Happy Birthday To Journey’s Neal Schon

Today is [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Journey[/lastfm] guitarist [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neal Schon[/lastfm]’s birthday!!

So in celebration, Jack FM is firing up the ol’ Atari 2600 for a game of Journey Escape.

We’re so cool.

Formed in San Francisco in 1973, Journey have sold over 80 million albums worldwide, making them one of rock’s most popular and successful bands.

With the addition of lead singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Steve Perry[/lastfm] in late ’77, Journey hit their commercial stride with their fourth album, Infinity.  Released in January 1978, Infinity peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 and became the band’s first platinum-selling album.  The singles “Lights,” “Wheel in the Sky” and “Feeling That Way/Anytime,” which is Jack’s Song of the Day, were all modest hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and staples on pop radio.

Journey’s success continued into the next decade with the hit albums Evolution, Departure, Escape and Frontiers.  They also dominated the charts with singles like “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Open Arms,” “Faithfully” and “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart).”  By the mid ’80s, Journey had become one of the top touring and recording bands in the world.

Following a much-needed break, Journey regrouped for the 1986 album Raised on Radio.  Landing at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and selling over two million copies, Raised on Radio spawned four Top 20 singles, including “Be Good to Yourself.”  However, problems between Perry and the rest of the band led to another hiatus in ’87.

Eight years later, Steve Perry agreed to a reunion.  With the classic ’80s lineup intact, Journey released Trial by Fire in late 1996.  The album returned the band to the charts, debuting at No. 3 and producing the No. 1 Adult Contemporary hit “When You Love a Woman.”  The song even earned Journey a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.

But plans for a tour were cancelled when Steve Perry injured his hip, leaving him unable to perform.  Fed up with Perry’s reluctance to undergo surgery, Journey hired a new lead singer and have been going strong ever since.

In 2011, the band released their 14th studio album, Eclipse.  Their second with singer Arnel Pineda (who was hired in ’07 after the departure of Steve Augeri), Eclipse debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200.  It was also a big hit internationally, landing in the Top 40 in Japan, England, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland.

Here’s the video for Journey’s 1983 power ballad “Faithfully.”  Nice ‘stache, Mr. Perry. 

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