Thursday, July 06, 2006
From: Melodicrock.com -
JOURNEY: STEVE AUGERI RETURNS HOME - JEFF SCOTT SOTO FLIES IN:
Steve Augeri has stepped down as lead vocalist for Journey on their current tourand has returned home. This follows recent reports of vocal problems. His last show for this tour was in Raleigh, NC on Tuesday night.
During recent shows he has struggled with his voice and as I understand, he was aware before the show that this would be his last performance of this tour.
Although plagued with problems from the outset of the show, Steve handled himself with dignity and grace and has to be applauded for his contribution to the band and the manner in which he has handled himself.
Jeff Scott Soto, Neal Schon's bandmate in Soul SirkUS has flown in to meet up with the rest of the band and will make his debut Friday night in Bristow, VA.
A statement has been prepared by Journey management:
JOURNEY FORCED TO MAKE LEAD SINGER CHANGE ON NATIONWIDE TOUR
"Jeff Scott Soto to assume JOURNEY lead singer duties starting on July 7th in Bristow, VA due to Steve Augeri throat infection.
Due to a chronic throat infection, Journey's lead singer, Steve Augeri, has been forced to leave the band's current nationwide tour with Def Leppard. Jeff Scott Soto, who has previously performed with Journey guitarist Neal Schon, will assume the band's lead singer duties starting with the July 7th show in Bristow, VA. Steve Augeri's condition will be closely monitored by his physician to determine when he may be able to rejoin the tour.
According to Journey, "Steve's been suffering with an acute throat condition since before we kicked off the tour with Def Leppard. We were hoping he'd be in well condition to handle the rigors of the road but unfortunately it appears to be a chronic condition requiring total voice rest. We all wish Steve a speedy recovery."
For the latest tour dates, please visit www.journeymusic.com."
Well, isn't this interesting.......
I've been following this whole controversy lately. Got sucked in by the posts on the melodic rock forums, and have been searching around to get all the info on this so I could form my own opinions. Why? Not because I've been a fan of Journey ( which I have) or that I live on controversy ( I don't!). But because I'm a major music fan- period! And the thought that a band with the reputation, and longevity of Journey should even *think* to stoop to these nefarious methods gives me the chills. I didn't want to believe that those talented musicians would ever compromise their collective integrities to bow to the alter of the mighty dollar/pound/whatever. But the more I heard and read, the more I realized that this could have been the case. Upset- perhaps. Disappointed- you betcha! At first, the accusations from a poster called "Deeno" were ludicruis to me. And going to his blog ( http://escape-to-tape.blogspot.com/) was interesting. But my listening to his various downloads didn't quite settle it for me. Perhaps because of the hearing loss I have in my right ear, I couldn't "hear" what others could. But when a professional sound man posted on an entirely unrelated site ( over in Europe, I believe) about the very same situation, I was forced to take notice. Now this.
I don't wish Steve A. any ill will, truly I don't. Even though it's the Journey with Steve Perry I've seen and loved in my younger days. I give the guy major marks ( as I have Vivian) for stepping into someone elses very LARGE shoes, and trying their best. And I hope that he rests his voice, and comes back. But I'm just afraid, very afraid that will not be the case. I think that this is the beginning of the end of Journey. And that makes me sad- only because a band of their caliber should go out on top. With dignity, pride and their collective heads held high. Not like this- NEVER like this.
Now, on to the mundane! Work yesterday was a nightmare, made sane only because some stuff has finally- forcefully- been resolved. One of our other Techs ( "J" for now) has been a thorn in our sides lately. She seems to think that anything going on in her life, or her family's life is reason enough to either call out or leave early. "J" has dr's appointments, and rather than make them on her day's off, or arrange them around her schedule- she just comes in ON THE DAY, and says she has to leave early. Which causes us all to scramble around with the schedule. This last week has been the "icing on the cake" so to speak. Her younger sister had a baby Monday evening. She had gone into labor Monday afternoon, and of course we let her leave to take sis to the hospital. But she never showed up for her shift on the 4th ( leaving pharmacist Julie alone ALL DAY!) and only called after the noon hour. Then she proceded to say she would not be in yesterday as well! Now, I know a new baby in the family is cause for celebration. And I know everyone wants to be with and see the new addition to the family. But 3 days off for this? When there are 4 other kids, and dad and granddad in the picture? ( BTW- I should have noted that both mother and child are fine!) "J" claims that the baby is having a hard time feeding- so her sis needs her there. Well, excuse me for my lack of compassion- but any newborn, learning to breast-feed, has a hard time the first week or so. And how is "J" going to help? Hold the er...um... while the baby feeds? It's not like "J" can step in and take over- you know?! So Mr. P. has finally "seen the light" on that score. And she's gonna be scheduled alot less hours in the future ( at least in the Pharmacy!) We're just sick of having to bend everyone's schedule to her life. And since she's doesn't exactly do her "job" while she's there- It's no great loss to us.
Well, I guess I should end this very long, very catty post. I've just had a bad week, and I guess it shows lol! I hope you all are having a better one. I'll try to get back later today, and beat the kids off this thing! I have to get dressed and go out shopping ( yet again!) Becky's birthday- you know!
Have a good one!
Peace and Love, KC!
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