JOURNEY ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMERS ROSS VALORY AND JONATHAN CAIN VISIT LAS VEGAS ACADEMY OF THE ARTS, MAY 17
Journey band members and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Ross Valory and Jonathan Cain visited Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (LVA) on Wednesday, May 17 while in town for their second, nine-show residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. During their visit to the performing arts school, Valory and Cain participated in a question and answer session with over 100 music students, answering a variety of questions from what inspires them to what their biggest learning experiences in life have been.
Cain, Journey’s keyboard player and backing vocalist, offered advice to students by telling them, “Stay inspired by writing something every day and write what’s in your mind and from your heart.” Valory, the bands bass player, followed Cain’s suggestion by saying, “Find a local musician that inspires and teaches you, and learn to read and write for the instrument you play.”
“The message Jonathan and Ross brought to our students was absolutely positive, inspiring and motivating,” said Bill Swick, music teacher at LVA. “These are the types of messages we want our students to receive from visiting artists who play the roles of heroes and idols. Mr. Cain and Mr. Valory certainly fall into that category.”
Cain also recommended that students have a vision keeper. “My dad was my vision keeper and he always helped me stay the path and always told me, don’t stop believin’.” The legendary band members ended the visit by sharing the story of how their famous song “Don’t Stop Believin’” came to life. The duo then sang the global hit as all of the students and teachers in the auditorium sang along.
Journey’s remaining shows take place at The Joint May 19 and May 20. Tickets start at $59.50 (plus applicable service fees) and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel box office, by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX or online at www.axs.com. For VIP ticket packages including premium seating options, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For groups of 12 or more, please call 702.693.4017 or contact email@example.com. For Journey VIP packages including premier seats, exclusive gifts, pre-show receptions and more, please visit www.vipnation.com.
Journey is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music, with iconic hits such as “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways,” “Only the Young,” “”Open Arms,” “Lovin, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” “Who’s Crying Now,” and the seminal “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is the top-selling digital catalog track in history. Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, Journey has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, earning 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, and has headlined multiple sold-out stadium tours. The Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified award holders. Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.’ The band was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), Ross Valory (original member and bassist), and longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer), welcomed virtuoso drummer Steve Smith back into Journey for their “San Francisco Fest 2016” tour, marking the first time he performed with the band since 1998. Schon’s musical career began at the age of 15, when he debuted with Santana as a guitar prodigy on the No. 1 album, Santana III. Valory has been a grounding force in Journey since the band’s formation (other than a brief hiatus in the late 80’s and early 90’s) and Cain was brought on board in 1980, rounding out the songwriting genius behind the defining album, Escape. Since Arnel Pineda joined Journey as its new lead singer in 2007, the band has released two albums and embarked on seven major tours, performing on four continents for more than five million fans, which earned the group Billboard’s prestigious “Legend of Live Award.” For more information, visit http://journeymusic.com.
About The Joint
The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is a 4,255-person capacity venue that serves as a sophisticated, intimate and unparalleled entertainment destination. The Joint features seven luxury suites, a VIP studio level, state-of-the-art sound system, superior video system and a production package tailor-made for artist comfort. It has received numerous accolades including “No. 1 Hottest Club in America” award by Billboard Magazine, “Best Live Music Venue in Las Vegas” by MetroWize.com, “Best New Major Concert Venue” at the Pollstar Awards, “Best Live Music Venue” in AOL City’s Best awards, “Best Rock Residency Program” by Las Vegas Weekly, “Best Concert Venue” by Las Vegas Review-Journal and more. The Joint delivers unforgettable live music experiences with performances by both legendary and groundbreaking artists including Paul McCartney, the Killers, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Nine Inch Nails, The Who, Imagine Dragons, Prince, Arcade Fire, Muse, Drake and No Doubt. The venue has been home to successful residencies with Carlos Santana, Tiësto, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, KISS, Rascal Flatts and Journey. Follow The Joint on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.
About AEG Presents
AEG Presents is one of the largest live music companies in the world. The company is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music events and world-renowned festivals. AEG Presents operates in North America, Europe and Asia through 16 regional offices that support its tours which include such artists as Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney; produce or support over 25 music festivals, including the iconic Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival; and owns, manages or books more than 60 clubs and theaters. AEG Presents offers more than 8,000 shows annually worldwide and conducts business under such globally renowned brands as AEG Presents, Goldenvoice, Concerts West, Messina Touring Group, Marshall Arts LTD, and Madison House Presents. The company operates The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and produces residency shows there including Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Reba, Brooks & Dunn and Jerry Seinfeld; is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas; and produces limited-engagement performances at The Venetian Theatre including Diana Ross, The Judds and Willie Nelson. For more information visit www.aegpresents.com.
Tickets for shows now through Saturday, May 20 are available at www.axs.com/journeylasvegas