In the deepest part of Winter, February 1983, the San Francisco-based American juggernaut Journey released Frontiers amidst intense anticipation. The rock world knew that Journey’s preceding album, 1981’s Escape , had spawned three Top Ten hits on its way to #1 sales. Journey had already established itself as a tireless touring enterprise, a real “people’s band”, a perception validated when the national Gallup Poll determined that the Bay Area quintet was voted America’s favorite band then. That fame in turn prompted the first computer video game named after a rock band. It was no surprise then when that success increased the demand to extend the already lengthy Escape tour, but what we outside the band’s inner circle had no way of knowing is that the extended time away from home was straining several marriages of Journey band members.
The skyrocketing album, merchandise, and concert ticket sales were obvious, but far less apparent were the exceedingly high musical standards to which any new members, such as ex-Babys keyboard player/songwriter Jonathan Cain, would be held. Cain, band co-founder/guitarist Neal Schon, and former singer Steve Perry reveal considerable personal pathos during the Big Payday provided by “Separate Ways”, “Faithfully”,”Send Her My Love”,”Chain Reaction”,”After the Fall”, & two more which were inexplicably bumped off of Frontiers, “Only the Young” and “Ask the Lonely”.- Redbeard