Moonglow Posted August 21, 2013 Share Posted August 21, 2013 So I saw Journey last night in the northern burbs of Chicago. They played at a place called Ravinia representing a really nice outdoor "artsy" venue with superb acoustics (they often feature orchestras and solo piano performances). We were sitting just about dead-center in the Pavilion/seated section and the sound, to include volume, was perfect. Jonathan Cain played a Roland V-Piano, Jupiter-80, Hammond XK-3c (I think), Triton Studio, and a large rack containing Lord knows what. The V-Piano cut through the mix nicely, but had a tendency to sound a tad sterile and somewhat brittle at the high-mid and upper range. I wanted to hear more sustain or longer decay.....or something to make it sing a little more. The low end sounded great, especially during Jonathans (fantastic) solo piano intro to Open Arms. As a new Jupiter-80 owner, I was pleased to hear some of the same patches I routinely use with my band (e.g., Separate Ways, analog brass/strings). It sat very nicely in the mix. I was surprised to see that none of the MIDI connections were being utilized on the Jupiter; it appeared to be a stand-alone instrument. I was disappointed with the organ sound. I had a hard time hearing it in the mix, and when I did, it was a far cry from the greasy Gregg Rolie organs we have all come to know and love. The Triton sounded like typical Triton fare. I happen to like the Tritons, so you can take or leave that as you may! Musically, the band was tight, although I heard far too many backing tracks (vocals, keys, guitar). The guys looked a little tired/bored, and Jonathan definitely needs to smile more. At times they presented somewhat like assembly-line workers punching-in on the clock. The new singer, Arnel Pineda, has a very rich, dynamic voice, but you could definitely hear the effects of having to sing that catalog night after night. I was surprised at how small he looked on stage. I know that Neal Schon is rather short, but Arnel looked like a kid in comparison! Neal Schon continues to amaze, and their drummer, Deen Castronovo, is a powerhouse/madman with an excellent singing voice, as well. Ross Valory's bass playing was solid and melodic. Overall, I enjoyed the show but was a little saddened in that I have seen Journey on numerous occasions over the years, but felt this would be my last. Ive heard them play their dirty dozen hits countless times, and they havent produced any new music that really grabs me. For those interested, here was the 105-minute set list: 1. Separate Ways, 2. Any Way You Want It, 3. Send Her my Love, 4. Chain Reaction, 5. Only the Young, 6. guitar solo/Star Spangled Banner/Stone In Love, 7. Just the Same Way, 8. Patiently (acoustic version), 9. Lights, 10. piano solo/Open Arms, 11. Feeling That Way/Anytime, 12. Escape, 13. Dead or Alive, 14. Wheel in the Sky, 15. Faithfully, 16. Be Good to Yourself, 17. Dont Stop Believing, 18. (encore) Lovin, Touchin, & Squeezin "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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