Saturday, June 17, 2017

Concert Review: Journey Brings The Energy And The Hits To Mohegan Sun

Newly inducted Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Famers, Journey paid a visit to the Mohegan Sun arena last Friday night. Journey have become a steady act at Mohegan Sun and each time they come, they continually sell out the arena. Every year Journey delivers one of the best shows in the country, performing many of their platinum selling hits and this night was no different.

Fellow progressive pop/rock band, Asia opened the evening with a 7-song, 45-minute set that included the hits "Only Time Will Tell" and "Heat Of The Moment." Their time also included a thunderous drum solo from original band member Carl Palmer and a tribute to their late band member John Wetton, who passed away earlier this year.

A beginning, space-like instrumental signaled the arrival of Journey as they quickly dove into their hits with "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" and "Only The Young." Guitarist Neal Schon made is presence known early with the electrifying solos during "Be Good To Yourself" and at the beginning of "Stone In Love." Cell phones brighten the arena during the ballad "Lights" and throughout the night, the audience sang along, knowing every word of songs like "Open Arms" and "Faithfully."

Lead singer Arnel Pineda was a ball of energy, supplying round-house kicks at the close of "Any Way You Want It" and "Rubicon." Drummer Steve Smith took his solo during the close of the 1978 rare gem "La Do Da," but the night kept building up to the set closer "Don't Stop Believin'." As soon as long-time Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain played those first notes, the arena erupted and turned into one big sing-along.

The encore began with the guitar driven "Escape," led again by Neal Schon, before Journey closed the evening with another of the band's big sing-along hits "Lovin', Touchin', "Squeezin'." With arms waving and fans singing, the night was filled with good times and a great escape from the pressures of everyday life. Another reason why, after so many years, Journey finally belongs in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

Setlist: Separate Ways (Worlds Apart), Be Good To Yourself, Only The Young, Stone In Love, Any Way You Want It, Lights, Open Arms, Who's Crying Now, Rubicon, La Do Da, Wheel In The Sky, Faithfully, Don't Stop Believin'
Encore: Eclipse, Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'

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