Journey at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 5/23/2014
"Helllllooooo Dallllllaaaaaasssssssss!!!" proclaimed Journey front man Arnel Pineda as he made his way to the stage. "Dallllllaaaassssss!!!!", he shouted again. A cacophony of screams came from all around the nearly sold-out Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, "Hoooouuuuuussssssttttttooooonnnnn!!!"
Not a good start, guys. Thankfully, Houston gets blasted with the Dallas bomb on a semi-regular basis so we're pretty much used to it at this point. A lady in the front row was already ready with a business card emblazoned with the bolded letters H-O-U-S-T-O-N scratched into the back of it in pen. As Pineda realized his mistake after taking a look at the card, his face immediately dropped with light-hearted embarrassment.
Thankfully by that time, he had already re-earned the crowd's trust of the venue as he ran from left to right and back again while fist-pounding the front row and shouting the lyrics of "Be Good to Yourself" as far as his voice could reach. Which, by the end of the show, he proved was pretty damn far.
Let's just start off by saying that I've never seen Journey, nor have I really ever craved to. Not that I don't like their music; they were just always that band that played in the background at parties in my high-school years. Later they became that band that everyone shouted every lyric to when a cover band played "Don't Stop Believin'" in some shitty bar. I guess that could be a reason for my lack of need to see the '70s rockers.
But that never swayed me from enjoying their music. Everyone had their own dance moves to "Any Way You Want It," "Wheel In the Sky" is the jam and "Anytime" as well. And who can't help swaying along with their lighters in the air during "Faithfully?" I know I can't.
But they were just never my favorite band. Or even close for that matter. I'm not sure if anyone really could list them as theirs, either. I'm sure I'll hear about it in the comments if otherwise, but really -- whose favorite band is Journey?
That's like saying your favorite current band is LMFAO. Yeah, you danced and sang along to a few of their songs at the last wedding you went to, but you're not going home and rocking their record. Are you? When was the last time you honestly played "Don't Stop Believin'" because you really just wanted to hear it? Never.
But, when the time is right, that's the best tune ever written. You have to be in the moment to enjoy Journey, and thankfully 15,000 of us were all there on Friday night. With a perfect sunset warmup set from the legendary Steve Miller Band that touched on classics like "The Joker," "Rock'n Me," "Fly Like an Eagle" and "Take The Money and Run," the crowd was ripe and ready for a solid classic-rock performance from the headliners.
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