Former SOUL SIRKUS bandmates Jeff Scott Soto (vocals; JOURNEY, TALISMAN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Neal Schon (guitar; JOURNEY) and Marco Mendoza (bass; WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) reunited on Friday, January 5 for a jam at the annual ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) benefit concert run by Tony LaRussa (coach of the 2006 World Series champions, St. Louis Cardinals) and his wife in Walnut Creek, California. The band was rounded off by Jonathan Cain of JOURNEY on keyboards and David Dzialak (JEFF SCOTT SOTO band) on drums. Also onstage with the quintet was legendary saxophone player Mark Russo. The set comprised of an instrumental from one of Neal's solo albums, "Boulevard of Dreams", a SLY & THE FAMILY STONE medley ("Stand", "I Want to Take You Higher", "Dance to the Music"), JAMES BROWN's "I Feel Good", "Purple Rain", and "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", before the group was joined on stage by JOURNEY bassist Ross Valory for "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Separate Ways". Also on the bill was Marty Casey ("Rock Star: INXS" second runner-up) and LOVE HAMMERS and an all star band including Billy Cobham, Stef Burns, Mark Russo and other world-renowned players.
SOUL SIRKUS's debut album, "World Play", was released in Europe in April 2005 via Frontiers Records. As a special bonus, the entire first pressing was specially packaged in ecobook edition featuring a bonus DVD containing the videos for the songs "New Position" and "Another World" plus an interview with the band and behind-the-scenes footage.