Legendary rockers JOURNEY have launched the official visualizer for his or her new single, “You Bought The Finest Of Me”. The music is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “Freedom”, which is able to arrive on July 8 by way of BMG besides in Europe and Japan, the place will probably be issued by way of Frontiers Music Srl.
“I needed form of a punky rendition of ‘Any Approach You Need It’,” says the group’s founding member, guitarist, songwriter, and producer Neal Schon concerning the single. “I normally do not go in saying I’ll search for one thing like that, however then it simply got here to me, like ‘Wheel In The Sky’ did years in the past. It simply form of flew out of my mouth.”
Whereas the forthcoming album was made with visions of area and stadium phases, it began from humble beginnings. In 2020, as COVID-19 swept the globe, Schon was caught at residence like the remainder of us. “In the course of the pandemic, there wasn’t a lot to do,” he says. “I spent loads of time in my little studio at residence, studying the 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 latest 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, 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 Approach 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 Night time (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 varied 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 in the course of the mid-Nineteen 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 exhibits by Marco Mendoza, who had performed a number of exhibits in 2019 with Castronovo and JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon underneath the “Neal Schon’s Journey Via Time” banner.
“Freedom” will embody the only “The Approach We Used To Be”, which got here out final June. 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 Approach 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.
Because the group’s formation in 1973, JOURNEY has earned 19 high 40 singles, 25 gold and platinum albums, and has bought almost 100 million albums globally. Their “Best 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 up to now, touchdown them within the Prime 10 year-end touring chart with greater than 1 million tickets bought, and incomes them the celebrated Billboard “Legends Of Reside” touring award. March 2019 noticed the discharge of “Escape & Frontiers Reside In Japan”, a dwell 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 obtained 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 classes for the band’s upcoming studio album. He mentioned: “I realized the way to play keyboards higher than ever in the course of the pandemic, which I would by no means actually completed 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 like it.’ 90 p.c of individuals like it; the opposite 10 p.c went, ‘I do not assume it feels like JOURNEY.’ I’m going, ‘I by no means wrote it to be a JOURNEY music.'”
In keeping with Schon, he and his bandmates had written over 30 new songs for the upcoming JOURNEY report. “A few of ’em are unmistakably JOURNEY with out sounding like one other music that we’ve; it simply feels like a brand new model of the band,” he mentioned. “It is ballistic, man. And there is no lack of guitar on this report. So I am enthusiastic about it getting on the market. I believe any guitar participant out there’s gonna love this report, as a result of I am simply form of unleashing on this report — like I do loads dwell, however typically 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 normally 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 once they first got here out, Jimi Hendrix, the CREAM with [Eric] Clapton and Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, that entire period, there’s loads of youthful children on the market, youthful technology, that by no means obtained 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 like taking part in, so I am going extra there and I am writing for that, to have the ability to do this on stage. And I believe it is actually gonna journey some folks out, after we lastly do get this album on the market and may mix it with all of the hits that we do have.”
He continued: “There’s sure songs which are being combined by Bob Clearmountain, that combined our ‘Raised On Radio’ report, and he is made it sound actually wonderful, actually pulled it collectively. You have got mixers on the market typically which have this unbelievable means to take work that you have completed all through a 12 months, regardless that they have been recorded at separate occasions, and totally different sounds right here and there, they usually pull all of it collectively they usually 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 report; that is what I can let you know. I take 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 mentioned, ‘Look, that is the modern-day-and-age ‘Escape’. I believe this may very well be the subsequent ‘Escape’ for you guys.’ And I believe that is a daring assertion, however trustworthy to God, I really feel prefer it’s that good.”