West Valley City • The USANA Amphitheatre was packed to the maximum on Thursday night, as fans of classic rock were electrified with two old favorites from the 1980s — Journey and Steve Miller Band.
Journey opened with a screaming performance of “Separate Ways.”
If anyone had doubts about the new lead singer, Philippino Arnel Pineda, all worries are gone. His vocals mimic former lead singer Steve Perry almost exactly and he fits right in with the old band of classic rock junkies, adding a punch of energy and enthusiasm.
The band reminisced with fans playing old favorites such as “Wheel In The Sky,” “Faithfully,” and “Any Way You Want It.”
Lead guitarist Neal Schon wowed the crowd, shredding on beautiful Paul Reed Smith guitars, often for minutes at a time.
Singer, drummer Deen Castronovo belted high notes behind his drum set for screaming fans and keyboardist Jonathan Cain performed a magnificent piano solo including clips from various Journey songs and eventually leading into “Open Arms.”
Bassist Ross Valory emceed most of the show, introducing band members and songs.
Of course, the crowd roared at the sound of the first piano notes of “Don’t Stop Believin.’” The entire amphitheater sang along.
The Steve Miller Band definitely fans in a nostalgic mood, opening for Journey. Age hasn’t stopped the lead singer, his 70-year-old voice is as smooth as when he first recorded an album and his guitar skills were impeccable, performing a solo on almost every song.
The band played many favorites including “Fly Like An Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” “Rock ‘N Me,” and of course, “The Joker.”
The traveling oldies acts will head to Washington next for a couple shows, and then to California.