June 13, 2007, 5:59 pm

Journey: The Party’s Over For Me

Will you all indulge me for a post? In the grand scheme of life (and death), the machinations of a rock band don’t amount to a hill of beans. Truly, I understand this. I do love my rock-and-roll and I’m passionate about music but sometimes you just gotta let go.

I’m letting Journey go. Today I found out they have dropped their newest lead singer Jeff Scott Soto. Enough is freaking enough.

Let me give you a look at what a roller-coaster this band has put their fans through.

This is Steve Perry.

When I discovered Journey in 1985, he was the lead singer. Had been since 1977.

THE best voice in music. Any era, any genre.

Meeting him in 1995 was one of the highlights of my life (and I do have one)!

Then he was dropped from the band for health issues – hips, if I remember correctly.

Trust me, it made “One Life to Live” look like a Shakespeare tragedy.

Biggest soap opera on the face of the earth.


Enter Steve Augeri.

How could anybody replace Steve Perry?????

Well, he did.

And after kicking and screaming my way to my first post-Perry concert, Augeri had a new fan in his own right.

Killer voice and a bluesy style, cute as heck in person and the sweetest guy in the world to Journey fans.

Lead singer for Journey is a long way from managing a Gap.

Eight years. Two new albums. At least five concerts a year in my “concert zone” and I went to every single one of them.

He was dropped a year ago for health reasons.

His voice gave out after almost a decade of tackling the hardest catalouge in rock.

What would Journey do now?



They hire the hardest-working vocalist on the planet to fill in and then make him a member of the band.

Jeff Scott Soto.

He doesn’t look, or sound like Perry or Augeri, but from the first syllable it was obvious that he was made to sing Journey.

He ooozed showmanship from every pore.

And he was rather, um….sexy, too.

Journey lucked out big time with this guy!

After less than a year, he has left the band. No health issues this time. Just the typical non-descript Journey press release stating how much they admire him and wish him well, etc.

I don’t care why he left. He’s just gone. And Journey is minus a lead singer once again.


The wheel in the sky is no longer turning. I’ve stopped believing. No open arms here. The lights have been turned out.

When a band changes lead singers like some people change underwear, there is a problem. Bon Jovi has the same line up. U2 hasn’t changed partners. I don’t see Matchbox 20 having existential angst. Hell, even the Backstreet Boys have managed to get along.

Oh, I’ll still listen to the music.

But I’m too old and too tired to give Journey much more energy.

The Party’s Over.

Thanks for reading a non-nursing post and letting me vent.

I need a Rock blog…….


  • Doctor Anonymous

    June 13, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Ok, you can admit it. Is the real reason because they used a Journey song in the final scene of the Sopranos? I thought that it was really tacky that they did that. Down with Journey!

    Just kidding. I don’t care what people say. Journey without Steve Perry – that’s no Journey to me. Gotta get out the Escape vinyl and play it again…

  • marlaquack

    June 14, 2007 at 4:13 am

    In your camp with this one. Only now its not just me, but the kiddo’s like Journey. I wish I could upload the teen singing a Journey song for her vocal final. It was fab, but because of copyright stuff I can’t put it on you tube.

  • Kim (not the author of this blog)

    June 14, 2007 at 9:02 am

    In August 2006 I went to the Mountain View Def Leppard/Journey concert. I went because I’m a devout Def Leppard fan. I took my devout Journey fan friend along with me so we’d be balanced. When I left the show that night I almost forgot Def Leppard was present. Who was that Jeff Scott Soto guy? Where had he been all my life? He fit so perfectly with Journey I couldn’t imagine anyone else ever singing with them, before or after JSS. I still can’t. This is possibly one of the biggest mistakes in rock ‘n roll history. Watching JSS perform all those Journey songs, run the show like a well oiled machine while he sang his heart out I now know that Journey will never be able to replace him. I don’t care where they look. I don’t care how long they look they just lost the best thing that ever happened to them.

  • StudentNurseJack

    June 14, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Our HS gymnasics coach was a Steve Perry fan, because they shared a common proboscis and she KNEW they were destined to be together, some how, some way. We worked out to Journey about every day.

    Don’t stop belieeeeeevin’. Thanks for the ear worm, Kim.

  • Clinical Pediatric Electrodes

    June 15, 2007 at 10:37 am

    What a shame. One of the greatest bands of all time has pretty much lost all credibility at this point.

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