Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Journey's fan club, "The Journey Force", has it's roots in Santana

Even Journey's fan club, known as "The Journey Force" has it's roots in Santana.

Here's a great mailing label sticker from the early SANTANA fan club;

Soon after the formation of Journey came NIGHTMARE Inc.
Nightmare Inc's logo is the one used for the "Next" album;
Nightmare Inc. - Journey's Management Company (Walter J. Herbert)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Photo of Journey in a pile of fan mail from 1981

Journey always received fan mail, but after the release of the "Escape" album in 1981, the amount of mail skyrocketed.

By 1982 Journey, especially Steve Perry, was receiving more fan mail than they could possibly read.

Here's a photo taken in 1981 of the band in a pile of their own fan mail.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Radio Station Journey Stickers at 95.5 on the dial

Here are five different Journey Stickers given out at concerts by three local radio stations.

From Radio Station WPLJ 95.5 in New York during the 1983 "Frontiers Tour"...

I'm not sure which tour this WMET 95.5 sticker was given out in Chicago...

And here we have my local station in Los Angeles, California, KLOS 95.5...
From the 1981 "Escape Tour"

From the 1982 "Escape Tour"

From the 1983 "Frontiers Tour"

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Journey Force Frontiers Group Publicity Photo

This great Publicity Photo from 1983 shows the band in front of a warehouse door.

The Journey Force sent this to me with my 1983 renewal package;

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Third Annual Bay Area Music Awards review from Thursday, March 27, 1980

Here's a great newspaper article about the 3rd annual Bay Area Music Awards known as The Bammies.

Steve Perry wins best Male Vocalist and Evolution wins Best Album!

All the winners are listed in the article.

The picture is Steve Perry with people he picked out of the audience...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Journey Rockbill Concert Program by Budweiser from 1978

As Journey's popularity was growing at a fast pace in 1978 they started selling programs at their concerts. Here's the Rockbill Tour Book from 1978 sponsored by Budweiser in it's entirety;

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Journey Force Newsletter February 1984

In 1984 the member of Journey had many things going on.

Journey was going to release "Frontiers and Beyond", their first home video documentary.

Steve Perry had his first solo album releasing in March.

Neal Schon and Sammy Hagar had an album called "Through The Fire" on the horizon.

Jonathan Cain was working on his wife's new album.

This is a fully packed issue as Journey's future looked very bright...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Journey's California Tour in the San Diego Area 2004

In the summer of 2004 Journey was touring through southern California.

It was the middle of June when Journey hit the San Diego area...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Journey's Steady Road to Success

To kick off the 1980 "Departure Tour", Journey played March 26, 1980 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco, California.

I've got a review of that show from a newspaper clipping from late March 1980.

Most reviews during the 1970's and 80's of Journey were very critical. Journey was always called "commercial" or "corporate rock". For some reason, they always had a hard time with the press.

This newspaper clipping of the review starts out very complimentary but has a bit of criticism...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Journey Force Fan Club first Logo

This item is a shipping label from the Journey International Fan Club, better known as "The Journey Force".

This one is from 1975, first logo I could find for the Fan Club...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ross Valory's "The VU: Pheonix Rising" original album cover

At a time when iconic AOR band "Journey" was inactive, members were split amongst multiple projects. One of these projects was "The VU"; formed in 1984 and led by bassist Ross Valory, "The Vu" featured lead singer Kevin Chalfant, guitarist Steff Burns, drummer Prairie Prince and keyboardist Tim Gorman.

The subsequent album "Phoenix Rising", recorded in 1985 was shelved partly due to the reformation of "Journey" for a new album and tour in 1986. From the rhythm guitars, to the keyboard melodies, to the song structures to Kevin's vocals, "The VU" does justice to Journey's legacy.

Here's the original cover to the album originally released overseas in 1986...

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Journey Budweiser Ad from 1980

Journey did Budweiser commercials and ads up until 1980.

Here's a great poster of the Journey enjoying a Bud while watching Journey perform live!

This ad was taken from Billboard Magazine's July 12, 1980 special edition for Journey's Ten Year Anniversary.

Friday, September 5, 2014

"Wheel In The Sky" promo single on WHEEL IN THE SKY

This is my only copy of the "Wheel In The Sky" single.

I entered the World of "Journey" in 1980 so I missed the 1978 release of the single.

By 1981 I owned every Journey album and bought every single as it was released but I never did pick up the older singles until much later.

This is the 7 inch stereo vinyl white label promo single and it came in the normal "Columbia" paper sleeve...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Evolution "Journey" Logo Bumper Sticker from 1979

This original bumper sticker is three inches high and eleven inches wide.

Stanley Mouse and Anton Kelley created this Journey logo for the album "Evolution" which was released on April 5th, 1979.

This is my favorite "Journey" logo.

The albums "Infinity", "Evolution", "In The Beginning", "Departure", "Frontiers", and "Greatest Hits" each feature the name "Journey" in some kind of design that is beyond just simply using a font.

A seed is planted so the tree shall grow...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Two more 8X10 photo's from 1981 in color...

Journey hit it big in 1981 and kept getting bigger for the next few years.

Here are two more photo's from 1981 and these two are in color...