Friday, February 24, 2023

Journey reunites with Gregg Rolie in Austin

Journey co-founder Gregg Rolie reunited with the band on stage in Austin, TX on February 22 to perform a series of classic tracks during the group’s 50th anniversary tour.

The concert at the city’s Moody Center saw Rolie arrive on stage to sing 1979’s “Just The Same Way” and the 1975 rarity, “Of A Lifetime”, before sharing vocals with drummer Dean Castronovo on “Feeling That Way” and “Anytime” from 1978’s "Infinity", with guitarist Steve Lukather from openers Toto joining in for a cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic, “Black Magic Woman” (Rolie famously sang on the 1970 Santana version of the track).

“When the band you helped start 50 years ago is playing down the street you’ve got one option…JOIN THEM on stage!,” posted Rolie on social media.

Schon teased the guest appearance on social media earlier this month, tweeting the Austin date and writing: “Special surprise in Austin TX.”

Ahead of the tour’s launch late last month, Schon fielded fan questions on Twitter, telling one that “Gregg Rolie will be there also” as his wife, Michaele Schon, revealed conflict within the lineup about the keyboardist’s involvement in the 2023 series.

A founding member of Santana, Rolie teamed up with Schon to launch Journey with others in San Francisco in 1973; he left the lineup in 1980.

Pick up your copy of Journey’s “Greatest Hits I & II” here and “Journey: Live In Concert At Lollapalooza” here.

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