Separate Ways

Oh, I am so amused by this press release as per Journey’s official website:

JOURNEY ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF JEFF SCOTT SOTO

June 12, 2007 — Journey has parted ways with their recently named lead singer Jeff Scott Soto. Jeff’s first appearance with Journey was July 7, 2006 in Bristow, VA. He had been filling in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the tour shortly after it began on June 23 due to illness. Jeff’s last performance was May 12, 2007 in Leesburg, VA.

According to guitarist Neal Schon, “We appreciate all of Jeff’s hard work and we can’t thank him enough for stepping in when Steve Augeri got sick last year. He did a tremendous job for us and we wish him the best. We’ve just decided to go our separate ways, no pun intended. We’re plotting our next move now.”

Keyboardist Jonathan Cain continues, “We were lucky to have a friend who was already a Journey fan step in on a moment’s notice during the Def Leppard tour to help us out. Jeff was always the consummate professional and we hope that he remains a friend of the band in the future. We just felt it was time to go in a different direction.”

Journey–Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards) and Deen Castronovo (drums)—is taking the rest of 2007 off to spend time with their families, write new songs and map out plans for 2008.

Another one bites the dust. Why am I not surprised? I’m just surprised it was such a short tenure – Jeff hardly lasted a year. Thank goodness I spent all my money and time on the band when it was worth something. Now, it’s all just a big joke. I wonder who the new lead singer is going to be. Kevin Chalfant? Jeremey Hunsicker?

I have to say, though – it was pretty crappy how the band cut Jeff out of the official band photo and bio before the press release was even isssued. Of course, the whole thing caught on like wildfire and the damage was done. I had no idea they could even trump Steve Augeri’s departure, but they did it. Congratulations, Journey.

One Response to “Separate Ways”

  1. Les says:

    I’d like to know what Stevie McGonigal’s reaction to this is. I mean, they made such a big song and dance about getting shot of him to bring Jeffery in and now they get rid of him too just like that.

    What a joke… I’m tempted to write a blog about it myself but there are too many Jeffery fanatics on my livejournal friends list so I don’t want to upset them.

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