Journey showcased just why they are one of the country’s all-time top selling acts

If you went to the CenturyTel arena Tuesday night to hear Journey on their Don’t Stop Believin Tour, you could have closed your eyes and imagined you were still in 1986.

While the band is several decades old, they showed no signs of road weariness, boredom or going through the motions. Singer Arnel Pineda, keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Jonathan Cain, bassist Ross Valory, drummer Deen Castronovo and lead guitarist Neal Schon showcased just why they are one of the country’s all-time top selling acts.

The band was as powerful as they were at their peak and gave fans a selection of their greatest hits and more recent numbers from their extensive catalog for an hour and 45 minute-long show.

The band was as tight as ever, thundering out of the gate by opening with their hit “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” and finishing up with “Anyway You Want It”. The show was arranged throughout to keep fans on their feet and singing along. They also paced the set with extended bridges or added outros to keep things interesting.

Several breakdowns between songs allowed individual band members to explore their own talents. On several songs, Castronovo would take lead vocals while drumming or Cain would showcase his talent on various instruments such as harmonica. Schon is still in step, showing his prowess on guitar by frequently ripping off solos that rattled the ear drums.

Out of all the band members, Pineda earned his money. A consummate showman, the singer was frequently jumping around the stage, getting the crowd riled up and always handy with a smile, all the while belting out the songs with abandon eerily similar to the tenor of former front man Steve Perry.

All in all, the huge crowd was into it, often clapping along when prompted, singing at the top of their lungs. The only time the crowd took a break from standing on their feet or cheering was when a more recent song was inserted into the setlist.

via – Your home for news in Bossier and Webster Parishes.


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