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In 1973, keyboardist Greg Rolie and guitarist Neal Schon left Santana and formed the Golden Gate Rhythm Section in San Francisco, CA. Initially, they planned to be a backup group, and the founding members included Ross Valory, George Tickner, and Prairie Prince. Soon after getting together, a roadie called John Villaneuva helped them choose the name Journey. After signing with Columbia Records, which also works with Billy Joel and ZZ Top, they released a self-titled debut album in 1975 and followed up with Look into the Future and Next. Journey experimented with different musical styles but did not sell many concert tickets until they met up with Steve Perry.
Replacing Robert Fleischman as the lead vocalist, Perry became one of the most famous rock singers of all time, ranking with Bono from U2 and Bon Scott of AC/DC. With Steve on board, the Journey album Infinity went multi-platinum and featured the hit single "Lights." Their next project, Evolution, introduced Steve Smith on the drums and included hits like "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'." In 1981, the rock band released their most successful album, Escape. Certified platinum, Escape sold over nine million copies and included top ten songs such as "Who's Crying Now" and "Open Arms." In 1983, Steve Perry began focusing on solo projects like Street Talk, and the band wallowed in fights and power struggles.
Bassist Randy Jackson, a current judge on American Idol, joined the group in 1986, and the band recorded Raised on Radio before going their separate ways. In 1995, Journey joined forces with the manager of The Eagles, Irving Azoff, and reunited to record Trial by Fire. The last studio album with Perry and drummer Steve Smith, Trial by Fire featured the singles "When You Love a Woman" and "Message of Love." Unfortunately, the vocalist injured his hip while hiking in Hawaii, and he and Smith left the band. After holding off for two years, the artists got tired of waiting for the hip surgery and recruited singer Steve Augeri for the album Arrival, which featured Deen Castronovo as the new drummer.
Around this time, the band performed with REO Speedwagon and Styx, but fate struck again. Suffering from a throat infection during a tour with Def Leppard, Augeri quit the group to rest his vocal chords. Jeff Scott Soto replaced him in 2006, but it did not work out and he left to tour with the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Once again, Journey needed a new vocalist. In 2007, Neal Schon was watching YouTube when he discovered Arnel Pineda singing covers of Journey songs. The next thing you know, the band hired Pineda as their new lead singer, recorded Revelation, and went on tour with Heart and Cheap Trick.