Journey kicks off a residency tonight (April 29) at The Joint in the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, playing nine shows over the next three weeks.
Guitarist Neal Schon tells us the plan is to dig deep into the group's catalog during the stay:
"We're gonna be mixing up the set. We're recording and filming nine shows, so we won't be playing the same thing every show, so I'm looking forward to that...I'm willing to dig as deep as everyone else is willing to go. I know it all, and also our drummer does so, y'know, we'll have time to rehearse. We've already rehearsed a lot of stuff that we didn't play on our last year's tour, but we can even rehearse more. It'll be great because everybody will be staying pretty much in Vegas. We can only play three shows a week, so it's set up that we can rehearse in there for the rest of the week if we want."
After Vegas, Journey will hit the road again, with a couple of U.S. dates and a full tour of Canada that will take the group into early August. Schon, meanwhile, releases a new solo album, "Vortex," on May 19.
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.