They won’t stop performin’ if you don’t stop believin’!
Journey announced new dates for a continuation of the band’s 50th Anniversary Freedom Tour 2023, which is set to hit the road this coming February.
Journey will again be joined by TOTO for a nationwide tour that will include 38 different dates over the course of three months spanning between February and April.
The tour kicks off with one of two semi-local shows on February 3rd in Allentown, PA at the PPL Center and circles its way back to the general area for a show at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. on March 17th.
For those with college-aged children attending Penn State University, the tour will also be making a trip to State College, PA, to perform at the Bryce Jordan Center in between the two dates listed above, on March 3rd. Maybe the right time to make the journey up to Happy Valley for a quick parents’ weekend?!
As the tour’s name suggests, Journey is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a band since forming all the way back in 1973. Though some of the band’s original members have gone their separate ways, band founder and lead guitarist, Neal Schon, is still an essential member of this tour.
Throughout Journey’s history, the band has racked up over 25 hit songs charting on the Billboard Hot 100 list. However, to the surprise of some, TOTO, the show’s supporting act, holds the lone number one Billboard hit on the tour with their song “Africa,” which peaked at number one in February of 1983.
Anyway you put it, I’m sure those in attendance for these future dates are in for quite the show and I’m sure the bands will welcome you with open arms!
For those interested in going to one of the shows, tickets are on sale Friday, October 18th at 10 a.m., and listen to the John DeBella Show all week for your chance to win tickets before they officially go on sale!
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50 Best Power Ballads of All Time
Power ballads: They’re some of music’s most powerful expressions, and while their popularity exploded in the ‘80s, they can be found in multiple decades as is evident in our list.
According to Cambridge University Press’ academic journal Popular Music, “The power ballad has become a mainstay of popular music since the 1970s…The songs are defined by the use of both a musical formula based on constant escalation and an expressive formula that combines the euphoric uplift created by rousing music with sentimental themes and ploys.”
The journal further notes, “Contrary to views that power ballads first appeared in 1980s rock and are primarily rock numbers, the songs emerged in the 1970s pop recordings of Barry Manilow and others, and from early on crossed genre lines, including pop, rock and R&B…The songs are part of a shift toward more effusive and demonstrative styles of ballads underway since the 1960s. In addition, the emotional excesses of the power ballad fit into a larger change in the expressive tone of works across different popular culture media. With those works, emotions are to be large, ecstatic and immediate.”
With the above explainer in mind, our list of the 50 Best Power Ballads list below might include some surprising songs as well as the massive tunes you’d expect to see on this list.
There’s one other parameter that was set for this list: Bands/artists will only be represented by one song to provide for fun variety. However, solo tracks and band recordings count as two separate entry, which means certain musician might show up more than once on this list.
Without further ado, bust out your lighters and enjoy our list of the 50 Best Power Ballads!