It was a double shot of faded '80s glory when Journey and Foreigner played the Nissan Pavilion on Tuesday night, resurrecting hits from those big-haired days when rock stars roamed the airwaves power-chord-laden and irony-free.
Journey has a new singer, Steve Augeri, in whom the band somehow managed to find a near-exact replica of its last front man, Steve Perry. He was actually able to muster up some enthusiasm for the band's set list of roller-rink anthems as it played all the songs fans and curiosity-seekers paid admission to hear, from "Separate Ways" to "Faithfully."
Foreigner's performance, in comparison, was a little on the sluggish side. The power chords to "Juke Box Hero" and "Hot Blooded" still have a little charge left in them, but singer Lou Gramm doesn't have stars in his eyes or a temperature of a hundred and three anymore, and it's hard not to feel a little squeamish watching him try and pretend otherwise.
For what it's worth, though, the wheel in the sky keeps on turning, whether anybody wants it to or not--both bands ended their sets with promises of yet more albums and tours to come.