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Ross Valory

Ross Lamont Valory (born February 2, 1949 in San Francisco) is Journey's noted bass player. He and Neal Schon are the only original members of the band still performing with the group.

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Just sad to see this. Neal worked his butt off to create the legacy he, Steve Perry, Gregg Rolie and Ross Valory bu…
For me & thousands of thousands of fan TRUE CONSTANT MEMBERS! Neal Schon & ROSS VALORY! I rest my case! FACTS! 🕶😎🎸
The fact we are still polarized as we painstakingly analyze it, illustrates its effectiveness. . /queues Ross Valory bass line
Never-ending Journey: Bassist Ross Valory and his bandmates plan to keep playing the hits indefinitely…
Trying something different, many times i'll see an odd bass and ask for help --- today let me present Ross Valory's…
On Fri hits for 4th time in 8 yrs. Bassist Ross Valory on the band's appeal:
Great Ross Valory mention. Original smokin' Journey(Schon was amazing) played at my HS in '77 (ouch!) my frosh yr.
Journey, you miss Steve Smith, Ross Valory and Aynsley Dunbar speeches and also 1song of 3, Separate Ways.
I liked a video Journey: Jonathan Cain & Ross Valory on seeing Steve Perry at Rock Hall Induction
Jonathan Caine, Steve Perry, Neal Schon, Ross Valory (out of shot) and Steve Smith. ALL FROM MEMORY. Did I impress you?
Grab our latest issue featuring of Reed Mathis, Ross Valory, Richard Hammond and much more! http…
hey mark, Listening to the show right now. Journeys bass player is Ross Valory not Ross Avery. Keep up the great work!
" OG "Members of Journey Steve Smith , Ross Valory and Neal Schon performing at Jones…
Journey played to a sold out Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas tonight. Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon, and Ross Valory...
Didn't help that Ross Valory looked like an undercover cop in the "Separate Ways" video.
Journey rehearsing for their upcoming tour. Watch Ross Valory do his usual clowning around. Can't wait for the tour!
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My mom met Ross Valory in 1981 at the Chateau Louise in Dundee Illinois!!
Births 1912: Burton Lane 1927: Stan Getz 1932: Arthur Lyman 1934: Clyde "Skip" Battin (Skip and Flip) 1940: Alan Caddy (The Tornados, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates) 1942: Graham Nash (The Hollies, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) 1946: Howard Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) 1947: Peter Lucia (Tommy James and the Shondells) 1949: Ross Valory (Journey) Deaths 1996: Gene Kelly Events 1956: The Coasters sign with Atlantic Records. 1957: Fats Domino makes an appearance on 's The Perry Como Show, singing his hits "Blue Monday" and "Blueberry Hill." 1959: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper play their last show as part of the "Winter Dance Party" tour, stopping this night at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA. Admission: $1.25. The last song of the night: The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace." 1963: The Beatles begin their first British tour at the Gaumont in Bradford, opening up for singer Helen Shapiro. 1969: "Carl Perkins Day" is declared in Jackson, TN, where the singer moved with his family at 18. 1973 ...
ROCK BIRTHDAYS FOR FEBRUARY 2 Graham Nash is 72; Ross Valory from Journey is 65; Robert Deleo from Army of Anyone and Stone Temple Pilots is 48; Ben Mize from the Counting Crows is 43;
Today in Rock February Second Featured Artist White Stripes White Stripes The White Stripes (Jack and Meg White) announce that they disbanded so as to preserve the band's legacy. "The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health," the statement reads. "It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band.” The White Stripes had been on hiatus since ’07 but their final live performance occurred in ‘09 when they appeared on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. 2011 1940's Graham Nash of the Hollies, and more notably, Crosby, Stills & Nash, is born. 1942 San Francisco native, bassist Ross Valory (Santana/Journey), begins his life. 1949 1950's Buddy Holly’s last show. The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA. 1959 1960's The Beatles launch their first national U.K. tour. They open for Helen Shapiro. 1962 Bob Dylan plays harmonica on Harr .. ...
Here's the weekend Rock n' Roll Birthday list..Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Graham Nash, Robert Deleo of STP, Journey bass player Ross Valory, Jason Cooper of The Cure, Alan Jaworski of Jesus Jones, and the late Jani Lane of WARRANT.
Ed has been a professional musician for over 45 years as a keyboard player as well as an accomplished vocalist—he understands the musician’s needs. He has written and recorded music with many successful artists including Mike Pinder from the Moody Blues, Ross Valory of Journey, Jon Anderson of Yes,…
TB Thursday. Late entry. Hanging with Neil Schon on the Infinity tour 1978. Paramount theater. And with Ross Valory same night with Pete Holmes and Jim D'Ambrosia
"A lot of people get famous (hot) and then dont want to be famous (hot). You signed up for this you gotta pay for it. Alot of people just dont know what the price is when they step up to the plate. The wear & tear is not physical. The wear & tear is a mental thing. You really just let go of a lot of relationships that require presence & constant nurturing. You say goodbye to people, people get sick and die when your gone, & a lot of things just go by the way side. Then theres the strife, & power, & money, & control. " - Ross Valory
Win a Mouthman shirt & CD both autographed to YOU by Ross Valory!
Animal hoodies with giant mouths on the sleeves. USA made, eco fabric made from recycled PET plastic bottles. Invented by Journey bass player Ross Valory.
I was given Journey ...thanks A LOT Geoff Banks Do I like them? Yes, through about the 2nd album with Jonathan Cain. I liked them from before that and I think their best work was when Greg Rollie was still with the band. That said, their latest incarnation isn't half bad. I can't tell you how glad I am that Ross Valory is with them again. His bass work and vocals are the glue. Have I seen them live? Only in movies and DVDs. I did see Neal Schon jamming at a local club after a Journey gig a few years ago in San Francisco. He can play blues much better than you might suspect. Favourite song? "Little Girl", from the Dream after Dream soundtrack released in Japan. It would turn out to be the last song Greg Rollie recorded with the band and their last gasp of prog before turning into the pop behemoth they became. Memories? Two: The first was a band I was in in high school that played "Walks Like A Lady", and I got to play the organ part with that monster opening riff. Bliss. Then later, also in high school, ma ...
Ross Valory of Journey says that even today when they are touring someone still comes and is wondering where Steve Perry is.
"My Last Minute" by StrangeZero. You can find the this track on the "Silent Wonder" cd compiled by Dimitris Papaspyropoulos and released by Sony BMG. This tr...
Directed by Ramona S. Diaz. With Jonathan Cain, Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, Ross Valory. A documentary on Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the new singer for the rock & roll band, Journey.
's Ross Valory is a Blues/Rock wall of sound. Houston's 81 MTV concert was one of the reasons I play bass.
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To believe...or to Stop Believing...THAT is the question “Hey players-think Ross Valory is playing a
Hey players-think Ross Valory is playing a fretless bass on Who's Crying Now? .
Iconic rock band Journey returns to Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for two shows Friday, June 28, 2013 and Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 8 p.m. Journey is one of the most popular American groups of all time creating some of the best-known songs in modern music including classic rock staples such as “Wheel in the Sky,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Separate Ways” and its signature ballad “Open Arms.” Journey is re-energized with the line-up of Neal Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals).
ClassX membership has benefits. Thanks Tom for the suggestion - the first Journey album and the first project for Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon after they left Santana. Way before Jonathan Cain, Steve Smith and Steve Perry, this album features George Tickner on rhythm guitar and bass, Aynsley Dunbar on drums, and long time members Ross Valory on bass and piano, Schon on lead guitar, and Rolie doing the vocals and playing keyboard. Oh, and this album ROCKS It's not mainstream, just like ClassX is NOT Clear Channel!
Yes, Ross Valory, Jonathan Cain, and Neal Schon. Steve Perry hasn't been in Journey since the late 1990s.
The rules:  Don't take too long to think about it.  Twelve bassists that will always stick with you.  List the first twelve you can recall in no more than twelve minutes.  Tag twelve friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what bassists my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your twelve picks, and tag people in the note -- in the 'tag' line.) 1. Paul McCartney (The Beatles) 2. John Entwistle (The Who) 3. Sting (The Police) 4. Chris Squire (Yes) 5. Tony Levin (King Crimson) 6. Geddy Lee (Rush) 7. Ross Valory (Journey) 8. John Patitucci (Chick Corea) 9. Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, etc.) 10. Adam Clayton (U2) 11. Leland Sklar (Phil Collins, Era) 12. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) 13. Jack Blades (Night Ranger) (Okay...baker's dozen...LOL)
Journey Live in Manila on Thursday, March 21, 2013, 8pm at the Mall of Asia Arena. Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Deen...
Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo and our very own Arnel Pineda will rock Manila on...
During their initial 14 years of existence (1973-1987), Journey altered their musical approach and their personnel extensively while becoming a top touring and recording band. The only constant factor was guitarist Neal Schon, a music prodigy who had been a member of Santana in 1971-1972. The original unit, which was named in a contest on KSAN-FM in San Francisco, featured Schon, bassist Ross Valory, drummer Prairie Prince (replaced by Aynsley Dunbar), and guitarist George Tickner (who left after the first album). Another former Santana member, keyboard player and singer Gregg Rolie, joined shortly afterward. This lineup recorded Journey (1975), the first of three moderate-selling jazz-rock albums given over largely to instrumentals. By 1977, however, the group decided it needed a strong vocalist/frontman and hired Steve Perry. The results were immediately felt on the fourth album, Infinity (1978), which sold a million copies within a year. (By this time, Dunbar had been replaced by Steve Smith.) Evolutio ...
Article courtesy of the Unofficial Steve Perry Fan Club. ~Pat Steve Perry Lead Vocalist of Journey By Chuck Speake Voice Magazine March-April 1980 The San Francisco Bay Area has spawned its share of innovative rock groups. In such an environment it was not surprising to find the top Columbia recording quintet Journey, homed-based. Formed in 1971, Journey was well along to becoming a top draw when changes to personnel occurred. In 1977 George Tickner and Aynsley Dunbar left to seek their fortunes elsewhere. They were replaced by Steve Smith on drums and Steve Perry as lead vocalist. They melded well with the remaining founders of Journey, Gregg Rolie (keyboard, vocals), Neal Schon (lead guitar), and Ross Valory (bass). The chemistry was obviously right, for the next Journey album, Infinity was their biggest yet. CBS Records' Mike Jensen said, "The addition of Steve Perry to Journey has made them a platinum act. Their sales have been most encouraging. They have bucked the trend at the height of the record r ...
February 2nd: Born on this day 1940, Alan Caddy, guitarist with The Tornadoes (Caddy died on August 16th 2000). 1942, Graham Nash, guitarist, singer with The Hollies who he left in 1968. Became a member of Crosby Stills Nash & Young. 1943, Peter Macbeth from The Foundations. 1945, Ronnie Goodson, from John Fred and His Playboy Band. 1946, Howard Bellamy from the Bellamy Brothers who had the 1976 US No.1 single 'Let Your Love Flow'. 1947, Derek Sulman, Simon Dupree And The Big Sound. 1948, Alan Mckay, guitar, Earth Wind and Fire. 1949, Ross Valory, bassist with the Steve Miller Band. 1963, Eva Cassidy, American vocalist and guitarist. (Eva died of skin cancer on November 2nd 1996, aged 33). 1964, Charlie Heather, drummer with The Levellers. 1966, Robert Deleo, bassist with Stone Temple Pilots. 1966, Steve Firth, bassist with Embrace. 1969, John Spence, singer, and original member of No Doubt in the late 1980's. (Committed suicide on December 21st 1987 by shooting himself). 1971, Ben Mize, drummer with Coun ...
Lead singer replaced, 1998–present Journey in 2002: Steve Augeri, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo, and Neal Schon In 1998, Journey replaced Steve Perry with Steve Augeri, formerly of Tyketto and Tall Stories. The band hired drummer Deen Castronovo, Schon's and Cain's Bad English bandmate, and drummer for Hardline, to replace Steve Smith. The band released their next studio album, Arrival, in 2001. "All the Way" became a minor adult contemporary hit from the album. In 2002, the band released a four-track CD titled Red 13, with an album cover design chosen through a fan contest. In 2005 the band was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Steve Perry surprised many attendees by showing up for the event. Also in 2005, Journey embarked on their 30th anniversary tour, and released their twelfth full-length studio album, Generations, in which each band member performed lead vocals on at least one song. In July 2006, Steve Augeri was dropped from the band while they toured with Def Leppard, t ...
Meet Journey's very own Ross Valory in New Orleans as he hosts the launch of Mouthman (his animated apparel line, "the shirt that comes alive"! Festivities begin at 9:30pm on Thursday Jan 31st at the world-famous Razzoo (bar & patio, 511 Bourbon St, NOLA. Ross will be joined by members of Journey, NFL stars and other sports celebrities. There will be giveaways and prizes!
ERIC SINGER Explains Impact on Beatles, Journey on KISS' "Monster" "We take our influences from different things" -Eric Singer Your average rock fan might put on Kiss’ new album Monster, and specifically the track “Outta This World, and fail to hear how the Beatles and Journey impacted the band. But drummer Eric Singer, in a new talk with Rock Music Star, says the tune was influenced first by George Harrison’s drone-rock tune “It’s All Too Much,” issued by the Beatles on 1969′s Yellow Submarine, and then by a subsequent cover version by Journey. The second take, included on Journey’s 1976 sophomore release Look into the Future, pre-dates Steve Perry’s arrival. Gregg Rolie handles the vocals in a lineup that included current Journey stalwarts Neal Schon and Ross Valory, as well as Aynsley Dunbar on drums. In both instances, though far more prominently on the Journey cover from the mid-1970s, “All Too Much” ends with a trippy echoing effect. Called “flanging,” it was first develope ...
Ross Valory, Dean Castronovo, Jonathan Cain, and Neal Schon of Journey at the BOK Center Oct 10
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album of the day: is one of those AOR bands that have undergone change since they formed and began releasing albums. This is Journey's debut album, and it, along with the second and third album, represented a group that was vastly different before Steve Perry joined them. On this album, it's more about musicianship than anything else. They had what was called a jazz-fusion sound. Two really fantastic instrumentals are on this album, "Kohoutek" and "Topaz". Gregg Rolie, the original keyboard player, served as lead vocalist at this point. While the vocal tracks are not fully developed, the group was a versatile jam band. And it is the only album to feature a second guitarist, George Tickner, who left the band after this first album. Neal Schon's wild guitar licks are in fine form, drummer Aynsley Dunbar played kickass style, and bassist Ross Valory had an infectious groove (the song "Topaz" demonstrates his skills). The album didn't chart very well upon its release in 1975, but it is a fan favorite now ...
A Fundraiser Event in California is being held for my sister. As most of you might know, my sister needs a Heart and Lung Transplant and members of the clayton area are hosting events in order to raise enough money to make my sister's dream come true. There will be a Dinner, Silent/Live auction, Stevie Keys and His All Star Band with special guest Ross Valory of Journey, as well as raffles and more. Visit our webpage for more information :)
This is Steve Perry, he's the lead singer of Journey from the year 1981, he and his friends Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, and Steve Smith are doing...
Journey bass player Ross Valory and studio musican Jim Keltner have also been members of the Steve Miller Band
Again, counting bands as people, all of Journey: Steve Augeri, Neal Schon, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo, John Cain
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