Sunday, September 4, 2016

Journey: Don’t Stop Believin’ (1981)

Journey, the American rock group fronted by Steve Perry, perform “Don’t Stop Believin’,” a classic rock song of the 1980s and one that still retains popularity today, if only for the sentiments expressed. Belief and dreams of a better life are axiomatic to the human condition and are a fundamental part of youth. The song, a rock anthem, is the lead song on the band's seventh studio album, Escape, which was released on July 31, 1981. The song was written by Jonathan Cain (keyboards and background vocals), Steve Perry (lead vocals) and Neal Schon (lead and rhythm guitars and background vocals). Rounding out the band is Ross Valory (bass guitar and background vocals) and Steve Smith (drums and percussion). The band was formed in San Francisco in 1973 with Perry joining the band a few years later, making his public debut in San Francisco on October 28, 1977. The band is still active today with Arnel Pineda as lead singer.