by Best Classic Bands Staff
Journey shared a fourth song, “Don’t Give Up On Us”, from their upcoming album, Freedom, their first studio album of all new songs in over a decade. Listen to all the tracks below. The album arrives July 8 via BMG (and on Frontier Records in Europe and Japan).
The band returned to US arenas on February 22 with the 2022 Freedom Tour with Toto as special guest. Although this tour has ended, many other dates are planned for the summer.
In June 2021, Neal Schon noted that they had wrote dozens of new songsand “reduced it to 10 or 12”. [It’ll actually feature 15 songs.] Over the summer, the band’s new lineup headlined Chicago’s Lollapalooza Festival and performed in Central Park at We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert, as well as honoring 9/11 first responders at of the Tunnel to Towers concert in August.
Journey features founder Neal Schon (lead guitarist), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Arnel Pineda (lead vocals) Jason Derlatka (keyboards, backing vocals) and Deen Castranovo (drums, backing vocals). Randy Jackson returns to bass.
About “Don’t Give Up On Us,” Schon says, “It’s a very melodic song. It’s moving, coming more from that R&B place and a bit more Motown, but it’s definitely heartbreaking. I feel like there’s Journey everywhere.
look they perform “Any Way You Want It” on the tour’s opening night, February 22
“I wanted a kind of punky take on ‘Any Way You Want It’,” Schon, the band’s guitarist, songwriter and producer, says of the lead single, “You Got the Best of Me.” “I don’t usually say I’m going to look for something like this, but then it just popped into my head, like ‘Wheel in the Sky’ did years ago. It just flew out of my mouth.
Of the third track, Schon notes, “We didn’t immediately work on the song, it just sat there like a jam for a long time, and then every now and then I would come and work on something, and Narada (Michael Walden ) was playing it for me, and I was like, ‘Wow, we should really f**king work this thing, there’s something there.’
Listen to “Let it Rain”
See the complete list of titles under the dates.
July 15 – Resorts World Theater – Las Vegas, NV*
July 16 – Resorts World Theater – Las Vegas, NV*
July 20 – California Mid State Fair – Paso Robles, CA
July 22 – Resorts World Theater – Las Vegas, NV*
July 23 – Resorts World Theater – Las Vegas, NV*
July 27 – Tingley Coliseum – Albuquerque, New Mexico
July 29 – NMSU Pan American Center – Las Cruces, NM
July 30 – United Supermarkets Arena – Lubbock, TX
Aug 05 – Soaring Eagle Casino – Mount Pleasant, MI
August 08 – CMAC PAC – Canandaigua, NY
*with symphony orchestra
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Freedom Track list
Together we run
Don’t forsake us
Always believe in love
you have the best of me
Live to love again
The way we were
Come with me
After the glow
let it rain
All day and all night
Do not leave
United we stand
Life goes on
beautiful as you are
look the animation video for “The Way We Used To Be”, released in June 2021