AOR legends Journey are to receive an award celebrating their commitment to live performance.
The “Legend of Live” award is given as part of the Billboard Touring Conference, and previous recipients have included Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, The Allman Brothers Band and Rush.
Journey’s founder member, guitarist Neal Schon is said to feel “honoured” at being given such an award. Ray Waddell, Billboard’s Executive Director of Content and Programming for Touring and Live Entertainment added: “…Most would agree that Journey’s longevity has in large part been driven by their stellar live performances. From their days blowing up the Bay Area music scene to their ascent to international headlining and, today, iconic rock status, withstanding personnel changes that would bring down a lesser band, Journey’s talent transcends musical trends and draws bigger crowds year after year. In short, Journey personifies a ‘Legend of Live.‘ ”
Journey’s fourteenth studio album ‘Eclipse’ was released in May 2011. Read a review here.