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“The Wheel In The Sky Turned Without Steve Perry”
Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, CA
Neal Schon of Journey
The evening started out as usual considering the traffic sucked and the entrance to the Amphitheater is so close to the highway exit it takes three times as long to get into parking. Thereby, causing us to miss our photo op for Cheap Trick. Not to fear, we did catch the whole set and enjoyed it thoroughly. Cheap Trick is from Rockford, IL (our home state). They played all their hits and got the crowd to sing along with them. They wanted us to REALLY want them and it worked. The stage backdrop was a checkered flag and Rick Nielsen had the coolest and most unique shaped guitars we’ve ever seen.
Nancy appeared on stage first followed by Ann with her mic in hand. I had been waiting years to see HEART and could not be more pleased. Ann’s voice cut through all the instruments and knocked everyone off their feet with the power of her voice! The sisters were in sync and never missed a beat. Some crowd favorites were These Dreams performed by Nancy with Ann on guitar and backup vocals, Magic Man, and let’s not forget Barracuda and Crazy On You. Check their tour dates for shows in your area. It would be a shame to miss this Classic Rock band.
Next up, Journey
So Sparky gets back from taking photos during the first three songs and says, and I quote “It’s like watching karaoke.” That of course was in reference to the new singer Arnel who was obviously not Steve Perry for all you Journey fans. His voice quality was good and quite close to Perry’s, but he did not have Perry’s voice range or nuances. On a side note the rest of the band members have aged well as only good looking men can. Arnel, on the other hand, looked like a bumble bee in yellow skinny jeans and a black shirt with black converse. Obviously he was mimicking Steve Perry’s wardrobe. They performed all their greatests hits such as “Open Arms”, “Wheel in the Sky”, “Faithfully”, “Don’t Stop Believin'”, “Anyway You Want it” and “Seperate Ways.” Arnel was so active and into the show that by the end he was too tired to hit all the notes for their encore of “Faithfully.” It wasn’t quite Journey without Steve Perry.