LAS VEGAS, NM - MAY 03: Bassist Ross Valory (L) and guitarist Neal Schon of Journey perform during the first night of the band's second nine-show residency at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on May 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Journey and the Pretenders will return to Atlanta next summer

Concert is also the ‘River’s Rockin’ Birthday Bash’

Journey will return to the road next summer for a 60-plus date tour with the Pretenders.

The bands will play Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood on Aug. 13, with tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 via www.livenation.com. An American Express cardmember pre-sale runs now through 10 p.m. Nov. 7, while a Citi card pre-sale begins at 10 a.m. Nov. 5. 

The concert will also serve as the “River’s Rockin’ Birthday Bash” for 97.1 The River FM (full disclosure – I’m on every Wednesday afternoon with Kaedy Kiely and she and I produce a weekly podcast, 2 Girls Talking). The radio station is also giving away tickets as part of the celebration.

This isn’t the first time Journey and the Pretenders will share a bill in Atlanta. The bands teamed with Def Leppard in July 2018 for a massively entertaining concert at SunTrust Park.

The Journey lineup of founding member and lead guitarist Neal Schon, co-founding member and bassist Ross Valory, longtime members Jonathan Cain on keyboards and Steve Smith on drums and ace singer Arnel Pineda are slated to deliver a hits-packed set (“Separate Ways,” “Lights,” “Open Arms,” “Don’t Stop Believin’”) surrounded by new production. 

Meanwhile, the Chrissie Hynde-fronted Pretenders will also roll through a set that typically includes “Back on the Chain Gang,” “I’ll Stand By You” and “Don’t Get Me Wrong.”

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.  
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