Journey’s anthem goes on and on | The Des Moines Register

“Good songs, they’re like cats,” said Nancy Wilson, lead guitarist in Heart that will open Sunday’s concert for Journey. “They have nine lives if they’re good songs, especially if somebody can use them appropriately in some movie. It’s just good for the song, it’s good for the movie.”

This continuous “Don’t Stop Believin'” exposure seems to have translated into concert ticket sales.

Journey and Heart’s fair-capping show so far is this year’s only sold-out Grandstand event — about 10,500 reserved seats snapped up, with another 700 or so standing-room-only tickets scheduled to go on sale at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Administration Building.

As recently as 2006, Journey was drawing only about 6,000 fans to its central Iowa concerts, even when packaged with the likes of Def Leppard or Styx or REO Speedwagon.

This renewed enthusiasm for Journey at the State Fair is yet another sign of how its signature song is arguably more powerful than the band that spawned it. Original “Don’t Stop …” vocalist Steve Perry hasn’t toured with Journey in more than a decade. The band now performs and records with its third replacement singer, Arnel Pineda, a Filipino rocker discovered by the other band members on YouTube.

And last year Journey grossed more than $44 million on the road according to Billboard as one of the top 20 earning acts.

via Journey’s anthem goes on and on | DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register.

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