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Wow! What a month of February for Ross and Journey! First, Journey and Rascal Flatts teamed up to film an awesome episode of CMT Cross Roads during Superbowl weekend in New Orleans! The episode aired live and was a huge success! Word is Journey and RF will tour this summer! What a great combination of bands! Ross also celebrated his birthday the day of the Cross Roads taping!
A few days earlier, Mouthman had a sucessful launch party at Razoos on Bourbon Street . For those of you who do not know,
Mouth Man was Founded by Ross Valory, Original Member and Founder of the rock band Journey.
One day, on a short break from touring, Ross was visiting friends in Arizona, sipping coffee and "just hanging out" ... as his friend's kids were tearing around the house doing something they referred to as the "JAWS"... According to Ross, the kids were running through the house in a single line..arms crossed one over the other , elbows
splayed out in front, and opening and closing in a chopping fashion... and making monster noises.
He thought it was cute, and didnt think much else of it.....
until another day... some 20 years later, when that very memory just arbitrarily "popped" into his head...
Ross "hugged himself" in the same fashion those kids did years ago, and thought..."hmmmm, it would be cool if
there was a shirt with a graphic on the sleeves that would form a face with a mouth that would open and close when
you put your arms together!"
That was the lightbulb moment for Ross Valory!
And the soon to be "Mouth Man" Enterprise was concieved.
He quickly called his friend and fellow Journey founding member Prairie Prince, an accomplished drummer who also
happened to be a world reknowned graphic artist!
Prairie's initial designs were remarkable custom airbrushed works of art...the concept-implemented perfectly.
After the New Orleans gig, "Journey headed off to perform 5 make up shows that were postponed from late 2012. As of today, the guys are on to the land of Oz where they will tour with Deep Purple. More updates to follow and please check out all the photos on our photo page!
New photo galleries for 2011 now up! Check out the PHOTOS section to see the slide shows!
Ross has sent an update from the road as Journey continues their tour across the US which will conclude in Mid October. Here's what Ross has to say:
Me and Tony Larusa on our bus after Houston, which totally rocked! He has kidnapped the entire bus for his game in Houston tomorrow...
Help... Send ransom money now!
Perhaps Ross and the band can bring the Cardinals some good luck as they continue to fight for a playoff spot!
Journey continues to play sold out shows on their European Tour with Styx and Foreigner. Look for an update to photos here on the Ross Zone this weekend! Great photos are pouring in from all the fans!
Journey played to a sold out crowd at Wembley Arena last night to open up the European leg of the 2011 Eclipse World tour! We're looking forward to being able to share some great photos from Marty Moffatt, our friend and brilliant photographer! Journey continues with a date on June 5 in Birmingham. To see more tour dates,visit our tour page.
3/8/11 New Album and Tour Coming Summer 2011
JOURNEY, one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, is gearing up to unleash their latest album of brand new material, Eclipse. The album will be released in the U.S. and Canada on May 24 exclusively at Walmart and beginning June 3 in Europe on Frontiers Records. To follow the release of Eclipse, Journey will launch the “Eclipse Tour” with Foreigner, and special guest Night Ranger, beginning July 21 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT. Fans can expect to hear new songs from Eclipse as well as classics such as Don’t Stop Believin’, Any Way You Want It, Faithfully, Lights, Separate Ways, Wheel In The Sky, and many more. The “Eclipse Tour” dates are listed below.
“I’m in love with this record, which I haven’t said about one of our albums for a long time,” says founding member and lead guitarist, Neal Schon. “It’s a rock record and it sounds amazing.” Commenting on the upcoming tour, Schon continued, “We’ve got a lot of hits to play and there’s plenty of time to do some new stuff too, so we’re gonna mix it up. We haven’t toured with Foreigner for over 10 years, so we’re really looking forward to this run.”
Tickets for “The Eclipse Tour” go on sale beginning Friday March 11, at all the usual online, phone and physical retail outlets, including select Walmart Ticketmaster locations across the country. Check www.journeymusic.com for complete ticket onsale information.
Journey has once again teamed up with iloveallaccess.com to offer their fans a variety of VIP ticket packages. For more details go to www.journeymusic.com.
In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, keyboardist Jonathan Cain recently described Eclipse as "a concept record with some spiritual themes to it…pretty tough, hard-hitting stuff.” Jonathan continued, "We just felt like it was time to send a message to the world about how we feel about life in general.”
Journey toured the world for two years in support of their 2008 release, Revelation. More than a million fans attended the shows, and welcomed new lead singer Arnel Pineda. Completing the Journey lineup is Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals) and Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals). Revelation marked the band’s biggest first week's sales in more than a decade, debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 in June 2008 and taking the top spot on the Independent Albums chart. Revelation earned the band their 11th Platinum album certification to date, leading The New York Times to declare that "the band…feels alive."
Since its formation in 1973, Journey has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums. The band’s Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album holders. The group also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.
For more information, visit www.journeymusic.com.
For all the latest tour dates, please visit our tour page.
2/6/2011 A Personal Thank You Note From Ross
Greetings , Earthlings!
I want to sincerely thank Barb Keim at the Ross Zone, Beverly Wo at the Journey Band Facebook page, and all of the fans, friends, and family that posted birthday greetings to to me this year. It's truly been fantastic....I don't believe that I have ever recieved so many calls, texts, emails, messages, and postings as I did in this last week.
Thank You All for your love and affection.
The band is kickin' mucho booty in the rehearsal hall and will kick mo in a theatre near you soon!
A very Happy Birthday Wish to Ross, from his lovely wife, Mary. Here they are celebrating at a party in honor of Ross's Birthday in addition to the birthday's of Stevie Keys Roseman and Little John Hart. The photo is courtesy of amazing photographer Billy Mancebo. We'll be posting more of Billy's work here soon!
Happy Birthday to Ross Valory! Wishing you lots of love, happiness and a successful 2011 World Tour with Journey! We love you Ross!
Happy Holidays from all of us at The Ross Zone! May you all be blessed with love, happiness and prosperity in the upcoming new year. See you on the road in 2011!
More tour dates have been added for 2011 to include two us dates in February in Las Vegas and Reno. Check out the complete tour schedule here.
11/28/10 Journey to Ireland
Journey has added two dates to their 2011 European tour with Styx and Foreigner. The band will be performing as follows:
June 11, 2011 O2 Arena Dublin
June 12, 2011 The Odyssey Arena Belfast
Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide, by telephone (24 Hour) ROI - 0818 719 300, Northern Ireland - 0844 277 44 55, and online:
11/09/10 Journey to tour the UK with Styx and Foreigner
Together for the first time in the UK, Journey will be touring with Styx and Foreigner in tow! This looks to be one of the biggest events in the UK in some time! Check the tour dates page for all the details!
10/2/09 - Live In Manila DVD released!
Journey's Live In Manila two-DVD has been released October 2, 2009. Filmed with RED technology, which utilizes special 4K high-definition cameras with a resolution exceeding 35mm film that gives the footage an extra dynamic quality, the DVD captures Journey's historic concert in Manila, Philippines. Performing more than two hours worth of classic favorites, as well as new hits from the band's latest album, Revelation, Live In Manila documents the triumphant homecoming of the band's singer Arnel Pineda.
The Live In Manila DVD, like Revelation, is being sold exclusively at Walmart in North America.
Click here to order your copy!
Live In Manila Track Listing:
1.NEVER WALK AWAY
2.ONLY THE YOUNG
3.ASK THE LONELY
4.STONE IN LOVE
5.KEEP ON RUNNING
6.AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
7.CHANGE FOR THE BETTER
8.WHEEL IN THE SKY
9.LIGHTS/ STILL THEY RIDE
13.WHEN YOU LOVE A WOMAN
15.WHAT I NEEDED
16.EDGE OF THE BLADE
17.WHERE DID I LOSE YOUR LOVE
20.DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'
21.ANYWAY YOU WANT IT
23.TURN DOWN THE WORLD
24.BE GOOD TO YOURSELF
9/4/09 Ross Valory's Mouth Man Unleashes Totally Unique Kids Clothing
Hoodies transform into animated animals.
Pacheco, CA (PRWEB) September 4, 2009 – Mouth Man, LLC, http://www.mouthman.com, is proud to announce the launch of its new kids clothing line. Once kids put on Mouth Man hoodies, the shirts instantly transform into animated animals. The whole idea is the brainchild of Ross Valory, founder of the rock band Journey.
“The idea originated many years ago while the band was on tour. I was visiting friends in Arizona, drinking coffee and hanging out when my friend's kids came tearing into the room doing something they referred to as the ‘JAWS’ -- arms crossed one over the other, elbows pointed front, opening and closing in a chopping fashion, punctuated of course, by monster noises,” said Valory. “I thought it was really cute.”
Cut to 20 years later when Valory hugged himself in the same fashion his friend’s kids did all those years ago and the memory popped into his head. “Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a shirt with a graphic on the sleeves that would form a face with a mouth that would open and close when you put your arms together?” he thought.
That was the lightbulb moment for Ross Valory and "Mouth Man" LLC was conceived.
Valory quickly called his friend and fellow Journey founding member Prairie Prince, who also happens to be a world class graphic artist. Prince's remarkable custom airbrushed pieces worked perfectly for creating the concept for the new line of kids clothing. Now, hoodies are printed in house on Mouth Man's large format printers and transferred onto recycled fabrics through their heat press, otherwise known as dye sublimation.
Mouth Man animated hoodies are now available at the company’s newly launched website. Kids can transform into geckos, sharks, raptors, frogs, dogs, cobras, gators, tigers and orcas. Simpsons hoodies are also available in surfing and holiday themes.
“We are hoping to capture the attention of college and sports apparel manufacturers. Team mascots would work perfectly with the Mouth Man concept,” says Mark Sandoval of Mouth Man LLC. “The hoodies are completely customizable, so people can work with Mouth Man designers to make their visions come true.”
About Mouth Man LLC
In 2009, Mouth Man opened its satellite office in Pacheco, California and is now surging into the exciting realm of kids clothing and beyond. Their motto: “Give yourself a hug and have your own Mouth Man moment.” For more information, visit http://www.mouthman.com.
8/2/09 THE NEW ROSS ZONE LAUNCHED, NEW PHOTOS
Welcome to the newly redesigned Ross Zone website, webspun by Rona.m
4/22/09 Tour Dates Posted
2009 tour dates are now posted on the tour page. Ross and Journey begin the tour in May playing on the 23rd at Raley Field in Sacramento. Then it is off to tour Europe during the month of June to play gigs in the UK, Ireland, France, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Belgium and Germany. The J-Boys return to the US to begin their tour in July with dates currently scheduled through the month of September. This summer is a great time to get out and go see Ross, Neal, Deen, Jon and Arnel in a town near you! The Revelation is about to begin!
2/2/09 HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSS VALORY!
Happy Birthday Ross! We hope that you enjoy the day and that 2009 is a year full of prosperity and success both personally and professionally! We love ya!
New Photos of Ross posted!
Check out all the new photos of Ross that have been posted! We've got photos from the recent shows in Birmingham, Nashville, Dallas and Houston here. Marty Moffatt was kind enough to share photos from both the 2007 and 2008 European tour that can be seen here and to top it off we got some vintage shots of Ross from his time in The Storm courtesy of Janice Jennings and Infinity Foto that can be seen here. Look for more photos to be posted as the US tour continues to roll along!! The tour has been extrmely successful with most of the venues selling out!!
Journey Completes European Tour
Journey finished up their European tour on Saturday June 28, 2008. Having been at 3 shows during the tour I can say that the band is looking and sounding amazing! The band showcased a number of new songs during the tour to include Never Walk Away, After All These Years, Change for the Better, and the Journey Revelation. The atmospehere at the shows was absolutely electric and this new incarnation of Journey was well received. Ross and Journey look to kick off their US tour with Heart and Cheap Trick on July 9th in Denver. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, you need to do so because this is going to be a tour that you do not want to miss!! Check out the tour page for dates and times!!
Ross Valory and Journey Get A Second Life®
Journey Opening Virtual World In Second Life®
Staying with their tradition of being on the cutting edge, Journey has created an island paradise in the Virtual 3D world of Second Life®. Journey fans can directly interact with other fans and experience all of the bands history through a 3D representation of their physical self called an Avatar. The Journey island in Second Life® is like a Journey Theme Park. Here are just a few of the things that you can do.
Learn about each Journey Album on a walk through time. Each album has it's own dedicated themed area featuring music, history and Art.
Dance at the Escape club with your friends while listening to the Journey Juke box which features virtually every song recorded by Journey.
Attend special events at the Escape club which include Live DJ's, contests, and tons of fun!
Watch special Video Presentations at the Captured Amphitheatre.
Watch Virtual Live perfomances by Second Life® Artists.
Play some fun games!
Hang out in a relaxed Island environment with your friends and fellow Journey fans where you can ride a motorcycle, race around the island on a Jetski, take a paddleboat out to explore, or just relax on one of the secluded atolls around the island.
You can meet tons of new friends and fellow Journey Fans at the Journey island in Second Life®!
How to Access The Journey Island.
Info provided by www.journeymusic.com
Ross Valory and Journey Featured in People Magazine
Check out the June 23rd issue of People Magazine where there is a feature Article on Journey and how they found Arnel!! You can also check out a video interview here.
Congrats to Ross, Neal, Deen, Jon and Arnel on the Success of Revelation!
SELLS MORE THAN 104,000 UNITS IN DEBUT WEEK
Three-Disc CD/DVD Package Exclusively Available at Wal-Mart Stores
June 10, 2008 -- JOURNEY’s new three-disc CD/DVD package REVELATION has sold more than 104,000 copies in its debut week according to Wal-Mart Stores, marking the band’s biggest first week’s sales since 1996’s TRIAL BY FIRE. Released June 3, REVELATION is being sold exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club in North America, Walmart.com and Samsclub.com, and Journey’s official website, Journeymusic.com. REVELATION’s first week’s sales marks a 1400% increase over the band’s 2005’s first week’s sales of GENERATIONS.
"We are thrilled with the early success of Journey's ‘Revelation’ music project, and clearly our customer is excited about it too,” said Jeff Maas, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Entertainment, Wal-Mart U.S. “We believe that if we continue to find innovative products, priced to showcase the value, our customers will show their excitement by purchasing the product. Journey has been great to work with and clearly this reflects a win for them and for our customer.”
The first disc consists of 11 new songs, the second is filled with 11 re-recorded classics, and the third is a live, in-concert DVD. All of the music on REVELATION was produced by Kevin Shirley (who previously worked with JOURNEY on their Platinum-certified TRIAL BY FIRE album).
REVELATION marks a new chapter in the legendary career of multi-Platinum rockers JOURNEY, thanks to two singles at Rock and AC radio (“Never Walk Away” and “After All These Years”) and rave reviews, including the New York Times who hailed: “…the band seems to have taken rock vitamins: it feels alive.”
JOURNEY--Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums) and Arnel Pineda (vocals)—is currently on a European tour through June 28. They’ll start a massive summer U.S. tour with special guests Heart and Cheap Trick on July 9 in Denver, CO.
Revelation Tour Begins
Ross and Journey have begun their month long tour of Europe today! Feedback from the fans has been great and the band is enjoying much success! Tour dates for the European Tour are:
6/08/08 La Riviera Madrid, Spain
6/10/08 Ewerk Koln, Germany
6/11/08 Schwarzwaldhalle Karlsruhe, Germany
6/13/08 Hessen State Fair HombergEfze, Germany
6/14/08 Jako Arena Bamberg, Germany
6/15/08 Arrow Rock Festival Nijmegan, Gederland Netherlands
6/17/08 Hammersmith Apollo London, England
6/19/08 Manchester Apollo Manchester, England
6/20/08 Clyde Auditorium Glasgow, Scotland
6/22/08 Civic Hall Wolverhampton, England
6/23/08 Cardiff International Arena Cardiff, Wales
6/25/08 National Stadium Dublin, Ireland
6/27/08 Nottingham Arena Nottingham, England
6/28/08 Metro Radio Arena Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
3/26/08 Journey to Tour with Heart and Cheap Trick
Journey is hitting the road this summer to tour the U.S. in support of their new album Revelation. Fans that attended the March 6th show in Lav Vegas were treated to a sneak preview of some of the new material which included a new ballad "After All These Years", and two rockers titled "Never Walk Away" and "Wildest Dreams." Touring with Journey this summer will be Heart and Cheap Trick. Check out the tour page for all the dates! This is a tour you do not want to miss!!
JOURNEY SET TO RELEASE ‘REVELATION’
JUNE 3 EXCLUSIVELY AT WAL-MART
March 11, 2008 -- A new chapter in the legendary career of multi-Platinum rockers JOURNEY--Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums) and Arnel Pineda (vocals)—will begin on June 3 with the highly anticipated release of REVELATION, a three-disc CD and DVD package to be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores in North America.
The first disc will consist of 11 re-recorded classics, the second is filled with 11 new songs, and the third is a live, in-concert DVD. All of the music on REVELATION was produced by Kevin Shirley (who previously worked with JOURNEY on their Platinum-certified TRIAL BY FIRE album).
JOURNEY will take REVELATION on the U.S. concert trail later this July, with details to be announced in the coming weeks.