Blackhawk resident has biggest iTunes hit ever, hit Sharks shirt



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In September, we ran an interview with Journey bass player Ross Valory, an East Bay native who grew up in Lafayette and now resides in Blackhawk. I just saw an article online that Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" is the first song to get two million downloads on iTunes, making it the biggest hit single of the digital era. Meanwhile, the Journey/Heart/Cheap Trick tour was the best selling concert ticket to come through the Bay Area this year, selling out concerts in Sacramento, Concord, and Mountain View. To top it off, Valory recently designed the "Mouth Man" hoodie, which is selling like crazy at San Jose Sharks games. Pretty cool trifecta for an East Bay guy!

Reader Comments:
Dec 18, 2008 05:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Now I know how "Green Day" bass player is gone to look when he gets old

Jan 1, 2009 03:55 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

It's hard to fathom that Steve Perry will be 60 on his birthday. What if his voice showed his age...would be be ever so critical of his inability to hit notes he could hit 20 years ago, or would we graciously accept that the Journey songs we all love would never sound as good as we would hope if he were still the frontman. Arnel is 20 years younger and can sing AS GOOD as SP...period! not a question of who is "better" but what is best for the band at the moment. at this time in their career Arnel is a blessing that has rejuvenated the band's ability to record, tour, and continue to please fans everywhere with their great music instead of having to wait for Perry to figure out what he wants to do. That being said, what better time for Steve Perry to step up to the plate and release a new album with a new project!
he could easily return to touring and recording..if that's what he truly wants to do. If not, give the other guys some slack and stop complaining about why he is no longer in the band.

Jan 10, 2009 10:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Arnel is no Steve Perry. He's a Utube "wanna be" Steve Perry. There is no Journey without Steve Perry. After all Steve Perry did for Journey the band should have waited for him to get his hip replacement surgery. That wasn't a group decision, it was Perry's decision, not something to take lightly or rush. If they had really cared about Steve the band would have waited for him. He made them all rich, and this was how they thanked him. So be it, but there will never be what Journey had. Perry isn't complaining. Neal is. Perry is gracious, humble, light years ahead intellectually, and even at 60 everyone who knows him and who has heard his demos (his friends) say his voice is as good as ever. We will all be so lucky when he finally gives us that new album with all his great music, we know he is making. It's just a matter of a little more time.

Jan 12, 2009 08:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Some relationships don't work out, no matter what material success or fame it brings them. So it was with Steve Perry and the rest of the Journey band. He left the band not once, but twice. The rest of the band members moved on. It something the fans of Steve Perry should accept. It's like hanging on to your boyfriend or significant other who dumped you twice! The band has found someone they could be happy with. Why begrudge them that right? Everyone deserves a second or third chance. The fact is, Arnel did not apply for the job. The band sought him out. The diehard fans of Steve Perry seem so threatened with Arnel Pineda. Steve Perry is at peace with his decision to go into semi-retirement. Why can't his fans accept and respect that?

Jan 25, 2009 07:27 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Jan10, you're correct Arnel is no Steve Perry. Arnel Pineda is like the Rich Little of vocalist who was fortunate to be discovered by Neal Schon while searching Youtube for another lead singer for Journey. Arnel just happens to imitate Perry in every way just as he does other singers when his cover band performed songs from Goo Goo Dolls, Hinder, The Police, Toto, Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, The Doors, The Beatles, Cheap Trick, Led Zepplin, Van Halen, and a few others. Check him and The Zoo on Youtube if you dare to open your mind. Also the band did wait almost a year and a half for Perry to do something about his hip because they wanted to promote their REUNION record "Trial By Fire".

Jan 31, 2009 02:09 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Woohooo. Enough is enough about Steve Perry. That was then, this is now. Arnel is simply amazing, he sounds just as good, even better at times, and he's incredible on stage, HE rocks the house down. Arnel has proven himself and to the world, the Revelation album reached Platinum honors. I'm a big SP fan also, but what can you do if he does not want to come back? Of course....life goes on with or without SP, so therefore, Neal Schon found a younger, better, more talented singer in Arnel. If he wasn't that good, their latest CD would have not reached Platinum, plus Journey was in the top ten last year for the best summer tours.

Feb 1, 2009 01:44 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Way to go journey.....wish you more success.

Feb 1, 2009 01:44 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Way to go journey.....wish you more success.

Feb 6, 2009 11:35 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

first the band waited 18 months for him to give them an answer about what was going on.after which the rest of the the band could only get in touch with him through lawyers. on top of his hip injury his mother had recently passed. steve heart was not in touring or recording. the band nedded answers and got nothing. so they chose to move on. steve perry has always had an open invitaion to sing for the band and has always declined. at thier walk of fame ceremony neil straight out asked him to sing at concert that night but yet again he declined. the band is not stupid they know him coming back could make them a huge draw again. I,m not mad at steve or the band i just like journey music so until steve wants to sing again just enjoy journey with their frontman arnel. by the way steve hasn't recorded or toured in a very long time. he's happy to be out of the spotlite. and god bless him

Feb 10, 2009 06:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I don't know what the argument is all about but Pineda sounds fantastic! great voice!

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