Journey have released their first new song in a decade. You can listen to “The Way We Used to Be” below.
The track’s animated video features a young couple forced to live apart as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. The first thing they do once the pandemic is over is attend a Journey concert.
The band’s previous singles, “City of Hope” and “Human Feel,” were taken from 2011’s Eclipse. “The Way We Used to Be” is also Journey’s first new music since the departures of bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith, both of whom were fired from the group last year.
According to guitarist Neal Schon, there’s more to come. Earlier this year, he noted that Journey were working on new music for their next LP.
“We’re, like, deep in, and it’s sounding really, really great, man,” he said. “It still sounds like Journey, but there is definitely a different strut in the rhythm section. It’s bombastic. It’s rocking. It’s majestic, and it’s soulful. We have 21 songs in the works right now, and there’s still more coming in. We’ll end up picking the cream of the crop and put out a killer album.”
Journey are also slotted to perform at several festivals later this year, including Chicago’s Lollapalooza in July and the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in September.
“I can guarantee you that with the new blood in the band, when we get together for two weeks of rehearsal before that show, we will be the new alternative,” Schon said of Lollapalooza in an interview with radio host Eddie Trunk last month. “We’re gonna add a lot to the show. We’re gonna bring some new dynamics and open things up a bit and show people what the musicianship is really like in this band.”
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