2023 points very well for Journey, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a band in style. As reported loudwirethe guitarist Neal Schön has dropped that the band will do a stadium tour next year. As if that were not enough, two classic members of the formation could return to it.
In a new interview, the ax has explained what awaits the band after their next residency in Las Vegas: “We are going back to stadiums with someone I can’t talk about right now”explained the artist, without revealing many details.
Everything seems to point to the return of Steve Perry as singer and keyboardist Gregg Roliewho left the band in 1998 and 1980 respectively: “You know, I think those two were a big part of the band and I think if that allows it – the city allows it – the fans in general would love it.”. It is not very clear what Schon means by “the city”.
Schon, not long ago, claimed that both he and Perry were “talking and getting to know each other again” but warned that “they are not trying to get back together musically”. Will he have changed his mind? Without a doubt, everything points to a great return for 2023.
Back in May, the last remaining founding member of Journey in the lineup gave several details about the band’s 50th anniversary: “We’re going to celebrate the 50th anniversary and then we’re going to celebrate it again in 2024. It’s my 50th year with Journey and I’m the only original member left there. You know, Jonathan Cain is turning 40 with us. Deen Castronovo has a good two decades and Arnel Pineda is now 15 years old, the longest career of any singer with Journey.”
To all this, it seems that Carlos Santana could accompany Journey in this celebration: “I spoke to Carlos and I spoke to his manager about it the other day. He says Carlos wants to do some things. I said, ‘How about the last part of 2023? We could possibly go from the big arenas in Europe to the stadiums and finish 2023 playing in stadiums in South America and all that”.
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Journey: Is a stadium tour and Steve Perry’s return in the works?