Rocking into the 50th Year
In the world of rock ‘n’ roll, few bands have left an indelible mark as profound as Journey. As they celebrate their 50th anniversary, the iconic San Francisco-based band is embarking on a Freedom Tour 2024 that promises to be nothing short of epic. With a rich history of hits like “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Lights,” Journey is ready to take fans on a musical journey they won’t soon forget. Join us as we dive into the details of this monumental tour and the exciting inclusion of special guest TOTO.
The Freedom Tour 2024: Unveiling the Itinerary
Journey’s Freedom Tour 2024 is set to kick off on February 9, 2024, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. From there, the band will make their way through various cities, including Raleigh, N.C., Baltimore, and a highly anticipated stop in Louisville, Ky. Canadian fans will also get their share of the action, with tour dates in Calgary and Alberta. The tour will conclude on April 29, 2024, in Bridgeport, Conn. One notable point of interest is the inclusion of TOTO as the support act, promising a double dose of rock excellence.
A Reunion Worth Celebrating
Neal Schon, Journey’s legendary guitarist and co-founder, expressed his excitement for the upcoming tour, stating, “We are looking forward to hitting the road again with our very good friends Toto. Come join us for a special evening full of fun and rockin’ good memories.” It’s a sentiment shared by countless fans who are eager to relive the magic of Journey’s music live.
Journey’s current touring lineup features guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardists Jonathan Cain and Jason Derlatka, singer Arnel Pineda, drummer Deen Castronovo, and bassist Todd Jensen. While the band has evolved over the years, their timeless hits continue to resonate with audiences worldwide. Journey’s last hometown performance was at the Chase Center in April 2022, and fans can’t wait to see them grace the stage once again.
Behind the Music: Journey’s Rocky Road
As with any legendary band, Journey’s journey hasn’t been without its share of drama. An ongoing feud between members Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon has made headlines, even prompting the presence of off-duty police officers to safeguard their dressing rooms during the previous leg of the tour. This behind-the-scenes tension, as reported by Billboard, has been a topic of much speculation within the music industry.
Adding to the band’s tumultuous history, bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith, who were part of the Journey lineup until 2019, were fired from the band for allegedly attempting a “coup” over the band’s trademark. These backstage conflicts are a stark contrast to the harmony and energy they bring to the stage, reminding fans that the world of rock is as much about passion as it is about music.
Get Your Tickets and Join the Journey
For die-hard fans and newcomers alike, this 50th anniversary tour promises an unforgettable experience. The Ticketmaster presale is set to begin on Thursday, September 28, 2023, with the access code “STUDIO.” The general sale opens at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2023, through Ticketmaster. Don’t miss the chance to witness rock history in the making as Journey celebrates five decades of unforgettable music.
In conclusion, Journey’s 50th anniversary tour is more than just a celebration; it’s a testament to the enduring power of rock ‘n’ roll. With TOTO in tow and a lineup that knows how to deliver, this tour is poised to be a highlight of 2024 for music lovers everywhere. So, grab your tickets, get ready to rock, and let Journey take you on a musical journey like no other.