Revolution: The Journey Album That Rocked the World in 2002
Revolution is the ninth studio album by the American rock band Journey, released in 2002. It was their first album with new lead singer Steve Augeri, who replaced Steve Perry in 1998. The album marked a return to the classic Journey sound, with melodic rock songs, soaring vocals and catchy hooks.
The album received critical acclaim and commercial success, selling over four million copies worldwide and reaching number five on the Billboard 200 chart. It spawned four singles: “Higher Place”, “All the Way”, “With Your Love” and “The Place in Your Heart”. The album also featured guest appearances by Neal Schon’s former Santana bandmates Gregg Rolie and Michael Carabello, as well as legendary guitarist Carlos Santana himself.
Revolution was a milestone in Journey’s career, as it proved that they could still make great music without Perry, who had been the voice of the band for over two decades. It also showed that they could adapt to the changing musical landscape of the 2000s, while staying true to their roots. Revolution was a testament to Journey’s enduring appeal and influence, as they continued to rock the world with their timeless songs.
The album’s title, Revolution, was inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, which shook the world and motivated the band to create a positive and uplifting message. The album’s cover art featured a stylized American flag with a guitar-shaped star, symbolizing the band’s patriotism and passion for music. The album also reflected the band’s personal and professional changes, as they welcomed Augeri and new drummer Deen Castronovo, who replaced Steve Smith in 1998.
The album’s opening track, “Higher Place”, was a powerful anthem that showcased Augeri’s vocal range and Schon’s guitar skills. The song was a hit on both rock and adult contemporary radio stations, reaching number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number 20 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The song also became the theme song for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The album’s second single, “All the Way”, was a romantic ballad that featured Rolie on keyboards and Santana on guitar. The song was a tribute to Journey’s fans, who had supported them through their ups and downs. The song also expressed the band’s gratitude to their new singer, who had fit in seamlessly with the rest of the group. The song reached number 16 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and number 21 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
The album’s third single, “With Your Love”, was a soulful and groovy tune that featured Carabello on percussion and Santana on guitar. The song was a celebration of love and life, with lyrics that praised the power of music and the joy of being with someone special. The song reached number 30 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and number 31 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
The album’s fourth and final single, “The Place in Your Heart”, was a heartfelt and emotional ballad that showcased Augeri’s vocal abilities and Schon’s guitar solos. The song was a message of hope and faith, with lyrics that encouraged listeners to follow their dreams and find their true purpose. The song reached number 24 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and number 26 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
The album also included other notable tracks, such as “Signs of Life”, a rockin’ and upbeat song that featured Schon’s signature guitar riffs and Augeri’s soaring vocals; “World Gone Wild”, a heavy and edgy song that dealt with the chaos and violence of the modern world; “To Be Alive Again”, a melodic and optimistic song that celebrated the band’s comeback and new direction; and “Livin’ to Do”, a fun and funky song that featured Rolie on vocals and keyboards.