Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin‘ has become an in-game anthem for plenty of pro sports teams, including the San Francisco Giants. During Game 5 of the NLCS at AT&T Park, Journey frontman Steve Perry was seen in the stands leading the crowd in a rousing rendition of the tune.
But last night during Game 2 of the World Series, most likely because Perry already celebrated the song with the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox, the Giants switched things up.
During the 8th inning at AT&T Park, Perry was seen leading the crowd in the singing of the Journey tune most associated with San Francisco, Lights.
Here’s some video of Perry joining in on both songs.
Nice moment for Giants fans.
Be even nicer if the song wasn’t originally written about Los Angeles.
Steve Perry to longtime L.A. DJ (and my buddy) Joe Benson in an interview in 2000:
I had the song written .. this is kind of a funny story. But I had the song written in Los Angeles almost completely except for the bridge and it was written about Los Angeles. It was “when the lights go down in the city and the sun shines on LA”.
I didn’t like the way it sounded (laughs) at the time. And so I just had it sitting back in the corner. Then when this whole thing changed, life changed my plans once again, and now facing joining Journey.
I love San Francisco, the bay and the whole thing. “The bay” fit so nice, “When the lights go down in the city and the sun shines on the bay”, ya know. It was one of those early morning going across the bridge things when the sun was coming up and the lights were going down. It was perfect.
That sound you just heard was Randy Newman exhaling.