This week in The Journey Force Newsletter from November 1987 is a whole page dedicated to Neal Schon's Wedding to Beth Buckley on September 20th, 1987. There is also a picture of Neal and Beth with Randy Jackson with his wife, Liz. The highlight I'm sure for these brides maids was when Steve Perry sang "Let It Be Me" for the happy couple...
This week's edition of the Journey Force Newsletter from November 1987 begins with a great interview of Jonathan Cain from by The Journey Force titled "Jonathan Cain Captured". The next big article of this edition of the Newsletter is "The Legend Of Cy Klopps", A Herbie Herbert Persona. The Journey Force includes a questionnaire for all members of The Journey Force. Also The Force answers some members questions as well as listing all 5 singles released off the "Raised On Radio" album in order of release.
The Pen Pals section starts off this weeks edition of The Journey Force Newsletter, July 1987. These are addresses from 1987 and please do not send any letters to these people who probably don't live there anymore. Your Questions Answered appears on this page as well. Back Issues for sale! Back issues of The Journey Force Newsletter on sale for $1.00 each! The Merchandise page follows which shows all the "Raised On Radio" items for sale back inn 1987.
This week's part of the Journey Force Newsletter from July 1978 is the next two pages which are full of color pictures of the members of the band. The Tenth Annual Bay Area Music Awards (Bammie's) where Journey tore it up! Here are the winners; Steve Perry - Outstanding Male Vocalist (his fourth) Neal Schon - Outstanding Guitarist Jonathan Cain - Outstanding Keyboardist (his fourth) Journey - Outstanding Group Other photos on these pages include Gregg Rolie, Randy Jackson, John Fogerty, Michael Bolton, Bonnie Raitt, and Huey Lewis.
Today, January 22, is Journey's second official Lead Singer, Steve Perry. Steve joined Journey in 1978 and took the band to super-stardom before he stopped to live life.
Here's a great picture of Steve with Journey's original Lead Singer, Gregg Rolie. The songs that feature both their voices take the top spots in my favorite Journey songs. The balance between the two was truly magic...
Playing the Rock Star
Here's a more current picture of Steve...
Will Steve Perry sing at Journey's introduction to the Rock and Roll hall of fame? We can only hope. There are I'm sure a lot of petitions across the Country, There is one at my Local Radio Station here in Los Angeles (link below). Steve Perry stopped because he didn't want to tour anymore. Journey is a turning band. I'm not sure if trying to force him to appear is a good idea. He'll show up if he wants last minute probably unannounced. To have him sing with the band is asking a lot. He's never lost his voice, but he's also not as practiced as the rest of the band. I will share a link to the petition as a way to let him know how many people want to see him perform again. Neal Schon says: "I'm hoping that Steve Perry will get up and do something with us. We'll have to see, because nobody has contact with him. I suppose we'll hear something about it a day before or the day of. Who knows?"
The Journey Force Newsletter dedicates 1 1/2 pages to Journey License Plates this week.
Journey License Plates from the late 1980's are featured this week. Ever since way before we saw License Plates on the "Captured" album liner notes artwork. Since then Journey became bigger than ever and people from all over the Country and beyond were getting Journey License Plates.
There is another Journey Force Contest, this time you could win the shirt off Journey's Back. There were three shirts that each member, Steve, Neal, and Jon would wear onstage, so there were three first place winners!
Steve Perry released his first solo album, "Street Talk" in 1984 and became big solo artist during the mid 1980's. These photos now include some Steve Perry License Plates as well...
The Journey Force Newsletter from July 1987 starts with a color picture of Steve Perry standing on a boxed Harley Davidson Motorcycle. This issue is Volume 2, Number 1. The Journey Force interviews Steve Perry about the rigors of touring and what he's doing now (1987) to relax.
Here's a real treat! This is the original ad in the San Mateo Times from April 1974. This shows George Tickner seems to be the one that filed the business license for "Journey" back in 1974.
Only four original members of Journey are listed on the license, George Tickner, Neal Schon, Ross Valory, and Gregg Rolie. They must have been the period between Prairie Prince and Aynsley Dunbar as drummer. San Mateo is a small city in Northern California somewhat near San Francisco.
Here is the original ad as it exists, followed by a re-creation that you can read...
Another year has passed. Both Journeys and Steve Perry were heavily active this year.
Steve Perry may or may not release an album this year! It was promised in 2016, but Steve being the perfectionist he is, has taken a bit longer than anticipated.
Although there has been no sign of another album from Journey, we can still hope...
Journey will be starting the 2017 Tour in Las Vegas at The Hard Rock Cafe this May. What will be very interesting is hearing two excellent albums back to back which would include songs they have never played in concert before!
In 2014, Steve Perry became very active all of a Sudden. He first started showing up doing the Encore and a few EEL's shows in May and June. Then he starts bringing the crowds at the Giants games in October some extra excitement when he sings along with his own Journey songs, "Don't Stop Believin'', and "Lights", which was written about the San Francisco Bay. Here is a compilation of edited videos of each of the sing-a-longs that Steve Perry participated in during the San Francisco Giants run for the World Series in 2014. First we see the Giants Video Introduction then the National League Division and Championship games that Steve was involved with. Then comes two World Series games sing-a-longs where Steve sings to both "Don't Stop Believin'", and "Lights". Finally the win and Steve meeting people at the Victory Parade on October 31, 2014...
Journey was as big as they ever got in 1983! They were the biggest band in America with sold-out shows all across the World! It looked like nothing could stop them, they were getting bigger and bigger, selling more and more records. Journey was constantly on television talk shows as well ad radio shows and interviews. Between the years of 1981 and 1983, the three albums released, "Captured", "Escape", and "Frontiers" were their three biggest selling albums to date. It's no wonder that after these three years of grueling hard work that they would want to take a break. Who knows what could have been accomplished by 1985 had everything kept on track. They might have actually reached "Freedom". That's the name that was supposed to be the next album set for release in 1985. It probably would have meant Freedom from Columbia Records, Freedom to be on their own, Freedom to do whatever they wanted. This is the last of the original Christmas Cards sent to Journey Force members. I remember receiving this, the third year in a row. In a way, it had become expected by now and not quite as exciting. It's still a great treat to receive a Card every year from The Journey Force. This one shows what the stage show looked like during the "Frontiers Tour"...
This week concludes the Steve Perry "For The Love Of Strange Medicine" Tour Book. A great Concert Program even though there wasn't much more than a bunch of pictures of Steve Perry. Steve Perry and his band didn't have any kind of a history. What it was though was a way to hear Steve Perry sing Journey songs live again!
For The Love Of Strange Medicine kept Steve busy from 1993-1995 while it looked for sure like the Journey was really over. All other members of Journey kept active during this time, yet they didn't have the voice that could only be heard at this show!
The last page of the Tour Book is an advertisement for Steve Perry's second solo album, "For The Love Of Strange Medicine" for without it, there would be no tour or this excellent Concert Program. The album ended up spawning two singles, "You Better Wait", and "Missing You" from the eleven songs on the original album.
The tour to promote the album lasted a full six months before ending in early 1995. By the end on 1995 Steve was already working again with Journey on a new reunion album called "Trial By Fire" that was released in October 1996.
The back cover of the Tour Book is a giant "Steve Perry" logo. It's a beautiful white lettering with the Strange Medicine design behind it in red, all with a deep rick black background. As of this date, there is rumor of a third Steve Perry solo album to be released in 2017 after many years of delay.
Another regret I have is never seeing this show. I have no idea why I missed this. I was a huge Steve Perry fan as I always have since 1980. I was upset at the whole "Raised On Radio" fiasco and the end of Journey, but I would have wanted to go I think. I was making enough money at the time, this was the 1990's when the Motion Picture Industry was still a great industry. Maybe I was just too busy working overtime, we may never know why...
Journey was everywhere by 1982! This was the first year since 1975 that Journey did not release an album. They couldn't, there wasn't any time. The Escape album kept releasing singles into 1982. The Escape Tour was extended and by 1982, they were playing huge arenas and had video projection so anyone in the audience could see what was happening. Again, It was a surprise and a delight to receive another Christmas Card from Journey! Although there is no picture of the band, there is a great representation ion what a show is like when way in the back. It sure looks like an exciting night!
For The Love Of Strange Medicine is the name of the Steve Perry album released on July 19, 1994 and went on to become #15 on the Billboard charts. The album was certified gold in September 1994 selling over 500, 000 copies!
For The Love Of Strange Medicine is the name of the Band that Steve Perry worked with and toured with for 6 months on the road. The band consisted of Lincoln Brewster on Guitars, Todd Jensen on Bass, Moyes Lucas, Jr. on Drums, and Paul Taylor on Keyboards.
For The Love Of Strange Medicine is the name of the only Tour that Steve Perry did as a solo artist. The tour began in October 1994 and lasted until March 1995. There was a huge crew helping Steve and the band get to and set up for the shows.
The next couple of pages in the For The Love Of Strange Medicine Tour Book is a bunch of candid photos of the band and backstage heroes...