How’s that for an 80’s flashback? We have Steve Perry and Journey not only singing a couple of songs LIVE, but also being interviewed on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder! The only thing more 80’s than that would be Playing Pac-Man while listening to A-Ha on a Sony Walkman while wearing a Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” shirt.
First, let’s start with Mr. Snyder and his show: At that time, NBC had The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and so what better way to follow that than with The Tomorrow Show (and later Tomorrow Coast to Coast). Tom Snyder, the host, was known for his direct interviewing style as well as his hearty laugh, full head of silver hair and the constant cigarette in his hand. (If you don’t believe me, check out Dan Aykroyd’s SNL parody of him from the late 70’s.) Those who stayed up late to watch the show were never quite sure who would be on or what odd questions Snyder might ask them …. which made for great late night TV.
Now, over to Journey. The band was formed in San Francisco in 1973, and featured members of Santana and something called Frumious Bandersnatch. Journey had its biggest commercial success between 1978 and 1987 when it released a series of hit songs, including 1981’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” which in 2009 became the top-selling track in iTunes history among songs not released in the 21st century. It was released off the band’s eighth–and most successful–album, Escape, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and produced most of their most popular singles, including “Open Arms”. All told, Journey has two Gold albums, eight multi-platinum albums, and two diamond albums (including seven consecutive multi-platinum albums between 1978 and 1987) and eighteen Top 40 singles in the U.S. (the second most behind the Electric Light Orchestra with 20), six of which reached the Top 10 of the US chart and two of which reached No. 1 on other Billboard charts!
“Don’t Stop Believin'” was released on June 3, 1981 and eventually hit number 9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 on its original release. “Who’s Crying Now” was released in 1981 as the first single from Escape and reached #4 on both the Billboard Hot 100.
So here they are LIVE on the Tomorrow Show in 1981 (the video has a little glitch at the beginning, which those of you who owned VHS tape recorders will recognize) Steve Perry, Ross Valory, Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon, and Steve Smith.