Saturday, April 30, 2016

Journey's Concert Ticket Evolution Through Time part 3, The Captured Departure

Journey's Departure Tour of 1980 was Journey's biggest tour to date. This year the band played to a much bigger audience than ever before. The band now would play bigger venues and the shows would become less intimate.

Journey had also become international stars, especially in Japan. While on tour in Japan, the "Dream, After Dream" soundtrack album was recorded for the Japanese movie of the same name, or "Yume, Yume No Ato" in Japanese.

This would be the last concert tour to feature those great Steve Perry / Gregg Rolie duets. Gregg Rolie's voice has been sorely missed since this era of the band. From now on Steve Perry would command the sole Lead Vocalist position until he himself leaves the band.

This is the tour that was recorded for the "Captured" album. Journey recorded about 4 dates on the Departure Tour to use for "Captured". We are very lucky that this tour was recorded for a live album because after the tour Gregg Rolie makes his departure from the band. This album becomes the "Greatest Hits" of the Gregg Rolie era of Journey.

Ticket prices were between $8.00 - $9.50 which is up only one dollar since the "Evolution" Tour of 1979. Day on The Green this year was $13.50. Because Ticket Agency's or "scalping agency's" were able to buy large amounts of tickets, they could resale them for enormous profit. Almost no-one paid the price printed on the ticket anymore. An $8.00 ticket went for more like $20.00 or more.

April 5, 1980 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Phoenix, AZ - The Babys

April 17, 1980 - Riverside Centroplex. Baton Rouge, LA – The Babys

April 20, 1980 - Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. Birmingham, AL
The Babys

May 23, 1980 - Market Square Arena. Indianapolis, IN – The Babys

June 3, 1980 – Seattle Center Arena. Seattle, WA - The Babys

June 4, 1980 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Portland, OR - The Babys

July 27, 1980 - Oakland Stadium. Oakland, CA
Black Sabbath, Cheap Trick, Molly Hatchet

October 11, 1980 - Nakano Sun Plaza. Tokyo, Japan

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Journey's Dream, After Dream is Japan's Yume, Yume No Ato

Journey's mostly instrumental album, "Dream, After Dream" was a soundtrack for a Japanese movie of the same title. In Japan it's called Yume, Yume No Ato and it was released on January 24, 1981 in both Japan and France and runs 101 minutes long.

Yume, Yume No Ato  1981 screening program
In this fantasy tale that aspires to the effects of a dreaming state, a young man (Enrico Tricarico) starts off on a quest for happiness, heading south as a wise astrologer told him to do. He has a few mishaps along the way through a mix of scenery, but finally arrives at an ancient castle where two mysterious women live - Tsuki (Anicee Alvina) meaning "Moon," and Yuki (Anne Consigny), meaning "Snow." Both women fall in love with the young man, a literally transforming experience that causes them to start running around and flapping their arms and growing feathers - it turns out they are really birds and true love has freed them at last. Meanwhile, the young man has to face his destiny and after the avian extravaganza, he may have some cause for worry.

Production Credits
Directed by - Kenzo Takada
Written by - Xavier De Castella, Kenzo Takada
Produced by - Hiroaki Fuji
producer - Tatsuo Funahashi
Set Designer - Tatsuji Nakashizu
Sound/Sound Designer - Senji Horiuchi
Sound Recordist - Julien Cloquet
Composer (Music Score) - Journey
Original Music - Neal Schon
Cinematographer - Setsuo Kobayashi

Anicée Alvina - Tsuki
Léo Campion - Fortuneteller
Anne Consigny - Yuki
Liliana Gerace - Governess
Enrico Tricarico - Young man

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Part III of the Journey Force Newsletter from November-December 1985

The Merchandise is always a fan favorite and this one is sure to please since it's in color.

It's really just left over "Frontiers" items. The "Infinity" towel would be worth getting, or the Frontiers Satin Jacket, but I was off listening to Prince in 1985 and didn't get those items!

The Pen Pal page is next and is a great list of Journey fans and their addresses from all over the World. Now in 2016 you'd think twice about giving out your address like this. Anyway, don't send letters. these people probably don't live there anymore.

In case you forgot to order merchandise from the color merchandise page, there's another merchandise page to give "Journey" as a gift for Christmas 1985. The final page is the folded outer page that goes through the mail. I also don't live at that address anymore either.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Journey's Concert Ticket Evolution Through Time part 2, 1979

Journey's Evolution Tour of 1979 was a big change for the band. The audience had now shifted to a younger audience and Journey was finally attracting young women to the concerts. Journey was also touring Europe and Japan.

Steve Perry had already been in the band for a year and this was the second second tour with him as lead singer. This was also bringing in the bigger audience. His song writing added a softer edge to an otherwise rock and roll band, creating these nice simple love songs.

The Infinity Tour had ticket prices anywhere from $4.00 to $8.00. The lowest ticket price for this "Evolution "tour is $7.00. The most expensive ticket being at $12.50 for "Day On The Green", it was high at the time but still obtainable.

Ticketron started to become the company for concert and sports tickets. They were starting to monopolize the ticket industry but they also made it easier for people to get the tickets. You could conveniently go to a nearby store to stand in line for tickets rather than the actual venue.

March 13, 1979 - Rosengarten. Mannheim, Germany - Pat Travers

March 22, 1979 – Glasgow Apollo. Glasgow, Scotland - Pat Travers

March 26, 1979 – Hammersmith Odeon. London, England - Pat Travers

June 15, 1979 - Performing Arts Center. Saratoga Springs, NY - The Sweet

June 30, 1979 - Long Beach Arena. Long Beach, CA - Thin Lizzy

July 2, 1979 – Selland Arena. Fresno, CA - Thin Lizzy

July 4, 1979 - Day On The Green. Oakland Coliseum Stadium. Oakland, CA
J. Geils Band, UFO, Dog #2, Thin Lizzy, Nazareth, Rockets

July 26, 1979 - Mid South Coliseum. Memphis, TN - Thin Lizzy, Eddie Money

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Journey's song "Kohoutek" got it's name from a Comet that NASA first sighted in 1973

Comet Kohoutek was first seen from Earth in 1973 and may return 75,000 years later.

This is a real photo of Comet "Kohoutek". This is not artwork from Journey, Stanley Mouse, or Anton Kelley;
Comet Kohoutek, was first sighted on March 7, 1973 by Czech astronomer Luboš Kohoutek.
It attained perihelion on December 28 that same year.

Here is the official NASA word on "Kohoutek";

Comet Kohoutek (1973 XII) was discovered by Lubos Kohoutek during a search for asteroid images on photographic plates taken in early March 1973 at the Hamburg Observatory, in the Federal Re-public of Germany. Calculations of its size and orbit showed it to be a large comet that would pass close to the Sun, reaching perihelion at the end of 1973.

This early discovery of a large comet in an orbit that would carry it close to the Sun prompted the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to initiate "Operation Kohoutek," a program to coordinate widespread observations of the comet from ground observatories, aircraft, balloons, rockets, unmanned satellites, and Skylab. This program was headed by Stephen P. Maran of the Goddard Space Flight Center. The third Skylab mission was rescheduled so as to make the best use of this opportunity-specifically to permit observations from Skylab during a period centered on perihelion. It is during this period that the most interesting and dramatic changes happen to comets, and it is also during this period that observations from the Earth's surface are hardest to make or even impossible because light from the nearby Sun is scattered by the Earth's atmosphere into instruments aimed at the comet.

Another factor making Comet Kohoutek an attractive subject for study was the fact that orbital calculations suggested it was a new comet-one that had never before passed close to the Sun and would therefore be expected to differ from comets that had periodically returned.

Here are a few examples of some Journey Artwork that resemble the photo of "Kohoutek";

From the back of the Escape Tour Book
From the inside gatefold of "In The Beginnings"

From the back of the "Escape" album 

Trivia about Comet Kohoutek;

Because Comet Kohoutek fell far short of expectations, its name became synonymous with spectacular duds. However, it was fairly bright as comets go and put on a respectable show in the evenings shortly after perihelion.

In 1973, David Berg, founder of the Children of God, predicted that Comet Kohoutek foretold a colossal doomsday event in the United States in January 1974.[4][5] Children of God members distributed Berg's message of doom across the country. The majority of U.S.-based members then fled in anticipation to existing communes, or formed new ones, around the world.

Before its close approach, Kohoutek was hyped by the media as the "comet of the century". However, Kohoutek's display was considered a let-down,[3] possibly due to partial disintegration when the comet closely approached the Sun prior to its Earth flyby.

In the comic strip Peanuts, Snoopy and Woodstock hide under a blanket from a "strange light" in the sky in a story arc spanning 29 December 1973 through 3 January 1974. Linus eventually identifies the light as Kohoutek.

The rock band Journey wrote and recorded the instrumental "Kohoutek", which appeared on their self-titled debut album Journey in 1975.

"In Celebration of the Comet - The Coming of Kahoutek" is the title of a popular and widely circulated bootleg album from the band Pink Floyd. Recorded on February 17, 1972, the concert featured a musical piece referred to by the band as "Eclipse Suite," (later re-dubbed "The Dark Side of the Moon" when the band eventually recorded it as an album in the studio later that year).

Burl Ives recorded a single called "The Tail of the Comet Kohoutek / A Very Fine Lady" (1974, 7 in., 45 rpm, MCA 40175).

An article written in 1994 by Dave Barry;

Remember Comet Kohoutek? It Was 1973 And The Astronomy Community Lost Face When It  Failed To Deliver The Light Show Of The Millennium?

Gather 'round, young people, because it's back-to-school time, and Uncle Dave wants to give you some important advice to help you excel in the classroom and have successful, rewarding careers, assuming that the Earth is not destroyed by giant comet chunks. 

This is definitely a possibility. Just recently, giant comet chunks whomped into Jupiter and caused destruction so massive that it would have wiped out all human life if there had been any, which there probably wasn't because the atmosphere on Jupiter has essentially the same chemical composition as Drano. 

Of course the astronomy community carried on as though the mass destruction on Jupiter was just about the coolest scientific thing to happen since the invention of the pocket protector. Every night you'd see astronomers on the TV news, holding up blurred photographs of what appeared to be a pizza, pointing to a roundish smudge that appeared to be a pepperoni, and announcing, in happy voices, that it was the equivalent of 19 hillion-jillion atomic bombs. 

They claim we don't have to worry. They claim that the mathematical odds of a large comet chunk hitting the Earth in our lifetimes are infinitesimal, even smaller - if such a thing is possible - than the odds of the Buffalo Bills winning a Super Bowl. But whenever we hear the astronomy community making claims, two words should spring into our minds: "Comet Kohoutek." 

Back in 1973, the astronomy community claimed that Comet Kohoutek was going to pass close to the Earth and produce this spectacular celestial phenomenon, so big and bright you'd be able to see it EVEN IN THE DAYTIME. People were afraid to go outside for fear they would suffer comet burns. 
And what happened? Nothing. All over the world, millions of people spent hours squinting at the sky, pointing excitedly at airplanes, moths, beer signs, smudges on their binocular lenses, etc. But ultimately they had to accept the ugly truth: There was no Comet Kohoutek. 

Oh, sure, the astronomy community, desperate to save face, produced some blurred photographs of a "comet," but it turned out, upon close inspection, to be a human sperm cell magnified 400,000 times. (We now believe it belonged to Carl Sagan.) 

My point is that if the astronomy community claims we're not going to get hit by giant comet chunks, then we probably are. The result would be mass destruction on the most horrendous scale ever seen in the history of this planet, causing famine, disease, death and - in the United States alone - literally millions of personal-injury lawsuits. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Journey Force Newsletter from Nov and Dec 1985 starring Neal Schon

The second part of the Journey Force November & December 1985 Newsletter is all about Neal Schon of Journey! The Journey Force visits Neal Schon at his home. The article is full of great pictures including color ones on page 3 this week!

At Home With Neal Schon;

Neal invites "The Journey Force inside his split level house one day while working hard on the new album. Neal shows his Guitars and Piano in his home studio. There's also a great picture of Neal holding up his platinum "Escape" and "Frontiers" albums.

The second page this week includes pictures of Gregg Rolie and for another Neal's projects titled "Hear 'N' Aid". Neal also visits a "Day On The Green" heavy metal show at Oakland Stadium where Neal and Sammy Hagar hang out. Neal also contemplates in buying a brand new Ferrari Testarossa.

The third and final page this week includes color photos of Neal in his Home Studio with his friend and technician, John "Hawkeye" Griswold. Tim McQuaid from The Journey Force also shows Neal some artwork sent in by members...

Continued next week...

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Journey's Concert Ticket Evolution Through Time part 1, 1976-1978

Journey shows got bigger and bigger as the years went on until it was over. These are some Journey Concert Ticket Stubs from 1976-1978. The most expensive ticket on this post is for $8.50 to see Journey and Van Halen. We'll see the whole evolution of Journey ticket stubs through infinity including Steve Perry's escape, Steve Augeri's arrival and departure from the band, through Neal Schon's revelation with Arnel Pineda beyond the frontiers.

These following tickets represent 3 Tours. The Journey Tour (1975), The Look Into The Future Tour (1976), The Next Tour (1977) with the beginnings of the Band. The constant members were Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Ross Valory and Aynsley Dunbar.

May 29, 1976 – Paramount Theatre. Seattle, WA – Thin Lizzy

July 20, 1976 - Armadillo World Headquarters Nightclub. Austin, TX - Baby

February 20, 1977 – Tomorrow Club. Youngstown, OH - Coconut

October 02, 1977 - Old Waldorf - San Francisco, CA (Steve Perry's Debut as singer)

The Infinity Tour of 1978 featured new member Steve Perry as Lead vocalist. This angered some of the fans but also brought in many new fans including teenage girls. The next six ticket stubs represent the start of something big;

March 11, 1978 - Hara Arena. Dayton, OH - Montrose, Van Halen

March 25, 1978 – The Palladium. New York, NY - Montrose, Van Halen

April 4, 1978 - IMA Arena. Flint, MI - Montrose, Van Halen

April 29, 1978 - Freedom Hall. Johnson City, TN - Montrose, Leblanc & Carr

May 6, 1978 - Orpheum Theatre. Boston, MA - Montrose

October 21, 1978 - Centennial Colliseum. Reno, Nevada - Special Guest

Friday, April 15, 2016

SANTANA IV, The new Santana album is released today, April 15, 2016

Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie return to Santana for SANTANA IV

April 15, 2016 marks the release date of Santana IV, the wildly anticipated studio album that reunites the revered early 70s lineup of guitar icon Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums). The album signifies the first time in 45 years since 1971 s multi-platinum classic Santana III that the quintet has recorded together.

Santana IV features 16 all-new tracks written and produced by the band that burst with the same unparalleled energy and superlative musicianship that made Santana a pioneering force in world music and a household name across the globe. Joining the core Santana IV band in the studio are current Santana members Karl Perazzo (percussion) and Benny Rietveld (bass), with the legendary vocalist Ronald Isley guesting on two cuts.

The origins for the reunion go back several years, when Schon suggested that he and Carlos Santana record together. Santana liked the idea but went one better, proposing that they recruit Rolie, Shrieve and Carabello for what would be called Santana IV. After initial writing sessions and rehearsals took place in 2013, the group recorded throughout 2014 and 2015, amassing 16 spellbinding tracks that combined all their signature elements Afro-Latin rhythms, soaring vocals, electrifying blues-psychedelic guitar solos, and irrepressibly jubilant percussion work with widescreen hooks and melodies that will lodge themselves in the thicket of listeners senses and stay there.

It was magical, Santana says. We didn t have to try to force the vibe it was immense. From there, we then needed to come up with a balance of songs and jams that people would immediately identify as Santana.

Few bands can pick up a musical dialog after 45 years apart, but on Santana IV each band member reaches a new level of virtuosity and communal intuition on a collection of songs that easily stands side-by-side with the group's treasured early work.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Journey's first Album Retrospective "JOURNEY" released April 1, 1975

Journey Retrospective: JOURNEY

JOURNEY - Front Album Cover

Gregg Rolie...............Vocals, Keyboards
Neal Schon................Lead Guitar
George Tickner.........Rhythm Guitar
Ross Valory...............Bass Guitar
Aynsley Dunbar........Drums

JOURNEY - Back Album Cover

Main Release Format..........Vinyl Album (LP)
Record Label.......................Columbia Records
Album Cover Photo.............Steven Silverstein
Album Cover Design...........Nancy Donald
Inside Sleeve Photo............Baron Wolman

Band Management..............Walter J. Herbert, A. Louis Bramy
Road Manager....................John Villanueva

Recording Studio................CBS Studios, San Francisco, CA
Recording Dates.................November 1974
Producer.............................Roy Halee
Recorded By..................... .Mark Friedman
Engineer.............................Roy Halee
Mastered By.......................George Horn

JOURNEY - Front Inner sleeve

Release Date April 1, 1975
Chart Rating #138
Number Sold -500,000
Certification None
Catalogue Number PC33388
Genre Progressive Rock, Jazz Fusion

We suggest that you play this record at the highest possible volume in order to fully appreciate the sound of Journey.

JOURNEY - Back Inner sleeve

Number of Tracks 7;

Side 1;
1. Of A Lifetime 6:49
2. In The Morning Day 4:24
3. Kohoutek (Instrumental) 6:47

Side 2;
1. To Play Some Music 3:16
2. Topaz (Instrumental) 6:10
3. In My Lonely Feeling/Conversations 4:59
4. Mystery Mountain 4:26

JOURNEY - Album Label - Side 1

JOURNEY - Album Label - Side 2

Number of Singles 2;

Kohoutek/Topaz (released in 1974 as a promo only)
To Play Some Music/Topaz (released in 1975)

Kohoutek / Topaz Promo Single - released 1974

To Play Some Music / Topaz Promo Single - released 1975


Album Review
Journey's self-titled debut is an amazing album. It's a perfect example of classic fusion rock crafted with a variety of unique twists and sounds. First off, Neal Schon's guitar work is not only powerful and energizing, but also intensely melodic. Neal's ground-breaking technique, mixed with screeching power chords, results in a musical thunderstorm that is sure to echo in one’s mind long after the final note has been played. Next up, we have the relentless and muscular drumming of Aynsley Dunbar. His solid rock ’n roll purist-style, works seamlessly with Schon's lightening-fast guitar work. Then of course, the dynamic duo of Ross Valory’s bass and George Tickner’s rhythm guitar, laying out a solid foundation from underneath. And finally, floating above it all, the soulful vocals of Gregg Rolie. Not only is he an accomplished keyboardist, but his velvet tones and catchy melodies gel perfectly with the rest of this highly talented band.

Of A Lifetime
By Gregg Rolie, George Tickner, and Neal Schon
This song is used in almost every Journey documentary. There is so much identity from Gregg Rolie in this song. Driven by Neal Schon’s Guitar, this song makes a great opener to the album. The song has soft melodic parts and hard driven progressive rock in others. It’s also got some excellent instrumental jams. Gregg’s vocals are an essential part of the musical arrangement here. This one song encompasses everything that Journey as a band has to offer.

In The Morning Day
By Gregg Rolie and Ross Valory
This starts out as a very nice vocal song that changes to a hard hitting instrumental half-way through. This has one of Journey’s most recognizable instrumental hooks from the early days. The song showcases Gregg’s stabbing electric organ ending with Neal’s fast and ripping solo.

(Instrumental) By Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie
This song was released as a demo single in 1974 and could be considered the band’s first single. The song is a journey itself taking you through different passages, feelings and moods. It starts as a nice piano song which quickly becomes a strong instrumental using every instrument to it’s fullest potential travelling through the different jams and solos. 

To Play Some Music
By Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon
This song was the only official single from the album. A great song that was destined to be on the radio. It’s got a catchy hook and Gregg’s vocals shine throughout. Gregg’s organ playing takes over a bit until Neal’s Guitar playing is flawlessly highlighted. While Aynsley, Ross and George keep the rhythm grooving.

(Instrumental) By George Tickner
This song was the “B” side to the “To Play Some Music” single as well as the “Kohoutek” promotional single. This is a very guitar driven instrumental that starts out as a very nice guitar song that rapidly becomes a back and forth between hard rocking progressive rock and soft melodic moments. A fast bass rhythm eventually pipes up and it becomes one huge jam session between the guys.

In My Lonely Feeling / Conversations
By Gregg Rolie / Ross Valory
This song is based on some pretty heavy power chords and we hear some more truly excellent electric guitar playing from Neal Schon. A perfect blend between Gregg’s vocals on the slower moments creating a “mystifying atmosphere” and some hard rockin’ progressive jams.

Mystery Mountain
By Gregg Rolie, George Tickner, and Diane Valory
The album ends with a great punch. The drumming stands out on this one. Gregg’s strong vocals somehow find their way through one of the heavier groove jams on the album.