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One of the top American “hard pop” bands of the 1970s, Journey had a number of mega hits over the years and was a predominantly instrumental, progressive rock group in its day.
In what’s become a bit of an annual tradition over the last few summers in the United States, a classic rock package has been put together including Journey and another 1970s mega-hit rock band, the Steve Miller Band, both of whom will be on the road for a long tour and concert dates together all over the country in 2014.
The tour, which starts on May 15 in Chula Vista, California, will see both of these 1970s super-groups joining with the group Tower of Power throughout the concert until it ends on August 1. Journey was quoted as saying that “We are all so looking forward to playing again for you in 2014 with the great company of the Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power,” in a recent press release. They added “It’s going to be a San Francisco musical delight from the past and present, moving full speed ahead into the future!”
During their run in the 1970s and early 1980s, Journey sold over 80 million albums around the world and 19 of their singles made it onto the Top 40 charts. Since forming in 1973 in San Francisco, California, the group has had 25 gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums and, at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, they were honored with the prestigious Legend of Live Award. The award is for bands that have contributed to live music and the touring business in general, as well as having shown true commitment to the live performance scene and, of course, their fans.
Although the group has been around since the 1970s, one of their most successful tours was actually their World Tour in 2011, which was one of the top 15 of the year and brought in almost a million fans. That was the same year that Journey also celebrated the 30th anniversary of one of their all-time hits, Don’t Stop Believin, a song that has become the number 1 song in iTunes history of the 20th century.
The group’s 2013 tour spanned four continents and, although not as successful as their 2011 tour, they still played to over half a million fans worldwide. This summer’s tour with the Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power will kick off at the Sleep Train Amphitheater and is being produced by Live Nation. It will be going to over 30 cities around North America including dates in Detroit, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Toronto and Chicago.