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Live review: Journey @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

If anything was proven Saturday night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, it’s that classic rock fans come for the music and could care less who may be delivering it. Just as long as it takes them back to that time in their lives when the music meant the most to them.

Journey is one such band that can do that to people. The fans age, the musicians age, but the music is timeless.

The current lineup of Journey only includes three original members in keyboardist Jonathan Cain, bassist Ross Valory and lead guitarist Neal Schon. The voice that gave the group its rise to popularity, Steve Perry, has been replaced in the talent of 44-year-old Filipino singer-songwriter Arnel Pineda.

Pineda’s voice matches that of Perry’s and no jeers came from the sold out crowd, which was just happy to get a chance to hear the songs they love so much, live and in concert.

Pineda played to the Colorado crowd by appearing in a Tim Tebow jersey and the audience received a bonus semi-celebrity sighting when famed White House party crasher Michaele Salehi appeared on stage with her new beau in Neal Schon as he concluded the guitar solo on “Faithfully.”

Journey delivered on all its hits, concluding the encore and the show with “Don’t Stop Believing,” still the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history.

Set List:

Separate Ways
Ask the Lonely
Send Her My Love
City of Hope
Faithfully
Stone In Love
Escape
Lights
Wheel in the Sky
Open Arms
LA DO DA DO DAY
Be Good to Yourself
Lovin’ Touchin’

Encore

Anyway You Want It
Don’t Stop Believing

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Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.

  • Debbie9760

    As always, Journey was awesome!  I could’ve listened all night.  I am in the process of replacing all my albums with CDs so I have them all again.  Journey has been my favorite band since I was in high school (78 grad).

  • Jimf01

    Just one correction, Ross and Neal are original members, Jonathan joined around 1979 when Gregg Rolie left.

  • Kathywebber1

    Great concert. Foreigner and Journey were incredible. It was so much fun and I am glad that we went. BTW, the weather could not have been any better! 

  • Spaceplace

    I was at this concert, wow – was this reviewer drunk too?
    Night Ranger totally rocked the place, best band of the night. Foreigner has been reduced to a cover band, even the last original member, Mick Jones, was a no-show for this concert.
    When Journey hit the stage, Arnel decided he wanted to sing several of the songs the way HE wanted to, not the way they were written. Extending notes the way some choose to do when they sing the National Anthem. These are classics and you don’t mess with classics. Even portions of the crowd boo’d when he consistently altered the way he sang them.
    Was it fun? Sure…but I was still amazed at the amount of 40 & 50 somethings who still insist on getting high at a rock show. No security to speak of, not even an usher except at the point of separation between general admission (lawn) seating and the assigned seats.
    The quality of Night Ranger’s voice was exceptional, Foreigner sounded really good, but it’s not them, and Journey…Steve Perry isn’t coming back, Steve Augeri was a solid replacement, John Scott Soto was horrible…Arnel is an improvement over him, but that’s not saying much. He can hit the notes, but his tone is different and it seems his popularity has begun to take over and he’s becoming full of himself. Thanks for the 70’s & 80’s Journey – it was awesome, but as Journey sings “The Party is over….”.     

    • Pianogirl59

      I couldn’t have said it better myself!  It’s definitely time to hang it up, boys.  And, what was up with Neil Schon that night?  For the 1st time during the many, many Journey concerts we’ve been to with all the other singers, we left in the middle of their show.  We couldn’t believe our ears!  We missed the part where Arnel was getting boo’d.  Oh yeah, & we had a major pot-fest with 40/50-yr-olds going on right next to us…..was tolerable until Journey started, then it was overkill.  Thank you Night Ranger & Foreigner for a great show!  Not all was lost.

    • Musiclover

      I absolutely agree! Night Ranger should have been the feature band! They kicked butt! I was so dissappointed with the sound quality of Foriegner that I tried to place blame on the technicians! Then Journey came out holy cow I was wondering why I wasted money on tickets! The sound quality was terrible and I wasn’t drinking or smoking! Maybe that’s what I needed! When Neal Schon brought out his skank camera whore I decided I am done with Journey! I did not spend my money to have him flaunt that hag in front of me! I came to see the band NOT her! It makes me wonder what he is thinking but then again I don’t think I want to know! Good riddens Journey!