Journey Fires Ross Valory and Steve Smith
In a shocking turn of events, Journey has fired drummer Steve Smith and bassist Ross Valory. The news was broken by a press release by the law firm Miller Barondess, LLP, which states the rhythm section members were attempting a “corporate coup d’etat” of the band’s Nightmare Productions, Inc. The release details their attempt to usurp the company to acquire control of the Journey name.
“[Smith and Valory] attempted to launch an ill-conceived corporate coup d’état to assume control of Nightmare Productions because they incorrectly believe that Nightmare Productions controls the Journey name and Mark,” it says. “They hope that, by taking over Nightmare Productions, they can hold the Journey name hostage and set themselves up with a guaranteed income stream after they stop performing.”
The Journey Mark is held by founding member Neil Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain, who fired Smith and Valory for their actions. Valory has been with the group since 1973, who was only out of the band for a few years in the ’80s when he was replaced by Randy Jackson.
Journey is scheduled for over sixty tour dates in North America starting in May. A new bassist and drummer will be announced “imminently,” the press release concludes. We’ll keep you updated with details as they become available.