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Loverboy, Pat Benatar and Journey
Target Audience: People who think that music peaked during that magical summer of 1981. Charles and Diana were getting married, MTV was launching and Loverboy were poised to take over the world. Meanwhile, Journey had just released their album Escape featuring a little song called "Don't Stop Believin'" and Pat Benatar was America's newest sex godess. This is also a show for anyone who thinks that headband never went out of style, because nobody rocks a headband like Benatar and Loverboy's Mike Reno.
Missing Members: Pat Benetar is still with her husband/guitarist Neil Giraldo, and Loverboy has every living member of the classic lineup besides bassist Scott Smith, who tragically drowned off the coast of San Francisco in 2000. Journey is a more complicated story. Singer Steve Perry hasn't toured with the group since 1986, and drummer Steve Smith split in 1998. A Perry-less Journey may seem unimaginable, but new singer Arnel Pineda does an amazing job.
Likely Highlight: The place will go nuts for "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Love Is A Battlefield," but don't overlook Loverboy. Who doesn't love "Working For The Weekend?"