Journey has released a new song titled “The Way We Used To Be,” their first new piece of music since the release of the band’s 2011 album Eclipse.

The song’s release also comes with an animated music video showing a couple together but then being forced to separate due to the pandemic. The track is also the first piece of new music to feature Journey’s newest members Randy Jackson, Narada Michael Walden and Jason Derlatka.

In a statement to Rolling Stone on the song, guitarist Neal Schon said, “[This song] came out of one of the many loops I’d written while the long downtime continued with the pandemic we all had to deal with. So utilizing my time and trying to keep fans in touch I started posting many jams and loops I created very quickly most every day. On ‘The Way We Used To Be’ I laid down the keyboard loop with over-dubbed rhythm and a little blues lead guitar and sent to Jonathan. He sent it back very shortly after with demo vocals and lyrics and I said to myself with a smile, ‘We’ve still got it!'”

“The Way We Used To Be” is available for streaming/download here and will be featured on an upcoming Journey album, but release details are yet to be determined.

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