There’s been a lot of hype about which Classic members will or won’t join Journey on their current 50th anniversary tour. Yesterday (February 22nd), original singer and keyboardist Greg Rolie made a surprise appearance, playing five of his songs with a nearby group. end of the night.
Prior to the tour’s kick-off, speculation abounded over 40 years ago in 1980 that Laurie (keyboards, formerly lead vocalist) would return to the line-up. After Lowry sang on the group’s first three records, it was mixed for a comeback as well in 1977 (until 1987, and from 1995 to 1998).
In mid-January, guitarist Neal Schon’s wife, Michele Schon, revealed that two members of the band were “absolutely opposed” to Laurie rejoining the band, citing future appearances. “The two of you will be together at least once somewhere,” in honor of what they started in 1972, the time of the year.
With a tour at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, it was an ideal time to bring Rolie back on stage, at least temporarily.
upon twitterRollie shared a video clip of the set, writing, “When the band you started 50 years ago is playing in the streets, you have only one choice… Join the stage!”
Before bringing Laurie up on stage, Sean addressed the audience and told fans (quote from UCR): So when you walk off stage at the end of the show, don’t walk away. “
Singing five songs, two of which he shared with drummer Deen Castronovo, Rolie sat behind a Hammond organ performing “Just the Same Way,” “Of a Lifetime” (played for the first time since 2005), and “Feeling That Way.” Way”, “Anytime”, and a cover of Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” (originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac), which also featured Toto guitarist Steve Lukather as a guest on stage.
See the full setlist and fan-shot video footage of Rory’s surprise appearance further down the page.
For Journey fans, Laurie’s appearance is a great moment to cherish in a difficult year. Current frontman Arnel Pineda has also expressed frustration with all the drama. “[I’m] With the band to sing Legacy…if any of them are sick of me being with them, they can always fire me,” he shared earlier this month. Did.
The Journey tour runs through April 25th. Check here for the rest of the dates and get your tickets here.
Journey Setlist — February 22, 2023 (via setlist.fm)
01. “Only the Young”
02. Neal Schon guitar solo
03. “Stone in Love”
04. “Don’t Stop Believin'”
06. “Send Her My Love” (with extended reprise outro)
08. “Who’s Crying”
09. “Let It Rain”
10. “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'”
11. Jonathan Kane piano solo
12. “Open Arms”
14. “Girl Can’t Help It” (lead vocalist Jason Dalatka)
15. “Wheel In The Sky”
16. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
17. “Be kind to yourself”
18. “Just the Same Way” (lead vocalist Greg Rolie)
19. “Of a Lifetime” (Lead Vocals Greg Rolie, live since 2005)
20. “Feeling That Way” (Lead Vocals Greg Rolie and Dean Castronovo)
21. “Anytime” (Lead Vocals Greg Rowley and Dean Castronovo)
22. “Black Magic Woman” (Fleetwood Mac / Gregg Rolie & Santana Cover + Steve Lukather)
23. Any Way You Want It
Greg Rolie Live with Journey — February 22, 2023
“something like that”
“Black Magic Woman” (Steve Lukather of TOTO is also a guest)
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