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Bangor to welcome Journey, Pat Benatar and Loverboy with open arms

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Fans who wouldn’t stop believing that Journey would eventually play Bangor will be able to welcome the enduring and iconic San Francisco quintet with open arms Friday, Sept. 28.

The Waterfront Pavilion will host the ’80s supergroup along with fellow ’80s powerhouse performers Pat Benatar — who recently played her first date in Maine in 24 years with husband and lead guitarist Neil Giraldo — and Loverboy.

Together, the three acts account for one diamond, 14 multiplatinum, seven platinum and six gold albums; 46 Billboard Top 40 and nine Billboard Top 10 singles. Surprisingly, none of them have a No. 1 single to their credit.

This isn’t the first time Loverboy and Journey have toured together as the five-man Canadian hard and pop rock band opened for Journey during a 1981 tour.

Tickets, which will go on sale Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m., are available by phone at 800-745-3000, online at www.waterfrontconcerts.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets, and in Brewer at Mark’s Music store at 203 Penobscot Square. Ticket prices, not including applicable fees, are $31.50, $61.50, $81.50, $101.50 and $111.50.

Journey has shown a lot of resilience since its formation in 1973. Last year, the band toured extensively to promote “Eclipse,” its 14th studio album, which peaked on the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 13.

Journey’s current lineup includes original members Neal Schon on lead guitar; Jonathan Cain on rhythm guitar and keyboards; and Ross Valory on bass. This is Filipino lead singer Arnel Pineda’s fourth year with the band, which also features drummer Deen Castronovo.

Loverboy’s lineup includes founding members Mike Reno, Paul Dean, Doug Johnson and Matt Frenette and newer addition Ken Sinnaeve.

Journey’s most successful single — “Open Arms” — peaked at No. 2 in 1982. “Don’t Stop Believin’” peaked at No. 9, but is the top-selling catalog track in the history of iTunes. “Who’s Crying Now” was the band’s second most successful single at No. 4 in 1981. The band’s top-selling album was 1981’s “Escape,” which was certified nine-times platinum, with more than 9 million copies sold.

The Brooklyn, New York-born Benatar and Giraldo are producing a new album, according to press releases, which should hit shelves next year. Born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, Benatar has four Grammys and more than 30 million albums sold worldwide to her credit.

Benatar’s biggest hit single, “We Belong,” reached No. 5 on the U.S. charts in 1984. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” perhaps her most popular single through the years, peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard charts.

Loverboy, which formed in 1979 out of Calgary, Alberta, scored its biggest commercial success with its second album — quadruple platinum “Get Lucky” — and a single which hit No. 9 titled “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” from the 1985 album by the same name.

The Bangor stop will be one of the last on the tour, which is scheduled to start July 21 in San Bernadino, Calif., and continue through September.

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