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Classic rock of the 70s starts with a Journey

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The American classic rock band Journey was formed in San Francisco in 1973 by musicians who had previously performed with other bands, such as Santana, the Steve Miller Band, and Frumious Bandersnatch. Journey is considered to be one of the most successful rock bands in American history.  Only 70s Radio finds that the current lineup of the band consists 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. The only original member that has stayed constant throughout their career is Neal Schon.

Between the years 1978 and 1987, Journey experienced their highest level of commercial success during Steve Perry’s tenure as the band’s main singer for Journey. The band had a run of hits during this period, including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which was published in 1981 and became the best-selling classic rock tune in the history of iTunes for songs that were not released in the 21st century in 2009. “Open Arms,” which is also considered to be one of Journey’s most popular songs, was taken from their seventh and most successful studio album, which was titled Escape. This album once again started at number one on the Billboard 200 album list when it was first released. It helped the band become more well-known in the United Kingdom, which led to the album reaching position No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart. Frontiers, the band’s follow-up album released in 1983, was almost as popular in the United States as its predecessor, reaching No. 2 and giving rise to a number of hit singles. Journey had a successful reunion in the middle of the 1990s, and the band has since reassembled twice more, the first time with Steve Augeri from 1998 to 2006, and the second time with Arnel Pineda from 2007 to the present day.

In addition to the album Greatest Hits from 1988, which is RIAA Diamond Certified for having reached fifteen times platinum sales, sales have led to the creation of twenty-five gold and platinum albums. These albums include the Greatest Hits album.

They have had nineteen classic rock singles that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 40 in the United States (the second most without a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 behind Electric Light Orchestra with 20), six of which have reached the top ten of the US chart and two of which have reached number one on other Billboard charts. Additionally, they have had a hit in the form of “Don’t Stop Believin'” that has reached the number six spot on the UK Singles Chart. By the time 2005 rolled around, “Don’t Stop Believin'” had risen to the third spot on iTunes’ list of most downloaded songs. On their fourth studio album, which was titled Infinity and released in 1978, Journey completely reinvented their style by incorporating pop compositions. According to AllMusic, this change helped the band solidify their status as “one of America’s most popular (and often reviled) commercial classic rock/pop acts.” Journey began as a progressive rock band, but by 1978, they had established a reputation as “one of America’s most popular (and occasionally reviled) mainstream rock/pop bands.” This reputation led to the band being labeled as such by AllMusic.

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