Song Sunday: Keep On Runnin’ (Journey)

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Journey Escape Discogs Image One
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“Oh, it’s Friday night. Let’s run tonight, ’til the morning light…”

Returning to my Samsung playlist, this Sunday’s submission is Keep On Runnin’ by American rock band Journey, formed in San Francisco in 1973 out of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The fourth track from the album Escape (released in July 1981), it was co-written by Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry and Neal Schon and, was never released as a single, though the album, itself, reached #1 on the Billboard 200 on September 12, 1981. The song does show up in the Journey video game from Bally Midway, that came out in March of 1983, with this tagline (one of three):

“The hottest band in the country is about to take over the planet!”

The album got its own Atari 2600 video game in 1982. This album, and Frontiers after it, is a musical tapestry to my high school years.

Journey Group Image Two
San Antonio/Selma, TX
July 2006
Co-Headliner Def Leppard

I got to see the band in concert, twice, in Texas and was lucky enough to get to meet them. This is the tour where Journey dropped Steve Augeri and picked up Jeff Scott Soto for a year. Neither could match Perry but, Augeri was close.

I’m on the far left next to Jonathan Cain. My buddy Monica is in between Cain & Neal Schon. My buddy Amy is in between Deen Castronovo & Ross Valory.

It’s a shame the members are embroiled in a lawsuit. ~Vic


16 thoughts on “Song Sunday: Keep On Runnin’ (Journey)

    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    November 7, 2020 at 9:18 AM

    That’s one of my favourite songs.

    Dayphoto said:
    November 7, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    So sharing this!

    The Conductor said:
    November 7, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Big fan of Journey! One of my favorites of the 80s.

    badfinger20 (Max) said:
    November 7, 2020 at 12:08 PM

    That is cool that you got a picture. I’m sure Perry would be hard to match…looks like you had a great time. Did you get a meet and greet package?

    I liked them pre-Escape…Wheel in the Sky, Lights, etc. Damn Jonathan Cain…you should have elbowed him when you had a chance lol!

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      November 7, 2020 at 7:19 PM

      We also met Def Leppard…three members. Like I told Carolyn, above, DL shook hands. Journey, not so much. We met DL, first and, being the proper Brits, they extended hands. The group, naturally, thought Journey would do the same. One guy in the group held out his hand to Schon and he recoiled. Journey was friendly and joking but, shaking hands just wasn’t something they were interested in.

      We weren’t “promised” but, it was suggested that they would ask. The groups agreed. They came out prior to the show. It’s called All Access. I seriously doubt they have the “access” to people that they did 14 years ago. We got roped off, covered dining and gifts. And, it wasn’t really all that expensive. Of course, back then, I was making a LOT of money.

      Cain was very nice to me. “How are you today?” Valory was funny as hell. Deen actually called me out in the crowd to ask me about the shirt I was wearing. It said “Marine Corps Wife.” He asked “So, you’re the wife of a Marine?” “Yes, I am.” He replied “You tell your Marine ‘thank you for his service.'” “I certainly will.” My buddy Monica is a very pretty woman. She caught the attention of Schon, Cain and Phil Collen. She is clearly sandwiched between Cain & Schon. Collen leans into her in another picture (that I need to post).

        badfinger20 (Max) said:
        November 7, 2020 at 7:32 PM

        I read where one guy bought one of those packages for the Stones…it was crazy high but the only Stone he got to meet was the side guy piano player.

        Can you imagine them doing this in the 70’s? The deluxe package…meet the band, groupies, and all the blow you can do.

        Men will be men lol famous or not. I have heard that DL were nice and that is cool. Glad Cain was nice…at least he serves a purpose.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          November 7, 2020 at 8:06 PM

          It doesn’t always work. We got another All Access package at another concert (I can’t remember which one) and got the royal treatment but, no meet & greet. They can’t promise what they can’t deliver. All they can do is ask. They are a big organization so, if they started ripping people off, there would be a scandal. Fly-by-nights would be harder to stop.

          I imagine there was a lot more backstage meet-ups in the 70s. It was a whole different world back then.

          I take it you are not fond of Cain?

            badfinger20 (Max) said:
            November 7, 2020 at 8:19 PM

            Well the meet and greets for women in the 70s…yea that was popular I’m sure….I don’t believe they offered this stuff back then.

            No I don’t. It’s not his fault he just did what he does but when he joined I stopped liking them. Read Journey forums and I found many that agree. When Gregg Rolie quit or was kind of pushed from what I read …Cain came in and gave them that sound…
            I know I’m being picky but it changed everything. Listen to Lights or Just The Same Way and listen to the Frontiers…just not my thing…hey it’s just me and my taste…not all I’m sure.

              The Hinoeuma responded:
              November 7, 2020 at 9:06 PM

              Well, they’ve had several different sounds. They started out as jazz fusion, which I can’t stand. Prince left (for The Tubes). Tickner left (didn’t like touring). After three albums, Columbia asked them to change their sound. Fleischman left because of Herbie Herbert. Dunbar left because he didn’t like the move away from jazz fusion, esp. after Baker’s involvement.

              According this Herbert interview:
              Cain was Rolie’s suggestion for a replacement and Cain didn’t really want to bail on Waite.

              That being said, Cain ain’t no angel…and neither is Perry for that matter. Interesting article. It’s about eight pages deep if you know how to navigate the Wayback Machine.

                badfinger20 (Max) said:
                November 7, 2020 at 9:44 PM

                I will read that….give me a few….I’m playing Yahtzee and I will between rolls….this seems interesting…I do know that lately they were going to call Rolie up just to appear with them but Cain vetoed it…. I will be back Miss. Vic.

    charliecountryboy said:
    November 7, 2020 at 2:18 PM

    I do love a bit of Journey, must have been great to see them twice! Love the shades by the way 😉

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