Sunday, May 3, 2009

Journey Cover Band Tricks Bamboozle Crowd

Crossposted at Crooks and Liars Late Nite Music Club

In one of the cleverest stunts I've heard of in recent times, the young crowd at the massive Bamboozle Fest in New Jersey were treated to a surprise set by a band that has surged in popularity among the scene-haircut set: Journey. Or so they thought.

A surprise four-song set turned out to be by an excellent Journey cover band called Evolution -- but the crowd was in no position to know the difference and all thought they were being given a surprise set by the 70s megastars (and in this writer's opinion, the godfathers of corporate rock, the original Creed, and a band not worthy of a 3-decades-later resurgence... but that's just me.)

Despite my crotchety protestations and snobbery, I have to hand it to the producers of Bamboozle for giving the fans such a surprise, which clearly was well received. Hopefully this won't trigger a full-scale Journey reunion once they see what a gang of imitators from the Isle of Long are capable of.

1 comment:

  1. You old-timers with your Fugazi on your Walkmans need to simmer down and let the youth have their corporate-approved cock-rockish yodeling.
    Why, if you had your way, music might still matter as a force for change in the zeitgeist - get with the program, Gramps.


    All seriousness restored, although I can certainly understand why many view Journey as a mawkish, formulaic throwback to pre-punk musical elitism (and I might be one of those too, ultimately...sad, sad)...At least they could sing and play, unlike those talent-challenged dirt merchants Creed and their wallpaperish ditties.