Departure had a harsher, edgier vibe to it than its predecessors.
This has been attributed to the band performing the songs live in studio, rather than laying down one instrumental track at a time, as is often more typical.
The final album of Journey’s successful period, Raised on Radio, was recorded in 1986. Midway through a promotional tour for the album, however, something changed.
Still sick with grief over the death of his mother and frustrated for the conflicts her illness caused during the recording of Raised on Radio, Steve Perry decided that the Journey was over.
Perry’s first two bands were unremarkable, but his third band, Alien Project, would attract enough attention to net Perry his big break.
On morning commutes, at dead end jobs, in food courts, at basketball games, and in the shower, people are singing along too.It’s Saturday night and you’ve just climbed off stage.As the adrenaline flushes from your system, you remember that you aren’t actually rock god, Steve Perry.The band’s hit albums attracted criticism that they had sold out and betrayed their San Francisco origins.Perry and his bandmates also clashed over Perry’s popularity.The album was at one point ranked 8th in the nation in sales.