Ross Valory (Bass) and Steve Smith (Drums) Fired by Journey Over ‘Attempted Corporate Coup d’état’


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There’s turmoil within Journey once again, as this week it came to light that bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith have been ousted by the band.

Citing legal documents filed in a court in Northern California, BusinessWire notes that the lawsuit was filed in response to “an attempted corporate coup d’état by the band’s former drummer Steven Smith and former bassist Ross Valory, who have been removed from the band as a result.”

Some additional context, via BusinessWire’s recap of the situation:

The Complaint, filed by Miller Barondess, LLP in California Superior Court, accuses defendants Smith and Valory of sowing discord among the band members by engaging in self-dealing and selfishly putting their interests ahead of the band’s. The lawsuit seeks to enjoin a scheme by defendants to possess the rights to the Journey name and be paid without actually performing, and also seeks damages in excess of $10 million. If Smith and Valory had been successful it would have brought an end to a legendary band that has brought so much joy to millions of people all over the world. Given the circumstances Schon and Cain were left with no alternative but to take decisive action for themselves and Journey’s fans.

Valory was an original member of Journey, while Smith joined the band in 1978.

This news is not expected to halt Journey’s participation in an upcoming co-headlining tour with The Pretenders, as the group plans to enlist “top musicians” to fill the roles vacated by the dismissals of Valory and Smith.

Here are the dates for the Journey + The Pretenders 2020 tour:

Fri, May 15 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sat, May 16 George, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Mon, May 18 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Wed, May 20 Boise, ID ExtraMile Arena
Thu, May 21 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Sat, May 23 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Sun, May 24 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tue, May 26 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Wed, May 27 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
Fri, May 29 Wheatland, CA Toyota Amphitheatre
Sat, May 30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mon, June 1 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Tue, June 2 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Thu, June 4 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sat, June 6 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sun, June 7 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Tue, June 9 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Wed, June 10 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Fri, June 19 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
Sat, June 20 Durant, OK Choctaw Grand Theater*
Mon, June 22 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP
Wed, June 24 Memphis, TN FedExForum
Fri, June 26 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
Sat, June 27 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Mon, June 29 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Tue, June 30 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Thu, July 2 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
Fri, July 3 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Sun, July 5 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Wed, July 8 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Fri, July 10 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Sat, July 11 Burgettstown, PA KeyBank Pavilion
Mon, July 13 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Tue, July 14 Quebec City, PQ Videotron Center
Fri, July 17 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
Sat, July 18 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
Wed, July 29 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
Thu, July 30 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sat, August 1 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sun, August 2 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Tue, August 4 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Wed, August 5 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
Fri, August 7 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Sat, August 8 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Mon, August 10 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Wed, August 12 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Thu, August 13 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Fri, August 21 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Sat, August 22 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
Mon, August 24 Jacksonville, FL VyStar Veterans Arena
Wed, August 26 Orange Beach, AL The Wharf
Thu, August 27 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center*
Sat, August 29 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center
Sun, August 30 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion
Wed, September 2 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Thu, September 3 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center Arena
Sat, September 5 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Wed, September 9 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
Fri, September 11 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
Sat, September 12 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts


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