There are two important facts to note when considering a Journey concert:
1) Original singer Steve Perry is no longer in the band.
2) Nobody really cares that he's no longer in the band.
After Filipino soundalike Arnel Pineda joined the group, most fans embraced Journey like nothing had changed. As a rock 'n' roll purist, it's hard to fully understand the phenomenon. But Pineda’s amazing story is inspiring.
Journey will make its first stop in years at the Idaho Center Amphitheater on Saturday, Aug. 4, with — wait for it! — opening act Loverboy. When Journey
last played outdoors in Nampa in 1999 with Foreigner, 10,588 people showed up. Update: Another fun fact about that 1999 show: about 150 kegs of beer were drained. However, as a reader who hasn't killed all of his/her brain cells with Budweiser keenly points out, the last time Journey played the Idaho Center Amphitheater actually was two years later in 2001 — with Peter Frampton and John Waite.
I could list all the hits by Journey and Loverboy, but if you’ve read this far, you already have them cranking on your iPod. (A third act also will be on this bill but hasn’t been announced.)
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 15 for $49.50 to $99.50 at ICTickets.