Journey, EW&F Open Sunday’s Classic West

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Journey at Classic West, July 2017 (Photo from the Classic’s Facebook page)

Day two of the Classic West on Sunday, July 16, wasn’t just about Fleetwood Mac‘s return to the concert stage. The evening began with two big-name bands, treating the Dodger Stadium audience to abbreviated sets packed with plenty of hits.

Earth, Wind & Fire opened their L.A. show with “Shining Star,” their 1975 #1 hit, and continued with a well-received set that included all of their other top 10 hits, among them “September,” “Sing a Song,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “After the Love Has Gone,” “Let’s Groove” (see video below) and their cover of the Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life.” Their Classic West appearance was the band’s highest-profile gig since the February 2016 death of founder Maurice White.

The evening’s middle act,  Journey, has had quite a 2017. In April, they were among several acts that joined other rock legends in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The San Francisco band, which had sold tens of millions of albums and filled concert arenas all over the world, had been overlooked for decades before their name was finally called for induction into the Class of 2017. They, too, dipped into their catalog of hits for their set, opening with the top 10 “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” and performing radio-friendly hits such as “Who’s Crying Now,” “Open Arms,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Be Good to Yourself” and, of course, the 1981 hit that has become their signature, “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Neal Schon referenced the band’s former lead singer when he introduced “Lights,” which Schon co-wrote with Steve Perry. “I’m dedicating this to Steve Perry tonight.” (Watch it below.)

Related: Recap of Journey’s Rock Hall induction

For a look at Fleetwood Mac’s Classic West performance, including videos, go here.

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Journey, July 16, 2017, Classic West Setlist

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
Be Good to Yourself
Ask the Lonely
Any Way You Want It
Lights
Open Arms
Who’s Crying Now
Escape
La Do Da
Wheel in the Sky
Faithfully
Don’t Stop Believin’

Encore
Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’

Watch Journey perform “Don’t Stop Believin'” at Classic West

Earth, Wind and Fire at Classic West, July 2017 (Photo from the Classic’s Facebook page)

Earth, Wind and Fire Setlist

Shining Star
Getaway
Got to Get You Into My Life
That’s the Way of the World
Sing a Song
After the Love Has Gone
September
Boogie Wonderland
Let’s Groove
Fantasy

The same classic rock lineup moves to New York’s Citifield on July 29-30.

Journey dedicated “Lights” to former frontman Steve Perry during their Classic West set. Here’s the vid…

Earth, Wind and Fire performs “Let’s Groove” during their opening set

And one more from Journey, “Any Way You Want It”

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