Journey, Whitesnake and Thunder
Wednesday 22nd May 2013
- Doors Open:
Journey, Whitesnake and Thunder are set to appear onstage together for the first time ever in May 2013, taking in eight dates across the UK including the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Wednesday 22nd May 2013.
Journey, one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, are responsible for creating some of the best-known songs in modern music. Over the years they have gained multiple accolades – including 19 Top 40 singles, 25 Gold and Platinum albums and single ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ holding the #1 digital catalogue song in history. Recently they drew nearly a million fans to their 2011 Eclipse World Tour which ranked in the Top 15 Tours of the year and were awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards. Journey will be joining the tour with their current line-up of Neal Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals).
Journey said of the tour: “Looking forward to getting back to the UK and playing our best for you all. You guys are the very best, cheers and see you soon. We will be rocking!”
Co-headlining the 2013 tour are the legendary Whitesnake who carry a rightful & righteous reputation as one of the world’s leading rock’n’roll bands. Founded and formed by Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, the band have earned multi-platinum albums and multiple top 10 hits worldwide, including two number one singles with ‘Here I Go Again’ and ‘Is This Love’ as well as the unforgettable hammer of ‘Still Of The Night’. Bombast, bravado, talent and passion have helped establish Whitesnake as the perennial platinum favourite they have become and they’re back with a vengeance in 2013, with plans to release a live DVD ahead of the tour as well as a double album. “Unfinished business...” as Coverdale says slyly. “We all wanted the last tour to continue as we got closer to the end...After a year in the studio we're ready to rock on stage again...We’re coming back for more...”
Harnessing Coverdale’s blues and soul roots & fuelled by incendiary guitarists Doug Aldrich & Reb Beach you have all the elements needed to shape the ‘Snake’s hard rock identity.
Special guests Thunder will also be joining the UK dates. In 2009 the band went their separate ways, only to return in 2011 for a triumphant live performance at the High Voltage festival in London, followed by 2 sell out Christmas shows. Thunder returned for another two sell-out Christmas shows in 2012, with the date first selling out in just 6 hours. The band has been lured back on to the stage for next year’s tour with Journey and Whitesnake. Perhaps this could re-ignite their desire for more.
Singer Danny Bowes says: “We’d already discussed possibly doing some shows next year, so this is perfect, and it’s a great bill, like they used to be back in the day. Let’s face it, we could all do with a bit of cheering up at the moment, so hopefully the people who come will get a brilliant night out and go home happy. I’m sure we will".