JOURNEY NAMES JEFF SCOTT SOTO OFFICIAL NEW LEAD SINGER
December 19, 2006 — Jeff Scott Soto has been officially named the new lead singer of Journey. He had been filling in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the U.S. tour with Def Leppard shortly after it began on June 23 due to illness.
“We are so grateful to Steve for all the years he dedicated to Journey,” says Journey in a joint statement. “We thank Steve for all his hard work and we wish him only the best in his future endeavors. Over the past few months, we’ve come to realize that Jeff has proven himself above and beyond that he can sing the hell out of our songs and we’re happy to officially welcome him as part of the family. We’re excited to start a new chapter with Jeff and we’re excited about what the future may bring.”
After witnessing the Soto-led Journey in concert this past Summer, I can personally say that this was a move in the right direction. Jeff Scott Soto has been one of the most acclaimed singers in the industry but a virtual unknown to the public. Fronting Journey will no doubt boost interest into his previous work (solo, Talisman, Humanimal, etc.) while raising the bar for the band. Former Journey frontman, Steve Augeri, had to battle the constant comparisons to Steve Perry as they sound similar. JSS brings his own style and energy to the Journey camp. Great move by Journey to retain JSS, an obvious move but still great.