Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna took to social media on Monday to announce that he will debut his newly formed band, Journey Beyond, on March 6.
The Journey tribute band, based in Nashville, will cover the rock band’s catalog.
“I am happy to announce the debut of Journey Beyond, a tribute to the legendary band Journey,” Belladonna wrote on Facebook. “It is my pleasure to welcome my new band out of Nashville, and we are very excited to hit the stage together.”
“Our first show is coming up this Friday, March 6, in Hopeville, Va., at the Beacon Theatre,” he added. “We are excited to be performing a night of Journey’s timeless hits and we look forward to seeing some new fans in the crowd!”
According to reports, the band will consist of Matt Basford (guitar), Doug Carter (keyboards), Paul Arntz (bass) and Justin Ward (drums), in addition to Belladonna.
Belladonna said he remembers singing Journey at his audition for Anthrax in 2005.
“I hit the mic and belted out some Journey,” he said. “I think it was ‘Lights.’ I didn’t know what the hell I was getting into in the first place. I just wanted to lay some vocals or something. Just to kinda give an idea and that’s what happened. It wasn’t really anything more than that. I just kinda belched it out.”
In 2012, he performed Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” at a Steel Panther show, while Anthrax covered “Keep on Runnin'” a year later on their Anthems EP.
Belladonna sang “Wheel in the Sky” and “Stone in Love” at a jam night at a Hollywood bowling alley in 2015. He has also reportedly performed Journey in a classic-rock cover band called Chief Big Way, in which he drums.
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