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 Who's Crying Now (Limited Edition 1981 UK 12" single, featuring the Full Length Version plus The Journey Story - a unique collection of snippets of 14 songs taken from 6 albums. The picture sleeve shows the odd small crease from ring wear with a gold 'Not For Sale' stamp on the back. The vinyl is excellent with minimal play A13-1467)
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JOURNEY Departure (1983 Japanese 12-track LP, housed in a deluxe picture sleeve complete with pin-up insert, four-page Japanese/lyric insert & top card obi-strip. Both the sleeve & vinyl are Near Mint, remains in the original open shrink 20AP2499)
- Journey - Don't Stop Believin' + Insert - UK - 12" picture disc - £35.00, $42.70, €40.60 (New Item) (arrived 16-May-2022 11:41)on June 29, 2022 at 4:55 am
JOURNEY Don't Stop Believin' (1982 UK limited edition 12" Picture Disc single, also including The Journey Story (An Audio Biography), within a clear PVC sleeve complete with backing insert A111728)
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JOURNEY In The Beginning (1979 UK CBS label 14-track 2-LP vinyl set compiling early recordings originally issued between 1975 and '77, glossy full colour gatefold picture sleeve .The sleeve shows some paperloss at the spine and sticker removalring to the front whilst the vinyl shows little sign of play CBS2073)
- Journey - Departure - Red Label - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.20, €11.60 (New Item) (arrived 24-Mar-2022 08:25)on June 29, 2022 at 4:55 am
JOURNEY Departure (1980 UK 12-track vinyl LP on the red CBS label, including the singles Good Morning Girl, Stay Awhile, Walks Like A Lady and Any Way You Want It, picture sleeve. The sleeve has some creasing and edgewear but otherwise remains in excellent confition, whilst the vinyl shows only light signs of play CBS32714)