Journey rocks on with new lead singer
By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Writer
They join founding powerhouses Neal Schon, guitarist; Jonathan Cain, keyboard player; and Ross Valory, bassist.
Journey has not been available for interviews, but here are some nuggets gleaned from the group's Web site:
- Perry's failing health in the mid-1990s presented Journey with a major task: to find that lead voice. Schon had remembered Augeri's name and one of Schon's guitar techs had a phone number to make that initial contact. Augeri thought "somebody was playing a joke on me. So I played it cool. Until I hung up the phone and found out it wasn't a prank then I really lost my cool."
- Augeri first recorded with Journey in the band's "Remember Me" track, from the 1998 "Armageddon" soundtrack album. The album became a No. 1 Billboard hit.
- Their new album, "Arrival," is No. 18 in Journey's discography, arriving with the usual ingredients: intense but harmonic rock, served with dedication and a musicianship that appeals to diehard fans and newbies.
- The scarab on the "Arrival" CD cover is an icon of regeneration; Egyptians regard the beetle as a symbol of self-creative power, rebirth and renewal.
- Tunes from "Arrival" were downloaded on the Napster Web site before the release. "We were devastated," said Cain, concerned about freebie downloading. But quick buzz gave the disc a thumb's up, with a call for more rock, so "Nothing Comes Close" and "World Gone Wild" were added. "We turned lemons into lemonade," Schon says.