone is even pretending to be Neal--all clearly against VH1's supposed forum rules but nothing happens to the abusers. All that is a good reason why VH1 will never put back the Perry or Journey boards."



There was no Post of the Day for September 12-13.

Date: 14 September, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: Esther in San Antonio, TX
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "The song I most draw energy, inspiration, motivation, etc. from is 'Don't Stop Believin'.' It was getting a lot of airplay when I left my little hometown at age 18 after high school to live and work in the big city of Austin, Texas. The line 'just a small town girl, living in a lonely world' described what I was feeling--living in my first apartment which was over a funeral parlor in a seedy part of the city and working in a semiconductor plant on the evening shift with other working stiffs. After about 3 years of that, I knew that there were bigger and better things out there (including going to college) so the line 'Don't stop believing, hold on to that feeling' also seemed to fit me at that time. Since then, I find it fits a lot of situations in my life. Now me and my husband kind of consider that to be 'our song.' He is the 'city boy, born and raised in San Antone!'

Date: 15 September, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: katsmurr
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I just purchased ROR earlier this year, I'd always thought that because it was written in troubled times...I probably would not like it. I was so wrong! I'll have to put 'Girl Can't Help It' in my top 5 favorite Journey songs. The harmonies in this song just blow me away! This song truly shows the vocal abilities of this band! I also love 'I'll Be Alright Without You'.

"Although times were bad, the amazing talents of the band still shine through!"

Date: 16 September, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: Fyre
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Our 2-year-old hasn't begun speaking yet, but I was playing ESCAPE the other day and he was into it. When I turned it off, he gave me his little whimper that he does when he wants something. I turned it back on and he sat contently staring at the speakers!"



There was no Post of the Day for September 17.

Date: 18 September, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: Rawkdawg
Original Location: Journey Digest Mailing List
Post: "Good Day Troops!! It is a pleasure to be here with you today. It has been a long time since I have addressed you. From all reports it has been a great summer for the boys we love. I have enjoyed the Journey I have been on with all of you these past years. It has been an incredible ride which included me getting some real face time with my favorite band of all time but more importantly it gave me great face time with many of you. This last year we saw a true accomplishment when our comrades in arms successfully campaigned for and succeeded in getting our boys a long overdue honor in their home town with the Rock Walk of Fame Induction. It was there I witnessed people rise to the occasion and show what they were made of. Because of this all of those people were all promoted [and]we saw many new recruits. It was in seeing all this I realize that the Army is in good hands. And with that I sadly announce my retirement as The COmmander in Chief of the RawkDawgs Army...There are many reasons why I do this, I do not wish to go into at this time and maybe never. I will always love Journey and will listen to their music as long as I am able. I will cherish my time with all of you always.Thanks for great times and super memories. The Wheel in the Sky keeps on Turning I hope we end up someplace really cool. Bora Bora anybody?? Cuz We got Livin To Do."



There was no Post of the Day for September 19.

Date: 20 September, 2003
Editor: Journeyfer
Author: Ksjrnyfn
Original Location: Dixie Highway of Back Talk
Post: "This is a review of the Journey Show at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica MS: ...Here's the down and dirty summary:
Neal: On F-I-R-E
Deen: Goose bumps and tears of joy at the same time! Amazing vocals
Ross: super-cool as always
Jon: All over the stage. Played his heart out. We be jammin' mon
Steve: Flawless. Every note, every move.
Gibby: Man, how does he do what he does? Deen mentioned that he has nothing on Gibby's speed

"I've seen many shows. This was one of the BEST. The guys had a great time and it showed."



There was no Post of the Day for September 21.

Date: 22 September, 2003
Editor: Andrea86
Author: joec
Original Location: Dixie Highway of Back Talk
Post: "I posted a review on the "Reviews" Page but I will add a few thoughts here. First, this is my third time seeing them this year and if you saw us up in Section 203, Row S, Seats 1-4, you know how much fun we had. The Band was awesome as usual and not to repeat what I wrote in my review but, the stretch of songs from Higher Place to Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' which also included Feelin That Way/Anytime, Chain Reaction, Ask The Lonely, State of Grace, Don't Stop Believin, Escape, Be Good To Yourself, and Anyway You Want It, was absolutely incredible and had the crowd on its feet for the whole time. Please read my review for more details about the band's performance but let me say here that I am glad that no security guards tried to get us to sit down because it would have been impossible. The Show Was That GOOOOOOOOD! It is truly a shame that they made that one older man who was trying to dance on the floor right by his seat in the third row sit down. Can't Wait To See Them Again!!!!! --Joe in Mandeville, LA"



There was no Post of the Day for September 23-30.

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There was no Post of the Day for October 1-17.

Date: 18 October, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: redpants
Original Location: Genral Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Hey everyone!!! Its been FOREVER since ive been in here!! Things have just been so hectic since school has started with sports and homework and everything!! Ive finally had a chance to come back in! Anyway, we had homecoming recently and guess what our homecoming theme song was...FAITHFULLY!! It was soo awesome! Out of all the songs there were for nominees our boys won!! I was so excited when I found out. It made my whole night even better!"



There was no Post of the Day for October 19-21.

Date: 22 October, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: Dr. Arrival
Original Location: Genral Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Saying Deen Castronovo is "just" a drummer is like saying Mother Teresa is "just" a nun. Deen performing "Mother Father" was not "just" about listening to a "band", it was an incredibly moving emotional experience that only those who know more about Deen's personal life, professional life, loyalty and love for his family, self appreciation for his talent and musicianship would even begin to understand. It brought tears to my eyes, chills to my spine; he was communicating a myriad of wonderful things to his family and his fans when he performed this for them and us. I TRULY appreciated the opportunity to be there to hear it!"

Date: 23 October, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: Wix
Original Location: Genral Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Just a note to let you know what I know. NOTHING! BUTT, and I say Butt! I have just sent in an application to the city of HOLLYWOOD to apply as a Garbage Man. I figure if I get the job I can park next to the soon to be star on the walk of Flame and have a truck to sit in, plus I will have room in the back for a handful of my closest Journey friends, even tho I have Nun. Anyway I have the inside track on this job as I use to be a Toilet Trechnical Advisor for MYU College of the Performing Stools. Be nice to me and I may sAVE YOU A spot, treat me like Crap and you can sit up front with me !! "

Date: 24 October, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: Esther in San Antonio, TX
Original Location: Genral Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I have recently been stressed out with work and life and have been chewing RIDICULOUS amounts of gum (not sugar free either). As a result I had a few cavaties and went to get them taken care of in two visits to the dentist. Both times as I heard that annoying drilling sound (and had that weird smell/taste that you get)they played "Lights" on the radio station. I just closed my eyes and disattached from my body and floated away in my mind to San Francisco and thought about the amazing concert at the Warfield and the moment when I handed Steve Augeri a single long-stemmed yellow rose. At a certain point, the dentist asked the dental assistant "Did she pass out?" That's how gone I was! What a great way to spend my lunch hour...Journey on!"

Date: 25 October, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: SPJrnyer4ever
Original Location: Genral Forum of Back Talk
Post: "no, not deja vu, i mean an actual dream...i was just wondering because i've had quite a few before and i'm wondering if this happens to other people or if i'm just weird. see, what i dream is something that seems very real to me...like, its a very, very detailed dream. and then after i wake up, sometimes the day after or even a few weeks after, the same thing that i dreamed happens in real life. and what this has to do with Journey is that i've had 2 dreams of Steve Perry/Journey (mostly Steve Perry). the one i had last night was just me meeting SP...i wont go into any details or anything unless someone asks me to because it doesnt really apply to anyone else. but the other one that i had a couple of weeks ago was this: i had gotten a new dvd (possibly a Journey dvd, i'm not sure) and just put it into the dvd player and turned it on. i decided to watch the previews first (somthing i rarely ever do), because you know how they always have all those new dvds and stuff thats "coming soon", and i wanted to see what was going to be coming out. and one of the previews was a new SP dvd and i remember, VERY distinctly that it was called "The Eyes of Steve Perry". then the preview went on to say that there were music videos, interviews, facts about SP, and other things like that. after i woke up i felt really excited, like i had actually just watched the dvd in real life. i also thought afterwards, why would they call it 'The Eyes of Steve Perry?' it sounded kind of odd to me. but i didnt ask too many questions of myself, since i dont have many answers. but i just thought i'd let all you other SP fans know because i'm not sure about much right now...but since my dreams such as this have become reality so many times, well i dont know about you, but i think i'll keep an eye out for anything like this, even though it does sound extremely wild to me."

Date: 26 October, 2003
Editor: JourneyForTwo
Author: Zakar
Original Location: Genral Forum of Back Talk
Post: "Ya know you all are so weird! You beg for months for a greatest hits video/DVD in the past. Then when you get it all you can do is complain about things that don't matter. Cover art, name order, blah, blah, blah. I am starting to think that Journey fans are just really weird and can never be content with anything. The band gives you what you want and you are still not happy. Eventually the Warfield concert will come out and I bet you all will gripe and complain about something on that too. Do you all live to gripe? Goodness sakes already. Just be glad that you are getting you stinkin' videos and enjoy it. I just don't understand you all sometimes. I'm sure the band is just as confused and frustrated, if not more so about all this nonsense on the boards. Yet in the same breath i can say that I do enjoy you all, even if you are very weird and confusing to me. There is my construtive critisim for the next few months."



There was no Post of the Day for October 27.

Date: 28 October, 2003
Editor: JourneyForTwo
Author: OnTheFritz
Original Location: Genral Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I guess the show at Atlantic City really impressed on me the diversity of the band today. We have Steve singing, we have Deen singing, we have Neal singing, we have Jon singing. (Hey Ross when are you gonna sing? ) LOL The wide range of music that was done from rock to pop to salsa to oldies, it was simply incredible. From the musical standpoint I don't you ask for a band with more talent than Journey. So is anyone else blown away by the diversity of talent in this band?"



There was no Post of the Day for October 29-30.

Date: 31 October, 2003
Editor: JourneyForTwo
Author: LiveAndBreatheJrny
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "The below quote from Neal is why I love Journey and all of his other projects as much as I do. Neal is a consumate professional and it shows in everything he touches.

" 'I never played guitar to be a “rock star.” I never considered myself a rock star, I didn’t like that title, and when people say that it really sort of pisses me off. Luckily though, I didn’t attain that type of rock stardom like a Bon Jovi or something like that, and I have no regrets, believe me. I’ve always felt like a true musician, my dad was an incredible jazz musician and writer. It sort of was in my blood, I’ve always played because I love playing music.' "

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There was no Post of the Day for November 1-9.

Date: 10 November, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: ardescojrny
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "A charity reception was held last night to benefit patients with neurologic diseases in the state of Arizona. Among items donated for the silent auction was an autographed copy of the original sheet music for "Faithfully." The generous proceeds from the sale of this item will assist in funding a summer camp for children with seizure disorders. Many thanks to Jonathan Cain for his kind support."



There was no Post of the Day for November 11-12.

Date: 13 November, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: Warrior
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "When you hear Journey's music how does it make you feel? Does it put a little dance in your step? Does your heart beat a little faster? Do you find yourself singing along? When you talk about Journey to someone else ~ another fan or esp someone who is just discovering Journey ~ do you get excited and love to talk about Journey? Whether it is face to face, through email, phone, forums...does your excitement for Journey shine bright...does your love for Journey show in a positive way? Does it put a smile on your face? The guys give and share so much with us ~ the fans...the music, their time, merchandise, this website...we are so lucky. Share the love, share the music, share a smile. Smiling is contagious....let's start an epidemic ~ a love for Journey epidemic! Thank you all! Big hug!"

Date: 14 November, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: Journeytroll
Original Location: MelodicRock.Com Journey Message Board
Post: "Most Journey fans didn't realize that Joe Reardon reunited Journey in 1995 after an eight year break up. First, Joe Reardon contacted Steve Perry and discussed the importance of Journey reforming, creating an album, and announcing a tour. Perry agreed with Reardon. The next step suggested by Reardon was for Perry to contact Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon to hear their ideas on Journey reuniting and in what direction that might be. Both Schon and Cain wanted Journey to get back together. In another conversation, Perry asked Joe Reardon to become Journey's new drummer; however, Reardon although flattered, stressed that Steve Smith was the only sensible choice for Journey. Perry agreed and aftewards Perry, Schon, Cain, and Smith visited Ross Valory and persuaded him to rejoin Journey as their bassist. Almost every rock and roll critic and Journey fan are not aware of Joe Reardon's behind-the-scenes discussions that contributed to Journey reuniting in 1995. Reardon should be thanked and praised for his part in reuniting Journey!"



There was no Post of the Day for November 15.

Date: 16 November, 2003
Editor: Waguitar
Author: Saga
Original Location: General Forum of Back Talk
Post: "I tend to get very passionate about stuff I'm a fan of... lol...almost too much so. However, I've got a lot of artists & bands etc I like that are in the lukewarm category, then there are a few that are in the hot flamed passion category, Journey is now one of them hehe Thus when I get passionate about it, I tend to bring them up any occasion I get, even if it doesn't fit in with the conversation lol .... (always find a way..........) When I hear Journey's music, it really depends on what kind of mood I'm in, sometimes their music is so comforting it makes me cry like a baby lol .... Not in a bad way, the songs just kinda makes me feel good & makes me think about a lot of stuff...reflect on life or whatever comes to mind . Other times I crank it in my car (I just bought a new car and the only CD in there is Journey's Greatest hits...if my passengers complain they can walk....... )& when I crank it I sing & tap the wheel, dont care if I'm don't exactly sound like Steve (Guess that's a good thing actally) Journey just makes me feel good (and even though it was the concert that finally sent me over the edge as a FAN, their music always made me feel really good even before the concert.....)"



The Post of the Day feature became defunct on November 17, 2003.


Last Updated 14 July 2009 (DHG)