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Journey and Steve Miller Band

Saturday

Jul 26, 2014 – 6:45 PM

One Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043 Map

  • Journey
  • Steve Miller Band
  • Joseph Wooten

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39.50 - 225.00
Journey: JOURNEY is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music. They have continued to tour and record into the 21st century, and have never stopped creating vital music. Since the group’s formation in 1973, the band has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums. The band’s Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album holders.

The rock ‘n’ roll saga that is Jorney started more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area. Guitarist Neal Schon left home at 15 years old to join Santana. In early 1973, Walter "Herbie" Herbert—a guitar tech and later manager for Santana and Journey—floated the idea about forming a new band around Schon, whom he called “the quintessential guitar expressionist of the time.” Joining with two members of the popular local act Frumious Bandersnatch—former Steve Miller Band bassist Ross Valory and guitarist George Tickner—as well as drummer Prairie Prince, the all-instrumental act began performing as the Golden Gate Rhythm Section.

The quartet earned a local following, one that was strong enough for San Francisco FM station KSAN to hold a contest to see if a better name could be given to the GGRS. The contest yielded the moniker Journey. Santana keyboardist Gregg Rolie joined the band in the summer of 1973, and this first edition of Journey developed a largely instrumental progressive rock sound. When Prince left to pursue a career with The Tubes in early 1974, Journey recruited British drummer Aynsley Dunbar, who had performed with Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa and John Mayall. Later that year, Tickner left the band to attend medical school, leaving all guitar duties in the hands of Schon.

Columbia Records signed the group in November 1974, and each of the band's first three albums—Journey (1975), Look Into the Future (1976) and Next (1977)—charted higher than the previous release. The band embarked on a grueling touring schedule, staying on the road nine months per year performing music that Schon has referred to as "a rock ‘n’ roll version of the Mahavishnu Orchestra." But sales were not as strong as the label had hoped, and the band wasasked to hire a full-time lead singer.

The first vocalist brought in was Robert Fleischman, who joined the band for a summer tour in 1977 and contributed songs including “Wheel In the Sky” and “Winds of March.” But Fleischman left the band and was soon replaced by a young Steve Perry, who was brought into the band on the recommendation of Herbert. After hearing Perry’s demo with his previous band, Alien Project, Journey made Perry their new lead singer.

Journey’s fourth album Infinity was their first with Perry, and was produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Rolling Stones, Queen, The Cars). It immediately went Platinum after its April 1978 release, remaining on the charts for more than two years, and has sold more than 3 million copies to date.

After Dunbar joined Jefferson Starship in 1978, Journey brought their former drum roadie Steve Smith into the fold, adding his expert jazz-fusion chops to their signature sound for 1979’s Evolution, which would become their second million-selling album. In October of that year, Journey scored their first Top 30 single with "Lovin, Touchin', Squeezin'." Keeping up a prolific output in the studio and on the road, the band waited less than a year to release Departure, which became their first Top 10 album and boasted the lead single “Any Way You Want It,” which reached # 8 on the Billboard album chart. A subsequent live double album, Captured, became their fourth consecutive Platinum disc.

During this time, Rolie departed and was replaced by Jonathan Cain of The Babys. His songwriting talents joined those of Schon and Perry resulting in Journey scoring the biggest hits of their career. 1981’s Escape was the band’s first #1 album and spent more than a year in the Top 40, eventually becoming certified eight times Platinum. That album produced three Top 10 hits that have become the best-known songs in Journey’s repertoire: "Don't Stop Believin',” "Who's Crying Now" and "Open Arms." The latter track, which marked the first songwriting collaboration between Cain and Perry, quickly became the band’s signature song and would years later be covered by many artists.

By the early 1980s, Journey had become bonafide superstars, known as much for their music and MTV videos as their visually spectacular concerts that revolutionized the use of big screens and computerized lighting systems. In 1983, Frontiers reached #2 on the Billboard album chart, held back from the top spot only by Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Between 1983 and 1986 the band landed seven Top 20 hits, including "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)," "Girl Can't Help It" and “Only the Young,” their song for the film Vision Quest.

Journey disbanded in 1989, as certain members pursued other projects, though the group reunited briefly in 1993 (minus Perry) for a Bay Area concert honoring former manager Herbert, which raised funds for the Oakland-based Thunder Road teenage drug and alcohol treatment facility. Three years later, Journey reunited again for 1996’s Trial By Fire, which found Perry, Schon, and Cain, collaborating on a dozen songs written in just two weeks. Debuting at #3, the album boasted the hit single "When You Love a Woman," which garnered the band their first Grammy nomination. Perry developed health problems that led to the cancellation of the group’s scheduled tour, and he eventually left Journey permanently.

Schon, Valory and Cain decided the band would forge ahead, recruiting new members Steve Augeri on vocals and former Bad English member Deen Castronovo on drums. Their first recording together was “Remember Me” for the Armageddon movie soundtrack, followed by 2001’s full-length Arrival—Journey's 11th studio album. A 30th Anniversary tour followed the release of Generations in 2005, featuring three-hour-plus shows that included material from throughout the band’s career. Later the same year, the group also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2006, Augeri’s eight years with the band came to an end. Journey was still looking for their signature sound when, late one night, Schon came across a YouTube clip featuring then- unknown Arnel Pineda performing with a cover band called the Zoo at the Hard Rock Cafe in the Philippines. Pineda’s tone, power and ability to sing a wide variety of material, including a couple of Journey classics, impressed Schon. After watching all the available videos he could find with Pineda, Neal made an excited midnight phone call to share the news with his bandmate Cain. Soon thereafter, Schon personally contacted Pineda, who initially thought it was a prank and didn’t believe that he was talking to a founding member of one of the biggest bands in rock history. But six weeks later, after spontaneously singing a Journey song for Philippines immigrations officers to prove the reason for his trip, Pineda arrived in San Francisco to meet with Journey. Within a few songs, he had secured the job.

Journey introduced Pineda to the world as their official new singer with the release of their 14th studio album, Revelation, which marked the band’s biggest first-week sales in more than a decade, debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 in June 2008 and taking the top spot on the Independent Albums chart. Revelation earned the band their 11th Platinum album certification to date, leading The New York Times to declare that "the band...feels alive." Journey toured the world for two years in support of Revelation, with more than a million fans attending the shows.

One of the most emotional highlights of that tour took place on March 14, 2009, when Journey performed in front of nearly 30,000 people in Pineda’s hometown of Manila, Philippines. While the singer was welcomed as a hero by the Filipino people, the rest of the band members were equally affected as they connected with the roots of their new lead singer. Pineda took the guys to his old neighborhood and school, and even the park where he slept as a 13-year-old homeless child, after his mother passed away.

In 2011, shortly after the release of their Greatest Hits: Volume 2, they were selected to play the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVII. Unfortunately, Journey experienced another lineup shakedown when they were forced to replace drummer Deen Castronovo. Fortunately, classic Journey drummer Steve Smith rejoined the band for the second time, to the delight of the band's members and fans. Smith, along with Jonathan Cain, Anysley Dunbar, Steve Perry, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, and Ross Valory, were chosen as the members of Journey to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of its 2017 ceremonies.

Steve Miller Band: Its hard to believe that 45 years have passed since The Steve Miller Band was conceived in San Francisco. During those 45 years, the band has become the archetype for classic rock. Hits like "The Joker," and "Fly Like An Eagle," have kept the band in heavy rotation on classic rock radio for decades now. Steve Miller tour dates are scheduled throughout the 2011 concert season.

After debuting their bluesy sound in Chicago during the late sixties, the band was quickly signed to Capitol Records. They recorded their debut the following year, "Children of the Future," which was released to mediocre sales in 1967. They had more luck with their sophomore album, "Sailor," which reached #24 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and marked the end of Boz Scaggs' contributions to Steve Miller records. The band continued to release material to moderate commercial success that played well to their hard rock oriented audience.

The Steve Miller band reached mainstream success with their 1973 release, "The Joker," which spawned the #1 hit single of the same name. The album marked the band's entrance into a more melodic-blues oriented sound with Steve Miller becoming the self-appointed "Space Cowboy." The rhythms kept on rollin', and in 1976 the band released their most commercially successful studio album to date. The band's ninth album, "Fly Like an Eagle," served up the hit singles, "Rock'n Me," and "Take the Money and Run." The band released subsequent albums including "Book of Dreams," and 1982's "Abracadra," whose title track gave Steve Miller his last #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, the band has focused more on touring than on recording new material. The Steve Miller Band concert schedule during the 1980s and 1990s consisted mostly of national headlining tours that attracted hoards of younger fans just discovering his music.

The band's greatest commercial success is their Greatest Hits (1974-1978) album which has been awarded diamond status and achieved sales of more than thirteen million albums! "Greatest Hits" ranks as one of the top fifty best selling albums of all time and solidified their status as classic rock icons. With over four decades of recording and touring, the Steve Miller Band concert dates have plenty of material to go on.

More recently, the band has recorded, "Bingo!," which is a cover album of R&B classics released in 2010. The album marks the band's first album of new material in seventeen years! Steve Miller has managed to keep himself busy in the meantime with a hectic touring schedule and a stint as Artist in Residence at the USC Thornton School of Music where he teaches music. For their contribution to the recording industry, the Steve Miller Band also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Don't miss out on these living legends when they come to your area. Use Eventful for Steve Miller Band tour dates and concert schedule news.

Joseph Wooten: 2 time Grammy nominated Joseph Wooten has been playing keyboards for the Steve Miller Band for nearly 16 years and is one of five talented musicians proudly wearing the Wooten name, including the critically acclaimed funky bass master Victor Wooten. In addition to his performance with the Steve Miller Band Joseph also has a very successful solo career where he is know as Joseph Wooten aka Hands of Soul. Joseph is dedicated to preserving the roots of R&B, Soul and Funk and can be heard on his release "Hands of Soul" . Fans admire Josephs dedication to the creation and recreation of music without the aid of pre-recorded tracks or modern looping equipment-he indeed performs the very definition of a live show.

Joseph also has strong beliefs in the rights and priviledges bestowed upon the American poeple and takes it a step further by performing with the critically acclaimed multimedia experience Freedom Sings (TM). Freedom Sings (TM) is a critically acclaimed multimedia experience featuring an all-star cast of musicians and an “only-in-America” story line. The presentation features music that has been banned, censored or has sounded a call for social change; and invites audiences to take a fresh look at the First Amendment. Joseph encourages fans of all ages to visit www.firstamendmentcenter.org and get involved.

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