Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Journey Force Newsletter from January 1986 loses Ross Valory and Steve Smith

The Journey Force Newsletter from January 1986 has the worst news any Journey fan could here back in 1986. The first page begins with the message;

"It is now official that Steve Smith and Ross Valory have left the group." Then it goes on to explain through an interview with Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon that it was a mutual decision and they are all good friends. We all know that's a load of crap. Back in 1986 this was not believable. The last Newsletter said they were done with the album except for a few finishing touches. I guess the finishing touches was adding the Bass and Drums.

Journey is NOT a three man band, this isn't RUSH! Credibility was lost, it's been almost 3 years since the last Journey album "Frontiers" was released. The fans were starting to just move on. In all honesty if it wasn't for Steve and Neal, it wouldn't be Journey. Now the Journey "stone" has been forever fractured and would never ever recover. Journey's death nows plays out very slowly and the destruction that began here and follows can really only be blamed to my favorite of all the band members, Steve Perry.

I have to say Steve caused all us fans grief and heartache and much pain. A selfish act that caused people to lose their jobs, the fans to lose interest and I'm sure many other problems we don't know about. Yes we want him back, but bit has been 20 years since Steve Perry last sang with Journey.

Steve Perry is absent from this Newsletter, but there great pictures of the other members of the band on these first four pages. You also get the "Questions Answered" section as well as half a page explaining how to address mail!

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