Regardless of whether it gets into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, Journey has announced its first tour dates for 2017.
The group has already announced three dates in Hawaii during February, but it gets going in earnest on March 15, starting on the West Coast (Yakima, Wash.) and moving into the Midwest. The itinerary also includes nine-date residency beginning May 3 at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The tour marks Journey's second year with Steve Smith, who was part of the classic late 70s/early 80s lineup, back in the fold, and keyboardist Jonathan Cain tells us that being on the road is where Journey proves its mettle:
"I think the band is probably as good as it's been in awhile, with Steve Smith back. It seems fitting, you know; The return of Steve Smith puts another piece of the original band back together, and it's exciting...We've never been the critic's choice...They bashed us in the 80s and every album we put out they just pretty much laughed at and it sold triple-platinum...What we've done over the years is quietly just continued to be relevant, so maybe they weren't right about us."
Journey has been leading consistently in the public vote for the Rock Hall which wraps up December 10. The Hall's inductees will be announced shortly thereafter.
Journey's full 2017 tour dates so far include:
February 23, 24 - Honolulu, HI - Neal S. Blaisdell Center
February 28 - Kahului, HI - Maui Arts & Cultural Center
March 15 - Yakima, WA - Yakima Valley SunDome
March 16 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
March 19 - Eugene, OR - Matthew Knight Arena
March 20 - Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena
March 21 - Bozeman, MT - Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
March 24 - Fargo, ND - Fargodome
March 27 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
March 28 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center
March 31 - Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
April 1 - Evansville, IN - Ford Center
April 3 - Moline, IL - I Wireless Center
April 4 - Dayton, OH - Wright State University's Nutter Center
May 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.