This DVD was filmed for live boradcast on then fledgling MTV. Included are many hit songs, plus period interview and additional Escape tour live material from the Journey vaults. Also included is a CD version of the concert with a bonus track that wasn'
Filmed by a four month-old MTV and just days into the band's first number one album Escape
, Journey is at their peak. The recent addition of FM-friendly keyboardist/co-songwriter Jonathan Cain (fresh from the Babys) proved to be the final addition that the constantly changing concept band would need to crash both radio and retail charts. The concert DVD shows rows of fans in the same red-sleeved concert jerseys getting their fill of the hits "Don't Stop Believin'," "Stone in Love," "Who's Crying Now," "Open Arms," "Anyway You Want It," "Wheel In The Sky," and "Lights." Stage-wise, there is very little in terms of visual style with the exception of a few rows of gel lights to move with the music and a pair of spotlights that move with unlikely idols Steve Perry and Neal Schon. In this day and age of MTV Video Music Awards and TRL it is difficult to understand how a band of thirty-somethings in hiked-up blue jeans easily delivered the ballads to break young girls' hearts and the glass-pack rock to fuel young boys' Firebirds.
The second DVD consists of upbeat interviews from the same period, a cheap trinket slideshow, and an Escape promo reel from back when those sorts of things were commonplace on networks. The interviews capture an optimistic band in the most favorable light they'd ever been in or ever would be in again. If you're looking for the dirty laundry drama on the fantastic ups and downs in the story of Journey you'll have to look elsewhere. This one is a collector's item of simpler times--a moment when the world of Journey was magic and everything was all right for those who thought music television was an odd concept. --Peter Hilgendorf