Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts

Friday, November 13, 2015

The frontman's journey - Jeff Salado recreates the Perry experience for Journey Revisited

By Pam Spaulding ("Panda", JR Team Captain)
(Originally published 12/11/2014, updated 11/13/2015)

The stellar timeless songwriting, musicianship, harmonies and tenor-based vocals of Journey are easily recognizable, embedded in cultural references, and are celebrated by millions. Many are enamored of not only the hits, but the deep cuts and varied textures and genres that the band dared to dip into over the decades -- blues, R&B, rock, and pop. It’s no surprise that among those who grew up with the iconic music are now musicians and vocalists inspired to pay tribute to Journey by performing the work live -- including the members of Journey Revisited.

Journey Revisited's lead singer Jeff Salado asked me what I thought about seeing the band for the first time live -- when I came out to California in November 2014.

With experience as a journalist, photographer, and videographer, I decided to give him feedback/insight that he was unlikely receive from the average concert-goer. What was surprising is that once he read it, he asked me to recast what was a private email into an article because he wanted to share with you all what it's like to perform through my lens as a writer, a fan and good friend.

Prior to that November Black Oak Casino performance, I had only seen Jeff onstage via video. where it's clear that he has great stage presence and stagecraft -- he interacts with fans, and connects them to the music of Journey. I did, however, have the good fortune to spend time with him prior to the concert, hanging out in his environment -- seeing the offstage Jeff Salado.

Most fans never get to interact with that Jeff - the goofy, funny, nerdy, lovable guy who's also capable of conversations of great intellectual depth and thoughtfulness. A dude who loves talking Journey from the perspective of a singer (of course), muscle cars of all brands and styles, boxing, history, science and classic TV. Jeff possesses a noggin full of useless trivia like myself that makes conversations incredibly interesting. That guy isn't on stage.

The joy in live performance is imperfection, the choices of the artist ensures that each performance is uniquely owned and delivered to the audience is a key goal. Audiences continue to seek out the golden tones, the rich warmth and raw emotive draw that Steve Perry evoked during his tenure with Journey. The tribute bands yearn to satisfy that thirst for melodic sound that moves fans of Journey’s classic album oriented rock.

The challenge for Jeff Salado, a huge Perry and Journey fan, is to keep that level of quality, fidelity and emotion pouring forth each gig to connect with the music and channel that energy to ardent fans of the aural benchmark set by Steve Perry.

So my presence at Black Oak as a working professional (to capture photos and video) allowed me unique access to observe passively on multiple levels. After the show, I had a lot to say about that experience, but not in detail, or with a critical eye. So here's my perspective on the Journey Revisited lead singer...what you see and experience is more than meets the eye.

The Professional Jeff

This is the serious guy you see at the venue working on sound check, trying out an ear monitor, or the green room discussing band plans for the year. He's quite relaxed but carries a level of command of the room that telegraphs business. After all, this is a job for all of them. They are all conscious of wanting to be at their best to please the audiences that eagerly await hearing classic Journey.

It's also reflected in the photos in the Green Room. You'll notice that the other guys are relaxed, focusing on their own warm up routines, but Jeff's presence set the tone for the evening, loose but mindful of the task at hand, for instance, inquiring about adding songs to the roster for the next year, and how the band can accomplish learning them by tour time.

There were a couple of unusual circumstances that night -- I was introducing the band on stage, and they were celebrating guitarist Val Popovic's birthday. So Jeff and Val were holding court in discussions, considering whether to sing a version of "Lights" based on the studio recording or a live version.

Jeff's ability to stay motivated in adverse conditions is remarkable; that night at Black Oak was an unusual perfect storm to vex a vocalist -- the smoke in the casino was overwhelming due to a group that arrived and proceeded to smoke out the capacity of the air system to clear it out. Cigarette smoke flowed freely into the concert venue space.

It's enough to shake any vocalist - the issue became so problematic that Jeff, during the performance, twice asked me to retrieve lozenges from the dressing room in a valiant attempt to keep his vox from being affected by the smoke. Everyone in the venue was feeling the horrible burn. It is also not surprising how well Jeff pushed past it, making slight vocal changes and choices to accommodate the uncertainty of his ability to deliver certain notes -- a hallmark of a self-aware vocalist. Jeff's had to endure enough uncertainties and frustrations and always forged ahead as the professional that he is. But he has remained humble.

It's rare for an artist to talk about an off-night; it's a vulnerability that many won't admit to. But the reality is that we're only human; and Jeff wanted me to share that it's something he's not ashamed of; we all have days where we come up short for whatever reason. It's no different for entertainers  -- their skills and performance are dependent on tissues that get strained by smoke or hurt by allergies. The show must go on.

And consistency is key to any tribute band. After all, JR has to perform gig after gig to represent the peak of Journey live. Even that stellar band had off nights. Journey Revisited has to replicate landmark sounds such as the 1981 Live in Houston concert that Jeff models some of his Perry vox from. This consistency is why JR won a coveted Modesto Area Music Award for Best Blue Collar/Cover Band in 2015.

David Hawkes (drums), Jeff Salado, and Val Popovic (guitar) picked up the MAMA at the
Modesto Area Music Awards for Best Blue Collar/Cover Band. Oct 20, 2015

The Onstage Jeff

This aspect of Jeff Salado will be familiar to many of you. My first reaction to seeing him onstage in person (after doing the band intro I had to quickly get offstage and get down in the venue to see the rest of Escape) was "WOW." Hearing his voice live with my own ears -- it was literally going from mono to stereo for me, and I was having a hard time concentrating on my photography during that number; I had to keep stopping to look up at Jeff to reconcile what I was hearing with seeing him up there on stage with the guy I just had lunch with, cutting up with friends.

And, as I mentioned above, I saw him on what he considered an off-night because of the smoke affecting his breathing, challenging him when hitting/holding certain notes that he normally does with ease. He also was mindful about some mistakes in timing on certain songs.

These are things the vast majority of people in the audience didn't notice or care about. But the perfectionists of Journey Revisited always want to deliver 110%, Jeff included. For Jeff that means focusing on his stagecraft and appearance as well -- he told me, "it's not only the music, it's how it's being presented and looking our best and feeling our best is doing our best."

For me, imperfections are part of the beauty of live performance though; you're seeing the marvel of the gift of the human voice, a fragile instrument with miraculous ability to produce sounds so rousing, so moving. Not everyone is as blessed with the physical goods to produce the notes that Steve Perry did, but to have the skill of controlling that instrument to project sound with such clarity and power and emotion is one of Jeff Salado's natural gifts that he works hard to hone for the audience.
Photo by Jeff Hall
The band digs deep to deliver no matter what the conditions are.

The Journey catalog is already a high bar to clear instrumentally; and the Bay Area arena rock supergroup’s era that is the most in demand to hear live is the Steve Perry years (1978-1996). Gig after gig, those classic, stratospheric vocals have to be recreated at an almost impossible standard -- one that even Steve Perry couldn’t reproduce consistently live, simply because we’re talking about the human voice.

The difficulty of being a lead singer is that you can't replace pipes like guitar strings and every night, every venue is different environment. The one thing I wish for, as part of the band's support infrastructure, is that I lived closer to see JR live more frequently to enjoy the uniqueness of each performance, the nuances, the choices made (I live in NC).

The "It" Factor

It makes for a more informative piece to discuss this section not in a cheerleader "isn't Jeff cute and he sings great" review. It means so much more to describe how the performances work, and how that the forces align to deliver a special experience for fans, casual and die hards alike.

For me, seeing Jeff the performer up there, the offstage Jeff ceases to exist; this onstage Jeff delivers a huge dose of liquid mojo out there for the audience to drink in. What is it?


Vox - His pipes are amazing; I could hear that despite the challenges that night at Black Oak. One video, I watched over and over afterwards, was Too Late because his vocals speak to me in that song, and the band is so tight on it. I think many fans find the sweet spots in their favorite Journey songs that Jeff sings that you walk away wanting more. His range, his power, and his strong Perry-like vibrato and tone are what sets him apart from other Journey tribute singers.

He also shares with Perry a gifted fine ear for pitch -- hearing the notes with clarity and able to reproduce accurately on demand. That takes much more work than what average people can accomplish without major effort, but it is second nature to the Journey Revisited vocalist.


 After a gig, Jeff always has singers and vocal coaches come up to ask how he does it. But sometimes it really looks like he isn’t really thinking about it. They have no idea that Jeff has zero formal training, and employs no regular routine to maintain those golden pipes. He’s like a car that never needs an oil change.

"I have NO regimen, I'm pretty much a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants singer."
-- Journey Revisited lead singer Jeff Salado, on whether he has regular routines to maintain his voice

But he knows that to preserve what he has will take more work down the line.

One thing that is quite noticeably different about Jeff in comparison to Steve Perry is his speaking voice. Perry in older interviews has an almost alto, soft voice; Jeff is most definitely a baritone and a harmonious, deep resonant one at that. It's immensely pleasing, though it's not called upon for the Journey catalog. He would make a great DJ...

Emotive ability - He puts himself into the song; Jeff has the ability to "perform" emotion even when he's not feeling it that night. Even though I knew he was having a rough go of it (i.e., the lozenges run), when I would watch him, I felt the songs, I felt the resonance and connection to them. That's a hallmark of a pro.

Physical performance: Jeff gives it all onstage -- often at his own expense in post-gig pain. I know he wishes he could jump off the riser every night, but no one takes the Perryisms and runs with them in spades like he does. He projects a significant bodycon (body confidence) onstage.

JR fans are roused by the music as Jeff performs the classic hits no longer covered by Journey proper in concert. He brings not only the essence of Perry's notable energy to the stage, but Jeff  (and his many female fans aren't hearing any news here) brings a considerable dose of his own mojo that he naturally projects and and overlays on top of it. It's why he has such a tremendous...

 photo Jeffconnect_zps7n9uypkl.gifAudience connection - If you were standing near that stage, which I often was, I was bowled over at how dynamic and powerfully he draws people to him. When he looks directly at people during a song that energy flows to them, and reflects back. It's exciting to experience.

Several times he looked at me as he does to people in the audience all the time. When I saw the images, as I was going through the 800+ shots taken during the show, I could actually recall that energy. It's why audiences come back, and want to come back. He connects as an artist.

Jeff on what he is trying to project:
"I want people to feel special because they are; when they go home after a JR concert, I want them to feel that there was a connection directly with me in the hope that we'll see them at our next concert. We do everything we can to make each show even better."
After a decade of covering public figures and politicians for a nationally read, influential political blog, I can honestly say I've seen few people onstage or out in the political realm with the kind mojo Jeff Salado has.  Jeff has the ability to make everyone else in the room disappear when he looks at you. You feel like you are the center of his universe, with undivided attention, whether it is for a few seconds, or a few minutes of conversation. He makes that person feel special in some way. There's no way to create it or recreate it. This is priceless when interacting with fans after a gig. He gives it all in those moments.

I've had discussions with Jeff -- amusing ones at times -- about this energy and its impact on women. It's there onstage, but it's also there when he's still in stage persona and interacting with people of all persuasions. He obviously knows how to turn on the considerable natural charm, but it's that extra something special that just flows from him that is non-denominational -- many rock stars have it like Steve Perry, Mick Jagger, and Robert Plant. But he projects it earnestly and with approachability.

Many in the audience can feel that energy from an artist, but they just can't quite put a finger on why they are drawn to that person onstage or articulate it, in this case that mojo's coming from a Journey tribute band singer named Jeff Salado. He has "It" and knows how to use it, whether innately or that he's developed it over the years through self-awareness of it.

Since that Black Oak concert, I've worked with the band at gigs at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts (Los Angeles in a theatre venue), Victorville (the San Bernardino County Fair on a huge pro-production outdoor stage), and in San Jose at Rockbar, a 1,000-capacity nightclub with a pro-level lighting/sound environment). They throw it down in every venue and provide huge opportunities to capture dynamic photos, audio and video for fans who don't have the ability to attend.

Like Perry, Jeff walks a tightrope each gig without a net, no Auto Tune, no lip sync. And the songs are not dropped a half-step, they are performed in the merciless standard E tuning. It's Jeff’s vocal instrument out there, often without support for adequate rest, or experiencing weather conditions at gigs where temperatures may exceed 120 F onstage, as was the case at Kings Fair in Hanford, California in June 2015. And that is the story of so many vocalists at the working tribute band level. And unlike Perry, who as the originator of these songs had the latitude to try alternate interpretations live, tribute singers like Jeff Salado have to pick a live or studio version that is familiar to the audience and try to match it, note-for-note each time.

I told Jeff to read this from time to time to remind himself what sets him apart as a performer and professional from so many others. You'll have to weigh in to share your thoughts about what Jeff brings to a Journey Revisited performance.

And thank you, Jeff, for being so willing to open up and share!

--Panda



Journey Revisited - Separate Ways - Rockbar Theater - 10/16/2015.
Journey Revisited - Separate Ways - Rockbar Theater - 10/16/2015. Prepare to be wowed!
Posted by Journey Revisited on Thursday, October 29, 2015


Journey Revisited - Lights/Stay Awhile - Covina, CA 3/22/2015
Journey Revisited - Lights/Stay Awhile - Covina, CA 3/22/2015. Vid by Pam Spaulding (Panda) #journeyrevisited
Posted by Journey Revisited on Monday, April 13, 2015



Journey Revisited - Loving You Is Easy - Rockbar Theater - 10/...
Journey Revisited - Loving You Is Easy - Rockbar Theater - 10/16/2015. Prepare to be wowed! Click HD to see in high-def.http://www.facebook.com/JourneyRevisitedhttp://www.journeyrevisited.com#journeyrevisited #journeytributeband #tributeband #rockbar #like4like #instadaily #instagram Rockbar Theater
Posted by Journey Revisited on Thursday, October 29, 2015


Journey Revisited - Just the Same Way - Rockbar Theater - 10/1...
Journey Revisited - Just the Same Way - Rockbar Theater - 10/16/2015.
Posted by Journey Revisited on Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Flashback: A little JR Loving Touching Squeezing & Anyway You Want It for you...

On Friday May 30th 2014 Journey Revisited took the Grandstand stage at the 2014 San Bernardino County Fair and rocked the crowd. The audio on this is stellar. Have a listen.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

JR frontman Jeff Salado featured in Q&A at Examiner.com

Jeff Salado
Lead singer, Journey Revisited.
What a great feature today at Examiner.com! Seth Metoyer did a Q&A with Jeff, "Journey Revisited singer Jeff Salado talks music, touring and playing Monterey" -- here's the intro:
Only a handful of singers can capture the essence and vocal range of original Journey singer Steve Perry. One vocalist that comes to mind is of course the current lead singer of Journey, Arnel Pineda. Another vocalist who lands on the radar rocked the 2014 Monterey County Fair. That singer is Jeff Salado from the Journey tribute band, Journey Revisited (or JR as some fans refer to them). The band recently played the stage at the Monterey Fairgrounds and fans can't seem to get enough of the tribute band. Singer Jeff Salado recently spoke to Examiner about his musical influences, touring, what it's like to play in Monterey and more.
A few of the questions...

What made you want to sing in a Journey tribute band?
I was playing in a variety band in 2003-2005, top 40 stuff, dance party music and we did a handful of Journey songs, and we often had requests to do them but we didn't have a keyboardist. I decided at that time to form a Journey tribute band because of the overwhelming response to my vocals -- they thought I sounded a lot like Steve Perry.

How do you respond to the compliments about how similar your vocals are to Steve Perry?
If anything I'm flattered and honored by the compliments that continue to come in about this; it works out perfectly as this is a tribute to Journey. What better way to honor the Perry legendary vocals than to go out each gig and sing for fans of his voice.

What's the difference between a cover band and a tribute band?
Obviously a cover band only covers the musical aspect of a particular group. The tribute band does note-for-note renditions of the particular artist and goes all the way -- dressing like the members of the original group and performing the shows as the original artists do (or did).

Click over for the entire interview by Seth Metoyer. You can also read these JR in-house features on Jeff here:
* Frontman qualities: Journey Revisited's Jeff Salado's on-stage/off-stage personas
* Behind the scenes - Journey Revisited frontman Jeff Salado on Journey influences, show prep

The Examiner piece also featured this performance of "Faithfully" from a recent gig in Novato, CA:


Friday, December 5, 2014

They are rocking the house at Fulton 55 in Fresno...

The guys arrived late to the gig because of heavy traffic coming from the airport - after all they played Tucson last night and had to get to Fresno, but it took no time for the house to be brought down by Journey Revisited -- we all know that!

(Photos by Reese Entertainment)











Tearing it up at Casino del Sol!



The audience was eating out of the palm of their hands, said lead singer Jeff Salado about the enthusiastic crowd at Casino del Sol in Tucson. He went on to say on his Facebook page:
We tore it up big Time!!!

...We're proud to be real Journey fans' favorite tribute to Journey. We thank you all for your continued support. Journey On!!!
(Photos by Reese Entertainment)










(Photos by Theresa Guerrero)










Thursday, December 4, 2014

Setlist for Casino del Sol and Fulton 55 is up!

Just in from frontman Jeff Salado, the setlists for Thursday's and Friday's gigs in Tucson and Fresno...




90 - min 20 songs

Escape
Line Of Fire
Separate Ways
Lights
Stay Awhile
Just The Same Way
Stone In Love
Keep On Running / Introduce The Band
Faithfully / Keyboard Solo
Who's Crying Now
Oh Sherrie
Girl Can't Help It
Be Good To Yourself
Open Arms / Guitar Solo
La Do Da / Mike's Solo
Where Were You / With Drum Solo
Don't Stop Believing = Extended Version
Wheel In The Sky
Lovin Touchin Squeezin / Into A.W.
Anyway You Want It / Goodnight ! ! !

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Journey Revisited's ready to bring down the house at Casino del Sol in Tucson

Anyone headed to (or in) Tucson this Thursday? Casino del Sol is going to be rawked!

Paradiso Bar & Lounge
 
5655 West Valencia Rd
Tucson, AZ 85757 | INFO





Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ready to rock Black Oak Casino on Saturday!

Jeff, Val, David, Michael and Kevin will throw down my favorite songs live at Black Oak Casino (and I'm hoping to get get some great vid and pics while there; it's my own first JR concert in person). Journey Revisited is simply the best at the classic Journey sound and the crowd there is not going to know what hit them!

Sat. Nov. 8 - 9PM-11PM. BE THERE!

Willow Creek Lounge
Black Oak Casino
Tuolumne Road North Tuolumne, CA 95379 |
(877) 747-8777
Doors open at 7:30 PM. FREE SHOW 21+
https://www.facebook.com/events/270177116514409/
http://www.blackoakcasino.com/entertainment/



Monday, October 27, 2014

Journey Revisited from Novato, CA: Faithfully / Girl Can't Help It / When You're Alone (It Ain't Easy)

At Scream on the Green Faire in Novato, CA this past weekend (11/25), the guys put on a great show. Thanks to Jennie Yaeger for the fab video...


Faithfully



Girl Can't Help It / When You're Alone (It Ain't Easy)


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Journey Revisited gets a Scream on the Green

The rainy weather cleared in Novato, CA and the guys put on a great show at Scream on the Green Faire...

 width=400 photo Jennie17_zps48e7051f.jpg


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Are you going to come Scream on the Green with Journey Revisited this weekend?

JR's next gig, Scream on the Green, is in Novato, CA on Saturday Oct. 25th. Location: Main Stage at the City lawn area at Sherman Ave, at Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green & City Hall complex. Presented by Novato Chamber of Commerce. Time: 12:15 - 2:15 pm. Come and rock the house with the guys!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's off to North Dakota and 4 Bears Casino and Lodge for Journey Revisited!

Last night the guys rocked Deadwood Mountain Grand in South Dakota, today they make the five-and-a-half hour drive to New Town North Dakota to its gig at 4 Bears Casino and Lodge. On its Facebook page it says:

"Are you ready for Journey Revisited tomorrow? They'll be performing at the Double Down Lounge."


Safe travels, guys!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tonight! South Dakota's Deadwood Mountain Grand Events Center welcomes JR with open arms

 photo JulieLandis_zpsdc9dd1f6.jpg
Fan photo by Julie Landis

The guys are on the road again -- they played a gig tonight at The Deadwood Mountain Grand Events Center, Deadwood, SD. Some behind-the-scenes pics from lead singer Jeff Salado...

pspauld's Oct 17 2014 Deadwood Mountain Grand album on Photobucket


Here's the set list:



SETLIST FOR 10/17/2014 Deadwood Mountain Grand

Escape
Separate Ways
Lights
Stay Awhile
Just the Same Way
Stone in Love
Keep on Running / Introduce the band
Open Arms / Keyboard Solo
Who's Crying Now
Feeling That Way
Anytime
When You're Alone It Ain't Easy
Too Late
Faithfully
Girl Can't Help It / Solo by Val into
La Do Da / Mike's solo
Where Were You / with Drum solo
Don't Stop Believing = Extended version
Wheel In the Sky
Lovin Touchin Squeezin / into
Anyway You Want It /
Goodnight ! ! !

They are talking JR up in the Rapid City Journal:
They are hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Journey tribute band in the business,” said Deadwood Mountain Grand Entertainment/Sales & Marketing Director Susan Kightlinger. “Our guests readily rock out to cover bands and just keep asking for more. Journey Revisited delivers on that request.

Armed with the trademark soulfulness and range of Perry’s vocals, Journey Revisited – Reliving the Glory Days of Journey, combines the amazing vocal talents and dynamic instrumentals that separate this band from all other cover/tribute bands.

Founded by Jeff Salado in 2005, this Tribute to Journey takes the audience on a rhythmic ride to an era when rock dominated the radio airwaves. With Salado as Steve Perry and a dedication to providing the best sounding Journey Tribute Show for each and every venue they play and audience they rock, the Journey classics keep coming all night long."

Show Starts: 8:00 PM
Ticket Prices: $20, $15
Tickets On Sale:
CLICK HERE

For hotel reservations and ticket arrangements, call 877-907-GRAND. Call 605-559-0386 or visit deadwoodmountaingrand.com.



Saturday the guys drive to North Dakota to play
4 Bears Casino and Lodge. We'll bring you pics and vid from the venues...


Journey Revisited is:

Jeff Salado, Lead Vocals
Val Popovic, Lead Guitar & vocals;
Kevin Jachetta, Keyboards, Keytar, Guitar, & vocals;
Michael Gonzales, Bass & vocals;
Dave Hawkes, Drums/Percussion.

Journey Revisited on Facebook
JR Nation - Facebook fan page
* Twitter: @JRNYrevisited

Thursday, October 9, 2014

New gig date: Novato's Scream on the Green - October 25!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

On the road - Celebrating Street Vibrations - Harrah's Plaza Reno

How great is JR? Jeff learned that a group of fans who attended Rock the Mall at the Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis, CA back in August - they drove 7 hours to see the band tonight in Reno! Awesome!

The guys go through a sound check. Here are photos as they come in (courtesy of Reese Entertainment) ...





A slideshow:





(Earlier in the day...11 AM PDT)

The guys just hit the road toward Reno, about 3.5 hours from home base. It's a rainy day on the trip according to guitarist Val Popovic and lead singer Jeff Salado (he shot this pic), who are driving there now.

They will play in the plaza in front of Harrahs.

Journey Revisited
Thurs. Sept 25, 7-9 PM

Harrah's Plaza Reno
219 North Center Street
Reno, NV 89501
800-223-7277

The weather looks clear in Reno!


And Jeff just sent over tonight's set list...


SETLIST FOR JOURNEY REVISITED
STREET VIBRATIONS
HARRAH'S PLAZA RENO
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Escape
Separate Ways
Lights
Stay Awhile
It Ain't Always Easy
Just The Same Way
Send Her My Love
Open Arms ------------ Extended KEY SOLO into next song

Who's Crying Now
Feeling That Way
Anytime
Faithfully

INTRODUCE THE GROUP

Girl Can't Help It
Too Late
Stone In Love
Keep On Running
Oh Sherrie
La Do Da --------- BASS SOLO

Photos from the gig to come!

Ask The Lonely
Where Were You -------------- Extended DRUM SOLO

Don't Stop Believing ---------- Extended Version

Wheel In The Sky
Lovin Touchin Squeezin
Anyway You Want It

Can't wait to bring you photos from the gig!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mark your calendars - JR hits Reno on Thursday, September 25 - Harrah's Street Vibrations

If you're in or near Reno, Nevada this week, stop by Harrah's Casino and catch Journey Revisited! Click through to our Facebook event page and join us!

Journey Revisited
Thurs. Sept 25
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Harrah's Plaza Reno
219 North Center Street
Reno, NV 89501
800-223-7277
http://goo.gl/zgTVW9
https://www.facebook.com/harrahsnorthernnevada


Thursday, September 18, 2014

JR Flashback: When You're Alone (It Ain't Easy)

How about a slamming JR rewind? This was the first JR video that I took in -- "When You're Alone (It Ain't Easy)" from Evolution, 1980 -- and I was hooked! It's a song that I have always loved, but never saw Journey perform it live -- it hasn't been performed in decades. Journey delivered more than arena rock during the Perry era.

Like long-time fans of the music, I was drawn in by Journey Revisited's commitment to bringing the classic Journey sound in concert with incredible fidelity to what was heard live by audiences back in the day. The talent in this band is incredible. It's why I hopped on board the JR train! What good fortune it was to click on that link back in June...thank you Jeff, Val, David, Michael and Kevin for keeping the sound alive - it's winning over a growing number of fans at each gig!

The video was shot at Club Fox, in Redwood City on May 24, 2014 by Jennie Yaeger.

--Pam Spaulding, JR Web Angel


Sunday, September 14, 2014

If you didn't catch JR at Copperopolis, here's a taste of the classic Journey magic

 photo jim01_zpsa45a809a.jpg
Rocking the crowd at Copperopolis (Photo: Jim Branch)

Journey Revisited took the stage at Copperopolis, California in its Town Square, and the band drew the largest crowd of its three appearances there.

Lead singer Jeff Salado:
"It was another smashing show for the third year in a row. And it's one of the very few shows that we played where the crowd really rocked our world. I personally would like to thank each and every one of them for their support!
We've got some photos and video from the throwdown...



Mike "Gonzo" Gonzales rawks the bass on this solo...



And David Hawkes, whose interview we just ran about his Journey influences and meeting Steve Smith, shows his own mad skills on the skins...



How about guitarist Val Popovic making the axe sing on the epic Who's Crying Now solo! Hot!



And here are a few photos from the show; there is a slideshow with many more photos, contributed by Jennie Yaeger, Jim Branch. Reese Entertainment, and Rachel Garcia Popovic.






Friday, September 12, 2014

What songs do you want JR to add to its set lists? Here's your chance to tell us!

Jeff and the guys want to know what Journey songs to add to their setlists! Tell us here, or join the conversation on the JR Facebook page or Jeff's page...


Jeff: Here's a chance to let JR know what songs you'd like to hear us perform!
We are going to add at least 10 more songs to our total songs to expand our library of classic Journey tunes.

Here's a few you may or may not know, what are your thoughts?

1. Dixie Hwy
2. Mother Father
3. Walks like a lady
4. Suzanne
5. After the Fall
6. Loving you is easy
7. Edge of the blade
8. Rubicon
9. Patiently/ Winds of March medley
10. Chain Reaction
11. Message of Love

Bringing back List:

1.Still They Ride
2. When you love a woman
3. City of the angels

Possible additions? Your thoughts here?

1. Raised on radio
2. When I Think of You
3. Dead or Alive
4. Do You Recall
5. Why Can't This Night Go On Forever
6. Still She Cries, I love this tune
7. Missing you by "Steve Perry"

***



Monday, September 8, 2014

Journey Revisited gets slamming review for "blowing the roof off" again at the Monterey County Fair!

We already know that the guys can blow the roof of venues; the classic sound of Journey is a hit with audiences wherever Journey Revisited plays. But there's nothing like a review like this one, in the Examiner/AXS.com by Seth Metoyer, that makes it clear the band stands head and shoulders above not only tributes, but gives the band it honors a run for the money!
On Saturday night, a large crowd gathered to watch the very impressive Journey tribute band “Journey Revisited”. I’d first seen this band live back in 2013 at the Monterey County Fair. They blew the roof off, which is still off as a matter of fact. The current lineup for Journey Revisited consists of Jeff Salado ( Lead Vocals), Val Popovic (Lead Guitar & vocals) Kevin Jachetta (Keyboards) Keytar (Guitar, & vocals) Michael Gonzales (Bass & vocals) and Dave Hawkes (Drums/Percussion). 
The first thing I noticed about Journey Revisited was how similar singer Jeff Salado moves and sings like original Journey vocalist, Steve Perry. Salado hits all the right notes and has a great stage presence. He’s interactive with the crowd and takes many photos of the crowd and selfies from the stage. I’ve been a fan of the original Journey band for years and it’s almost eerie how similar Journey Revisited is to the original act. The tribute band performed many top Journey hits including "Don't Stop Believin'", "Open Arms", and my favorite Journey song "Wheel in The Sky". 
In recent history, the original Journey band replaced Perry with the amazing vocalist Arnel Pineda. I tell you what though; check out Jeff Salado sometime if you haven’t already. He gives Pineda a run for his money, and I personally think Salado’s vocal style is even closer to Perry’s than Pineda’s is – and that’s saying something. Find Journey Revisited on their official Facebook page here.
The band is stoked. A reaction from frontman Jeff Salado:
Wow. That's just great, we are all grateful and amazed how people accept what we do. It's our pleasure.
JR at Montgomery Village. Photo by Jessica Ruggiero.