Journey at Hammersmith Apollo, London - Tue Jun 17th 2008

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18 juin 2008, 12h40m

Tue 17 Jun – Journey
I have to admit that while I thoughly enjoy Journey with Augeri in '06 and with JSS in '07, the latest lineup which played last night was the one that I have enjoyed the most. Arnel Pineda looks like Perry (from the back of the venue) and certainly sounds like him. He had bags of energy and was forever running around the stage and leaping off the drum riser - in marked contrast to his other band-mates. The crowd and particularly the large philipino contingent gave him their full support throughout.

As a whole the band seemed in more of a mood to 'rock' last night and Jonathan spent more time playing guitar than keyboards. Schon was fantastic, his solo spots were a delight and the vocals from all concerned were spot on.

The set consisted of the usual 'greatest hits' stuff, plus around 5 or 6 new tunes which I thought stood up very well indeed alongside the greats. The only downside for me, was the slightly re-arranged versions of Lights and Wheel in the Sky which didn't seem quite as massive sounding as on other occasions. Separate Ways, Who's Cryin' Now, Open Arms, Faithfully and the set closer of Don't Stop Believin' were all stellar.

This was much better value for money than the greatest hits show I saw last week from REO Speedwagon. The band seem to be going from strength to strength here in the UK and each year the tour is expanding to play parts of the UK, they've never visited before. You can count on me buying a ticket again, if they return next year.

Setlist:

1. Never Walk Away
2. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
3. Only the Young
4. The Revelation
5. Keep on Running (Deen on lead vocals)
6. Ask the Lonely
7. Who's Cryin Now
8. Change For The Better
9. Lights
10. After All These Years
11. Mother,Father (Deen on lead vocals)
12. Jon's solo spot on piano
13. Open Arms
14. short jam - Neal on guitar & Jon on mouth organ
15. Wheel in the Sky
16. new song
17. Chain Reaction
18. new song
19. new song
20. Faithfully
21. Don't Stop Beleivin'
Encores:
22. Escape
23. Any Way You Want It

new tracks included:
Edge Of The Blade
Where Did I Lose Your Love
Wildest Dreams
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  • ogdensflake

    Great write up - Journey are awesome! I think no. 22 on the set list was Escape

    19 juin 2008, 21h09m
  • ogdensflake

    I could be wrong but I'm also pretty sure they did Stone in Love quite early on in the set. I also think they did Edge of the Blade towards the end. I'll leave you alone now I promise!!

    19 juin 2008, 21h12m
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