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Journey Plays Halftime of 49ers-Lions Game, Sets the Internet Aflame

Journey Plays Halftime of 49ers-Lions Game, Sets the Internet Aflame

Things looked bleak at halftime on Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif., for the San Francisco 49ers. Then Journey took the stage. A rock music fan favorite in the Bay Area and beyond, the group put on a show for the fans there. Fans also flocked to social media with some comments.

Of course, millions of Journey fans know their big hit from the 1980s was “Don’t Stop Believin’.” And those fans know that original lead singer Steve Perry’s voice soared to the heavens when he sang it. Nowadays, Perry is long gone from the group. Still, the song remains the same and Journey performed it on Sunday in San Francisco with a twist.

A part of the song goes “Just a city boy / Born and raised in South Detroit.” On Sunday, Journey lead singer Arnel Pienda tweaked the lyric to say, “Just a city boy / Born and raised in San Francisco.” Fans roared their approval at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco Fans Treated to Comeback

It’s worth noting for the music and football fans out there that the San Francisco 49ers were down 24-7 at halftime. That all changed as the 49ers scored 27 unanswered points, then held on for a 34-31 win over the Detroit Lions. San Francisco punched its ticket to the Super Bowl, where they will play the Kansas City Chiefs.

Back to the changed lyric for a minute at the 49ers game. That original lyric is one that Perry came up with on his own. He talked about it back in 2012 during an interview with Vulture. “I ran the phonetics of east, west, and north, but nothing sounded as good or emotionally true to me as South Detroit,” Perry said. “The syntax just sounded right. I fell in love with the line.”

What’s also interesting to note is that there really is no section of the Motor City called South Detroit. In fact, most people who live in Detroit would refer to that part of the city as “downtown.” Still, the lyric happens to fit with the song and after four decades, why change it? With the exception of an NFC championship game, of course.

Journey Started in Bay Area in 1973

Journey has been around as a band since 1973 and they formed in San Francisco, American Songwriter reports. They broke through with songs like Separate Ways (Worlds Apart), Open Arms, and the aforementioned Don’t Stop Believin’. Guitarist Neal Schon remains the band’s lone original member. Besides Pineda, other members of the band include Jonathan Cain, Jason Derlatka, Deen Castronovo, and Todd Jensen.

Journey fans are going to be getting their chance to see the band on tour. They will be sharing a bill with Def Leppard later this year. The bands kick off their tour in St. Louis this July. But they’ll end up playing in Denver this September to wrap that tour up. Along the way, they will be joined by Heart, the Steve Miller Band, and Cheap Trick.

With the Super Bowl being held in Las Vegas for the first time this year, there’s no news about Journey appearing there before the game. Now, there is a two-week span of time before the 49ers and Chiefs play at Allegiant Stadium. Anything is possible when it comes to getting bands there for the game. Don’t be surprised if Journey shows up, even if they get seats or a suite.

Fans would want to see them perform. For San Francisco fans who were at Sunday’s game, it’ll be a time that they will never forget. Especially after watching their team rally to capture the NFC title.