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Journey Concert Review

Journey at Tyson

A nearly sold out crowd packed the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday night for a triple bill of Journey, Pat Benatar and Loverboy for a show that was a make-up date of a concert that was originally scheduled for last November. That show had to be postponed due to Journey singer Arnel Pindeda’s laryngitis.

Mike Reno and Loverboy kicked off the night’s festivities sounding like it was 1982 with a hit-driven 35 minute set including Turn Me Loose and of course Working For The Weekend. The band has a lot more gray hairs to show after 30 years but Reno can still deliver the goods.

Speaking of delivering the goods, Pat Benatar rocked the crowd next. She’s always been one of my favorites. And even though she just celebrated her 60th (!?!?) birthday last month, it doesn’t seem to have affected her voice as she tore through a 40 minute set of hits including Promises in the Dark, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, All Fired Up and even included an encore mash up of Heartbreaker with Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire.

Journey headlined the show with a nearly two hour set that saw (heard?) some shaky sound at times with Pineda unable to be heard, although that may still be some remnants of the illness from this fall.

The crowd enjoyed the band when they tore through Anyway You Want It, Stone In Love and of course Don’t Stop Believin’ and slowed it down for ballads like Faithfully and Open Arms. Guitarist Neil Schon also got the crowd going with his rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.

It may have taken the bands some time to get here, but overall, it sounds like thousands of fans walked away singing their favorite hits and had a great time.

Did you go to the show? What did you think??


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