Journey launches new tour in Sandy

One of the biggest arena bands of the ’80s, Journey, is about to release a new album, and they plan to kick off their new tour at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Journey with fellow rockers Foreigner and Night Ranger will perform at the soccer stadium on July 21. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Steve Perry is gone. But Filipino singer Arnel Pineda is the best of the Perry replacements and the best thing to happen to Journey since, well, Steve Perry.

Journey had some of the biggest rock anthems of the ’80s with their “Escape” and “Frontiers” albums. They have had a revival of sorts with “Don’t Stop Believin'” thanks to those Glee kids, making it the most downloaded song in iTunes history.

“Wheel In The Sky,” “Lights,” “Anyway You Want It,” “Separate Ways” and a bevy of ballads including “Open Arms,” “Faithfully” and “Who’s Crying Now” all made Journey one of classic rock’s biggest acts.

Also on the bill, Foreigner, a band that still has Mick Jones on guitar, but otherwise a lot of new faces including former members of Dokken and Hurricane. Foreigner had a string of classic rock hits in the ’70s and ’80s with “Head Games,” “Cold As Ice,” “Double Vision,” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

Night Ranger is the lone act on the bill with not one, but both of their original lead singers. Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy are still with the “Sister Christian” band. And former Ozzy and founding Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis is still one of the best and entertaining axemen in rock music today. Don’t be late to this show, as Night Ranger are sure to be one of the least disappointing “openers” you see all year, proving you can still rock in America.

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