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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Still They Ride

Though the biggest Journey-related item was the usage of "Don't Stop Believin'" in the final Sopranos, this other item seemed to have slipped by. Thanks to Idolator for catching it:

JOURNEY ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF JEFF SCOTT SOTO
Press Release / June 12, 2007

Journey has parted ways with their recently named lead singer Jeff Scott Soto. Jeff's first appearance with Journey was July 7, 2006 in Bristow, VA. He had been filling in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the tour shortly after it began on June 23 due to illness. Jeff's last performance was May 12, 2007 in Leesburg, VA.

According to guitarist Neal Schon, "We appreciate all of Jeff's hard work and we can't thank him enough for stepping in when Steve Augeri got sick last year. He did a tremendous job for us and we wish him the best. We've just decided to go our separate ways, no pun intended. We're plotting our next move now."

Keyboardist Jonathan Cain continues, "We were lucky to have a friend who was already a Journey fan step in on a moment's notice during the Def Leppard tour to help us out. Jeff was always the consummate professional and we hope that he remains a friend of the band in the future. We just felt it was time to go in a different direction."

Journey--Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards) and Deen Castronovo (drums) is taking the rest of 2007 off to spend time with their families, write new songs and map out plans for 2008. WebLink: http://www.journeymusic.com/

Melodic Rock adds this:
Comment from me? Where does one start? Right now I am too disappointed to comment, but I guess Neal and Jon have a different vision for Journey than that of Jeff Scott Soto.

And no...Steve Perry is not returning to the band.

In case you're keeping track at home, here's the list of Journey's lead singers:

1. Greg Rolie/Neal Schon (1973-1977)
2. Robert Fleischman (1977)
3. Steve Perry (1977-1997)
4. Steve Augeri (1997-2006)
5. Jeff Scott Soto (2006-2007)

I guess the journey continues, but at this point, is it really necessary to flog this horse some more?

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