Posts Tagged ‘Journey’

John-Waite-Photo-1John Waite is in the midst of his first Australian tour, and by all reports the shows thus far have been electrifying. At 65, and after 40 years in the music biz, Australian fans have often scratched their heads as to why Waite has never toured Australia before. Although The Babys disbanded in 1981, they did have huge chart success in Australia, with ‘Isn’t It Time’ reaching number one in 1977 and ‘Every Time I Think Of You’ hitting the top 10 a year later. Waite released a slew of great solo albums in the 1980s, including 1984’s massive ‘No Brakes’ LP, which resulted in international attention and produced a number one US hit, the enduring “Missing You”. 1985’s ‘Mask Of Smiles’ was a favourite of ours, as it included Johnny Thunders’ slashing guitar on the hard rocking tune, ‘No Brakes’. ‘Rovers Return’ from 1987 is another of his great solo albums worth seeking out. As is commonly known, in 1988, Waite teamed up with former Baby’s bandmates Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips, along with Neal Schon from Journey and drummer Deen Castronovo, to form the supergroup Bad English who released the enduring, ‘When I See You Smile’, another number one and the album itself selling over two million in the US alone. Bad English had other great tunes from three album, including ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Straight To Your Heart’. In the 90’s Waite was part of Ringo Starr’s All Star Band and has continued to produce quality solo albums and tour worldwide. This is one tour you do not want to miss! Tour dates and ticket information here

 

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surely Lita is deserving of larger venues than these !

Tell you what, you could blow some serious money at the moment on the live rock circuit here in Australia. I cannot recall a time when there are so many bands announcing tours – a far cry from those days in the mid-8o’s when we had only the likes of Purple, or Queen, or Dio etc to cater for the rock hordes…..not that I mean ‘only’, I mean sheesh, I would give my right arm to see Queen or Dio nowadays, but the touring rock and metal acts who visited the Oceania region, were few and far between. It seemed like there was only one big show every few months…that’s my point….. But now ? Is the super-strong Australian dollar the reason behind so much touring activity ? I mean, I cannot remember a year where so many acts are touring downunder……here are some of the names locked in:

Deep Purple, Journey, Status Quo, Lita Ford, Joan Jett, The Darkness, Van Halen, Guns n Roses, Kiss, Thin Lizzy, Deniz Tek, Motley Crue, Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Robert Plant, Slayer, Anthrax, Santana, Blue Oyster Cult, Flamin Groovies, Buzzcocks, Steve Miller, Neil Young, Iggy and The Stooges, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, Rose Tattoo, Angels, Bryan Adams, Steve Stevens, Bruce Springsteen and the great Wilco.

If money is no object – you could see some great shows…..

Is there really an audience still out there for GnR ? You be the judge, but having the bearded Texans on the bill, along with the might Rosie Tatts could make me think not….me thinks Axl and his cut-outs are in danger of being wiped off the stage. Another visit from Iggy ? Sheesh, go see Deniz Tek instead….better yet, just have Tek in the Stooges !  Surely this must be the last time Kiss will be here…please – make it the last time. Take your unsold ice-blocks back with you and leave us with our 70’s memories.

Damn shame that Aerosmith are playing a large venue in Sydney like the Olympic Stadium….oh and shit like Grinspoon should bless their lucky stars they are opening the bill for legends.  My only advice is to arrive after the opening acts have done their ahem ‘thing’ and just see Boston’s finest. Joe Perry back in Australia – it will be great to have him back…..

Journey's 1978 album 'Infinity'

I’m not the biggest Journey fan, but I do like a bunch of their tunes. My favourite is ‘Wheel In The Sky’, off their 1978 album ‘Infinity’,  but did you know that the tune was penned by Robert Fleishman, who was the guy with air raid siren like voice on Vinnie Vincent’s first album. Fleischman was the lead singer of Journey immediately prior to Steve Perry. He was with the band for about nine months in 1977, contributing his song writing skills and vocal performances, but never actually recorded any albums with the band. As I mentioned he co wrote the band’s first charting song “Wheel in the Sky”, as well as “Anytime” and “Winds Of March”.  Musical differences ? Whatever the reason, he didn’t become a household name with Journey. Fleischman came close several times to hitting the big time throughout the years, but he never quite made it. Did you know that he was also associated with the English rock group Asia ?  John Kalodner of Geffen Records introduced him to John Wetton with a view to Robert becoming Asia’s lead-singer. Fleischman was impressed by John Wetton’s singing, and told Wetton that he felt the voice best suited to Asia was Wetton’s own. In 1986, Fleischman appeared with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion on their self-titled album. Again, Fleischman didn’t last long with VVI, and was replaced by Mark Slaughter, a younger guy who no doubt looked better in the videos and magazines that Fleischman. Personally, I think Fleischman’s voice is far superior to Slaughter’s. Anyways, back to the point of the post. When this song broke and became a hit for Journey, Steve Perry was stable in the band and they were on their way to massive commercial success. So next time you hear this, try and imagine Fleischman singing it – it was after all, predominantly his tune. It’s a great song, check out the video clip for it here.