Journey at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 5/23/2014

Journey Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 23, 2014

"Helllllooooo Dallllllaaaaaasssssssss!!!" proclaimed Journey front man Arnel Pineda as he made his way to the stage. "Dallllllaaaassssss!!!!", he shouted again. A cacophony of screams came from all around the nearly sold-out Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, "Hoooouuuuuussssssttttttooooonnnnn!!!"

Not a good start, guys. Thankfully, Houston gets blasted with the Dallas bomb on a semi-regular basis so we're pretty much used to it at this point. A lady in the front row was already ready with a business card emblazoned with the bolded letters H-O-U-S-T-O-N scratched into the back of it in pen. As Pineda realized his mistake after taking a look at the card, his face immediately dropped with light-hearted embarrassment.

Thankfully by that time, he had already re-earned the crowd's trust of the venue as he ran from left to right and back again while fist-pounding the front row and shouting the lyrics of "Be Good to Yourself" as far as his voice could reach. Which, by the end of the show, he proved was pretty damn far.

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