Journey axed Cowell cover | The Sun |Showbiz|Bizarre

WHAT SIMON COWELL wants he usually gets.But he met his match when veteran US rockers JOURNEY refused to let him release a cover of their anthem Don’t Stop Believin’ as X Factor winner JOE McELDERRY’s first single.

The Geordie lad performed the 1981 ballad twice on The X Factor. And I’m not alone in thinking it could have got him the Christmas No1 if he’d released it.

Instead, he recorded the MILEY CYRUS song The Climb and, following a Facebook protest campaign, got beaten to the festive top spot by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s Killing In The Name.

Journey guitarist NEAL SCHON exclusively revealed: “We knew about Joe’s song because Simon had contacted our management as he wanted to re-do the song with a different kind of arrangement.

“We listened to it and we declined. We said there was nothing wrong with the original version. If it’s not busted, let’s not fix it.

“My buddy RANDY JACKSON, who was on American Idol in the US with Simon, was stressing the fact that we should really let him do the new version because it would probably go to No1. But we stuck to our decision and now the song is doing well as it is.”

via Journey axed Cowell cover | The Sun |Showbiz|Bizarre.

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One Response

  1. Good for Journey! Though considering what they’ve agreed to let their music be in over the years (South Park’s mangling of Open Arms comes to mind)…that Idol’s version must have been HIDEOUS for them to refuse it.

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