Legendary rockers JOURNEY have launched a visualizer video for “Do not Give Up On Us”. The music is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “Freedom”, which is able to arrive on July 8 through BMG besides in Europe and Japan, the place it will likely be issued through Frontiers Music Srl.
Rising from the pandemic with a supercharged new studio lineup, “Do not Give Up On Us” will probably be adopted by an epic 15-track set of recent authentic songs that brings again the grand scale of the group’s best moments, together with up to date and daring new instructions and sounds.
JOURNEY founding member, guitarist, songwriter and producer Neal Schon said in regards to the observe: “It’s a very melodic music. It is soulful, coming extra from that R&B place and a bit extra Motown sounding but it surely undoubtedly rocks. I really feel prefer it’s acquired JOURNEY throughout it.”
Whereas the forthcoming album was made with visions of area and stadium levels, it began from humble beginnings. In 2020, as COVID-19 swept the globe, Schon was caught at house like the remainder of us. “Through the pandemic, there wasn’t a lot to do,” he says. “I spent a whole lot of time in my little studio at house, studying the best way to play keyboards and looping. A few of these concepts ended up being songs. So it form of got here out of nowhere.”
As JOURNEY‘s legend continues to develop bigger and their touring will get greater, “Freedom” would be the first album of recent materials to be launched in 11 years, since 2011’s “Eclipse”, and along with longtime keyboard participant and first lyricist Jonathan Cain and vocalist Arnel Pineda, yet another member was recruited for the upcoming album — bassist extraordinaire Randy Jackson, who had performed on JOURNEY‘s 1986 album “Raised On Radio”.
“Freedom” observe itemizing:
01. Collectively We Run (4:49)
02. Do not Give Up On Us (5:23)
03. Nonetheless Imagine In Love
04. You Bought The Finest Of Me (5:33)
05. Reside To Love Once more (5:30)
06. The Manner We Used To Be (3:35)
07. Come Away With Me (4:02)
08. After Glow (5:22)
09. Let It Rain (4:40)
10. Holdin On (3:14)
11. All Day All Evening (3:38)
12. Do not Go (4:58)
13. United We Stand (5:05)
14. Life Rolls On (4:57)
15. Stunning As You Are (7:10)
JOURNEY‘s present touring lineup options bassist Todd Jensen, a veteran musician who has performed for numerous artists, together with the bands SEQUEL, HARDLINE and HARLOW, in addition to David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Perry, Alice Cooper and Paul Rodgers. Additionally a part of JOURNEY‘s present incarnation is returning drummer Deen Castronovo, who shared the drum duties within the band final 12 months with Narada Michael Walden. Walden, Jackson and keyboardist/backing singer Jason Derlatka all joined JOURNEY in 2020 following the band’s acrimonious cut up with drummer Steve Smith and bassist Ross Valory. Jackson — who beforehand performed with JOURNEY throughout the mid-Nineteen Eighties — was pressured to overlook all of the current gigs as a result of he’s reportedly recovering from again surgical procedure. Previous to JOURNEY‘s current Las Vegas residency, Jackson had been changed on the band’s 2021 reveals by Marco Mendoza, who had performed a number of reveals in 2019 with Castronovo and Schon beneath the “Neal Schon’s Journey By way of Time” banner.
“Freedom” consists of the only “The Manner We Used To Be”, which got here out in June 2021. The music was the multi-platinum band’s first new music since 2011’s album “Eclipse”, and the primary observe launched by the band’s revamped lineup. “The Manner We Used To Be” marked Walden and Derlatka‘s first studio recordings with the band, and Jackson‘s first since 1986’s “Raised On Radio”. The music was produced by Walden at his Tarpan Studios, with co-production by Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain.
For the reason that group’s formation in 1973, JOURNEY has earned 19 high 40 singles, 25 gold and platinum albums, and has bought practically 100 million albums globally. Their “Biggest Hits” album is licensed 15 times-platinum, making JOURNEY one of many few bands to ever have been diamond-certified, and their music “Do not Cease Believin'” has been streamed over one billion occasions alone.
JOURNEY was inducted into the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame in 2017, and 2018’s co-headlining tour with DEF LEPPARD was the band’s most profitable tour to this point, touchdown them within the Prime 10 year-end touring chart with greater than 1 million tickets bought, and incomes them the distinguished Billboard “Legends Of Reside” touring award. March 2019 noticed the discharge of “Escape & Frontiers Reside In Japan”, a reside DVD/CD set from their live performance on the Budokan in Tokyo that includes the band’s first-ever performances of the albums “Escape” and “Frontiers” of their entirety. JOURNEY has additionally acquired a star on the Hollywood Stroll Of Fame and have been inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Corridor Of Fame. Moreover, the band is the topic of the award-winning documentary “Do not Cease Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” in regards to the band’s resurgence upon including Arnel Pineda as lead singer after founding member Neal Schon found the Philippines native on YouTube.
Final August, Schon gave a university radio simulcast interview to WMSC and WNUW the place he mentioned the progress of the songwriting and recording classes for the band’s upcoming studio album. He stated: “I realized the best way to play keyboards higher than ever throughout the pandemic, which I might by no means actually achieved earlier than. And that is the place our first single [‘The Way We Used To Be’] got here from. [I sent it to] Jonathan [Cain, keyboards], and he did the lyrics on it and put a tough vocal on it. After which we had Arnel sing it, and we reduce it and re-cut it within the studio, and it was simply launched. And lots of people went, ‘Wow, man. I find it irresistible.’ 90 p.c of individuals find it irresistible; the opposite 10 p.c went, ‘I do not suppose it appears like JOURNEY.’ I’m going, ‘I by no means wrote it to be a JOURNEY music.'”
In response to Schon, he and his bandmates had written over 30 new songs for the upcoming JOURNEY file. “A few of ’em are unmistakably JOURNEY with out sounding like one other music that we have now; it simply appears like a brand new model of the band,” he stated. “It is ballistic, man. And there is not any lack of guitar on this file. So I am enthusiastic about it getting on the market. I feel any guitar participant out there may be gonna love this file, as a result of I am simply form of unleashing on this file — like I do rather a lot reside, however generally maintain again within the studio. I do not suppose it is O.D.ing on the guitar in any respect and going overboard, however I like to take a look at the occasions and the place I see music going. I often have a fairly good intestine intuition about it, and I really feel just like the late ’60s, the time and period of early Jeff Beck with Rod Stewart and [LED] ZEPPELIN once they first got here out, Jimi Hendrix, the CREAM with [Eric] Clapton and Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, that entire period, there’s a whole lot of youthful youngsters on the market, youthful era, that by no means acquired to expertise that period. So I am feeling like that’s the period that I grew up in and that is what I actually love doing and the kind of music I really like enjoying, so I am going extra there and I am writing for that, to have the ability to try this on stage. And I feel it is actually gonna journey some individuals out, after we lastly do get this album on the market and might mix it with all of the hits that we do have.”
He continued: “There’s sure songs which can be being combined by Bob Clearmountain, that combined our ‘Raised On Radio’ file, and he is made it sound actually wonderful, actually pulled it collectively. You’ve mixers on the market generally which have this unbelievable skill to take work that you’ve got achieved all through a 12 months, despite the fact that they have been recorded at separate occasions, and totally different sounds right here and there, and so they pull all of it collectively and so they make it sound prefer it’s a good album that has a spotlight sound-wise.”
Neal added: “The entire album, there’s not a filler on the file; that is what I can inform you. I have a look at it, and I am listening to it now, and lots of others which have identified our music for a very long time which have excellent ears have stated, ‘Look, that is the modern-day-and-age ‘Escape’. I feel this could possibly be the subsequent ‘Escape’ for you guys.’ And I feel that is a daring assertion, however trustworthy to God, I really feel prefer it’s that good.”