Journey was, without a doubt, the biggest band in the world in 1983; Frontiers was on the top of the charts, they had a huge sell-out worldwide tour, and their previous album, Escape, was one of the best rock albums ever released. Journey was simply unbeatable in the years 1978 - 1986 for the sheer quality of the music they produced. Just think back of the albums from that period: Infinity, Evoluton, Departure, Captured, Escape, Frontiers, and Raised On Radio. Singer Steve Perry seeked more creative control of the band for 1986's Raised On Radio, and did the unthinkable; he convinced Neal and Johnathan to fire Ross Vallory and Steve Smith. Perry now admits that was a huge mistake. No offense to American Idol's Randy Jackson (who filled in on bass for that album and the subsequent tour), but ROR sounded too much like a Steve Perry solo record. Journey ultimately had to turn the tables and fire Perry in the late 1990's after he refused to accept medical treatment for an injury for religious reasons. Journey simply couldn't wait any longer and needed to tour to support the Trial By Fire album. They hired former Tall Stories singer, Steve Augeri, and filled in the now vacant drummer slot with Castronovo. Steve Smith simply did not care for touring any longer (which is a real bummer since I didn't get to see him play when he was with The Storm). Perry eventually had to have the surgery.
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