Budokan has been the site of many historic performances in Rock so Journey has been visiting the venue more than once as well.
So on February 7, 2017 recent Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Journey, decided celebrated the 35th anniversary of Escape by performing this majestic album as well as Frontiers cover to cover in front of a more than 14,000 estatic Japanese audience.
Neal Schon (guitarist), Jonathan Cain (keyboardist), Ross Valory (bassist), Steve Smith (drummer), and current singer Arnel Pineda (lead vocals) are joined by Travis Thibodaux on keyboards and vocals.
Clocking in at just over 2 hours what you now finally can experience those songs that were very rare to have been played live. Only back in the day following the releases tours.
You would not expect the band opening with “Don’t Stop Believin'” being their biggest hit for example.
Where do you go from there? Well “Stone In Love” certainly is one way. it is fantastic to see the band interacting while they perform these songs back to back in album order.
Mayby we should get more shows from different bands like this to hear those songs that are rare live.
The stage setup is rather basic to todays big acts standards but this is for the better. no distractions. It is all about the music and the band bonding in something which is equally exiting for both them as it is for the crowd in front of them.
No hugevideoscreens, fireworks (exept from the band themselves that is).
The only thing which to me is distracting is the band mentioning "obrigado" a bit to often. But i forgive them.
Everyone with the exception of Steve sings at some point in just about every song. Steve Smith’s drumming has always been great to see and hear in a live performance and the same can be said for Neal Schon.
Travis Thibodaux is featured on lead vocals on “Lay It Down”, “After the Fall” and “Frontiers” although only credited as a backing vocalist. He did a very nice job.
Current leadsinger Arnel Pineda will always be compared to Steve Perry, Greg Role and Steve Augeri. Something he can't change. We can only conclude he does a mighty fine job replacing them.
The story of a guy from the Philippines who was discovered on youtube by Neal Schon is still an amazing example that when you really want something and you are in the right place at the right time, amazing things can happen. So Don't Stop Believin'.