William Clark/ Music Enthusiast Magazine

William Clark/ Music Enthusiast Magazine

Arena rock is Journey. That’s what the sold out crowd at the Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa were left saying during Journey’s recent headlining performance alongside fellow heavyweights The Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason.

In a summer filled to the brim with triple bills, Journey stands among the most bold of them through a catalog of anthems that have stood the test of time. Of course, the fact that Journey is practically at the peak of their relevance has much to do with the introduction of Arnel Pineda as their dynamic frontman, handling the Steve Perry era songs with such proficiency while serving as his own energetic entertainer.

After Dave Mason warmed up the crowd, which was already at near capacity when the sun was still high in the sky, The Doobie Brothers took full command of the stage. With a massive city landscape set up as their backdrop, these lasting rock icons kept the crowd on their feet through high power renditions of “Jesus Is Just Alright,” “Eyes of Silver” and “Takin’ It to the Streets.”

The Doobie Brothers are certainly one of those timeless bands that continue to surprise you at how many of their songs have left an impact on rock music, as they rolled through hit after hit in “China Grove” and “Black Water.” Rounding off their fourteen song set with rowdy versions of “Without You” and “Listen to the Music,” the audience was well prepared for a staggering performance from the evening’s headliner.

Bursting onstage to the vicious arena rock themes of “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” and “Be Good to Yourself,” it was evident early on that Journey remains alive and well. Animated pyrotechnics took over the stage as Pineda interacted with the front row, jumped in the air and came rather close to the range and tone of his defining predecessor. Following up with “Only the Young,” it was already a set to witness from Journey – and that was just before a massive solo from virtuoso Neal Schon.

Soon followed were hard and heavy takes of “Stone in Love” and “Any Way You Want It,” with newly reintroduced drummer extraordinaire Steve Smith keeping the time. Noticeably absent were any of Journey’s originals with Arnel in this set (“Chain of Love” and “Never Walk Away” would have done well in this set of hits), however it was hard to complain as Journey ran through a trio of power ballads in “Lights,” “Open Arms” and “Who’s Crying Now.”

Journey were primarily celebrating the ‘Escape’ album during this set, catering to the diehard fans by pulling out the album’s title track and “Dead or Alive” alongside the regular staples from that record. After “Wheel in the Sky” and “Faithfully” had the crowd cheering for more, Journey made the surprising decision to throw out what is perhaps their definitive song “Don’t Stop Believin’” – before the encore. Confetti rained down on the crowd, before the band reemerged to conclude the show with “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’.”

A monumental evening to say the least, as Journey reassured their presence as a must-see live hard rock band, while The Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason proved to be similarly knockout concert forces in their own rights.

Journey and The Doobie Brothers 6/10/16 Setlist Tampa, FL

The Doobie Brothers

Jesus Is Just Alright
Rockin’ Down the Highway
Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)
Another Park, Another Sunday
World Gone Crazy
Eyes of Silver
Sweet Maxine
Takin’ It to the Streets
The Doctor
Black Water
Long Train Runnin’
China Grove
Without You
Listen to the Music

Journey

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
Be Good to Yourself
Only the Young
Guitar Solo
Stone in Love
Any Way You Want It
Line of Fire
Lights
Piano Solo
Open Arms
Who’s Crying Now
Escape
La Do Da
Drum Solo
Dead or Alive
Guitar Solo
Wheel in the Sky
Faithfully
Don’t Stop Believin’
Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’

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