The year 2005 was a great year for Journey...
This was the year that Journey finally received a Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
It was January 21, 2005, one day before Steve Perry's birthday.
It was the 30th anniversary of the first album, Journey, released April 1, 1975.
August 29, 2005 was the release of "Generations".
On October 5th, 2005 Journey was playing at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.
This was my birthday and I took my wife for 2 nights at the Hotel. The plan was simple, we were going to spend the night before and the night of the concert at the resort. We went out exploring Temecula's wine tasting for a while and did some sight seeing the day of the concert.
In preparing for the concert, we had another great buffet dinner and were plenty early for the concert. This was the first time I've been to a concert at a Hotel before, I've only gone to concert venues to see Journey in the past.
Usually there's a smell in air that I associate with concerts and that was missing this time. There was no stadium beer this time, there were full drinks and bottled beer. I drank as much as I could without missing the show waiting in line. This didn't seem like a concert going crowd, I didn't feel these people were really into Journey. They knew the songs, but it was for sure a different crowd than I've seen at a Journey concert.
I tried to wear my Departure Tour Jacket but it wouldn't fit at all, so I wore my 2002 Polo style Journey shirt I bought at the Geek Theatre where I first saw the band with Steve Augeri. I think it was my shirt that caught Ross Valory's attention. We seemed to have some kind of eye contact connection happening. I was not close to the stage but close enough to see the band's faces. I've never met Ross, I don't know him at all, but I think he thought I was someone he knew. If I tried, I'll bet I could have gotten to the stage, but then he'd realize he didn't know me.