Last month, our paper ran a show preview for Frontiers: A Tribute to Journey, who played the Social. In the preview, we mentioned a tidbit that came straight from Frontiers itself, via their official website:
In their search for a new lead singer, the members of the current Steve Perryâ??less Journey extended an offer to Jeremey Hunsicker, frontman of Journey tribute band Frontiers.
Although Hunsicker received a co-writing credit on the real Journey's latest album and the band confirmed there were serious discussions, some questions have been raised in our comments section regarding whether or not he was actually offered the job as lead singer of Journey, especially since the story was repeated in our music column a week later.
The website for Frontiers reads: The band rehearsed and wrote new music, broke bread together, and made plans for an upcoming tour in 2008. Hunsicker would return to Virginia that summer, offer in hand, as the new vocalist of Journey.
In the spirit of due diligence, I spent the last couple of weeks speaking with the real Journey's publicist off and on, then to their management company and finally Journey's spokesperson today who confirmed there was never an official offer to Hunsicker.
So, throw away the vague interviews with the band that have been quoted here; this is a firm denial. Hunsicker is a liar. Or more likely, the guy who wrote the bio for their website took some liberty. Everyone clear on this now?