Journey reconfigues with Jackson and Walden

The ever-revolving lineup of Journey has taken another move through the turnstile: the band unveiled a revamped lineup, during a socially distanced performance of “Don’t Stop Believin'” for Unicef: We Won’t Stop fundraising event on Saturday (May 23).

Rejoining the band on bass is former member Randy Jackson, along with drummer Narada Michael Walden and keyboardist Jason Derlatka. The three musicians joined the lone original member, guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and frontman Arnel Pineda for the performance. A video can be seen below.

Jackson, the longtime American Idol judge, was a member of Journey from1985 to 1987, playing on the band’s 1986 LP, ‘Raised on Radio.’ Walden has an extensive career, having drummed previously for among others, Jeff Beck, Robert Fripp and Tommy Bolin. Derlatka is an Emmy-nominated composer who accompanied Schon’s Journey Through Time band on a live version of “Faithfully.”

The new musicians were brought into the fold after the firing of bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith earlier this year. Valory had been in the band from 1973 to 1985, and then from 1995 through his firing. Smith had been with Journey on three different occasions, starting in 1978.

Via social media, Schon spoke about the new version of Journey:Ok friends, word is out ! Randy Jackson the Big Dawg is our new Bass player again. Word is out ! Narada Michael Walden is our new drummer!”  He added, “This is a completely new chapter for us and can’t wait to get to it! Journey is an ever-changing unstoppable force.” And in a move that is bound to whet fans’ appetites, he alluded to a new album, saying, “It’s coming already.”

The band’s most recent studio LP, ‘Eclipse,’ came out in 2011.


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