Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fun in Florida - Journey In Concert!

I confess that this post has nothing to do with homeschooling or books. Just thought I'd let you know up front!

I had the opportunity to accompany my husband, Todd, to Orlando, Florida this week, where he is attending a conference for work. I don't normally come to these things, but this time, Journey was going to be playing at the customer appreciation event, and they are one of my all-time favorite bands. I saw them in concert when Steve Perry was still with them. It was their "Raised On Radio" tour, October 1987, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. We shall not discuss how old I was, 'kay? I love going to rock concerts; it's one of my favorite things to do. Too bad it's a rather expensive hobby because I'd definitely go more often!

Here are Todd and I with our Cisco Live hats on:

Steve Perry was the original lead singer for Journey. (They didn't start out with a vocalist - they got one because they needed one to get a record deal back in the day.)  He has an amazing voice. Truly, there is no one else who can sing like he does. I have had a hard time accepting new lead singers with the band since he left, and haven't listened to much of their music since then, to be honest. I must confess I was pleasantly surprised tonight. Arnel Pineda is the current lead singer, and has been with the band since 2006. He's from the Phillipines. It is truly amazing how much he sounds like Steve Perry. They were looking for a replacement voice for a long time, and they finally found one. It's really hard to tell it's not Steve Perry, if you're not looking at Arnel. It's kinda funny, actually, how young and energetic he is, next to those "experienced" musicians. Ha!

Arnel Pineda:

Neil Schohn:

They played all old stuff tonight, and I was glad. I did download their latest album today so I would be prepared, but they didn't sing anything from it. That was fine with me, because I love to sing along at concerts and I knew all the words tonight. Here is the set list:

Only the Young
Who's Cryin' Now
Separate Ways
Stone in Love
(Neil Schohn played the National Anthem)
Edge of the Blade
(Jonathan Cain piano solo)
Open Arms
Dead or Alive
(More Neil Schohn)
Wheel in the Sky
Be Good to Yourself
Don't Stop Believin'
Encore: Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'

Sing along with me now: Na na nana na na, nana nana na....


  1. Cisco convention was in Orlando this year cool! Did you go to Disney world

  2. No Disney this time. We decided to try Universal instead. It was OK. I think it will be more fun with the kids.