From Planet Rock.
Journey have announced three new additions to their line-up following the firing of long serving bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith in March.
Neal Schon took to Twitter over the weekend to confirm that former bassist Randy Jackson has returned to the Journey fold and Narada Michael Walden drafted in as the new drummer, and Jason Derlatka joining as an additional keyboardist and vocalist.
“Ok Friends word is out! @randyjackson RJ the Big Dawg is our new Bass player again,” Neal Schon wrote.
“Narada Michael Walden is our new drummer. Multi-talented songwriter/producer, Mahavishnu Orchestra. The J Boyz will have a new strut.”
Journey’s Randy Jackson
He added: “Journey is an ever-changing unstoppable force. This is a completely new chapter for us and can’t wait to get to it!”
A prolific musician and producer who has worked with a vast array of artists, Randy Jackson played bass with Journey from 1985 to 1987 and he contributed to one studio album – April 1986’s ‘Raised On Radio.’
He has also worked in music production and as A&R at Columbia Records and MCA Records, but is perhaps best known for being a longterm judge on US talent show American Idol.
The new six-strong incarnation of Journey made their debut with a socially distanced rendition of their signature tune ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ on Saturday night for the UNICEF Won’t Stop fundraiser concert.
Neal Schon wrote on Instagram afterwards: “We were so happy to be involved with @unicef with all the amazing artists, for such a great cause 🙏🏽 thank you @merck_mercuriadis 🙌🏽welcome to our Journey family @randyjackson @officialnarada and @jason_derlatka.”
Ross Valery and Steve Smith were booted out of Journey in highly acrimonious circumstances in March for allegedly a instigating a “malicious and very ill-conceived” coup attempt to take control of the Journey name and one of their businesses Nightmare Productions.
Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain’s representatives told Rolling Stone at the time: “The Journeya name is controlled by Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain. And for very good cause, they don’t want to perform with Smith or Valory anymore, they don’t want to have anything to do with them, and that’s their right.
“They’re going to go on with Journey, continue with the great success of the past and these two guys are going to get replaced.”
Valory countersued Schon and Cain last month, calling the allegations “baseless.”
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- Journey - Greatest Hits - Hype Sticker - Dutch - vinyl LP - £35.00, $48.30, €41.30 (New Item) (arrived 21-Oct-2021 12:26)on October 23, 2021 at 3:53 pm
JOURNEY Greatest Hits (1988 Dutch 15-track LP compilation - one of the biggest rock bands of all time, having sold over 75 million albums worldwide. This collection of their greatest hits includes Only The Young, Open Arms & the classic smash hit Don't Stop Believin', hype stickered picture sleeve with back catalogue/lyric inner. The sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl is near mint with few signs of play)
- Journey - Raised On Radio - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.70, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 21-Oct-2021 12:18)on October 23, 2021 at 3:53 pm
JOURNEY Raised On Radio (1986 UK 11-track vinyl LP, complete with illustrated lyric inner and glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve displays some minor general wear, and the vinyl has only little signs of play CBS26902)
- Journey - Escape - red label - shrink - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.70, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 21-Oct-2021 12:16)on October 23, 2021 at 3:53 pm
JOURNEY Escape (1981 UK 10-track LP on the red CBS label, including the singles Don't Stop Believing, Who's Crying Now & Open Arms. The picture sleeve is still in open shrinkwrap, which has stuck a little to the gloss over time, whilst the vinylappears barely played)
- Journey - Escape - 1st + Insert - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.60, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 12-Oct-2021 10:08)on October 23, 2021 at 3:53 pm
JOURNEY Escape (1981 UK 10-track vinyl LP, complete with illustrated lyric insert, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light ageing, with some corner scuffing and the vinyl remains in excellent condition and looks barely played)
- Journey - Be Good To Yourself - UK - 7" vinyl - £9.99, $13.79, €11.79 (New Item) (arrived 31-Aug-2021 09:18)on October 23, 2021 at 3:53 pm
JOURNEY Be Good To Yourself (Scarce 1986 UK limited edition 4-track double 7" vinyl single, also including Only The Young, After the Fall and Rubicon, gatefold picture sleeve DA7095)