Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year with the Journey Volunteer Task Force.

The Journey Force Newsletter dated October 7, 1982 announces the first Rock and Roll Video Game called "Escape".

We also learn that there was a rumor that Steve Perry had cancer and the date of his real birthday!

Inez Elliot retired from from the fan club while a Journey Volunteer Task Force begins...

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Journey Force News Update September 1982

In September of 1982 came this mini newsletter.

The style is a little different from before...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Journey at The Los Angeles Forum in August, 1983 for 5 nights!

In 1983 I was 20 years old and living with two room-mates who laughed at me for liking Journey. I had bought 2 tickets for each night at the Forum where Journey would be playing 5 nights. August 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 and I was going to take a different person with me every night.

During that summer I had a difficult time finding someone who wanted to go. Everyone wanted to decide later. When August came, I had more than enough people wanting to go, although not all were who I wanted. I did take two of the people who laughed at me for liking Journey by their request.

By the second night, I knew the setlist and had already bought the program and t-shirts and things, so there was nothing left to do but drink beer and enjoy the concert. By the fourth night I knew when it was OK to rush the stage. They would allow anyone to come as close as possible to the stage near the end of the show and I figured out to almost make it to the wall.

These were great times and great concerts!!

Here are my ticket stubs for the first 3 nights at the fabulous Forum 1983.

Radio Station KLOS 95.5 gave out rainbow Journey stickers at the event.

The back of the KLOS rainbow Journey sticker.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Journey announces new album title "Encounter"

This Journey Force Newsletter from mid 1982 announces the new album title to be "Encounter".

Apparently manager, Herbie Herbert, had a plan for the album to be titled "Freedom".

The album came out in February 22, 1983 titled "Frontiers".


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Journey - Day On The Green

Day on the Green was a yearly event that took place at Oakland Stadium in Oakland, California.

My friend Lisa Doan and her friends were all meeting in San Francisco and somehow I got myself invited. I also had to drive us there and back.

I had only seen Journey once before at a pre-Escape concert in Ventura, California. This time I was going to see them with hard-core Journey fans.

I think there was one other guy and 6 women. They all had crushes on either Steve Perry or Neal Schon. We stood up the entire night!

This was the first concert I've ever been to that I knew every single song and it was an incredible summer night!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Journey Force Memebership Card #5

This is my fifth and final Journey Force Membership Card.

I'm not sure why this is the last one I have because the card is dated 1990 and the Journey Force kept on running until 1994.

No longer a paper card, this card was made of a very thin plastic...

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Raised On Radio Tour 1986-87

I don't remember why, but I completely missed the Raised On Radio Tour. Something just wasn't right about the album or the band.

Three years after "Frontiers" and two years after Steve Perry's solo album, "Street Talk", it didn't look like Journey had a future. Steve Perry's mother was the driving force for another Journey album and World tour.

This is the cover to the "Raised On Radio Tour Program" from 1986-87...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Journey Force Newsletter: Early 1982

The news in early 1982 for Journey was all good. They were on top. Escape was number 1 on the Billboard charts. Huge arenas were sold out. This was the biggest Journey ever got!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Neal Schon and Steve Smith will perform together

Neal Schon and Steve Smith are recording together and will perform at Neal Schon's upcoming wedding. Read the story here...

click here for full story

Late Saturday Night Special

Here's a great sticker from the "Red 13" Tour in 2002. This was with singer Steve Augeri. Red 13 was the EP following Columbia Records dropping the band from their label. The album was produced by Neal and Jonathan. This is the tour to support that EP.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Journey Thanksgiving Special

This is the cover of a radio only album. Steve Perry, Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain host this special and play some of their favorite Journey songs and songs from other groups as well.

It's a 2-hour turntable salute to Classic Rock Radio from 1986...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Journey Force Newsletter December 1981

Here's a great Newsletter from the end of the year 1981. The newsletters become monthly after this one…

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Journey at The Rose Bowl July 2, 1982

I had seen Journey on the "Escape Tour" already, but then in 1982 they toured again playing huge arenas.

It was a hot summer day in Los Angeles. I had never been to the Rose Bowl since I was very young. It was so big and had these great tunnels out to the stands. Before the show and between the Triumph and Blue Oyster Cult sets they would spray water into the audience in front of the stage.

It had cooled down a bit by the time Journey came on and they put on a fantastic show that night. It was over before I knew it and the fireworks were shooting off into the Pasadena sky for over 5 minutes.

This was July 2nd, 1982 and it was the biggest event I'd been to so far...

The Ad in The Los Angeles Times 1982

My other leftover ticket

Radio Station KLOS 95.5 Rainbow Stickers were given out at the event

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Journey Force Newsletter - Fall 1981

This is the earliest Journey Force newsletter that I seem to have. These newsletters will be part of the Tuesday morning 10:00 AM Pacific time "Journey Force" posts.

It was an exciting time to be part of the Journey fan club. I'm not sure how often these were mailed out to the fans, but I know it wasn't every month as promised, which made it even more exciting to get. The newsletter was really the only way to hear news about the band.

The Journey Force Newsletter from Fall 1981...

Monday, November 18, 2013

Journey - 8 Inch Greatest Hits

Here's a great item I found! The Journey Greatest Hits Collector's Edition CD. This is a 8 inch version of the Album with a 16 page booklet.

The cover has a gate-fold showing full color 8 inch photos of the band.

The booklet is 16 pages of fantastic photos of the band over the years. The photos are of the different versions of the band over the years.

Get one today for your coffee table…

Saturday, November 16, 2013

On The Road with JOURNEY

Here's an old article from around 1981 or 1982 about what it's really like to go on tour.

It's a great nostalgic look at the time period in music.



Friday, November 15, 2013


North American Tour Kicks Off May 15th in California with Special Guests Tower of Power

Tickets on Sale Starting Friday, November 22 at LiveNation.com

November 14, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) - JOURNEY and STEVE MILLER BAND will kick off a 2014 summer tour on May 15 at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California with special guest Tower of Power. The tour, produced by Live Nation, will bring two of the iconic groups that helped define the "San Francisco Sound" - Journey and Steve Miller Band - to more than 30 cities across North America including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto and Detroit. A full listing of tour dates follows.

"We are all so looking forward to playing again for you in 2014 with the great company of the Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power," said the members of JOURNEY. "It's going to be a San Francisco musical delight from the past and present, moving full speed ahead into the future!"

"I can't think of a better way for the JOKER to celebrate his 40th and the Steve Miller Band to enjoy next summer than playing all our hits for all of our fans as we tour the entire USA with our brother San Francisco bands, Journey and the Tower Of Power," says Steve Miller. "This is going to be a NOT TO BE MISSED TRIFECTA OF THE BEST OF SOUL, GREATEST HITS AND ARENA ROCK by three of the greatest bands to come out of San Francisco, clearly a once in a life time event. We can't wait to get started!


Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Friday, November 22 atwww.livenation.com. Fans will have an opportunity to make a donation to benefit those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan at time of ticket purchase.

Journey VIP Packages will be available through VIP Nation including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information, please visit www.VIPNation.com.

Diamond-certified album holder Journey has sold 80 million albums worldwide and has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco. The prestigious "Legend of Live Award" was presented to Journey at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards to honor the band's contributions to live music and the touring business and to acknowledge their commitment to fans and the art of performing live. The band's 2011 World Tour was one of the band's most successful tours ever, drawing nearly a million fans and ranked in the Top 15 Tours of the year. 2011 also marked the 30th anniversary of the band's seminal anthem, "Don't Stop Believin'," the biggest selling song from the 20th century in iTunes history. In 2013, Journey toured four continents and performed to more than half a million fans.

One of rock music's all-time greats, the Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. His trademark blues-rock sound has made him one of the defining artists of classic rock radio. The 2013 touring season by the Steve Miller Band follows four of the most busy, productive years in the long, illustrious career of Steve Miller. He has released two albums in the past few years including the number one blues album, Bingo, and its successor, Let Your Hair Down - the first new Steve Miller Band in eighteen years. In 2010, Miller went back to Europe for the first time in 25 years for a hugely successful round of dates culminating in a sold-out Royal Albert Hall concert in London that opened the door for the band to tour Europe twice in the past three years. In demand around the world as well, they also launched a tour of Australia and New Zealand in Spring 2013.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Journey Arcade Game from Bally Midway

In 1983 Journey and Bally Midway released an arcade video game that would be found in arcades. This was not for home gaming systems. It was very advanced for the time.

What I've got to share is the original ad and the 4 page flyer about the game…

The original advertisement

The original 4-page flyer

A photo of the start of the game

The arcade game console

The bar game console

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Journey Force Press Release

This is the second week of Journey Force Tuesdays. Every week at 10:00 AM Pacific Time I'll be sharing stories or pictures or newsletters or anything else I have related to "The Journey Force" also known as "The Journey International Fan Club".

This week I have to share the press release for the not yet released album "Escape" from 1981. First is the press release from Columbia Records which is printed on 2 light blue pieces of paper. The second one is from the Journey Force, which is a 2 sided piece of white paper.

The Journey Force revealed for the first time the cover of the new album: Escape...
Click on each page to read them.

Columbia Records Press Release 1981

Journey Force Press Release 1981

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Saturday Night Special

Every Saturday Night at 8:00 PM Pacific time, I'll be posting something about Live Performances of Journey. I might post a ticket stub, or backstage pass, or an event poster. It could e a story, but it will related to a live concert or show.

I'll start this first one off with "Day On The Green". The All-American Rock & Roll Show held Wednesday, July 4, 1979 at Oakland Stadium...