There’s been a lot of news about infighting in Journey and what it might mean for the future of the band.
But while that was all raging in social media — most recently guitarist Neal Schon‘s criticism of bandmates for visiting President Donald Trump at the White House — it was not visible on the group’s latest tour.
Carl Palmer of Asia, which opened for Journey during the late winter and spring, tells us he saw no animosity between the group members either on or off stage:
“It was not evident at all. I mean, they were incredibly professional. When they would pass each other in the corridors, they would fist bump each other — that’s Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon, ’cause those are the two you’re talking about. So you would not see any of that. They were probably the most professional band that I’ve ever toured with…They were just out of this world…and that was going on in social media but it was not going on on stage and it was not going on in the corridors, and we were with them for about, well, we did 42 concerts together.”
Journey is currently off the road and is rumored to be planning a tour with Def Leppard during 2018. Palmer, meanwhile, is back out as part of Yes’ Yestival tour with his ELP Experience celebrating his days with Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
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.