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The band:

  • Breakthrough Hit: The album Infinity and single "Wheel in the Sky", featuring the debut of Steve Perry.
  • Chart Displacement: "Don't Stop Believin'" is not their highest-charting song at #9, surpassed by "Open Arms" (#2), "Who's Crying Now" (#4) and "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" (#8)
  • Creator Backlash: Jonathan Cain was so disappointed with Eclipse, it tanked any recording plans since then.
    • Possibly with Next as well. In the nearly 40 years since its release, only the instrumental "Nickel and Dime" was ever played live, and at the bands 30th anniversary tour.
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    • Few if any of them have anything nice to say of the "Separate Ways" video, admitting that even they were not sure what the idea behind it was.
  • Cut Song: "Only The Young" and "Ask The Lonely" were both cut from the original release of Frontiers, with "Only The Young" appearing on the soundtrack of the 1985 film Vision Quest, and "Ask The Lonely" used for the 1983 film Two Of A Kind. Both were later restored on the album's 2006 CD re-release with "Liberty" and "Only Solutions" from TRON added.
  • Executive Meddling: Ross Valory and Steve Smith apparently tried to invoke this. They allegedly tried to launch a boardroom coup to take control of Journey, prompting Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain to exercise their corporate control and dismiss Valory and Smith from the band.
  • Money, Dear Boy: The firing of Ross Valory and Steve Smith revealed that Steve Perry still gets a cut of the profits from Journey's current touring and album sales, despite not having been a member of the band for decades.
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  • The Pete Best: Robert Fleischman was frontman and lead singer for a very short time in 1977, writing "Wheel in the Sky" and recording "For You" with the band before Steve Perry joined.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Arnel Pineda was initially approached to join the group after Neil Schon saw Youtube videos of him covering their songs.
  • Referenced by...: While in class, Jubilee wears a Journey T-shirt in X-Men: Apocalypse.
  • Troubled Production - The shoot for the much-derided video for "Separate Ways" ran into this, which partly contributed to its negative reputation. Leaving aside the band's qualms about moving from performance videos to concept videos and, to borrow the producer's own words, the "inane" premise of the woman in the video dreaming about the band playing imaginary instruments, they had been instructed not to bring their wives or girlfriends to the two-day shoot (which also produced the "Chain Reaction" video). Steve Perry, who had recently had his familiar long hair cut short, apparently forgot about or ignored this rule and brought his then-girlfriend Sherrie Swafford, whom the other band members hated. Swafford was furious at the presence of the model playing the woman in the video, calling her a "slut" and "whore" during arguments with Perry in his trailer - to which he had to retreat regularly to escape the unseasonably cool breeze blowing in off the Mississippi River. The unpleasant experience of shooting the video and its poor reception prompted the band to refuse to shoot any videos for their next album, Raised on Radio.
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The video game:

  • Austin Wintory has a complete score of the game with running commentary and gorgeous fanart here.
  • Doing It for the Art: The nature of the game aside, thatgamecompany went a year and a half over budget and eventually into bankruptcy just to achieve a satisfactory ending (see Ascended Glitch).
  • Fan Nickname: Several, but one example would be "Gary the Scarf", named for a scarf attached to ground at the end of the fifth chapter.
  • No Export for You: A variation; the game is available for download on PS3 and PS4 worldwide, but despite the physical PS3 versions reaching North America, the same cannot be said of the physical PS4 version, only being released in Europe and Asia. Fortunately, the disc isn't region locked, so those in North America who want the disc can run the game on their consoles just fine. And with the release on PC, all localization matters are mostly cleared now.
  • Pre-Order Bonus: The game was made available for purchase one week before its official release date. Buying it within this time frame gets you a free dynamic PS3 theme; in addition, PlayStation Plus subscribers can access the game a week early.
  • What Could Have Been: The setting was originally a large canyon, where a glowing split in the rock could be seen in the far distance, as opposed to a split-peaked mountain. And the protagonist's early design resembled some type of samurai, as was shown in a few early teasers for the game. Also, the penultimate chapter was originally going to have you being beaten to a pulp by the Guardians before finally dying. It was tossed on the grounds of being too over the top.
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