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 - Captured - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 18-Jun-2020 11:29)on July 2, 2020 at 1:36 pm
JOURNEY Captured (1981 UK 17-track graduated orange label double vinyl LP - the band's first live album, recorded during their Departure tour, with the exception of The Party's Over [Hopelessly in Love], which is the lone studio track on the album. Gatefold picture sleeve with picture inners. The sleeve is showing some minor edgewear, but remains in excellent condition and the vinyl looks seldom played)
- Journey - Dream, After Dream - Japanese - vinyl LP - £25.00, $31.25, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 08-Jun-2020 12:09)on July 2, 2020 at 1:36 pm
JOURNEY Dream, After Dream (1980 Japanese CBS Sony 9-track LP, featuring music from the film 'Rêve Après Rêve', housed in a picture sleeve complete with four-page biography/lyric insert illustrated with scenes from the film, illustrated inner&discography obi-strip. The packaging & the vinyl appear Near Mint with few signs of wear & play 27AP1950)
- Journey - Raised On Radio - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 20-May-2020 15:00)on July 2, 2020 at 1:36 pm
JOURNEY Raised On Radio (1986 UK 11-track vinyl LP, complete with illustrated lyric inner and glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve displays minimal wear with a tiny light sticker mark on the front, and the vinyl has little sign of play CBS26902)
- Journey - Live Energy Dj Copy - Japanese - 12" vinyl - Promo - £50.00, $62.50, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 20-May-2020 14:26)on July 2, 2020 at 1:36 pm
JOURNEY Live Energy DJ Copy (Rare 1981 Japanese 6-track promo only 12" sampler taken from the LP 'Captured'. Issued in a unique custom picture sleeve with Japanese biography & discography details on the back. The sleeve displays just a little light wear mostly to the edges & corners, whilst the vinyl looks barely played XDAP93035)
- Journey - Evolution - Japanese - CD album - Promo - £25.00, $31.25, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 18-Mar-2020 12:36)on July 2, 2020 at 1:36 pm
JOURNEY Evolution (1996 Japanese 11-track promo sample CD album issued to radio stations and reviewers ahead of the actual release date, with a custom stamped inner rim on the disc complete with picture sleeve, lyric booklet & obi-strip SRCS-9079)