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 - Raised On Radio + Tour Pass - Japanese - vinyl LP - £30.00, $41.70, €35.10 (New Item) (arrived 17-Jun-2021 12:43)on June 22, 2021 at 9:38 pm
JOURNEY Raised On Radio (1986 Japanese 11-track LP, picture sleeve with fold-out Japanese/lyric insert & top obi-strip with bonus 4" square laminated replica tour pass featuring the sleeve artwork. The sleeve is still in its custom stickered openshrink & the vinyl is near mint 28AP3177)
- Journey - Look Into The Future - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $16.68, €14.04 (New Item) (arrived 15-Jun-2021 12:36)on June 22, 2021 at 9:38 pm
JOURNEY Look Into The Future (1982 UK issue of the 1976 UK 8-track vinyl LP on the CBS graduated orange label, 'Nice Price' stickered glossy top opening picture sleeve. The sleeve shows light wear and the vinyl is Excellent with just the odd light sign of play)
- Journey - Departure + obi & hype sticker - Japanese - vinyl LP - £30.00, $41.70, €35.10 (New Item) (arrived 28-May-2021 11:33)on June 22, 2021 at 9:38 pm
JOURNEY Departure (1980 Japanese 12-track vinyl LP, housed in a deluxe picture sleeve complete with the illustrated inner, lyric insert & top card obi-strip. The packaging & the vinyl is Near Mint - still in the original open bag with the 'Super-5' hype sticker attached! 25AP1796)
- Journey - Frontiers - Japanese - vinyl LP - £30.00, $41.70, €35.10 (New Item) (arrived 28-May-2021 11:27)on June 22, 2021 at 9:38 pm
JOURNEY Frontiers (1983 Japanese 10-track LP with picture labels, housed in a deluxe picture sleeve complete with a full colour picture/lyric insert, a fold-out 4-page Japanese insert with a 'San Francisco Roots & Branches' family tree on the back plus the top cap obi-strip. The packaging & the vinyl is Near Mint - still in the open shrinkwrap with the 'Coming To Japan' hype sticker attached! 25AP2500)
- Journey - Greatest Hits - US - 2-LP vinyl set - £25.00, $34.75, €29.25 (New Item) (arrived 22-Mar-2021 09:36)on June 22, 2021 at 9:38 pm
JOURNEY Greatest Hits (1988 USA 15-track double vinyl LP - the first greatest hits album released by the band, which contines you to be one of the band's biggest selling releases to date. Includes the tracks 'Any Way You Want It', 'Separate Ways', 'Open Arms' and 'Wheel In The Sky', picture sleeve with deletion hole. The sleeve has only minor wear and the vinyl looks seldom played)