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Journey & Loverboy rock the CMSF
by Meagan Friberg - Paso Robles Press
July 30, 2012

PASO ROBLES -There was a lot of rock 'n rolling going on in the grandstand area of the California Mid-State Fair Tuesday night as three of the most loved bands of the 70s and 80s took to the stage.

Two bands opened for one of the most popular American rock bands of all time-Journey. Loverboy, an 80's MTV favorite and Pat Benatar, one of music's top-selling female artists, had fans on their feet throughout both sets.

Loverboy, a four multi-platinum album and numerous international gold album band, delivered hits such as Turn Me Loose, Working for the Weekend and Lovin' Every Minute of It as the crowd sang along throughout their high-energy show.

Next up was Benatar and her band, including Neal Giraldo, her husband, producer and long-time collaborator. As Benatar sang fan favorites such as Love Is A Battlefield, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, We Belong and Heartbreaker, the crowd was once again on their feet.

But it would be Journey, with lead vocalist Arnel Pineda, who drew the biggest response as they finished the night with a good combination of classic and new songs.

Journey, formed in 1973, is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time and has created some of the best-known songs in modern music. In addition to Pineda, the multi- Top 40 single as well as Gold and Platinum album band featured Neal Schon on guitar, Jonathan Cain on keyboard, Ross Valory on bass and Deen Castronovo on drums.

Many of the die-hard fans in the crowd remember Robert Fleischman or Steve Perry as lead singer of Journey. Both were just a distant memory to the Mid-State Fair crowd as Pineda, who has been with the band since 2007, delivered pitch-perfect vocals.

Rolling through hits such as Lovin, Touchin', Squeezin', Any Way You Want It, Don't Stop Believin', Who's Crying Now and Open Arms, Pineda and the band kept the multi-generational crowd on their feet throughout the remainder of the evening.

With two opening acts as well as their signature sound of classic hits and new favorites, Journey was a welcome addition to the 2012 Mid-State Fair concert lineup.

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