Lyne Brun for EastCoastLive.ca – Moncton, NB July 30, 2015
“The opening act in Moncton featured Journey’s very own Neal Schon showcasing his instrumental album Vortex. The 45 minute show was full of blistering tracks heavy on guitar ranging from jazz licks to Latin grooves reminiscent of Santana. Not surprising considering Schon has played on and off with Santana for years. Backed up by solid players, Schon’s Vortex is a must have for those who love instrumental albums.
After a brief stage changeover, Journey came out to deliver a ‘midsummer night’s dream’ to Moncton. Featuring the ‘thrilla from Manila’ Arnel Pineda, Journey failed to disappoint. The powerhouse singer delivered much loved classics such as Separate Ways, Open Arms and Lights, a tribute to the band’s San Francisco roots which started 42 years ago. Of course, no Journey concert would be complete without the unofficial anthem Don’t Stop Believin’ which was topped off with a confetti explosion over the crowd. In a tip to their Canadian fans, Schon tore into his version of Oh Canada much to the delight of the crowd. Journey knows what their fans want and they know how to deliver.
photos: Allan Zilkowsky