In the wee hours of 2021, controversy erupted yet again.
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CNN of all places became the home for a fierce debate about the legitimacy of the current Journey lineup. Journey performed in Times Square as part of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest as they played the hit songs “Any Way You Want It” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper appeared to be right around the corner as Cohen was on camera with a long piece of confetti draped around his neck. “Wow, I just got doused with confetti. Journey is appearing on ABC,” Cohen told the viewing audience before exclaiming, “If it’s not Steve Perry, it’s not Journey!”
Cooper came to defend Journey, saying Cohen’s claims were not true. Cohen held steadfast in his belief that a Steve Perry-less Journey is not the real thing. “It’s propaganda!” He yelled repeatedly.
Check out the video of the hilarious exchange here.
Journey guitarist Neal Schon took to Twitter the following morning to dismiss anyone that’s critical of their current lineup.
“F the haters we are Great,” Schon wrote.
Regardless of what side of the debate you’re on, it was certainly a hilarious way to ring in the new year.
For fans of the current iteration of Journey, you can catch them in concert in 2022 they’re set to begin a lengthy tour with Billy Idol and Toto this February. Check out a full list of tour dates and grab tickets here.