Journey – Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

Journey
September 28, 2012
Review by EastChapman
Photos from the show HERE

 

First, I’ll set the scene.  The night of the show was nasty raw, but

luckily it didn’t pour.  Wrapped in wool and rain gear, 10,000 fans

packed into the outdoor venue.  I was hoping that the sheer numbers

would generate enough body heat to tame the cold.  No, 10,000 people are

not enough to influence the forces of Mother Nature.  It was still

miserable.

 

But Journey was worth every damp minute!

 

Taking an already wet Journey immediately engaged a crowd that was

ready for a good time.  Starting off with “Majestic,” they went straight

into “Faith in the Heartland” and kept going with “Any Way You Want It”

before taking a breather.  The night was an onslaught of music, energy,

and talent.  Combining their old classics with newer tunes, the setlist

was familiar but fresh and always true to Journey’s signature sound.

 

Journey is as much fun to watch as they are to hear.   While lead

vocalist Arnel Pineda wins hands down for energy, every member of the

band looks happy to be playing these songs for the upteenth time.  And

why not?  The crowd was clearly joyful as they sang along, often looking

to one another as if to say “Do you remember when…?”

 

Neal Schon, original lead guitarist, and mastermind behind those iconic

riffs that make Journey songs so recognizable, played to the crowd,

literally letting us see how he makes the music.   Performing a full

onslaught electric guitar version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the

truss in the middle of the crowd, Schon was brilliant.  Jonathan Cain,

longtime member, switched between keyboards and rhythm guitar and added

harmonies and vocals as well as depth.  Ross Valory, original bass

player, was understated, giving an unflappable and determined

performance all while slyly interacting with the audience.  Drummer Deen

Castronovo was jamming from the very start, squeezing everything from

that drum kit and looking happy as hell.

 

And then there is Arnel Pineda.  A powerhouse of vitality with huge

vocal range and ability, Pineda connected to the crowd immediately.

Speaking with fans, everyone knew his YouTube story and had seen his

taped performances.  Based on fan reaction, he was not only accepted, he

was embraced by longtime fans.  I particularly enjoyed his renditions of

massive hits “Faithfully” and “Open Arms.”  I’ve never been a ballad

fan, but Pineda added a bit of twist here and there, opening the vocals

towards the blues and updating the pieces while never leaving the

original too far behind.  He owned those songs.

 

The set list of nineteen songs, as well as a few solos, included “Stone

in Love” and “Lights,” my favorites, as well as “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

The band moved through the songs with little conversation but didn’t

seem to be in a hurry.  This is remarkable seeing that by the fourth

song Pineda was on his way to being soaked, the truss was slippery, and

band members even put on jackets so they could tolerate the wind and

drizzle.  These men are now official Mainers for their sheer

determination and grace through weather conditions that would leave most

of us home on the couch.

 

As the end of the night approached, fans were allowed up to the barrier

and piled in.  One man, certainly in his forties, threw himself beside

me on the barrier in an effort to touch Pineda’s hand while he sang

right in front of us.  Yes, I did get out of the way.   Why do I bring

it up?  Because the interaction between the gentleman straining from the

crowd and Pineda teetering on the side of the stage to make contact was

symbolic.  We, the fans, bring our memories, and Journey brings their

soundtrack and their willingness to let it all come alive one more time.

Why are these guys still able to pack in thousands?  Besides the fact

they are legends?  Because the fans love them.  That isn’t going to stop

anytime soon.

 

Bucket list item #12 – See Journey perform live so close I can see the

strings on Schon’s guitar.  Complete.  Thanks, Guys.  See you next time.

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Setlist

Majestic ~ Faith in the Heartland ~ Any Way You Want It ~ Ask the

Lonely ~ Only the Young ~ Never Walk Away ~ Anytime ~ Faithfully ~ The

Star-Spangled Banner ~ Stone in Love ~ Lights ~ Wheel in the Sky ~

Escape ~ La Do Da ~ Open Arms ~ Be Good to Yourself ~ Don’t Stop

Believin’ ~ Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) ~ Encore : Lovin’ Touchin’

Squeezin’

 

23 Responses to "Journey – Bangor Waterfront Pavilion"

  1. Yep, I agree great show the rain was crappy but still a great close to the year in out door concerts in Bangor.

  2. ABSOLUTELY Loved The Show All 3 Bands Can Still Rock After All These Years!

  3. The first group was Loverboy to play.They were awesome! The lead singer did not move around much,but his voice was perfect,and the guitarist was exceptional. Pat Benetar was next.At the beginning,her voice was raspy and not great,but by the middle,her voice was as powerful as ever.Her husband,the guitarist,was awesome! Then journey came onstage,and we had a shock as this boy was singing that reminded me of Chachi from Happy Days (lol).His voice was great,just not used to what looked like a kid up there singing for one of my all-time favorite bands.The guitarist was the best of all,especially as he did the Star Spangled Banner- Hendrix style (it kicked ass).Overall,it was well worth seeing.

  4. Journey has one tight band and even without Steve Perry, they were the real thing. The new singer(not new anymore) could not have been better, he is full of energy and enthusiasm. It was a pleasure to see what a true showman he is, heartfelt and can really sing. I will look for future Journey concerts to attend. Their performance sounded just like my CD and vinyl!

  5. First time I’ve been to a concert in a long time. My how old everyone is getting. LOVERBOY was great. I’d go see them again. PAT BENATAR still has it. JOURNEY was really good and although the new singer is an amazing vocalist and sang their songs really good with his own little twist, I just had trouble getting over the fact that it wasn’t STEVE PERRY

  6. Lead singer is awesome with the rest of Journey. Great show through the rain, and was a great first concert experience! Thanks for the wonderful memories!

  7. My friends and I thought the concert was awesome! Loverboy kicked things off and they were great. When Pat Benatar took the stage she was unbelievable! Here was a 59 year old woman that sounds just as good if not better than she did 25 years ago. Her & her husband and band were a blast to watch.

  8. Guys great coverage I love this site its a great resource for us folks way up in Maine. Anyway, I agree the show was rocking!

  9. literally great coverage this show was rainy but still what a show!

  10. Damn man you got some great shots I am loving this site!

  11. Interesting review yeah the night was damp but WOW a great show you guys got some great photos good work!

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  13. You all cover the best shows! This was one of them yeah it was raining but still we had a blast!

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  19. Excellent read and photos.

  20. We had a blast at this show nice work!

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  23. Wow, incredible photos Im wishing I was back at the show.

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