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.
Journey have released their first new song in a decade. You can listen to "The Way We Used to Be" below.
The track's animated video features a young couple forced to live apart as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. The first thing they do once the pandemic is over is attend a Journey concert.
Guitarist Neal Schon said “The Way We Used to Be” "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. ... I laid down the keyboard loop with overdubbed rhythm and a little blues lead guitar and sent to [keyboardist] Jonathan [Cain]. 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 band's most recent album is 2011's Eclipse. "The Way We Used to Be" is also Journey's first new music since the departures of bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith, both of whom were fired from the group last year.
Schon said there's even more to come, including a new album. He noted that the song marks a "complete new beginning chapter for Journey ... with all of us collectively writing and working together. We now have over 26 songs that we’ve written and whittling it down to 10 or 12. We are very excited by all the new musical endeavors we’ve created together."
Journey are also slotted to perform at several festivals later this year, including Chicago's Lollapalooza in July and the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in September.
"I can guarantee you that with the new blood in the band, when we get together for two weeks of rehearsal before that show, we will be the new alternative," Schon said of Lollapalooza in an interview with radio host Eddie Trunk last month. "We're gonna add a lot to the show. We're gonna bring some new dynamics and open things up a bit and show people what the musicianship is really like in this band."
Journey - Frontiers Tour 1983 (COMPLETE CONCERT UNCUT)
After 1 month without posting anything, I decided to bring the recreation of the tour of one of my favorite bands, Journey, I bring the Frontiers Tour especially because there is a lot of available audio, video and etc. So it was very easy for me to edit, I just had some problems with cutting, because some songs were incomplete or had an unexpected cut, unfortunately I couldn't replace it with audio or anything, but it's still good to watch, I hope you like it, most of the sources I took are the video and the latest audio tracks in Budokan, almost all audio tracks at Norman's show, which is the most complete record of this tour in my opinion
Setlist: 1) Intro (00:00) 2) Chain Reaction (00:40) 3) Wheel In The Sky (05:07) 4) Line Of Fire (07:18) * 5) Still They Ride (10:47) 6) Open Arms (15:00) 7) No More Lies (Neal Schon And Jan Hammer Cover) (18:14) * 8) Back Talk (21:41) * 9) Edge Of The Blade (24:47) * 10) Jonathan Cain Keyboard Solo (29:23) * 11) Rubicon (29:52) 12) Steve Smith Drum Solo (34:27) * 13) Escape (37:13) ** 14) Faithfully (Intro Missing) (41:52) *** 15) Who's Cryin' Now (45:55) 16) Don't Stop Believin' (51:20) 17) Stone In Love (55:25) *** 18) Keep On Runnin' (01:00:00) 19) Lights (01:03:55)* 20) Anyway You Want It (01:08:05) 21) Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) (01:11:31) 22) After The Fall (01:17:01) **** 23) Frontiers (01:20:30) * 24) Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' (01:24:10) * 25) Don't Fight It (Kenny Loggins Cover) (01:31:50) * 26) Outro (01:37:17)
Meaning Of The Asterisks:
*: Audio Only **: Low Quality Video ***: Cut ****: Practically Only Cuts