JOURNEY: BEHIND THE SCENES
They have become an institution across the world. Journey is the most consistent live band in rock & roll. After years of practice and hard work, this title is no bull. Show after show is delivered with poise and precision. The band has worked very hard to make this a reality. With their manager, Herbie Herbert, they have carefully planned each new step in their collective career. Details are never overlooked. They have worked very hard to deserve the success that has come their way.
One of the most important things one can say about Journey is that they never forgot who and what and why. They know how they became what the are today, and they know who helped put them there. First and foremost credit must go to the fantastic people at Columbia Records. Over the years, the band has worked very closely with their regional Promotion Managers, Local Promotion Managers, Sales, Merchandising, and Press folks to insure their ongoing triumphs and accomplishments. It is safe to say that all would have ceased to be long before Infinity was released had it not been for the commitment and energy of that top brass at Columbia. Bruce Lundvall, Jack Craigo, Joe Mansfield, Ed Hines, Mike Dilbeck, Don Ellis, and Ron Oberman are just a few of the many who stuck by the band early on. Today we continue to look to the future. There are new tunes coming that will blow your minds; This is just the beginning.
We have been on the road together for some time now. It is difficult and demanding life, but also a life full of rewards and beauty. Over the years, Journey and Herbie have built an incredible Road Crew. Often, people fail to understand how much work and time it takes to stage a rock & roll show. Working with local stage crew and the different promoters at each stop along the way, our crew labors constantly to deliver the best and most consistent performance in rock & roll. Like their counterparts on stage, the Journey Road Crew is never content until they have made everything work the best it can. Show after show, the best is never enough. They are a big reason why your ticket dollar is worth so much tonight; a great show, flawless presented, and on time, no matter what the obstacles
Rock & roll is very much affected by all the problems of the world. The 500-mle overnight runs, in the worst of weather, during fuel shortages, and transportation strikes, with airlines and Teamsters. It’s very difficult for the crew in the first place, let alone dealing with all the external problems. Constantly moving, constantly touring, and tonight’s show could well be the best ever, because that is the spirit of the true artist, the ability and opportunity to entertain once again. Perhaps the greater the challenge last night, the better the show tonight.
There are certainly times when the crew and band are collectively defeated by these problems. That’s where the office comes in to save the day.
Even less well known than the Road Crew are our staff at Nightmare, Inc., Journey’s management company, have long been the unsung heroes and heroines of the Journey success story. Putting in ten and twelve hour days, six days a week, they toil endlessly on the band’s behalf. Thanks is too small of a word for how we feel:
· Susan Alexander, Chief of Operations
· Carolina Bagnarol, Accounts
· Greg Schafer, Production and Advance Manager.
· John Villanueva, Office Manager.
· Vicky Andalucia, Design Consultant.
· Joe Martinez, Office Assistant.
So the efforts of many people combine to create the Journey success story. The long ago dream of a sleepless roadie driving across the world in a bobtail truck has become reality. Each player is keyed and prepared, and indeed has grown and risen to the occasion. The bottom line is you, the people who come to hear the band. Journey stops here tonight to play for you. Our hearts reach out to you and we are grateful and proud for the gifts you have given. Thank You.