DOUG ELFMAN: Still Believin’ – Neon – ReviewJournal.com

The next time Journey tours Europe, they’ll get even bigger billing, he says.

“We’re gonna be headlining these festivals now. It’s a very exciting time for us.

It’s been three years since “The Sopranos” ended with a black screen and the sound of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” That final episode led to the song’s becoming the biggest-ever downloaded iTune, with 3 million buys.

And Journey still is riding renewed popularity from that episode, which was a cultural event in America and continues to reach new fans on TV.

“It’s pretty much a door-opener for us, worldwide,” says guitarist Neal Schon — who takes a solo band co-starring his guitarist son to Green Valley Ranch tonight.

The next time Journey tours Europe, they’ll get even bigger billing, he says.

“We’re gonna be headlining these festivals now. It’s a very exciting time for us.

“I look at the audience, and we’re selling out everywhere,” Schon, 56, says. “I’m seeing four generations of people out there. I’m seeing people that grew up with us, that are my age and the band’s age. Then I’m seeing people in their 40s, and 30s, and young-young kids, who are, like, 7 and 8 years old.”

Once new fans got hooked on “Don’t Stop Believin’,” they looked for other Journey hits. In the U.K. and Australia, Schon says, radio stations are playing songs from the band’s way-back catalog.

“Some of the stuff is from ’86!” he says. “It’s very promising.

“Now we’ve got everybody’s attention. And now they’re re-releasing our greatest hits. They’re re-releasing everything.”

via DOUG ELFMAN: Still Believin’ – Neon – ReviewJournal.com.

One Response

  1. I love Neal’s work, I’m a huge fan…but he needs to double-check his own history. “Some of the stuff is from ’86”? That was ROR, Neal; no radio station in their right mind plays anything off that. Try ’81 for Escape and ’83 for Frontiers…and the 70s for Infinity (local radio here loves Anytime & Lights) & Evolution…

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