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Journey Tribute Band Won't Stop Believin'

of the Oakland Press

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It’s no secret to Jeremy Hunsicker why his Frontiers — A Tribute To Journey band thrives even though the real Journey is alive, well and active.

“It’s the same reason Journey is on the road today, selling out arenas more than 25 years after their last Top 10 record,” says Hunsicker, 37, who formed Frontiers in 2002 in Roanoke, Va. “The songs are so timeless and the melodies are so well recognized ... We have the opportunity to play 18 or 20 songs a night that most anyone is going to recognize.

“They did have a bit of magic there for a few years, and it’s carried on over the years.”

Hunsicker, in fact, almost wound up joining Journey himself after guitarist Neal Schon invited him to audition for the frontman’s spot in 2007. It wound up not working out, though both parties sing each other’s praises and Hunsicker even earned a platinum album (not to mention royalties) for co-writing the song “Never Walk Away” from Journey’s 2008 album “Revelations.”

And when it comes to repertoire, Hunsicker notes, Frontier’s actually has an advantage over the real Journey.

“Those guys are shackled by their success,” he explains. “When they go out, they’ve got to play those 10 songs they have to play or people are going to go away unhappy.

“As a tribute band, we can do some of the deeper cuts. Every show we do, we have four or five songs that most could consider deeper cuts. We’ve had a lot of (Journey) fans come up to tell us how happy they are to hear those songs, ‘cause they know Journey will probably never play them again.”

Frontiers — A Tribute To Journey and Space Nelson perform Saturday (Feb. 20) the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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