Jour­ney & Def Lep­pard on new Her­shey stage leave fans ‘Still Believin’

The Southern Berks News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Rodeo Marie Han­son Kid Movie Re­viewer Rodeo Marie Han­son, 12, Fleet­wood, has been rub­bing el­bows with celebri­ties on the red car­pet since she was age 4.

I first started learn­ing about Jour­ney when I heard the song “Don’t Stop Believin’” and I was in­tro­duced to Def Lep­pard when “Pour Some Sugar On Me” played on the ra­dio. Even though I wasn’t born in the 1980s, I like the mu­sic from that time with big, loud gui­tars and drums, and I en­joy find­ing out about the mu­si­cians and see­ing them per­form live.

Jour­ney co-head­lined with Def Lep­pard on May 25 at Her­shey­park Sta­dium. Part of the fun is get­ting to the sta­dium, rid­ing a tram past Her­shey Park. The concert that night was on the brand new stage re­cently built by Moun­tain Pro­duc­tions: large speak­ers, sound equip­ment, and video screens.

Def Lep­pard opened with “Ex­citable.” There were cool py­rotech­nics and all the fans be­gan to scream at the top of their lungs. They did all the songs I re­mem­ber from “Vault”, and a few they don’t usu­ally do live like “Rock On” and “Switch 625”. There were videos on the screens that showed Def Lep­pard dur­ing the 1980s. Their most pop­u­lar hits “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Rock Of Ages”, and “Pho­to­graph” closed their show.

Af­ter in­ter­mis­sion, Jour­ney took the stage. Fans nearly fainted from ex­cite­ment.

Steve Perry was Jour­ney’s singer for many years, and his voice is on most of the songs that I like. Perry isn’t with Jour­ney any­more, but Jour­ney did not dis­ap­point. The lead singer with them now Ar­nel Pineda, even men­tioned Steve Perry dur­ing the show as be­ing an im­por­tant mem­ber of the band.

Jour­ney also had spe­cial ef­fects like lasers and videos. A drum solo by Steve Smith was amaz­ing! Neal Schon did a gui­tar solo, and Jonathan Cain did a med­ley on pi­ano of all Jour­ney’s big­gest hits that had peo­ple call­ing out the ti­tles to the songs.

As the night went on, Jour­ney did “Lights”. Ev­ery­where peo­ple were hold­ing up cell phones with their lights on to get into the spirit of the song, and so did I.

“Faith­fully”, “Open Arms”, “Only The Young” all through that big loud sound sys­tem. “Wheel In The Sky” is my fa­vorite song of theirs, and I waited won­der­ing if they were go­ing to do it... they did!

The last song was “Don’t Stop Believin’” and the crowd went wild. Near the end of the song, I heard a loud pop, and all of a sud­den white con­fetti was rain­ing from the sky!

This was an out­stand­ing show I sug­gest you see. If you grew up dur­ing the 1980s, you know all of these songs and you will be brought back in time when this mu­sic was all over the Top 10, MTV, and ra­dio. If you’re a kid like me, and you won­der what it was like to live in the 1980s, this is a good way to find out. Both Def Lep­pard and Jour­ney put on a fan­tas­tic show, and I would def­i­nitely go again!

I would like to thank Anna Loynes at Scoop Mar­ket­ing, Nina at CSM Man­age­ment, Maddy O’ Don­nell at Dono­van Pub­lic Re­la­tions, Robert Mur­phy at Live Na­tion, and Olivia York at Her­shey En­ter­tain­ment and Re­sorts.

Rodeo Marie Han­son, 12, Fleet­wood, holds her me­dia cre­den­tials.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — ROSS HALFIN

Def Lep­pard is on tour, re­cently per­form­ing with Jour­ney at Her­shey­park Sta­dium.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Jour­ney co-head­lined with Def Lep­pard at Her­shey­park Sta­dium on May 25.

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