In a sea of Journey shirts, the Wednesday night crowd at the American Airlines Center watched Toto as they eagerly awaited the headliner. But the opening band just ripped. Toto wasted no time with banter during their set and just hammered in song after song, including 80s hits “Africa” and “Rosanna.”
Steve Lukather’s vocals shredded on the deadly “Hold the Line,” and the band moved on to a heartfelt Beatles cover, “With a Little Help From My Friends,” before closing the show with their two greatest hits – which had the crowd swaying, dancing and singing together. At the end of their set, Toto gave their brief introductions to the bandmates while saying goodbye and thank you with a salute before leaving the stage.
As soon as the lights went out, the whispers among the audience turned into shouts and whistles. It was as if the seats were charged with electricity, making everyone in the crowd jump to their feet in excitement at the same time. Nobody was sitting down anytime soon – it wasn’t a good day to be short.
Journey immediately pulled his favorite karaoke track “Don’t Stop Believin'”. Guys still have it. Arnel Pineda dominated the stage with his presence: throwing the microphone into the crowd, jumping, dancing, interacting with all the band members on the stage without missing a single beat. The guy was flash.
There weren’t many Journey quips either — aside from the occasional “Thank you, Dallas!” “Are you ready ? !” or the classic “How are we all doing there?!” Flashing lights, heartbreaking guitars, pounding keys, Journey put on one of their best shows yet.
Once they played “Wheel in the Sky” and the perfect “Separate Ways [Worlds Apart]”it was clear they were close to their grand finale. Giant funnels were taking center stage, a bunch of people dressed all in black started throwing shirts at the audience on the ground. We’re not just talking about a few dozen shirts, Either: For the last three songs, you’d only see rolled up black shirts thrown around nonstop.
The moment Jonathan Cain struck that unmistakable first chord on the piano for “Anyway You Want It,” those funnels burst into an explosion of fog, confetti, and streamers that engulfed the arena. Seeing everyone singing the lyrics to that last track as confetti slowly floated to the floor was a sight to behold. What a wild Wednesday night.