Over the years, music fans have been witness to some amazing tours featuring talented artists. Whether it was Jay Z and Kanye West, Jay Z and R. Kelly or mega concerts with Eminem and Ludacris, fans pay one price for two amazing acts. For fans of rock and roll, the 2014 concert scene got a little better with the announcement that the legendary Journey will head out on the road to tour with an equally as legendary Steve Miller Band. The rock legends made the announcement earlier this week and are also welcoming the Tower of Power funk group to the tour, giving fans a trio of talented groups to entertain each night.
The Steve Miller Band has released some of the greatest songs in the history of rock and roll including Joker, which was recently celebrated for its 40th anniversary. They have also released other memorable songs over the years including Fly Like an Eagle and Take the Money and Run. The group has released more than 20 albums in their career, including their most recent album, Let Your Hair Down, which was released in 2011.
Journey is one of the most beloved musical acts in the past 40 years. They have also released more than 20 albums in their career including their most recent release, Eclipse, which also came out in 2011. While Journey is known for their all-around great sound, fans of the group will be happy to see them performing Wheel in the Sky, Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin', and the karaoke favorite, Don't Stop Believin' when they travel to their local theatre for this memorable tour.
Both groups will have to pick and choose which fan favorites will be played and which will be left off the set list. Fans of either group should expect to hear many of the mainstream hits, but will hope to hear many of the unreleased tracks that are always popular with the die-hard fans. One thing is for sure, as Joker turns 40, fans can be sure they will hear that classic song.
"I can’t think of a better way for the Joker to celebrate his 40th and the Steve Miller Band to enjoy next summer than playing all our hits for all of our fans as we tour the entire USA with our brother San Francisco bands, Journey and the Tower of Power."
The tour will travel to the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas; Comcast Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts; Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland, California; and Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Portions of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards relief for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Journey began in 1973 but didn't achieve any real commercial success until they hired singer Steve Perry in 1977. His impressive vocals provided the band with that missing edge and they were soon selling albums and going platinum. By the 80s they were a huge global success and they began touring. They reached the pinnacle of their success in 1981 when their album "Escape" was 9x platinum and most of their shows were rapidly selling out.
Further successes followed, but when their lead singer decided to do some solo work it was a sign that things would soon change for the band. This led to a period of much less success and it wasn't until 1991 that some of the members of the band got back together to do a tribute concert. This didn't last long, but did result in one solid album that was able to reignite the interest in the group.
Plans for a tour were shelved when Perry could not head out with the band, and he was soon replaced. This led to a relatively minor amount of success. Since then there have been even more changes and replacements, but the solid successes upon which the band was built keep it as a fan favorite.
They have released 17 albums, and as Ultimate Classic Rock indicates, they are "not in any rush to record a new album". With two gold albums, eight platinum, and even a diamond album, the group has enjoyed tremendous success. They had 18 songs in the top of the charts and they sold more than 47 million albums during their years of recording.
They are one of the top bands of all times, and as a hybrid of progressive and contemporary rock, they continue to grab new fans and remain a true favorite among music buffs.