Neal Schon/journey Fans...check This Out

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  1. bleys21

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    So, I guess Neal had a hankering to do, well, whatever Journey songs he wants to, and not be constrained by a certain required set list. So he put together quite a lineup: Gregg Rolie, vocals and keys, Marti Frederiksen on keys, Marco Mendoza on bass, Neal on guitar (of course) and Deen Castronono on vocals and drums.

    I'm really hoping they expand to even more dates, as I missed them when they hit LA earlier. I'll leave some songs here...but seriously check out Deen on the vocals... damn!




     
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    Thanks for the share bleys. Lady Luck was always a favorite of mine. It sounded great. I didn't know Dean could sing like that.
     

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    Thanks for posting this. It's so cool to hear this lineup do some of the old Journey material.

    This video makes it clear that Greg Rolie's Hammond organ and voice are as much a part of that "deep Journey" sound as is Neal's guitar or Perry's vocal.

    I love Neal and always have, but in my opinion he now uses too much gain & processing, plays too many notes, and yanks on the whammy too much. I miss that more pure Les Paul and Strat tone he had in the 70s, along with the beautiful King phrases (B.B., Freddie, or Albert, take your pick) that he'd intersperse with tasteful pentatonic shredding.
     
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    I watched the videos when they first came out and liked them. .even communicated with Neal about the gear.
    What is interesting is why he did the project. It was almost the end of Journey...political BS.
     
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    I thought Schon was a terrific guitar player. He's got great feel in his solos when he slows it down some. I got to see Journey on the Departure tour right before Rolie left and Cain joined. Always liked Rolie's vocals and his Hammond was a signature of their early sound, which was very cool. Agree about Schon's tone and style getting over processed and frenetic.
     
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    Love me some Journey...this rocks. However, when I think back to those early Steve Perry Era Album Covers....

     
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    Whatever in the world are you talking about? :ROFLMAO:

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    Ha.....you had me going until the picture finally loaded. I figured no way one of the most clued in AGF Board members is that clueless.

    Michael McKean did not see the armadillos comment coming....



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    That version of "Lights"....why did they hire Arnel Pineda? Dean sounds great.
     
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    Deen (no "a") has never really wanted to do all that much singing. He's very content (and prefers) playing drums, had no intentions of being a front man. For years he's done things like Mother/Father here and there in the Journey set, and he's often done high harmony to Pineda. But he does have the voice.

    Marco has done a LOT of projects with Neal, including several solo runs.

    What Pineda brings to Journey is a more masculine voice and a lot more energy. Those other guys are old and tired. There were a lot of folks from cover bands that they could have hired that have Perry down, right to the mannerisms.

    BTW, Journey is going to be in residence in Las Vegas for about three weeks in October.
     
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    This guy comes to mind. He is essentially a Perry clone.

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    I saw Journey with Steve Augerri.

    He was a better fit than Arnel IMO.

    They could have found a better, younger Steve imitator.

    But they probably wanted to appeal to...uh...a wider audience.
     
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    Is that Hugo?

     
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    Those other guys are great and all, but nobody, and I mean nobody, can sing like this, with that mixture of soulful, bluesy, gospel, motown, rock power. Steve Perry can't even do it anymore. Thank God we have the recordings.

     
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    Yup. Saw his tribute band last summer. I took that pic of him just before the show.
     
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    SF bay area teen of the 70's myself and practically grew up at Winterland and the Bill Graham shows of the time. I remember Journey well and must have seen them a hundred times, They seem to have opened for everyone back then, or at least here in the bay area. Then along came Steve and the new Bubblegum Rock sound and the demise of the Journey I grew to love. Headliners now but to me the poster boys of sellouts.
     
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    Yeah, I totally agree. Neal has fallen into the shredder trap, and is playing too much. When he slows down and plays what he's feeling, I'm not sure there's a better guitarist in the world. There was some point in the mid to late 80's where Neal felt like he had to show up the kids who were shredding like crazy, and he never really recovered.

    And Gregg...what can you say about Gregg? I know their legacy with Cain is what everyone knows, but I sure prefer the Gregg Rolie years, the trade-offs between the organ and guitar, the shared lead vocals between Gregg and Steve, etc. Nowadays I kinda wish Neal would just abandon the current Journey, and just run with this version...and calm down on the hyperactive shredding :)
     
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