Russ Says: Journey Is Easily The Concert Going Experience Of The Year!

Wed, October 12, 2011 3:04pm EST by 4 Comments

If you want to sing all night and have one of the best concert experiences of your life, nothing will prepare you for a night out with the legendary rock band Journey! You’ll have an epic time so Don’t Stop Believin’!

A majority of the bands out today could learn a thing or two about showmanship and talent from the boys in Journey. While out at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 11, they had myself and over 18,000 fans dancing and singing all night. Much to my delight one of those fans was Buzz Lightyear himself, Mr. Tim Allen dancing away next to me and singing such hits as “Any Way You Want It” and “Seperate Ways”. His new show might be called Last Man Standing, but this night he was one of the many standing in enjoyment.

To get you geared up for a night of Rock & Roll, you instantly get in the mood with tremendous sets by Night Ranger and Foreigner to tide you over before it was time for the 15 plus song set from Journey. Hit after hit played as if it was straight from the CD. No lip synching when you see a show to this magnitude, its all professionalism.

And in one of the more poignant moments of the night, guitarist Neal Schon offered his PRS (Paul Reed Smith SE) guitar that he played all night to a ecstatic young fan in the front row who is living with Down Syndrome after playing their hit, “Any Way You Want It”. Let’s just say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Then to end the night, they played which is arguably the greatest song ever made, “Don’t Stop Believin” that was followed up by not just any regular old fireworks display but an epic fourth of July type spectacle that could only be seen to be believed. Trust me it was EPIC!

So HollywoodLifers, if you weren’t thinking of hitting up a concert soon, let alone a Journey concert then I am here to tell you that those thoughts need to change. It is easily the best concert going today! To miss it would be a HUGE regret!

Russ Weakland

To check out Journey’s remaining tour dates and buy tickets please go to

October 12, 2011 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center

October 14, 2011 – Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre

October 15, 2011 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

October 19, 2011 – Portland, OR – Rose Garden

October 21, 2011 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena

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Dan Robbins

Posted at 11:12 AM on January 2, 2012  

I have been a Journey fan for so long I don’t even remember when I first fell in love the band. They have been by far my favorite band since the 80’s when I saw them live in Champaign, Il. But, the statement ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ might be one of the best songs ever is a pretty far stretch. Let’s not forget the many classics by Led Zeppelin and others of that era, as well as other Journey songs which many of their original fans find better. But, you are entitled to your opinion and I do respect it.

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Bianca Vanderhorst

Posted at 1:55 PM on October 13, 2011  

That little boy that got the guitar is my younger brother. His name is Bede Vanderhorst and he held that thing the whole way home. He had been ROCKING OUT the entire show and the backstage crew came to the side of the stage to watch him dancing and then told me to make sure he stayed to the end. As if being that close to the music wasn’t enough of a dream come true, he was a rock star that night. On his behalf, Id like to thank the Hollywood Bowl and their staff as well as the amazing artists. It was the most exciting moment of my life!and neither of us will ever forget it <3

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Posted at 8:19 PM on October 13, 2011  

Ms. Bianca, so glad to know that the lucky recipient was your brother. I posted your comment @ under the thread Hollywood Bowl. I even took a video of him receiving the guitar from Neal Schon of Journey.

Arnel Pineda is the new lead singer of Journey. The vid I took is likewise posted in his site. I was there too with my 3 boys…and we also had a blast! The concert was EPIC!!!

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Krishna Tailor

Posted at 5:03 PM on September 4, 2012  

Hi Bianca, I just found your comment here after I read about your brother’s unfortunate travels. I live in Edmonton, Canada, and I too have a brother with Down syndrome. He also is my rock star. We are sending you love and support and hope. Don’t let them get you down. You know the power of having EXTRA chromosomes :)

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