American rock band Journey was established in San Francisco in 1973 by musicians who had previously played in other bands, including Santana, the Steve Miller Band, and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band is currently made up of guitarist/vocalist Neal Schon (the only original member who has remained consistent), keyboardists/vocalists Jonathan Cain and Jason Derlatka, drummer/vocalist Deen Castronovo, and lead vocalist Arnel Pineda. Neal Schon is the only original member who has remained consistent.

When Steve Perry was the lead vocalist for Journey, the band enjoyed their greatest commercial success between the years 1978 and 1987. During this time, the band released a string of hit songs, one of which was “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which was released in 1981 and became the best-selling track in iTunes history for songs that were not released in the 21st century in 2009. Another one of Journey’s most successful songs, “Open Arms,” was taken from their seventh and most successful studio album, Escape. This album again debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart. It increased the band’s popularity in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart. The band’s 1983 follow-up album, Frontiers, was nearly as successful in the United States, where it reached No. 2 and spawned numerous big singles. In the middle of the 1990s, Journey had a successful reunion, and the band has since reformed twice more, the first time with Steve Augeri from 1998 to 2006 [9], and the second time with Arnel Pineda from 2007 to the current day.

 

Sales have led in the production of twenty-five gold and platinum albums, in addition to 1988’s Greatest Hits album, which is RIAA Diamond Certified for having achieved fifteen times platinum sales.

They have had nineteen Top 40 singles in the United States (the second most without a Billboard Hot 100 number one single behind Electric Light Orchestra with 20), six of which reached the Top 10 of the US chart and two of which reached No. 1 on other Billboard charts, as well as a hit that peaked at No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart in the form of “Don’t Stop Believin’.” When 2005 came around, “Don’t Stop Believin'” was the third most downloaded song on iTunes. In 1978, Journey redefined their sound by embracing pop arrangements on their fourth album, Infinity. This move was described by AllMusic as having cemented a reputation as “one of America’s most beloved (and sometimes hated) commercial rock/pop bands.” Journey was originally a progressive rock band, but AllMusic described them as having cemented a reputation as “one of America’s most beloved (and sometimes hated) commercial rock/pop bands” by 1978. [12]

According to the figures provided by the Recording Industry Association of America, Journey is now ranked as the 25th best-selling band in the United States, having sold a total of 48 million records. Because they have sold more than 80 million albums all over the globe, they are now considered to be one of the most successful bands in the history of the music industry. [13] According to the results of a reader survey conducted by USA Today in 2005, Journey is the fifth-best rock band in the history of the United States. [14] [15] Their songs have established themselves as standards for arena rock and are still played on rock radio stations all over the globe. On the list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time that was compiled by VH1, Journey comes in at number 96.

The band Journey was a member of the class of 2017 that was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The band’s main vocalist Steve Perry, guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardists Jonathan Cain and Gregg Rolie, bassist Ross Valory, and drummers Aynsley Dunbar and Steve Smith were among those that were inducted into the hall of fame.

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