JOURNEY’S TRIP TO THE TOPKenny Wardell
Everyone at BAM, past and present, send a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to our friends and colleagues in one of the most successful bands to ever come out of the Bay Area, JOURNEY!!! They will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this Friday night, (April 7, 2017) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Train’s Pat Monahan will have the honor of inducting Journey into the hallowed rock hall founded in 1983 by Rolling Stone Magazine’s editor and publisher Jann Wenner.
PHOTOS: Richard Brackett
Current Journey members include Neal Schon– guitars & backing vocals, Jonathan Cain– Keyboards & backing vocals, Ross Valory– bass & backing vocals, Steve Smith– drums, and Arnel Pineda– lead vocals. They will joined on stage for the induction ceremony by Aynsley Dunbar– former drummer, Steve Perry– former lead vocalist, and Gregg Rolie– former lead vocalist & keyboardist. Gregg has the distinction of being one of the few inductees to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice! The first induction was for his time with Santana.
Photo: Maryanne Bilham
There’s some rock and roll drama brewing for Journey’s appearance at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday. Steve Perry who sang on nine of Journey’s most popular and successful albums will be in the same building with his former band mates for the first time in close to twenty years. There are stories floating around about a Perry “power grab” at one point that lead to his departure from the band. It has been widely reported that Neal Schon and other Journey members have reached out to Perry to have him sing at least one song with the band during the televised ceremony. Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines just reported last Friday that Perry had decided to skip any singing with Journey at the induction ceremony. Jonathan Cain was also just quoted in a Midwestern newspaper interview that Perry would indeed be at the induction ceremony but right after that he let them know that then he would “ski-daddle.” For all you hard core Journey fans who want to see a Journey reunion with Steve Perry, even for one song, we say, “Don’t Stop Believing’”.
I reached out to the legendary DJ, Dusty Street who is on the air from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio on Sirius XM to see if she was going to New York for this year’s ceremony? “Does a bear eat berries in the forest???” or something like that was her response. Dusty, one of the first female DJ’s in America, got her start in San Francisco when she spun records at KMPX-FM and the grand daddy of all progressive rock, free-form radio stations- KSAN Jive 95. She witnessed Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie playing their last gig with Santana at the closing of Fillmore West and then, not long after, the launch of Journey with a live KSAN broadcast on KSAN from the Great American Music Hall.
Dusty shared the list of musicians being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year and who would be doing the presenting:
THIS JUST IN!
Neil Young has bowed out of inducting Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friday night due to an unspecified illness.
The Rock Hall has gotten another big Pearl Jam fan in his place —David Letterman. Letterman has a long history with the band — they appeared on his only commercial-free edition of the Late Showin 1996, Matt Cameron made his public debut as the band’s drummer during an appearance in May 1998, and Eddie Vedder performed “Better Man” on one of Letterman’s final episodes of theLate Show in 2015.
Journey Pat Monahan
Pearl Jam David Letterman
Joan Baez Jackson Browne
Yes Getty Lee
ELO Dhani Harrison, (George’s son.)
Nile Rogers Pharrell Williams
Tupac Shakur Snoop Dogg
Special Appearances by:
Lenny Kravitz doing a Prince tribute.
The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction will air on HBO on Saturday night April 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m Eastern and Pacific.