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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step - Lao Tzu
That is indeed how it began for Journey, one of the most famous rock bands in history. From their inception in the 1970s to this day their music has crossed boundaries and transcended generations.
They realized very early on that in order to stay one step ahead of the game, they had to constantly evolve. That has been one of their hallmarks. They have never stopped experimenting and while the band has gone through its share of highs and lows, the beliefs have also remained intact. The band that has some of the biggest hits in rock music history to its credit, sells out arenas all over the globe. They always have something new in store for their fans and that is one of the primary reasons why Journey tickets are always in demand.
The Start of An Epic Journey
The first line-up of Journey was formed in the year 1973. The band was named the “Golden Gate Rhythm Section” and the idea behind its formation was to perform as a backup band to different well known names from the San Francisco Bay Area. It did not take them too long however to stop acting as a backup group and shortly afterwards they changed their name to “Journey.”
Journey performed for the first time for the public at the Winterland Ballroom on December 31, 1973. A few members left the band after that and they were promptly replaced. Journey then performed at the Great American Music Hall and landed a recording deal with Columbia Records.
Journey came out with their first self-titled album in the year 1975 and that was followed by another record “Look into the Future” the next year. Both albums however failed to make any impact whatsoever. They came up with their third record “Next” in 1977 and it did not do too well either, even though it had more vocals than the first two records.
Success Comes Calling
At the request of their label, they began to change their musical style. Robert Fleischman was added to the line-up and they hit the road for their first tour. Steve Perry was brought on board in the latter part of 1977 to become Journey’s lead singer. Roy Thomas Baker became their producer and Journey came out with their next album “Infinity” in 1978.
The record became their first major success. It had a more commercial vibe to it and it worked. The album peaked at the twenty first spot on the US Billboard 200 and at the twenty second spot on the RPM 100 Albums chart in Canada. It has gone on to sell over three million copies in the United States to earn triple platinum certification from the RIAA.
Journey’s next album was titled “Evolution” and it came out in April of 1979. The record was another success story and went to peak at the twentieth spot on the US Billboard 200 and at the thirty fifth position on the RPM100 Albums charts. The record went on to be certified three times platinum in the US and was certified gold in Canada.
“Departure” was released on March 23, 1980 and became Journey’s third straight hit album. It went to the eighth spot on the Billboard 200 and like their previous two records, sold in excess of three million copies in the United States to earn triple platinum certification from RIAA.
A Few Changes and More Hits
After a few more departures and additions to the line-up, Journey began to record their next album in April of 1981. The result was “Escape.” The record became their biggest hit to date as it cemented Journey’s status among the best in the business. Escape received four and a half stars out of five from AllMusic and four out of five from Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
The record did exceptionally well on the commercial front too. The album peaked at the first spot on the Billboard 200 and went to the sixth spot on the RPM100 Albums. The record went on to record sales of over nine million copies in the US to earn nine time platinum certification from RIAA. It was also certified triple platinum by CRIA across the border in Canada.
Journey were writing a glorious part of their legacy and they added another chapter to it with the release of “Frontiers” on February 22, 1983. It went to the second spot on the Billboard 200 and to the sixth position on the UK Albums Chart. The album also charted in Canada, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Frontiers went six times platinum in the United States and was certified platinum in Canada.
Journey then went on a stadium tour to celebrate the success of the album. Once the road trip concluded, the band members decided to take some time off. They however returned in 1986 to record and released their next album, “Raised on Radio.” It was another commercial success that went to the fourth spot on the US Billboard 200 and went double platinum in the United States.
Hiatus and Return
Journey then went on a hiatus which ended in 1995. The band came out with “Trial by Fire” in 1996 and the record went platinum in the US, and gold in Canada and Japan. They have released four more albums since then, with “Revelation” their 2008 release going platinum in the US. Their last album to date was titled “Eclipse” that hit the stores in 2011.
Journey Tour Tickets
With global record sales in excess of 90 million, Journey has not only made the VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, but they were also called the fifth-best American rock band in history by USA Today in its 2005 poll.
They might not have come out with new material over the last few years, but that hasn’t stopped them from getting the recognition they deserve. Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 and there is a chance they might hit the road once again very soon. If you want to see the legends live in concert, then grab your Journey tour tickets when they go on sale.