JEFF SCOTT SOTO Tapped By JOURNEY To Replace Ailing Singer

According to MelodicRock.com, legendary hard rock vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN, SOUL SIRKUS) will assume the lead singer duties for JOURNEY starting with the July 7 show in Bristow, VA. He replaces the band's regular frontman Steve Augeri, who has been forced to leave the band's current nationwide tour with DEF LEPPARD due to a "chronic throat infection." Steve Augeri's condition will be closely monitored by his physician to determine when he may be able to rejoin the tour. According to JOURNEY, "Steve's been suffering with an acute throat condition since before we kicked off the tour with DEF LEPPARD. We were hoping he'd be in well condition to handle the rigors of the road but unfortunately it appears to be a chronic condition requiring total voice rest. We all wish Steve a speedy recovery."

Jeff Scott Soto had previously recorded and toured with JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon as part of the SOUL SIRKUS project.

A short video clip of Jeff Scott Soto performing the JOURNEY classic "Who's Crying Now" during SOUL SIRKUS' 2005 U.K. tour is available for viewing at YouTube.com.

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