Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Journey Force Newsletter dated January, 1987 - Part 3

The Journey Force Newsletter dated January 1987 Conclusion

The conclusion of the Jon & Neal interview is featured this week, but first, The Merchandise Page. The Raised On Radio Tour is in full swing by the time this went to press and yet there really isn't that much Raised On Radio Merchandise available. There is certainly nothing available with more than the three main members at the time, Steve Perry, Neal Schon, and Jonathan Cain.

The Journey Force announces they will only be putting out 4 editions per years from now on, starting with this issue. They are also raising the m,membership rates for the first time in a very long time.

Other tidbits in this issue include the Bammies that each member of Journey has won. There is the usual Pen Pal listings and the "Your Questions Answered" section end the Newsletter.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Steve Perry at the San Francisco Giants World Series Game 1 in 2012

Steve Perry again attended the San Francisco Giants Games in 2012.

Steve was found singing at the first World Series Giants Game in 2012 and led the crowd in a sing-along with his song, "Lights" at AT&T Park in San Francisco on October 24, 2012.

The World Series this year was The San Francisco Giants vs. The Detroit Tigers. The Series was only 4 games, with San Francisco winning all!

Here's a video put together from some different camera phones that night...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Journey Force Newsletter dated January 1987 - Neal & Jonathan Interview

Part 2 of the January 1, 1987 edition of the Journey Force Newsletter includes an interview with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain.

Starting with some Bits And Pieces, We get a mention of Steve Perry's old band, "The Sullie's". The video for "The Girl Can't Help It" rises to #2 on MTV's countdown.

Steve Perry and Neal Schon were given a tour of the Harley Davidson plant in York, PA. There's a great picture of them on a couple bikes!

Then we get right into the first part of the Jon & Neal Interview which will be completed next week with the rest of the Newsletter. They talk about how the new members of the band have helped give the band new life. There is also talk about how they don't fight on this tour and everybody's having a great time. That's interesting because this tour never came to completion. It ended soon after this Newsletter was published, so I'm really excited to read the next one. 

Concluded next week...

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Steve Perry at the San Francisco Giants World Series Games 2010

Steve Perry at the Giants Games 2010

Steve Perry attended the Giants Games 2010 and sang along with two of his songs.

On October 21, 2010, Steve sang along with the crowd to Journey's song "Don"t Stop Believin"" at the National League Championship Series Game 5.

The World Series Game 2 was held on October 28, 2010 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Steve sang along with the crowd to Journey's song "Lights" from the Infinity album.

There is also an interview of Steve. I'm not sure exactly the date this was shot.

I've also included Steve's part in the Victory Parade on November 3, 2010. You can see him hanging out of the Cable Car during the Giant's World Series Victory Parade 2010!

Here is a video putting all those pieces together...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Journey Force Newsletter dated January 1987 has a Steve Perry Interview

An Interview With Steve Perry...

The first two pages of the Journey Force Newsletter dated January 1987 is all about Steve Perry! 

Continued next week...

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Journey Escape Tour Poster for Labor Day, September 1981!

Journey played the Alpine Valley Amphitheater in East Troy, Wisconsin with Point Blank on September 5 and 6, 1981!

WLS Radio promoted Journey in East Troy, WI during The Escape Tour. This stop in East Troy was still very early in the Tour. Journey would go on to play until December 22 and then again the next year, 1982. The opening band was Point Blank.

East Troy, Wisconsin had a population of just under 2400 in 1981. The village has a total area of 4.51 square miles. It is a very small Historic Town that is easy to get to from any direction. People from all over were able to get to East Troy very easily.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Journey with Robert Fleischman sing "Anytime" live in 1977

During Robert Fleischman's short run as lead singer of Journey is a very interesting period in Journey's history.

Columbia Records never did release any Journey songs sung by Robert Fleischman until the Box Set, "Time3", released in 1992. This Box Set only released "All For You" (listed as "For You" on the Set) which leaves much more left out there from Robert.

I've recut and added some additions to a great performance of Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Aynsley Dunbar, Ross Valory, and Robert Fleischman on vocals. This performance is from the Diamond Head Crater Music Festival in Hawaii on July 4, 1977.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Herbie Herbert - One Man's Journey - An Interview from 2008

Here's another excellent interview with Walter J. (Herbie) Herbert, Journey's manager from 1973-1993.

Herbie Herbert is one of the music industries most colorful characters. For a period of time he was the #1 manager in the business, taking Journey – a band he put together with Neal Schon – to become a multi-Platinum selling stadium act.

One Man's Journey

In addition to his work with Journey, Herbert brought Swedish rock groups Roxette and Europe to the United States in the mid to late-1980s. He managed Mr. Big and R&B artist Tara Kemp and rock band Signal. 

In the late 1990s, Herbert moved from backstage into the spotlight, recording three albums as Sy Klopps and touring the San Francisco Bay Area with the Sy Klopps Band, which has included current and former Journey band members Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie, Prairie Prince, and Ross Valory.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

In 1991, Steve Perry, Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain of Journey reunite for Bill Graham

Bill Graham is a Producer and Concert Promoter that worked with Journey in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Bill was responsible for the extended 1982 Escape Tour in huge Stadiums and Arenas.

He was killed in a helicopter crash on October 25, 1991. 

In tribute, on November 3, 1991, a free concert called "Laughter, Love and Music" was held at Golden Gate Park to honor Graham. An estimated 300,000 people attended to view many of the entertainment acts Graham had supported including Journey.


Concert Promoter Bill Graham was killed in a helicopter crash on October 25, 1991. The Bell Jet Ranger flew directly into a 223-foot high-voltage tower near Highway 37, which runs between Vallejo, California and Marin County, California. The helicopter burst into flames on impact. The charred remains of the helicopter hung eerily in the tower for more than a day.

Escorted by motorcycle police, more long black limousines than had ever before been seen at a private funeral in the city of San Francisco formed a phalanx for the procession to the cemetery. Bill was to be buried in Colma, a small town south of San Francisco.

Following his death, his company, Bill Graham Presents (BGP), was taken over by a group of employees. Graham's sons remained a core part of the new management team. The new owners sold the company to SFX Promotions, which in turn sold the company to Clear Channel Entertainment. The BGP staff did not embrace the Clear Channel name, and several members of the Graham staff eventually left the company. Former BGP President/CEO Gregg Perloff and former Senior Vice President Sherry Wasserman left and started their own company, Another Planet Entertainment. Eventually Clear Channel separated itself from concert promotion and formed Live Nation, which is managed by many former Clear Channel executives.

In tribute, the San Francisco Civic Auditorium was renamed the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. On November 3, 1991, a free concert called "Laughter, Love and Music" was held at Golden Gate Park to honor Graham, Gold and Kahn. An estimated 300,000 people attended to view many of the entertainment acts Graham had supported including Santana, the Grateful Dead, John Fogerty, Robin Williams, Journey (reunited), and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (reunited). The video for "I'll Get By" from Eddie Money's album Right Here was dedicated to Graham. Graham's images and poster artwork still adorn the office walls at Live Nation's new San Francisco office. With the band Hardline, Neal Schon of Journey composed a piece entitled "31–91" in 1992 in Graham's honor.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry's mom mentions her crush on Steve Perry

Steve Perry was Journey's lead singer from 1978 to 1997. He has been sorely missed ever since. Everywhere he shows up, he causes a frenzy. Whether he goes to a baseball game, or a coffee shop, when he's in public, he is almost always noticed and surrounded by fans. This is 20 years after leaving the band.

Teenage girls are still infatuated with him and post his pictures whenever they can. His name and face shows up in some of the greatest places. He once showed up on the couch in my office at work, really. He was very nice and he's always very gracious when he meets the fans.

He is mentioned in movies, TV shows, radio, and even in cartoons. I found him even mentioned on E!'s "Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry". It seems Tyler's mother is still in love with Steve Perry. That's the one person she would really like to meet. She even wants Tyler to do a "reading" on Steve Perry.

Here's a setup of the show and then the clip...


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Castles Burning, The Herbie Herbert Interview with Matthew Carty 2001

In 2001 Matt Carty interviewed Walter J. (Herbie) Herbert, Journey's Manager from 1973-1993.

Herbie Herbert was the mastermind behind it all. He got Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie, and Ross Valory together to create a band that would catapult into superstardom and fizzle out in a flash. He came up with the album names and artwork.

This is the very hard to find interview from 2001 called "Castles Burning". He tells it like he saw it, and felt it.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Journey Raised On Radio Tour Book 1986 Concert Program, part 10

The Raised On Radio Tour started out as Journey greatest Tour ended with the breaking up of what was left of the band. 

Through all these years since 1973, Journey has proved to be a great band with four members. 

Journey has proven to be one of the World's greatest bands with five members. 

This attempt with three members though, will soon prove to be a disaster.

At the end of the Raised On Radio Tour, in 1997, the band went their Separate Ways and it wouldn't be until November of 1991 that we would hear from them again.

Here is the back cover of Raised On Radio Tour Book...

Also included in the Tour Book was an ad to join the Journey Force and the list of merchandise available at the time. It was one page, printed on both sides...

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Journey with Robert Fleischman WHEEL IN THE SKY (demo) UPGRADED SOUND

I've updated my video for the Wheel In The Sky (demo) with Robert Fleischman as lead vocalist with significantly better audio quality. This one does not sound muddy. 

If you've never heard Robert Fleischman singing "Wheel In The Sky" with Journey, you are in for a treat! As Journey was recording songs with their new singer/songwriter there are a few demo's floating around from 1977. Of course, Herbie Herbert pushed Robert out to make a place for Steve Perry, but Robert's pop songwriting and singing style helped prepare the band for making rock and pop hits. Robert co-wrote this song as well as others on the "Infinity" album. Without Robert's contribution, "Infinity" might not have been "Infinite".

Sit back and taste a piece of Robert's magic...

I found Robert Fleischmann's side of the story. There's a great in-depth interview by Dave Golland with Jrnydv.com. For any Journey fan of the Gregg Rolie days, this is a must read!

Robert Fleischman Interview 1-08-2003

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Journey Force Fan Club Newsletter from November 1, 1986, part 3

There's still not a whole lot of "Raised On Radio" merchandise available through the newsletter, I really like the Tuxedo Jacket with Tails. Pen Pals is always fun to read the comments people write about what they are looking for in a pen pal. 

There's also a new section called "Journey's Mailbag" where they share some peoples comments from the letters they write to the band. It looks like people are really enjoying the live shows!  The "Special Force Seating" was really a joke because you had to go to box office of the venue to purchase the tickets. Even if the concert was sold out, they had tickets available for Journey Force Members, but I wouldn't count on it.

The last page of the Newsletter starts off with answering questions from members who wrote in. There's a question about a rumor that "Raised On Radio" would be Journey's last tour. There's also another "Radio Pass" contest where someone can win backstage passes for the shows.

We end this week on giving the gift of Journey...

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Journey Raised On Radio Tour Book 1986 Concert Program, part 9

The last of the pages of the Raised on Radio Tour Book are upon us. We get some great pictures of the entire band including the last picture of Mike Baird and Randy Jackson we ever have to see.

The last of the list of credits fills out the last inside page of the Tour Book. The Journey Force of course has an ad to sign up is in there too!

The "Raised On Radio" album was delayed for over a year and after a title change, the firing of two long standing band members and complete control given to Steve Perry. This broke the one word album titles manager Herbie Herbert had developed back with the third album "Next". The album was supposed to be called "Freedom". We have a remnant left out called "Liberty" which was recorded for "Freedom" and had no place on "Raised On Radio" which can be found on Journey's box set, "Time".

The album art for the album was created by Journey's original drummer, Prairie Prince. The design is based on Steve Perry's family's Radio Station in Northern California. The album was released on April 21, 1986 and the tour started 4 months later. Sales for the album were not at all as great as they were for "Captured", "Escape" or "Frontiers".

This Tour would end up being the last Journey Tour with Steve Perry as frontman...

Continued next week...