Out Now: Journey Returns with Electrifying New Album ‘Freedom,’ Band’s First of New Material in 11 Years (Listen)

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From the beginning notes of “Together We Run,” the song that kicks off the new studio album from Journey, one thing is abundantly clear: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame outfit still has it.

Freedom, released today, July 8, it’s the first record of new material from band leader/guitarist Neal Schon and his colleagues in 11 years — but there’s no rust to speak of.

Here’s that opening track, led by Arnel Pineda’s steady vocals and, of course, a ripping Schon guitar solo:

Journey spent several weeks previewing Freedom with some pre-release tracks, introducing its new era — featuring Schon, Pineda, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, and bassist Randy Jackson, returning to the fold after contributing to the band’s 1986 record Raised on Radio — to its legion of fans around the world.

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The creative spark for Freedom came during the pandemic, as Schon explained:

“During the pandemic, there wasn’t much to do. I spent a lot of time in my little studio at home, learning how to play keyboards and looping. Some of those ideas ended up being songs. So it kind of came out of nowhere.”

Fans have come to expect high-energy, arena-ready anthems made for the live stage, and there are quite a few of them throughout the album. After all, Journey has long been known as a dynamic live band, either back in the day with Steve Perry on lead vocals or the current iteration of the band, which debuted with Pineda back in 2007 and remains as strong as ever in concert.

Give Freedom a listen:

An catch Journey on the road in the weeks ahead — including a special four-show run in Las Vegas with a symphony orchestra, among other dates:

July 15 – Resorts World Theatre – Las Vegas, NV*
July 16 – Resorts World Theatre – Las Vegas, NV*
July 20 – Paso Robles, CA – California Mid-State Fair
July 22 – Resorts World Theatre – Las Vegas, NV*
July 23 – Resorts World Theatre – Las Vegas, NV*
July 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Tingly Coliseum
July 29 – Las Cruces, NM – NMSU Pan American Center
July 30 – Lubbock, TX – United Supermarkets Arena
August 5 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino
August 6 – Canton, OH – Tom Benson Hall of Fame
August 8 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC Performing Arts Center
Sept 17 – Sparks, NV – Celebrity Showroom at the Nugget Casino Resort
*with symphony orchestra


March 1 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
March 9 – Quebec City, Canada – Centre Vidéotron
March 12 – Toronto, Canada – Scotiabank Arena

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