Monday, October 8, 2012

Tuesday To-Do: Journey

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Journey plays at Verizon Arena Tuesday.
  • Journey plays at Verizon Arena Tuesday.

7 p.m. Verizon Arena. $66-$88.

Journey's name is among the most fitting in all of classic rock. The group got its start in the early '70s playing a sort of jazz-rock/singer/songwriter hybrid that still sounds good these days, but didn't exactly cause the LPs to fly off the shelves back then.

By the late '70s, the group had rejiggered, finding enormous success with a focus on shorter arena-pop tunes and power ballads belted out by golden-voiced frontman Steve Perry. In 1981, the group released the mega-hit album "Escape," its lead track "Don't Stop Believin' " becoming a top 10 smash that began a strange second life 26 years later as the soundtrack to one of the most legendary final scenes in all of television. It's proved to be one of the most enduring tunes of its era, having been used in a ton of other TV shows, sporting events, parodies and even as the closer to a Broadway musical.

The band's other hits — "Open Arms," "Any Way You Want It," "Wheel in the Sky" — are similarly indelible, having become fixtures of the classic rock landscape. Then there's the whole story of finding current lead singer Arnel Pineda via YouTube clips, which is another journey in itself.

Opening up the show are '80s giants Pat Benatar with Neil Giraldo and Loverboy.

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