Fans embrace Journey with 'Open Arms'

Sandy Degala
Sandy Degala
Sandy Pineda
Sandy Pineda
Tom Moffatt
Tom Moffatt

By Leland Kim - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Legendary band Journey has sold more than 47 million albums and rocked sold out stadiums all over the world. Wednesday night, they reward Hawaii fans who have been waiting for this moment "faithfully."

The mood at the Blaisdell was electric. Traffic backed up along Ward Avenue from fans trying to get to the concert. They've been waiting for this moment, some say, for decades. Now the moment had finally arrived.

Rock band Journey has been sending fans their love for more than three decades, since 1973. They've had a bunch of platinum albums and number one hits. For a while fans have been waiting for them to come to Hawaii, making do with playing their songs on a video game.

But now, Journey is finally rocking out in Hawaii.

"I was one of those people on the computer at 8:59 waiting for the clock to strike 9 o'clock," said Sandy Degala, a life-long Journey fan. "Just found seats and we were lucky to get some."

"I got my ticket right here," said Sandy Pineda, another Journey fan. "I got my ticket right here. I'm very, very happy."

Journey kicks of their Hawaii tour at the Blaisdell Area, and this is where the magic happens. Neal, Arnel and the rest of the guys hit the stage Wednesday night for the first of three sold out shows.

Legendary concert promoter Tom Moffatt says this is highly unusual.

"And very few acts have sold three nights out," he said. "Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Elton John, Lionel Richie, the Eagles. Haven't been that many that we had three sellouts here."

And with new lead singer Arnel Pineda, a renewed interest in the group, attracting a new generation of fans, especially Filipinos.

"Yeah, that's typical of them," said Degala. "They hear that somebody's Filipino, so they want to go see for themselves and just support them."

Every single one of these seats have been sold out for Wednesday night, Thursday night, and Saturday night. And that's exactly just the way the fans want it, just the way they need it.

"Just watching Arnel, watching the whole band, Neal Schon. just singing to all the music, bringing back so much memories from way back," said Pineda. "It's awesome."

If you don't have tickets, you still have one more chance to see Journey. They'll perform on the Big Island at the Waikoloa Bowl Queens' Gardens at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on Sunday.