Journey’s Earliest LIVE Footage Before They Went Pop 1974, RARE
The Original Journey
Before “bubble gum pop/ rock” Journey birthed “Anyway You Want It” and “Don’t Stop Believing“, they had more of a traditional rock n roll sound and liked to jam out together for the love of the music.
Journey started around 1973 in San Fransisco under Santana’s previous manager, Herbie Herbert.
Fun Fact: The original band name of Journey was Golden Gate Rhythm Section.
After playing the Great American Music Hall in 1974, the band was signed to Columbia Records containing Neal Schon, Gregg Rollie, Ross Valory, George Tickner and Aynsley Dunbar.
The original Journey’s sound wasn’t taking like Columbia had anticipated, so they threw Steve in as the frontman in 1977 and created the Pop/ Rock Journey that most fans only know.
In this video you will see the original Golden Gate boys jammin out on stage, no lyrics, but none are needed. We are honestly surprised that their original sound did not take them to the heights they expected, but it seems as though they were a little passed their time. Had they been around during the mid 60s, it may have been a different story for Journey.