Journey To Rock Today Concert Series
July 29, 2011 by Post Team
Journey To Rock Today Concert Series, Arnel Pineda, he took the stage Thursday night before an impressive crowd of 13,000 fans at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, it was easy to close your eyes and imagine you were hearing the voice of former Journey singer Steve Perry. Pineda, a Filipino, has an amazing voice like Perry, but he brought an energy and exuberance of his performance better than the last time I saw her in concert trip.
Travel, best known for a string of hits in the mid-1980, when Perry was a singer, was on top of their game in 80 minutes, 17 songs from the concert. The band opened with the hit singles “Separate Ways” and “Ask The Lonely”. Pineda then embarked on a new track, “City of Hope,” while images of the Philippines is recovering from a natural disaster on a screen behind him, and it was obvious that the song was very personal meaning for him.
Pineda continued rolling through the greatest hits, “only the young” to “Your send my love” and “Lights.” I’ve never been a big fan of the song, “Wheel in the sky”, but had the crowd rockin ‘.
Of course, the most successful Pineda except for last, as compressed by the ballad “Open Arms”, released in the most optimistic “Be Good To Yourself”, back to the ballad “Faithfully”, then finished the main game on the highest note. “Do not stop Believin ‘, with a cannon of confetti covered the crowd satisfied to my surprise, the band returned to perform” Anyway you want it “as an encore – I thought the confetti cannon was a success occurs more.
With a band that has been together for over 30 years – although they have played musical chairs with his vocals – there will be some of the successes that have been omitted. On this night, that meant no “Who’s crying now”, what I missed, and “Lovin ‘, Touchin’, Squeezin ‘I did not care what was left of the playlist.
I have never seen foreigners before, but almost stole the show from Journey. The band played 10 songs – all from their greatest hits CD that I bought maybe 15 years ago. They opened with “Double Vision”, moved through “Head Games” ran through “Cold As Ice”. That slowed with “Waiting For A Girl Like You”, then immediately picked up the energy again with “Dirty White Boy,” “Feels Like The First Time” and “Urgent.” The screen behind the band was an animated neon light show, especially in “Urgent.”
After making the big singalong “I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner ended with “hot blood” and the encore of “Juke Box Hero.”
While I enjoyed the journey together, mixed in two new songs and a couple of songs that others admit that I did not. I think people really appreciate that attached to a known Foreigner hit after another, all the way through their 75 minute set.
Like Journey, he had to jump a few strokes. I missed a lot of “That Was Yesterday”, but I expected it, having played the other two big ballads.
Night Ranger took the stage 10 minutes before the announced starting time of the concert, which pleased the crowd. However, it seemed the band was more interested in being louder than good. I saw 16 acts at Rock Fest two weeks ago, and none of them was as strong as it was Thursday Night Ranger. I do not mean to sound like an old man complain about noise, but when the music is so loud you can not understand the words, not very fun. Of course, Night Ranger saved their biggest hit “Sister Christian” for the second to last, and when the song was played, it felt like the decibel had reigned in a bit. In general, I have to say that Night Ranger was pretty disappointing.
After seeing three great nights of Rock festival – followed Sunday’s final miserably hot with Stone Temple Pilots poor performance – it was okay to add essentially fifth night of a rock festival.
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