Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Journey Force Fan Club Newsletter from January 1988 part IV; Force News

This week we end the Journey Force Newsletter from January 1988. This includes the Pen Pals and Merchandise pages. The tuxedo still looks great to me!

The Big Force news this edition is that they are changing the way they are numbering the Journey Force editions. Due to space limitations (or not wanting to add another page) they are holding off on announcing the winners of the Questionnaire from last edition...



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Journey Force Fan Club Newsletter from January 1988 part III; A Concert For Randy

On January 28, 1988 at The Warfield Theater in San Francisco Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon, Randy Jackson, Eddie Money, Eric Martin, Sammy Haggar, Night Ranger, Greg Kihn, Y&T, Denny Carmassi, and Jimmy Lyon gather in the Bay Area for a benefit concert for the late Randy Bachman.

Jonathan Cain dedicated his song "Working Class Man" at the event.

There was also another all star jam session in the Bay Area in the "Football & Rock" section...




Continued Next Week...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Journey Force Fan Club Newsletter from January 1988 part II: Dock Of The Bay

This week, the Newsletter from January 1988, starts off with an Archives Giveaway! The prizes included a cassette of Journey's "Oh Holy Night", from Neal and Jonathan. Also there was the album "A Candid Conversation", and A HASA T-Shirt.

Some members questions are also answered including an interesting piece on a TV Special that used Journey Audiences for other bands and never really showed Journey at all. I wouldn't even think that would be legal.

One cold day in December in 1987 near dusk, as the fog rolls in, Members of Journey can be seen on the beach in San Francisco. Pictures of Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, and Randy Jackson while working on Michael Bolton's "Dock Of The Bay" Music Video fill in the last page this week.




Continued Next Week...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Journey Force Fan Club Newsletter from January 1988 has Honest Passion from Steve Perry

Steve Perry talks openly about Journey, the fans, solo porojects and his honest passion;

Volume 3 Number 1 begins with a great interview of Steve Perry. Steve talks about many things that's going on in his life. Steve even flies Helicopters. 

The second and last page included this week finishes off the interview. In the "New Frontiers" section, we hear about Neal's latest solo album along with some other "Bits & Pieces".




Continued next week...

Monday, May 8, 2017

Wheel In The Sky will be back Mid-May with updates about Journey

I had just moved to a new school in a new city, Woodland Hills. This shy and socially awkward kid was walking home from school when this really cool long-haired kid on a bike rode over to me. I can't remember what happened next. I don't know if he came over to my house, or if I went to his or what. What did happen was a lifetime of friendship and memories.

He got me through Jr. High and High School which I couldn't do alone. I would have been swallowed up without him defending me and giving me credibility. He has always been there for me, always, every time, no matter what.

When everyone else was idolizing comic book characters and things, Scott was my hero. I wanted to be him. He had all the friends, all the girls, he had it all. I named him "Maguire" which was my superhero. He always landed on his feet no matter what. He was the luckiest coolest guy I knew. He outran the Police. He did 360's through red lights. Man, there was nobody cooler than Scott!

Scott is on the right with the big smile. This was taken around 1979.

I can't imagine what lies ahead without you Scott, You are truly missed. My heart is broken and I am once again lost.

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Although Scott wasn't a Journey fan, his favorite Journey song was "Just The Same Way"


 "Just The Same Way"

Yesterday was a good day
It's after midnight
And I've got you on my mind
Come with me,  never go away
Everyday we will find,  yea

That's the same way you love me
That's the same way she loves you
Ooh,  just the same way you do
Just the same way you do
Just the same way you love me
Just the same way she loves

Take a chance now,  the timing's right
You bring to me the key to my life
Stay with me,  won't you stay the night
In the mornin' feelin' fine,  yea

That's the same way you love me
That's the same way she loves you
Ooh,  just the same way you do
Just the same way you do
Just the same way you love me
Just the same way she loves

Oh no,  you should be holdin' on to him girl
Oh yea,  just like,  just like you want to do
Oh no,  just love him,  squeeze him,  girl
Oh yea,  just love him,  squeeze him,  yea

That's the same way you love me
That's the same way she loves you
Ooh,  just the same way you do
Just the same way you do
Just the same way you love me
Just the same way she loves you
Ooh,  just the same way you do
Just the same way you do
That's the same way you love me
That's the same way she loves

-- G.  Rolie,  N. Schon,  R. Valory --

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Wheel In The Sky is taking a break until April

Due to a huge personal loss and crisis, WHEEL IN THE SKY blog is taking a break and will return sometime in April.


 "Just The Same Way"


Yesterday was a good day
It's after midnight
And I've got you on my mind
Come with me,  never go away
Everyday we will find,  yea

That's the same way you love me
That's the same way she loves you
Ooh,  just the same way you do
Just the same way you do
Just the same way you love me
Just the same way she loves

Take a chance now,  the timing's right
You bring to me the key to my life
Stay with me,  won't you stay the night
In the mornin' feelin' fine,  yea

That's the same way you love me
That's the same way she loves you
Ooh,  just the same way you do
Just the same way you do
Just the same way you love me
Just the same way she loves

Oh no,  you should be holdin' on to him girl
Oh yea,  just like,  just like you want to do
Oh no,  just love him,  squeeze him,  girl
Oh yea,  just love him,  squeeze him,  yea

That's the same way you love me
That's the same way she loves you
Ooh,  just the same way you do
Just the same way you do
Just the same way you love me
Just the same way she loves you
Ooh,  just the same way you do
Just the same way you do
That's the same way you love me
That's the same way she loves

-- G.  Rolie,  N. Schon,  R. Valory --


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Journey Force Newsletter from November 1987 part IV - Conclusion

This weeks edition of The Journey Force Newsletter dated November 1987 is all about Bits and Pieces. We begin with the Pen Pals section which is was the only way Journey fans could find each other beside going to a show.

My favorite part this week is That Rolling Stone Magazine voted "Raised On Radio" number in the top pop/rock/soul category. Really, of all time albums ever, even in 1987 seems to me a bit shocking that of all the Journey albums, "Raised On Radio" is the 4th on a list of top 10 albums of all time.

Ted nugget says that Neal Schon has in fact come close to reversing the axis of the Earth in doing such brilliant Guitar solos. That I do believe! Neal has been one of the best Guitar Players of all time almost all his life.

In other news of the day, Steve Perry's song, "Happy To Give" makes it onto the soundtrack to the surf film, "North Shore".



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Journey Force Newsletter from November 1987 part III - Softball

This week's edition of the Journey Force Newsletter from November 1987 is all about Softball.

The Bay Area Music and Sports notables take time to participate in the second annual SDwight Clark Celebrity Softball Game.

There's a great picture of Jonathan Cain and Gregg Rolie together in here!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Journey's Eclipsed - The Popularity of a Band and their Eclipse

Just recently I was at my local Walmart in Porter ranch California and came across the CD section and found where all the "Eclipse" albums went. Here's a very sad picture the Journey section...


I always thought this album sold well, they did a great marketing job and had a special vinyl edition that sold out. I didn't really care for the album and couldn't figure out who was buying it. It looks like Walmart has all of them. Here's another picture at the Van Nuys, California store. The staff decided to dedicate the entire A-M sections to hold their collection of the "Eclipse" album.


Obviously Journey's popularity has dwindled a bit since the Steve Perry days. I'm not even sure they play any new music at their shows. "Eclipse was released in 2011 and Journey hasn't released a new song since. Maybe the thinking is why bother putting out new music if nobody will buy it and it just sits on the shelves. Maybe if we got serious and wrote some more great songs in the old style. The album "Revolution" was a huge hit because it had good music in their old style. It even had sub-standard versions of their old hits re-recorded with Arnel Pineta's voice on a separate CD, along with a DVD of one of Arnel's first shows with Journey. It didn't need any of the extra stuff, it was a solid album. Then they followed up with this. A shame really.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Journey Force Newsletter from November 1987 part II - Neal Schon's Wedding

This week in The Journey Force Newsletter from November 1987 is a whole page dedicated to Neal Schon's Wedding to Beth Buckley on September 20th, 1987.

There is also a picture of Neal and Beth with Randy Jackson with his wife, Liz.

The highlight I'm sure for these brides maids was when Steve Perry sang "Let It Be Me" for the happy couple...


Continued Next Week...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Journey Force Newsletter from November 1987 part 1 - The Legend Of Cy Klopps

This week's edition of the Journey Force Newsletter from November 1987 begins with a great interview of Jonathan Cain from by The Journey Force titled "Jonathan Cain Captured".

The next big article of this edition of the Newsletter is "The Legend Of Cy Klopps", A Herbie Herbert Persona.

The Journey Force includes a questionnaire for all members of The Journey Force. Also The Force answers some members questions as well as listing all 5 singles released off the "Raised On Radio" album in order of release.




Continued next week...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Journey Force Newsletter, July 1987, Part 4, Pen pals and Questions

The Pen Pals section starts off this weeks edition of The Journey Force Newsletter, July 1987.

These are addresses from 1987 and please do not send any letters to these people who probably don't live there anymore.

Your Questions Answered appears on this page as well.

Back Issues for sale! Back issues of The Journey Force Newsletter on sale for $1.00 each!

The Merchandise page follows which shows all the "Raised On Radio" items for sale back inn 1987.



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Journey Force Newsletter, July 1987, Part 3, Pictures!

This week's part of the Journey Force Newsletter from July 1978 is the next two pages which are full of color pictures of the members of the band.

The Tenth Annual Bay Area Music Awards (Bammie's) where Journey tore it up! Here are the winners;

Steve Perry - Outstanding Male Vocalist  (his fourth)
Neal Schon - Outstanding Guitarist
Jonathan Cain - Outstanding Keyboardist  (his fourth)
Journey - Outstanding Group

Other photos on these pages include Gregg Rolie, Randy Jackson, John Fogerty, Michael Bolton, Bonnie Raitt, and Huey Lewis.



Concluded next week...

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Happy Birthday STEVE PERRY January 22, 1949

Happy Birthday STEVE PERRY January 22, 1949


Today, January 22, is Journey's second official Lead Singer, Steve Perry. Steve joined Journey in 1978 and took the band to super-stardom before he stopped to live life.

Here's a great picture of Steve with Journey's original Lead Singer, Gregg Rolie. The songs that feature both their voices take the top spots in my favorite Journey songs. The balance between the two was truly magic...




Playing the Rock Star

Here's a more current picture of Steve...


Will Steve Perry sing at Journey's introduction to the Rock and Roll hall of fame? We can only hope. There are I'm sure a lot of petitions across the Country, There is one at my Local Radio Station here in Los Angeles (link below).

Steve Perry stopped because he didn't want to tour anymore. Journey is a turning band. I'm not sure if trying to force him to appear is a good idea. He'll show up if he wants last minute probably unannounced. To have him sing with the band is asking a lot. He's never lost his voice, but he's also not as practiced as the rest of the band. I will share a link to the petition as a way to let him know how many people want to see him perform again.

Neal Schon says: "I'm hoping that Steve Perry will get up and do something with us. We'll have to see, because nobody has contact with him. I suppose we'll hear something about it a day before or the day of. Who knows?"