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DVD Review: “Live in Concert,” Journey

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2008 by 30daysout

 

Let me just start out by saying Journey guitarist Neal Schon absolutely kicks ass. This guy has never received his just-do. He has some of the best solos in rock history, yet you never hear him mentioned with the greats. Now that I’ve got that out of the way, on to Live in Concert.

This DVD comes with the new CD, Revelation, and features new singer Arnel Pineda belting out hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Faithfully,” “Lights,” “Wheel in the Sky,” and “Be Good to Yourself” along with two excellent new songs “Never Walk Away,” and “After All These Years.”

Now when a mega-band like Journey gets a new singer the new versions of the songs usually pale in comparison to the originals. However, that’s not the case here. Pineda is just as good, if not better, than Steve Perry and I think Perry was one of the great rock singers of his generation.

Pineda sings these very complex songs with relative ease, he has incredible stage presence and you can tell the rest of the guys in the band are really energized by him. Drummer Deen Castronovo is not only excellent behind the kit, but he also lends his lead vocals to a blistering version of “Mother, Father.” Keyboardist Jonathan Cain is solid as always and bassist Ross Valory looks like actor/comedian Denis Leary’s dad. Keep in mind, Leary is 50.

This DVD shows a band that has been re-energized by a hot new singer after more than 30 years on the road. It was well worth the $10.72 I paid for it….only at Walmart and Sam’s Club. Don’t Stop Believin’.

YouTube: Don’t Stop Believin’ (w/Arnel Pineda)

Journey Official Website

Update: Does Journey Stay in the Top 25 Without Wal Mart?

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2008 by 30daysout

Journey, with new lead singer Arnel Pineda , has been in the Top 25 on the Billboard Album chart for nine weeks with their latest, Revelation. This week they are at number 23 on the Top 200 Album chart and number 1 on the Independent Album chart. They are still outselling new releases by Alanis Morissette, Nine Inch Nails, Motley Crue, Jason Mraz, Usher, Weezer, The Offspring, Jewel, Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical fame, and yes, Alice Cooper.

As we have said before, the Wal Mart strategy was genius. Radio refuses to play any new stuff by guys like Journey, so there is no way Revelation would be in the Top 25 for one week, let alone nine, if it didn’t get the push it received at the store. 

We here at 30 Days Out are very interested to see if this same strategy will be successful for AC/DC, who is coming exclusively to a Wal Mart near you in the very near future.  The Police will be selling a live CD/DVD from their “last” tour exclusively at Best Buy, but honestly I don’t think it’s going to have the same impact.

I really can’t wait to walk into Wal Mart and hear AC/DC blasting all over the place. The Aussie rockers might just knock out the remaining teeth of most of the customers. Don’t Stop Believin’.

MP3: “Change For The Better” by Journey

YouTube: Faithfully (with Arnel Pineda)

YouTube: Don’t Stop Believin’ (with Arnel Pineda)

Journey Official Website

Family Guy does Journey

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 20, 2008 by 30daysout

Arnel Pineda? I don’t think so. Don’t Stop Believin’

Summer’s Here!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2008 by 30daysout

Today is the first day of summer.  No matter where you live, it’s always the best time of the year.  Enjoy our little summer mix – some of these have nothing to do with the season, they’re just good summer singles.  And have a good weekend.

MP3: “Holiday Road” (live) by Lindsey Buckingham

MP3: “Always A Friend” by Alejandro Escovedo

MP3: “Summer Turns To High” by R.E.M.

MP3: “Summer Is Here” by the Outsiders

MP3: “Surf Wax America” by Weezer

MP3: “Ted F–king Williams” by The Baseball Project

MP3: “Little Pad” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Watermelon Time” by Marcia Ball

MP3: “Girls In Their Summer Clothes” (winter mix) by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

MP3: “All Summer Long” by Chris Rea

MP3: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

MP3: “Wildest Dream” by Journey (w/Arnel Pineda)

MP3: “She Loves The Sunset” by the Old 97s

 

 

 

Journey Hits Jackpot at Wal-Mart

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2008 by 30daysout

 

Journey has hit the jackpot at Wal-Mart. Check out the link to the story from allheadlinenews.com about the first week sales figures for Revelation with new lead singer Arnel Pineda.  The CD debuts at number 5 this week on Billboard magazine’s Album Chart. Don’t Stop Believin’.

MP3: “After All These Years”

 

 

Who’s Crying Now? Journey, Eagles and Wal-Mart

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on June 10, 2008 by 30daysout

 

There really is nothing fancy about Wal-Mart. People don’t care what they look like when they go shopping there, prices are low, and if you can find a family of four with a full set of teeth at the store by my house, I’ll buy you lunch. But somehow, the nation’s No. 1 retailer has become the venue of choice for classic rockers to sell their product.

We here at 30 Days Out laughed when The Eagles (we mostly made fun of Don Henley who hates corporations who make money, except when it serves his interest) said they were only selling their first album in nearly 30 years, Long Road Out of Eden, exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. Several million copies later, the joke is on us. Now Journey with new lead singer Arnel Pineda, and later this year, AC/DC will be hawking their stuff in the land of the dentally challenged.

Although we laughed, the business model is genius. Wal-Mart is hyping these releases like they are the Second Coming with big displays and videos playing all over the store. There is no way these guys (maybe the Eagles would) get this type of coverage if they were in every store. They would end up, as Billy Joel once said, “in the discount rack like another can of beans.” 

It’s nice to see the classic rockers getting over. A lot of these guys are still making great music, and most of them are never heard because radio refuses to play their new stuff and record companies fail to promote them properly. So bands like the Eagles and Journey decided to go where their demographic shops. Pure genius. As for Wal-Mart, it might single-handedly save the CD.  Don’t Stop Believin’.

 MP3: “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey (2008 version)

Review: “Revelation,” Journey

Posted in Review with tags , , , on June 9, 2008 by 30daysout

The group Journey came together in 1975 with former members of Santana who wanted to achieve even greater success than they did in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  It happened, but it took a while. Journey didn’t take off until original lead singer Gregg Rolie was replaced by Steve Perry, who led the 1978 multi-platinum smash Infinity.  Although Journey managed to capture a moment of sorts by defining teen romance as the 70s turned into the 80s, the crass commercialism and play-by-the-numbers muscianship turned off lots of listeners too.  The group’s newest album, Revelation, is the first blast of a summer commercial blitz for Journey – it’s available exclusively at Wal Mart (following the Eagles’ business model) with one CD of new material, another CD of re-recorded hits and a live concert DVD.  All for 12 bucks! 

Revelation, featuring new lead singer Arnel Pineda (almost literally plucked from poverty in Manila), makes no apologies for its existence – it’s the catalyst to get you out to their concerts.  That said, however, the album of new material is pretty good.  It follows the basic Journey pattern, as set out by main songwriters Neal Schon (also the band’s guitarist) and Jonathan Cain (keyboards).  From the exhilarating kick of opener “Never Walk Away,” you know you are in Journey’s wheelhouse: “So young in love, they couldn’t wait,” begins the song and the payoff comes with the chorus, “Never walk away.”   No matter the obstacles or the odds, the protagonists of every song find they cannot give up on love or life or whatever.  Pineda is an able replacement for Steve Perry, and Schon’s guitar pyrotechnics are on full display. 

European versions of the album have an extra song, “Let It Take You Back,” about all the great memories you get with Journey music, and is about as self-serving as it sounds – surely that’s going to be a concert highlight this summer.  Forget about that, and the ill-advised second disc of remakes- Journey’s album of new songs is a worthy purchase for rock fans old and young.

MP3: “Never Walk Away” 

MP3: “Let It Take You Back” (European bonus track)

Journey official website