The year 1983 is rock group Journey's 10th year as one of America's most popular touring and recording acts. Propelled into superstardom nearly six years ago with the release of their album Infinity, the band has far from reached their full potential. With their latest LP, Frontiers, the band still continues to hone and advance their already classic sound.
Perhaps the most important component that carried Journey from the ranks of popular to legendary was the addition of vocalist/songwriter Steve Perry in 1977. Born in Hanford, California, the son of a big band singer, Perry joined the group after his band Alien (Project) dispersed. The band's other members now include Steve Smith (drums), Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass) and Jonathan Cain (keyboards). Steve Smith was chosen to replace original Journey drummer Ansley Dunbar and Jon Cain joined up in 1981 taking the place of Gregg Rolie who went on to pursue a solo career.
The five members of the band each have solo projects on the fire in order to boost their morale when the pressure of being "a band" gets to be too much. Steve Smith has completed an LP "Vital Information" with his New England-based jazz-rock group. Neal Schon has released an LP called "Here To Stay" with Jan Hammer. Ross Valory is currently preparing his own album and Jon Cain is pedaling his songwriting skills as well as preparing a solo album for he and his wife, singer Tane Cain. Steve Perry also has a solo LP underway, but admits his ambition is to sing with a symphony orchestra.
Journey has 10 albums released to date (all on Columbia records) including last year's multi-platinum seller Escape. With the release of Frontiers, the band has embarked on a coast-to-coast tour which will cover all major cities from Hawaii to New York. Journey has long been recognized as one of rock's hardest working and most successful groups. Certainly, we can expect more great music in the years to come.