Legendary rockers JOURNEY have launched a brand new single, “Let It Rain”. The tune is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “Freedom”, which can arrive on July 8 by way of BMG besides in Europe and Japan, the place it is going to be issued by way of Frontiers Music Srl.
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 dwelling like the remainder of us. “Through the pandemic, there wasn’t a lot to do,” he says. “I spent quite a lot of time in my little studio at dwelling, studying the best way to play keyboards and looping. A few of these concepts ended up being songs. So it type 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 Consider In Love
04. You Obtained The Greatest Of Me (5:33)
05. Dwell 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. Lovely 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 yr 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 in the course of the mid-Eighties — was compelled to overlook all of the latest gigs as a result of he’s reportedly recovering from again surgical procedure. Previous to JOURNEY‘s latest 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 JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon underneath the “Neal Schon’s Journey By way of Time” banner.
“Freedom” consists of the one “The Manner We Used To Be”, which got here out final June. The tune 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 tune was produced by Walden at his Tarpan Studios, with co-production by Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain.
Because the group’s formation in 1973, JOURNEY has earned 19 high 40 singles, 25 gold and platinum albums, and has offered almost 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 tune “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 so far, touchdown them within the Prime 10 year-end touring chart with greater than 1 million tickets offered, and incomes them the celebrated Billboard “Legends Of Dwell” touring award. March 2019 noticed the discharge of “Escape & Frontiers Dwell In Japan”, a stay 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” concerning 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 school radio simulcast interview to WMSC and WNUW the place he mentioned the progress of the songwriting and recording periods for the band’s upcoming studio album. He stated: “I realized the best way to play keyboards higher than ever in the course of the pandemic, which I would by no means actually accomplished 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 lower it and re-cut it within the studio, and it was simply launched. And lots of people went, ‘Wow, man. I adore it.’ 90 % of individuals adore it; the opposite 10 % went, ‘I do not assume it feels like JOURNEY.’ I am going, ‘I by no means wrote it to be a JOURNEY tune.'”
In keeping with Schon, he and his bandmates had written over 30 new songs for the upcoming JOURNEY document. “A few of ’em are unmistakably JOURNEY with out sounding like one other tune that we’ve; it simply feels like a brand new model of the band,” he stated. “It is ballistic, man. And there is no lack of guitar on this document. So I am enthusiastic about it getting on the market. I feel any guitar participant out there may be gonna love this document, as a result of I am simply type of unleashing on this document — like I do rather a lot stay, however generally maintain again within the studio. I do not assume 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 reasonably 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 after they first got here out, Jimi Hendrix, the CREAM with [Eric] Clapton and Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, that entire period, there’s quite a lot of youthful children on the market, youthful technology, that by no means received 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 are being blended by Bob Clearmountain, that blended our ‘Raised On Radio’ document, and he is made it sound actually superb, actually pulled it collectively. You could have mixers on the market generally which have this unimaginable skill to take work that you have accomplished all through a yr, although they have been recorded at separate occasions, and completely 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 document; that is what I can inform you. I have a look at it, and I am listening to it now, and plenty of others which have recognized our music for a very long time which have superb ears have stated, ‘Look, that is the modern-day-and-age ‘Escape’. I feel this may very well 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.”