Saturday, September 24, 2016

Journey Escape Tour Poster for Labor Day, September 1981!

Journey played the Alpine Valley Amphitheater in East Troy, Wisconsin with Point Blank on September 5 and 6, 1981!

WLS Radio promoted Journey in East Troy, WI during The Escape Tour. This stop in East Troy was still very early in the Tour. Journey would go on to play until December 22 and then again the next year, 1982. The opening band was Point Blank.

East Troy, Wisconsin had a population of just under 2400 in 1981. The village has a total area of 4.51 square miles. It is a very small Historic Town that is easy to get to from any direction. People from all over were able to get to East Troy very easily.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Journey with Robert Fleischman sing "Anytime" live in 1977

During Robert Fleischman's short run as lead singer of Journey is a very interesting period in Journey's history.

Columbia Records never did release any Journey songs sung by Robert Fleischman until the Box Set, "Time3", released in 1992. This Box Set only released "All For You" (listed as "For You" on the Set) which leaves much more left out there from Robert.

I've recut and added some additions to a great performance of Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Aynsley Dunbar, Ross Valory, and Robert Fleischman on vocals. This performance is from the Diamond Head Crater Music Festival in Hawaii on July 4, 1977.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Herbie Herbert - One Man's Journey - An Interview from 2008

Here's another excellent interview with Walter J. (Herbie) Herbert, Journey's manager from 1973-1993.


Herbie Herbert is one of the music industries most colorful characters. For a period of time he was the #1 manager in the business, taking Journey – a band he put together with Neal Schon – to become a multi-Platinum selling stadium act.

One Man's Journey

In addition to his work with Journey, Herbert brought Swedish rock groups Roxette and Europe to the United States in the mid to late-1980s. He managed Mr. Big and R&B artist Tara Kemp and rock band Signal. 

In the late 1990s, Herbert moved from backstage into the spotlight, recording three albums as Sy Klopps and touring the San Francisco Bay Area with the Sy Klopps Band, which has included current and former Journey band members Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie, Prairie Prince, and Ross Valory.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

In 1991, Steve Perry, Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain of Journey reunite for Bill Graham

Bill Graham is a Producer and Concert Promoter that worked with Journey in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Bill was responsible for the extended 1982 Escape Tour in huge Stadiums and Arenas.

He was killed in a helicopter crash on October 25, 1991. 


In tribute, on November 3, 1991, a free concert called "Laughter, Love and Music" was held at Golden Gate Park to honor Graham. An estimated 300,000 people attended to view many of the entertainment acts Graham had supported including Journey.






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Concert Promoter Bill Graham was killed in a helicopter crash on October 25, 1991. The Bell Jet Ranger flew directly into a 223-foot high-voltage tower near Highway 37, which runs between Vallejo, California and Marin County, California. The helicopter burst into flames on impact. The charred remains of the helicopter hung eerily in the tower for more than a day.

Escorted by motorcycle police, more long black limousines than had ever before been seen at a private funeral in the city of San Francisco formed a phalanx for the procession to the cemetery. Bill was to be buried in Colma, a small town south of San Francisco.

Following his death, his company, Bill Graham Presents (BGP), was taken over by a group of employees. Graham's sons remained a core part of the new management team. The new owners sold the company to SFX Promotions, which in turn sold the company to Clear Channel Entertainment. The BGP staff did not embrace the Clear Channel name, and several members of the Graham staff eventually left the company. Former BGP President/CEO Gregg Perloff and former Senior Vice President Sherry Wasserman left and started their own company, Another Planet Entertainment. Eventually Clear Channel separated itself from concert promotion and formed Live Nation, which is managed by many former Clear Channel executives.

In tribute, the San Francisco Civic Auditorium was renamed the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. On November 3, 1991, a free concert called "Laughter, Love and Music" was held at Golden Gate Park to honor Graham, Gold and Kahn. An estimated 300,000 people attended to view many of the entertainment acts Graham had supported including Santana, the Grateful Dead, John Fogerty, Robin Williams, Journey (reunited), and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (reunited). The video for "I'll Get By" from Eddie Money's album Right Here was dedicated to Graham. Graham's images and poster artwork still adorn the office walls at Live Nation's new San Francisco office. With the band Hardline, Neal Schon of Journey composed a piece entitled "31–91" in 1992 in Graham's honor.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry's mom mentions her crush on Steve Perry

Steve Perry was Journey's lead singer from 1978 to 1997. He has been sorely missed ever since. Everywhere he shows up, he causes a frenzy. Whether he goes to a baseball game, or a coffee shop, when he's in public, he is almost always noticed and surrounded by fans. This is 20 years after leaving the band.

Teenage girls are still infatuated with him and post his pictures whenever they can. His name and face shows up in some of the greatest places. He once showed up on the couch in my office at work, really. He was very nice and he's always very gracious when he meets the fans.

He is mentioned in movies, TV shows, radio, and even in cartoons. I found him even mentioned on E!'s "Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry". It seems Tyler's mother is still in love with Steve Perry. That's the one person she would really like to meet. She even wants Tyler to do a "reading" on Steve Perry.

Here's a setup of the show and then the clip...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Castles Burning, The Herbie Herbert Interview with Matthew Carty 2001

In 2001 Matt Carty interviewed Walter J. (Herbie) Herbert, Journey's Manager from 1973-1993.


Herbie Herbert was the mastermind behind it all. He got Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie, and Ross Valory together to create a band that would catapult into superstardom and fizzle out in a flash. He came up with the album names and artwork.



This is the very hard to find interview from 2001 called "Castles Burning". He tells it like he saw it, and felt it.

CASTLES BURNING

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Journey Raised On Radio Tour Book 1986 Concert Program, part 10

The Raised On Radio Tour started out as Journey greatest Tour ended with the breaking up of what was left of the band. 

Through all these years since 1973, Journey has proved to be a great band with four members. 


Journey has proven to be one of the World's greatest bands with five members. 


This attempt with three members though, will soon prove to be a disaster.


At the end of the Raised On Radio Tour, in 1997, the band went their Separate Ways and it wouldn't be until November of 1991 that we would hear from them again.


Here is the back cover of Raised On Radio Tour Book...







Also included in the Tour Book was an ad to join the Journey Force and the list of merchandise available at the time. It was one page, printed on both sides...



Thursday, September 1, 2016

Journey with Robert Fleischman WHEEL IN THE SKY (demo) UPGRADED SOUND

I've updated my video for the Wheel In The Sky (demo) with Robert Fleischman as lead vocalist with significantly better audio quality. This one does not sound muddy. 

If you've never heard Robert Fleischman singing "Wheel In The Sky" with Journey, you are in for a treat! As Journey was recording songs with their new singer/songwriter there are a few demo's floating around from 1977. Of course, Herbie Herbert pushed Robert out to make a place for Steve Perry, but Robert's pop songwriting and singing style helped prepare the band for making rock and pop hits. Robert co-wrote this song as well as others on the "Infinity" album. Without Robert's contribution, "Infinity" might not have been "Infinite".

Sit back and taste a piece of Robert's magic...



I found Robert Fleischmann's side of the story. There's a great in-depth interview by Dave Golland with Jrnydv.com. For any Journey fan of the Gregg Rolie days, this is a must read!

Robert Fleischman Interview 1-08-2003

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Journey Force Fan Club Newsletter from November 1, 1986, part 3

There's still not a whole lot of "Raised On Radio" merchandise available through the newsletter, I really like the Tuxedo Jacket with Tails. Pen Pals is always fun to read the comments people write about what they are looking for in a pen pal. 

There's also a new section called "Journey's Mailbag" where they share some peoples comments from the letters they write to the band. It looks like people are really enjoying the live shows!  The "Special Force Seating" was really a joke because you had to go to box office of the venue to purchase the tickets. Even if the concert was sold out, they had tickets available for Journey Force Members, but I wouldn't count on it.

The last page of the Newsletter starts off with answering questions from members who wrote in. There's a question about a rumor that "Raised On Radio" would be Journey's last tour. There's also another "Radio Pass" contest where someone can win backstage passes for the shows.

We end this week on giving the gift of Journey...




Saturday, August 27, 2016

Journey Raised On Radio Tour Book 1986 Concert Program, part 9

The last of the pages of the Raised on Radio Tour Book are upon us. We get some great pictures of the entire band including the last picture of Mike Baird and Randy Jackson we ever have to see.

The last of the list of credits fills out the last inside page of the Tour Book. The Journey Force of course has an ad to sign up is in there too!

The "Raised On Radio" album was delayed for over a year and after a title change, the firing of two long standing band members and complete control given to Steve Perry. This broke the one word album titles manager Herbie Herbert had developed back with the third album "Next". The album was supposed to be called "Freedom". We have a remnant left out called "Liberty" which was recorded for "Freedom" and had no place on "Raised On Radio" which can be found on Journey's box set, "Time".

The album art for the album was created by Journey's original drummer, Prairie Prince. The design is based on Steve Perry's family's Radio Station in Northern California. The album was released on April 21, 1986 and the tour started 4 months later. Sales for the album were not at all as great as they were for "Captured", "Escape" or "Frontiers".

This Tour would end up being the last Journey Tour with Steve Perry as frontman...




Continued next week...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Robert Fleischman, Journey's Lead Singer before Steve Perry shines

Gregg Rolie was Journey's original Lead Singer before they actually went looking for a Lead Singer.

Journey started out as a jam band, the songs were very long instrumental songs and if vocals were needed they were done by Gregg. The other 3 or 4 members contributed to the background vocals.

After the release of the release of their first three albums, Columbia Records wanted Journey to have a lead singer. The only way Herbie could keep the recording contract was to add a lead singer. The band decided to add someone who could scream like a rock and roll singer. Herbie knew better, he knew to get a voice that would not only complement Gregg's voice but also be able to take the reigns as lead singer and energize a crowd.


They ended up finding it twice in 1977. The 4 remaining members of the band wanted Robert Fleischman who had a great voice and he fit the bill perfectly. At the same time Herbie Herbert received a tape from Columbia Records of a singer named Steve Perry. The story goes that after Robert was hired, Herbie insisted on Steve Perry being the lead singer and there was some back-stabbing and who knows what that went on behind the scenes.



WHEEL IN THE SKY (Demo) 1977 JOURNEY with Robert Fleischman vocals


In interviews, Steve Perry, has said many times proudly how they would have Robert not be at a gig or Steve would be working backstage and then come on stage during the show while Robert was away. What? What a shitty thing to do, really, they had to be sneaky like that? It doesn't make sense anyway. If Robert is the lead singer of the band where could they send him during a show? Who's going to sing his part? That's ludicrous, I mean did they send Robert to the hardware store to pick up some cables? It's during a show, Robert's the lead singer, he's not going anywhere.

Steve Perry has also said in interviews how he would join the band onstage during "Feeling That Way" and that's how they would introduce him. I have heard almost every recorded live show out there. There is no live show that supports this, always has "La Do Da" come sometime before "Feeling That Way" which means the whole introduction of Steve Perry could not have happened during "Feeling That Way".


There really isn't a way to find out what really happened as all Journey members past and present are under gag orders to not talk about these types of things. Journey always a democratic band that got along perfectly, so we were supposed to believe at the time.


I'm wondering if they ever considered a woman as lead singer. That would have been interesting, maybe Neal should be looking into that now.


It seems there is and only will be one true lead singer in the band Journey and everything else fails in comparison. Yes, Steve Perry made the band it into one go the biggest bands in history, he also tore it apart and discarded it leaving the fans in the dark.


Let's now take a moment and take a look at the man that almost had that spot, or had it for a very short time, Robert Fleischman...






Visit www.robertfleischman.com to keep up with Robert!

Visit www.robertfleischmanart.com to see Robert's art and the "Wheel In The Sky art print".

Visit www.theskyofficial.com  for information on Robert's current band "The Sky"

Visit Facebook - RobertFleischmanOfficial



More to come on Robert Fleischman

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Journey Force Fan Club Newsletter from November 1, 1986, part 2

The November 1986 Newsletter continues with some Bits and Pieces and color pictures.

Neal Schon joined Carlos Santana onstage during the August 17, 1986 20th anniversary reunion concert in the Bay Area. Gregg Rolie was also there giving his vocal and keyboard skills to the Santana classics he is known for.

There are a few more Bits and Pieces including the winners to the "Raised On Radio" Backstage Pass Contest. There is also another contest where you could spend a week in either Hawaii or Japan with Journey. There were tow prizes and I wonder how it worked out for the winner that went to Japan since the concert came to an end in Hawaii, before the Japan portion was to begin.

This week we have a few great pictures of the band in concert...





continued next week...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Journey Raised On Radio Tour Book 1986 Concert Program, part 8

The next four pages of the "Raised On Radio" Tour Book comprises two posters. The first is a collage of all the Staff and Crew that put this Tour and Live Show together. This included Nightmare Inc., Nocturne, and the entire Journey Road Crew, and all other companies owned by Herbie Herbert. This was Journey's biggest and most ambitious tour yet.

The "Raised On Radio Tour" began on August 23, 1986 at The Calaveras County Fairgrounds. This was billed as "Mountain-Aire Festival". The opening act for Journey during most of the tour was "Glass Tiger" although it was "The Outfield" who opened up the early shows. I never saw this Tour as I wasn't that interested and it never came to Los Angeles which I'm sure would have changed my mind.


The Tour ended abruptly on January 17, 1987 in Honolulu, Hawaii when Steve Perry needed to stop. The actual end of the Tour is really anyone's guess as the event has been erased from history, there isn't anything readily available that documents it. We'll see if a 1987 Journey Force Newsletter mentions it at all.







By now, Journey had an extensive catalogue of albums. The next 2 page poster shows all Journey Albums to date, but also Steve Perry's "Street Talk" album as well as both of Neal Schon's "Schon and Hammer" disks. For the first time "Dream, After Dream" is included in Journey's USA Discography...




Continued next week...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Journey Force Fan Club Newsletter from November 1, 1986, part 1

Volume 1, Number 3 of The Journey Force Fan Club Newsletter for November 1, 1986 begins with a Tour itinerary for the first leg of "The Raised On Radio Tour" which was to be Journey's biggest tour to yet.

The new line-up first played on August 23, 1986 at Calaveras County Fairgrounds at Angels Camp. This is the Mountainaire Festival. Page one of the Newsletter contains many reviews of the show from the local newspapers. The Tour Itinerary is missing the August and September dates.

Page 2 of the Newsletter continues the reviews of the shows. The main article on page 2 is "Meet The New Rhythm Section". There is a Journey Force interview with both Randy Jackson and Mike Baird. There is also a picture of Mike Baird and Steve Perry relaxing backstage if that's what you call relaxing.

It all starts right here with a color picture of the band. Again, as usual, Randy is represented by his eyes and teeth and extremely loud shirt...



To be continued next week...

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Journey Raised On Radio Tour Book 1986 Concert Program, part 7

Randy Jackson is the centerpiece this week in the Journey Raised On Radio TourBook Concert Program. Randall Darius Jackson was born on June 23, 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Any was a very accomplished Bass Player who worked with Keith Richards and Aretha Franklin on the title song for the Whoopie Goldberg movie, "Jumpin' Jack Flash".

In 1986 Randy became a "session musician" for Journey. Randy played Bass and backing vocals an most of the songs for the "Raised On Radio" album. He then became what I'm guessing was "touring Bass Player" for the "Raised On Radio" Tour.

After Journey, Randy went into music producing as well as continuing to be a session musician for a multitude of bands. In 2002 Randy Jackson became a judge on television's "Americal Idol" where he would continually talk about Steve Perry.

Randy has 2 whole pages to himself and he takes his shirt off on one of them...




Continued next week...