This Alabama Company Can Help You Live Out Your Rock and Roll Fantasy

| August 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am

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By Matthew Kronsberg
Bloomberg

In his 2018 memoir, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain describes the inspiration for one of the band’s biggest hits. “Somewhere in the hum and steady rocking on a tour bus heading to Saratoga Springs, I heard a tune in my dreams and thought of lyrics that woke me up,” he wrote. “Finding a pen in the dark, I scribbled the words on a napkin, something I’ve never done before. Highway run into the midnight sun.”

So opens “Faithfully,” the song that cemented Journey’s status as kings of the power ballad. Its music video, a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road, similarly elevated the status of the tour bus – as much a romantic symbol of touring as the stage itself.

Traveling like that is a potent fantasy, as anyone who got misty-eyed during the tour bus rendition of Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” in the movie “Almost Famous” knows. For the average person, it’s always been just that – a fantasy – at least until this summer, when COVID-19 put the concert industry in park.

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