Journey has just announced a nine-date Las Vegas residency for the fall. The band will play a limited engagement at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace between October 9th and 26th, with tickets going on sale this Friday, April 19th at 10 a.m. PT.
Journey's nine Vegas performances are set for October 9th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 23rd, 25th, and 26th. General ticket prices begin at $69, plus applicable tax and fees, and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com/journey or in-person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office. All shows begin at 8 p.m.
In addition to current frontman Arnel Pineda, Journey now features the full musical line up of the classic early-'80s version of the band that recorded 1981's Escape and 1983's Frontiers — including co-founders Neal Schon and Ross Valory, along with Jonathan Cain, and Steve Smith. Guitarist Neal Schon told us that it's always a pleasure teaming up with drummer Steve Smith: “I've been playing with Smith consistently with my stuff, so, I love playing with him. Y'know, he's very, very artistic, amazing drummer and y'know, he aspires to get better everyday. And so him and I have great chemistry together.”
Keyboardist Jonathan Cain, who was drafted to replace co-founder Gregg Rolie in time for the writing and recording of Journey's 1981 breakthrough album, Escape, co-wrote such classics as “Don't Stop Believin',” “Open Arms,” “Stone In Love,” “Who's Crying Now,” “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” — as well as composing “Faithfully” all on his own. Cain, who is a born again Christian, told us that faith plays a tremendous part in his songwriting: “It's like pin the tail on a donkey a lot of the times, you're like. . . you're like, you're blindfolded. And you're given this music and now it's time to breathe a lyric into it, y'know? And you have to put yourself into it and I think it's a big Holy Spirit moment, y'know? He, He guides you there where you're supposed to go. Probably the hardest Journey song for me was 'Only The Young.' Two months sitting on my kitchen table, my kitchen table was the cassette player with that song in it. And every morning I'd wake up with my coffee going 'What is this?' I was patient. (Laughs) I sat with it. It's a struggle.”