Summer concert series Journey concludes Saturday with classic rock

Neil Schon
Original Journey guitarist Neil Schon. The band plays Saturday at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys. Photo by Jim Grant / Harveys and Harrah’s
Some classic rock bands coined especially classic songs. Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” was famously played on the final episode of “The Sopranos” and “Lights” is an anthem for the city of San Francisco. In all, Journey has had 18 top 40 singles, most of which will be heard Saturday, Sept. 14 in the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, the final show in an annual summer concert series. “An Evening with Journey” will have no opening band. It is slated to start at 7 p.m. and tickets remain on sale for $59.50 to $190.50. The band toured Europe in the spring and the United States during the summer, including an Aug. 23 stop in Tulsa, Okla., when one of the band’s two remaining original members, Neal Schon, was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, joining Woodie Guthrie, Merle Haggard and others. Bass player Ross Valory is the other original member. He famously plays bass in the low “Nashville” tuning. Drummer Deen Castronovo has been with the band more than 10 years. He has also played with Bad English, Ozzy Osborne and Steve Vai. Keyboardist Jonathan Cain, who played with Castronovo in Bad English, has been with Journey 33 years. He wrote “Open Arms” (expect a piano solo) and “Who’s Crying Now.” Led singer Arnel Pineda joined the band in December 2007 after being discovered in the Philippines by Schon. “Neil’s just cruising the Internet one night and he finds Journey singer on YouTube,” Vallory told this reporter in 2008. “We were able to find Arnel and bring him out in October for what was a very brief audition. It didn’t take much to convince anyone if at all that this was the guy. … He’s a sweetheart of a person and he sings like an angel.”      

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Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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