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All things '80s

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All things '80s Journey guitarist Neal Schon (edge photo by Mike Fern)
Iconic legends rock Bangor Waterfront

BANGOR  As the old Journey song says, "the party's over." As the leaves begin to fall, the Waterfront stage is heading to the ground - but not before Bangor rocked with Journey, Pat Benatar and Loverboy on Friday night.

Loverboy, famous for the early '80s staples "The Kid is Hot Tonight" and "Lovin' Every Minute of It," started the evening. The band's lead vocalist, Mike Reno, can still knock out the vocals. They wrapped up with "Working for the Weekend," a suitable choice indeed for a crowd happily standing in a cold drizzle.

Pat Benatar, one of rock's few females to leave a mark on the industry and be considered an icon, performed her hits along with husband Neil "Spyder" Giraldo. Her mezzo-soprano voice certainly can still hit those notes and Giraldo, known for his guitar skills, was a large part of the show and entertainment. Delivering an encore of "Heartbreaker" infused with a dynamic, hard-edged "Ring of Fire," Benatar proved she is worthy of legend status.

Journey was committed to giving the crowd a night to remember, despite the weather that left the band's members drenched by the end of the show. The set list highlighted their signature sound of relentless guitar riffs, harmonies and soaring vocals. Original members Neal Schon, lead guitar, and bassist Ross Valory were engaged with the music and the fans. Jonathan Cain, a longtime member on keyboards and guitar, rounded out the details to every song. Drummer Deen Castronovo attacked the drum kit with a sense of joy.

Lead singer Arnel Pineda thrilled the crowd with his charm, vocal talent and his generosity for the fans. From 'Any Way You Want It' and 'Faithfully' to 'Don't Stop Believin',' Pineda was energetic, dynamic and owned the stage. Surely a bucket-list band for many attendees, Journey proved why they can still pack in 10,000, rain or shine.


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