On the first day of the Bamboozle, the nine-stage rock festival spread across an East Rutherford, New Jersey parking lot, only one group of unlikely special guest superstars could outshine much-adored headliners Fall Out Boy. Still riding a two-year wave of rediscovery, arena-rock diehards Journey appeared as the secret performers for a four-song set. Or “Journey” as it turned out — the group was a stellar Long Island cover band called Evolution. Blasting out “Separate Ways,” “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It” and the still totally unkillable “Don’t Stop Believing,” Evolution — who many in the crowd, including this reporter, mistook for the real deal — cued a wildly mixed audience reaction, some fans literally shrieking or running towards the stage, others angrily storming away en masse. But even with a few freaked audience members gone, a triumphant “Believing” got a louder, more powerful sing-along than anything else the entire day.
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