Journey Previews New Single “The Way We Used To Be” with Animated Clip; Full Song Arrives Thursday 6/24

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Journey will apparently release a new song, “The Way We Used To Be,” this week.

That’s the news from guitarist Neal Schon, who dropped a tease of the track on social media Tuesday afternoon in the form of an animated clip featuring Schon wailing away on the top of a Journey tour bus before rolling into a packed stadium:

The song will premiere on Thursday, according to Schon’s post.

The most recent album from the band was 2011’s Eclipse, but plenty has happened since that has altered the group’s personnel. Back in March 2020, a week or so before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold (eventually halting Journey’s summer tour plans that year), the band fired Ross Valory (bass) and Steve Smith (drums), with Randy Jackson (bass), Narada Michael Walden (drums) and Jason Derlatka (keyboards) joining the mix.

Since that point, Schon has raved about the band’s progress in the studio readying new music, and it appears Journey is ready to formally introduce that new chapter this week.

In addition to all of this activity, Journey also has a high profile spot on the Lollapalooza lineup, set for July 29-Aug. 1 in Chicago and the iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas in September.

Schon spoke with Eddie Trunk in May about his band landing big spots on music festivals and, as a result, reaching younger audiences:

“I can guarantee you that with the new blood in the band, when we get together for two weeks of rehearsal before [Lollapalooza], we will be the new alternative. 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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