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Journey - Escape & Frontiers Live In Japan

4.50
Reviewer:
Arie van der Graaf Format: Advance album
Release date: 2019-03-29
Label: Eagle Rock
Genre: Classic Rock,  AOR
Producer: Matt Friedman, Geoff Kempin, Terry Shand
Artist discography



Review

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'.


Tracklisting

DVD:
1. Don't Stop Believin' Intro
2. Don't Stop Believin'
3. Stone In Love
4. Who's Crying Now
5. Keep On Runnin'
6. Still They Ride
7. Escape
8. Lay It Down
9. Dead Or Alive
10. Neal Schon Guitar Solo
11. Mother, Father
12. Jonathan Cain Piano Solo
13. Open Arms
14. Separate Ways Intro
15. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
16. Send Her My Love
17. Chain Reaction
18. After The Fall
19. Faithfully
20. Edge Of The Blade
21. Steve Smith Drum Solo
22. Back Talk
23. Frontiers
24. Rubicon
25. La Raza del Sol
26. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'

2CD:
CD1: Escape
1. Don't Stop Believin' Intro
2. Don't Stop Believin'
3. Stone In Love
4. Who's Crying Now
5. Keep On Runnin'
6. Still They Ride
7. Escape
8. Lay It Down
9. Dead Or Alive
10. Neal Schon Guitar Solo
11. Mother, Father
12. Jonathan Cain Piano Solo
13. Open Arms

CD2: Frontiers
14. Separate Ways Intro
15. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
16. Send Her My Love
17. Chain Reaction
18. After The Fall
19. Faithfully
20. Edge Of The Blade
21. Steve Smith Drum Solo
22. Back Talk
23. Frontiers
24. Rubicon
25. La Raza del Sol
26. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'



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