Journey, named in a contest on a free format radio station in San Francisco KSAN in 1973, was comprised of veterans of the Bay Area music scene. Neal Schon, the one member who continued to play in the band throughout its history, had played with Santana in the early 70s. Zappa veteran Aynsley Dunbar on drums joined him, Ross Valory, fellow Santana survivor Gregg Rolie on keyboards and vocals and guitarist George Tickner. This lineup put our several minor hit records of largely instrumental jazz inflected rock, with the departure of Tickner after the release of the first.
Steve Perry was hired to front the band in 1977, and the resulting album released the following year created a stir, selling platinum by the end of that year. The momentum continued to grow over the next couple of years and releases, accomplished by regular changes in personnel. Steve Smith replaced Dunbar and Rolies shoes were filled by Jonathan Cain.
Journey reached their peak and broke into the big time with the release of "escape" containing the chart toppers "Whos Crying Now," "Dont Stop Believing" and "Open Arms." Escape eventually would sell over seven millions copies by the end of the eighties.
Following the release of several more successful albums, including "Frontiers" and "Raised On Radio," Journey broke up.
After a hiatus, during which Perry took a break from performing and the others participated in a number of minor side projects, Journey reformed in 1996. The release of the popular "Trial By Fire" that fall marked Journeys first new recording in ten years.