My Journey Concert Experience

What a show.

It’s been about 48 hours since seeing Journey in Concert at Cricket Pavilion in Phoenix. You know, I’ve seen Journey around a dozen times in concert. Once with Steve Perry in 1986, several times with Steve Augeri, and once with Jeff Scott Soto in 2006. Two nights ago, after a two-year break, I was again watching Journey perform, this time with Arnel Pineda.

I could write about the set list, the lights or the sound system but I’m not going to do that. I want to write about how the show made me feel.

I think the following post I left on Twitter is a pretty good summary of how I was feeling that night:

Damn, Arnel Pineda is a good singer.
09:26 PM October 03, 2008 from txt
davidgalindo

Have you ever heard music that moves the core of your soul?

That’s how I was feeling Friday night. I hope everyone has the opportunity to experience things like this in their own lives. Whether it’s music or some other kind of art, it serves to remind us to not miss the wonders that are around us.

If you don’t get it, that’s OK.

I’ve listened to Journey for almost a lifetime. I’ve heard people joke and minimize the quality and relevance of Journey’s music. I’m OK with that. What I know is the importance the music plays in my life and the lives of many others around the world.

A Journey looney.

In my earlier post, Portrait of a Journey Fan, I mentioned Steve Perry being the “true” voice of Journey. An anonymous comment mentioned something about me being a “Perry looney”. What this reminded me was how passionate people are about Journey, the music and the band members. What I can say is that Steve Perry has been and will likely always be an inspiration to me. Another, very nice comment after that thanked me for sharing. My post was picked up on Arnel Pineda’s official site, again with friendly comments. That made my day!

Back in June, I was watching CBS Sunday Morning and a story about Arnel Pineda. That was the first time in quite a while that I’ve believed Journey’s music could truly be brought to life again. I went out and bought Journey “Revelation” that very same day. Arnel, Neal, Jon, Ross & Deen have not disappointed us.

What I can say about Friday’s show is this:

Arnel, you made me believe again. Thank you.

Hope you enjoy some of my pictures from the show!

0 comments

  1. anastacia says:

    Mr. Arnel Pineda you are just truly inspiring.Not just because of your wonderful voice but simply because in life that has its many storm you persevered. Take care of yourself..

  2. anastacia says:

    Hello, I think that Journey has made a great impact on people young and old alike with their music specially with Mr. Arnel Pineda as their frontman. With his voice and lifestory it brought soul to their music.This also brought many to not stop believing. I SALUTE you ARNEL!you bring inspiration to all of us and I say that not because of your wonderful voice but because you persevere.. Take Care of yourself…

  3. matilda swanson says:

    I was at the Phoenix concert which was not totally sold out but was like 90% full. Arnel did a good job proving that he is the real deal. He had the stamina of a 20 year old and his golden voice was so invigorating. No part of this guy seems to be 41 years old. He skipped, jumped, twirlled around while singing to the rock beat and when t was time to sing ballads, he was so somber. That is the way I expected him to be since I’ve heard him sing for the first time. I knew that he had it in him. He seemed happy performing with his “brothers”. Can’t wait for the next concert. Love you guys.

  4. Matthew says:

    David,
    Glad to hear that you found so much joy with that music. I give you grief over your 1980’s fanaticism but I would probably be in such a state if I was able to see InsideOut, or Jonathan Colton.

    I loved Journey. Open Arms was actually a song that my first wife and I associated with our marriage. On my second marriage now so…

  5. jana says:

    great post. I love hearing how longtime Journey fans feel their passion revived again for the music. It’s because of fans like you who kept attending concerts after they reformed with Steve Augeri who are to be applauded. True Journey fans who kept the band alive because of your support.

  6. jana says:

    great post. I love hearing how longtime Journey fans feel their passion revived again for the music. It’s because of fans like you who kept attending concerts after they reformed with Steve Augeri who are to be applauded. True Journey fans.

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