Note: Escape will not be performing for the July 11 Hot Summer Nights concert. The band performing will be a Chicago tribute band, Windy City.
At the next concert in Sherman's Hot Summer Nights series, event patrons are likely to hear songs like, “Don't Stop Believin'” and “Open Arms.” But, the tunes will not actually be coming from the rock group Journey that was formed in the 1970s.
The next performers at the free concert in Sherman will be Escape, a Journey tribute band. The group will take to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the Sherman Municipal lawn.
“We all know the words and we've all belted them at the top of our lungs at a bar, party or wedding reception,” vocalist Chad Smith said in 2014 article by What's Up? Temecula. “Sometimes considered rock's most perfect song, Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin'' was released in 1981 as a single from the band's wildly successful album, “Escape.” Now, Journey tribute band, Escape, takes the album, as well as the band's legacy, and brings them to life. The song, “Don't Stop Believin”, is an anthem that everybody realizes and loves and, as soon as you play that song, everybody is up singing along.”
Like the band whose songs Escape performs, all five members of the tribute band are from California. The group was formed in 1996 and the currect lineup includes Stu Simon, Chad Smith, Mervin Sperling and Gary Ponder.
“A tribute band goes a step further,” Sperling said in the article. “They try to look like the personnel, as close as they can, or find lookalikes. They try to recreate the actual sound of the band with the same kind of instruments, the same kind of amplifiers and create the same kind of experience as a Journey concert. I feel we've gotten to a point where we're pretty close to that.”