Thursday, December 15, 2022

Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 2: JOURNEY

As part of the 2022 hennemusic Rock News Awards, the daily news site is counting down the Top 10 Rock News Artists of the past year.

Finalists for the 13th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards are chosen by readers: the Rock News Story Of The Year is determined by page views, while the Rock News Artist Of The Year is based on the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

The 2022 hennemusic Rock News Awards winners will be announced on Friday, December 16.

2022 Rock News Artist Of The Year – Top 10


Rock News Artist of The Year No. 2 – JOURNEY

Journey entered 2022 with a New Year’s Eve performance from New York’s Times Square as part of the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special and, by February, the group shared the track list for their forthcoming album, “Freedom”, as they hit the road for shows across North America in support of the project.

In April, Journey’s 1981 smash, “Don’t Stop Believin’”, was among the 25 sound recordings selected for induction into the US Library Of Congress National Recording Registry; the following month, the group cut short the spring tour when one of the band members tested positive for Covid.

Guitarist Neal Schon performed the national anthem at Game 1 of the NBA Finals at the Chase Center in San Francisco, CA on June 2, and then appeared on America’s Got Talent to deliver “Don’t Stop Believin’” alongside Season 14 winner, pianist and singer Kodi Lee, and singer Teddy Swims for the song, in sync with the release of Swims’ version as his latest single.

In September, former Journey singer Steve Perry launched a legal action in an effort to prevent Schon and Jonathan Cain from owning merchandise trademarks on the names of many of the band’s biggest hits, which he says the pair recently registered despite Perry’s claim that the pair are not allowed to unilaterally register these trademarks because the trio signed a partnership agreement requiring unanimous consent for any use of the tracks, for merchandise or anything else.

The following month, Journey announced 2023 dates for the “Freedom” tour as Schon sued Cain over a financial dispute surrounding issues relating to the keyboardist's allegedly secret and exclusive use of a credit card under the band’s corporate company; Cain denied the claims while saying the guitarist’s issue is his inability t control his spending.

In December, Journey hired Def Leppard’s manager to oversee the band, while also releasing “Live In Concert At Lollapalooza”, which captures the group’s 2021 appearance in Chicago, IL.

Get your copy of “Freedom” here and “Journey: Live In Concert At Lollapalooza” here.

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