Journey's Neal Schon says he and Steve Perry are 'in a good place' before band's 50th anniversary

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On the cusp of turning 50, the band that etched “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” and “Faithfully” into lighters-up lore is entering “a cleaned-up chapter of Journey.”

That’s according to Neal Schon, the band’s ace guitarist, lone original constant and de facto CEO.

Despite decades of fluctuating lineups and  snarly lawsuits among band members , Journey endures.

On July 8, the band released “Freedom,” its first new album in 11 years that also presents the return of Randy Jackson (as in "American Idol") on bass. The 15-song collection is steeped with vintage-sounding ballads (“Still Believe in Love,” “Live to Love Again”) and soaring melodic rockers (“United We Stand,” “You Got the Best of Me”).

Journey – including longtime keyboardist Jonathan Cain,  peppy singer Arnel Pineda , drummer Deen Castronovo and keyboardist Jason Derlatka, adding bassist Todd Jensen for live shows – will hit Resorts World Las Vegas  this month for shows backed by a symphony orchestra before rolling through more arena dates this summer and in early 2023, the band’s official 50th year.

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Regular road warriors who consistently pack arenas and stadiums – their 27 shows this year grossed $28 million, according to Billboard Boxscore – Journey relies on a solid catalog of mega-hits and a devoted fan base that appreciates the familiarity.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers also received a boost from Netflix’s ’80s-centered “Stranger Things” when the show used “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” in the trailer for the just-ended season, launching the song onto Billboard’s Rock Digital Songs chart. The affable Schon, 68, talked with USA TODAY about the band’s complicated legacy, his relationship with former frontman Steve Perry and plans for Journey's golden anniversary.

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Question: Are you amazed at how the Journey train keeps rolling after almost 50 years?

Neal Schon: It’s quite an accomplishment and I’m very proud of what we’ve done and how we’ve gotten through emotional and personnel changes and survived. It’s pretty mind-boggling but also a lot of hard work.

Q: Does the title “Freedom” refer to anything specifically?

Schon: Our ex-manager Herbie Herbert  wanted to call the (1986) “Raised on Radio” album “Freedom” because he always came up with these one-word titles. Steve (Perry) fought him on that and got his way, so we sat on it for many years. When we got through the lawsuit with the ex-bandmates, we made the new LLC Freedom (JN) and when we were tossing around album titles said, why not just call the whole thing “Freedom?" It's for the times right now.

Q: There’s been a bit of a revolving door in the rhythm section. Deen Castronovo is back for the live shows, but Narada Michael Walden played drums on the album, and Randy Jackson is back in the band, at least on record?

Schon: Deen is singing and playing his butt off. He’s such a musical sponge, this guy. He’s been like my little brother for close to three decades and is such a joy to work with. Randy, he’d been working with me diligently this whole time. He’s so many things beyond being an amazing musician and bass player.

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Q: Will Randy play at any of the upcoming live shows or is Todd Jensen handling those duties?

Schon: Randy is still recovering from some surgery and he stays very busy and Todd fits like a glove. Having said that, I think with our 50th anniversary next year, there’s room for everybody to jump in if they want to participate. We did go through an ugly divorce with (Steve Smith and Ross Valory) with the court proceedings (in 2021, Schon and Cain settled a $10 million trademark lawsuit with the band’s former drummer and bassist). But definitely, if Steve Perry wanted to come on and sing a song, yes. If (original Journey singer) Gregg Rolie wanted to come sing a couple of songs, yes. Randy Jackson (can) come sit in on some of the material – he played on a lot of hits on “Raised on Radio.”

Q: Do you talk much with Steve Perry?

Schon: We are in contact. It’s not about him coming out with us, but we’re speaking on different levels. That’s a start, even if it’s all business. And I’m not having to go through his attorney! We’ve been texting and emailing. He’s a real private guy and he wants to keep it that way. We’re in a good place.

Q: Do you think, after 15 years, that people have accepted Arnel?

Schon: I was diligent in that I wanted to show the massive size of our audience, so I hired photogs to come out every show and shoot the audience and show the size of the crowd to make everybody see, what am I missing? From putting up the different photos every night and the reviews from the fans online, I saw very little of “This is not Journey, man.” I think we just shut everybody up.

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Journey Announces 2023 50th-Anniversary Tour Featuring Toto

Journey has announced a 2023 50th-anniversary tour  featuring Toto .

The Freedom Tour will kick off on Feb. 4 in Allentown, Pa., and continue through  April 25 in Palm Springs, Calif. You can see a complete list of dates below.

"Excited to perform for our fans as we tour next year with Toto," Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain said in a press release. "The combined hits of both bands represent a couple of decades of excellence that have become a soundtrack for people's lives. The music of Journey along with the music of Toto is an example of 'certain music' during 'uncertain times.'"

Tickets for all dates will be available beginning Oct. 21.

"On behalf of myself and the band, we are very honored and excited to do this tour with our old and dear friends Journey," Toto's Steve Lukather said. "Gonna be a great night of music, and as all the guys are lifelong friends ... a blast offstage as well."

Last year, Journey embarked on an extensive trek , also titled the Freedom Tour, that included guest appearances from Toto and Billy Idol . The Journey lineup now consists of Cain and guitarist  Neal Schon , plus singer  Arnel Pineda , keyboardist and singer Jason Derlatka, drummer  Deen Castronovo  and bassist  Todd Jenson .

"We are looking forward to hitting the road again with our very good friends Toto!" Schon said. "Come join us for a special evening full of fun and rockin' good memories. See you soon, friends."

Journey, Freedom Tour 2023  Feb. 4 - Allentown, PA @ PPL Center Feb. 5 - Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena Feb. 8 - Savannah, GA @ Enmarket Arena Feb. 10 - Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena Feb. 11 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Feb. 14 - Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena Feb. 17 - Knoxville, TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena Feb. 19 - Bossier City, LA @ Brookshire Grocery Arena Feb. 22 - Austin, TX @ Moody Center Feb. 23 - Lafayette, LA @ Cajundome Feb. 26 - Jacksonville, FL @ Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena Mar. 1* - Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena Mar. 3 - State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center Mar. 4* - Hartford, CT @ XL Center Mar. 8 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre March 9* - Quebec, QC @ Videotron Centre Mar. 12* - Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena Mar. 13 - Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre Mar. 16 - Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center Mar. 17 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall Mar. 20 - Champaign, IL @ State Farm Center Mar. 21 - Moline, IL @ Vibrant Arena at The MARK Mar. 24 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Mar. 25 - Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena Mar. 28 - Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena Mar. 31 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center Apr. 1 - Memphis, TN @ FedExForum Apr. 4 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center Apr. 7 - Springfield, MO @ Great Southern Bank Arena Apr. 8 - Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena Apr. 11 - Casper, WY @ Ford Wyoming Center Apr. 13 - Boise, ID @ ExtraMile Arena Apr. 14 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena Apr. 17 - Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena Apr. 19 - Stockton, CA @ Stockton Arena Apr. 22 - Bakersfield, CA @ Mechanics Bank Arena Apr. 23 - Fresno, CA @ SaveMart Center Apr. 25 - Palm Springs, CA @ Acrisure Arena

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JOURNEY Announces 'Freedom Tour 2023' With Very Special Guest TOTO

One of the most legendary rock bands of all time, JOURNEY has announced the continuation of their highly successful tour with the 50th-anniversary celebration "Freedom Tour 2023" featuring very special guest TOTO . JOURNEY , diamond-selling Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers, will take the stage in 38 cities across North America with their catalog of global chart-topping hits, including "Don't Stop Believin'" , "Any Way You Want It" , "Faithfully" and "Lights" .

Presented by AEG Presents , JOURNEY "Freedom Tour 2023" begins February 4 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, making stops in Austin, Montreal, Memphis and more before wrapping April 25 at the brand new Acrisure Arena in Palm Springs, California. The 2023 run includes rescheduled dates in Washington D.C., Hartford, Toronto and Quebec that were postponed earlier this year due to COVID-19.

JOURNEY features founder Neal Schon (lead guitarist), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Arnel Pineda (lead vocals), Jason Derlatka (keyboards, vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, vocals) and Todd Jensen (bass).

Says Schon : "We are all thankful and overwhelmed by the success of our JOURNEY 'Freedom Tour 2022' this year and have added a new run of dates for 2023. We are looking forward to hitting the road again with our very good friends TOTO ! Come join us for a special evening full of fun and rockin' good memories. See you soon, friends."

Cain adds: "Excited to perform for our fans as we tour next year with TOTO . The combined hits of both bands represent a couple of decades of excellence that have become a soundtrack for people's lives. The music of JOURNEY along with the music of TOTO is an example of 'certain music' during 'uncertain times'."

Very special guest TOTO , who have collectively streamed more than 3.3 billion plays on Spotify alone based on hits including "Rosanna" , "Africa" and "Hold The Line" , will join JOURNEY on all dates.

TOTO 's Steve Lukather shares: "'On behalf of myself and the band, we are very honored and excited to do this tour with our old and dear friends JOURNEY . Gonna be a great night of music, and as all the guys are lifelong friends... a blast off stage as well."

"Freedom Tour 2023" dates:

February 04 - Allentown, PA - PPL Center February 05 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena February 08 - Savannah, GA - Enmarket Arena February 10 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena February 11 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum February 14 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena February 17 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Boling Arena February 19 - Bossier City, LA - Brookshire Grocery Arena February 22 - Austin, TX - Moody Center February 23 - Lafayette, LA - Cajundome February 26 - Jacksonville, FL - Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena March 01 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena * March 03 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center March 04 - Hartford, CT - XL Center * March 08 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre March 09 - Quebec, QC - Videotron Centre * March 12 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena * March 13 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre March 16 - Buffalo, NY - KeyBank Center March 17 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall March 20 - Champaign, IL - State Farm Center March 21 - Moline, IL - Vibrant Arena at The MARK March 24 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford PREMIER Center March 25 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena March 28 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena March 31 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center April 01 - Memphis, TN - FedExForum April 04 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center April 07 - Springfield, MO - Great Southern Bank Arena April 08 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena April 11 - Casper, WY - Ford Wyoming Center April 13 - Boise, ID - ExtraMile Arena April 14 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena April 17 - Eugene, OR - Matthew Knight Arena April 19 - Stockton, CA - Stockton Arena April 22 - Bakersfield, CA - Mechanics Bank Arena April 23 - Fresno, CA - SaveMart Center April 25 - Palm Springs, CA - Acrisure Arena

* Rescheduled date

JOURNEY and TOTO previously joined forces for an early 2022 U.S. arena tour.

JOURNEY is continuing to promote its latest album, "Freedom" , which was released in July via BMG . The LP debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Current Rock chart.

The members of JOURNEY celebrated the album's release by kicking off a residency featuring special symphony orchestra performances at the new, state-of-the-art Resorts World Casino in Las Vegas.

As JOURNEY 's legend continues to grow larger and their touring gets bigger, "Freedom" is the band’s first album of new material to be released in eleven years, since 2011's "Eclipse" , and in addition to Schon , along with longtime keyboard player and primary lyricist Cain and Pineda , one more member was recruited for the LP — bassist extraordinaire Randy Jackson , who had played on JOURNEY 's 1986 album "Raised On Radio" .

Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017, JOURNEY has 25 gold and platinum albums, with total sales adding up to over 100 million albums worldwide, earning the band two Diamond Awards with a third on the way for the "Frontiers" album. JOURNEY has also surpassed one billion streams on Spotify .

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Journey Announce Huge 2023 North American Tour With Toto

Journey and Toto had such a great time touring together in 2022, they're going to do it together again in 2023. The two legendary rock bands will share the stage on the continuation of Journey's 50th anniversary "Freedom Tour."

The new batch of dates start Feb. 4 in Allentown, Pa., keeping the bands on the road through the April 25 finale in Palm Springs, Calif. You can see all of the dates, cities and venues listed below. It should also be noted that a handful of shows are ones that have been rescheduled from earlier this year when the band had to postpone dates due to COVID-19.

Journey guitarist Neal Schon says, "We are all thankful and overwhelmed by the success of our Journey 'Freedom Tour 2022' this year and have added a new run of dates for 2023. We are looking forward to hitting the road again with our very good friends Toto! Come join us for a special evening full of fun and rockin' good memories. See you soon, friends."

Keyboardist Jonathan Cain adds, "Excited to perform for our fans as we tour next year with Toto. The combined hits of both bands represent a couple of decades of excellence that have become a soundtrack for people's lives. The music of Journey along with the music of Toto is an example of 'certain music' during 'uncertain times.'"

Meanwhile, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather chips in, "'On behalf of myself and the band, we are very honored and excited to do this tour with our old and dear friends Journey. Gonna be a great night of music, and as all the guys are lifelong friends... a blast off stage as well."

Tickets are expected to go on sale this Friday (Oct. 21) at 10AM local time. Stay tuned to each band's websites for additional ticketing info.

2023 Journey / Toto North American Tour Dates

Feb. 04 - Allentown, Pa. @ PPL Center Feb. 05 - Charlottesville, Va. @ John Paul Jones Arena Feb. 08 - Savannah, Ga. @ Enmarket Arena Feb. 10 - Columbia, S.C. @ Colonial Life Arena Feb. 11 - Greensboro, N.C. @ Greensboro Coliseum Feb. 14 - Lexington, Ky. @ Rupp Arena Feb. 17 - Knoxville, Tenn. @ Thompson-Boling Arena Feb. 19 - Bossier City, La. @ Brookshire Grocery Arena Feb. 22 - Austin, Texas @ Moody Center Feb. 23 - Lafayette, La. @ Cajundome Feb. 26 - Jacksonville, Fla. @ Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena March 01 - Washington, D.C. @ Capital One Arena * March 03 - State College, Pa. @ Bryce Jordan Center March 04 - Hartford, Ct. @ XL Center * March 08 - Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre March 09 - Quebec, Quebec @ Videotron Centre * March 12 - Toronto, Ontario @ Scotiabank Arena * March 13 - Ottawa, Ontario @ Canadian Tire Centre March 16 - Buffalo, N.Y. @ KeyBank Center March 17 - Atlantic City, N.J. @ Boardwalk Hall March 20 - Champaign, Ill. @ State Farm Center March 21 - Moline, Ill. @ Vibrant Arena at The MARK March 24 - Sioux Falls, S.D. @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center March 25 - Lincoln, Neb. @ Pinnacle Bank Arena March 28 - Des Moines, Iowa @ Wells Fargo Arena March 31 - Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Center April 01 - Memphis, Tenn. @ FedExForum April 04 - San Antonio, Texas @ AT&T Center April 07 - Springfield, Mo. @ Great Southern Bank Arena April 08 - Wichita, Kan. @ INTRUST Bank Arena April 11 - Casper, Wyo. @ Ford Wyoming Center April 13 - Boise, Idaho @ ExtraMile Arena April 14 - Spokane, Wash. @ Spokane Arena April 17 - Eugene, Ore. @ Matthew Knight Arena April 19 - Stockton, Calif. @ Stockton Arena April 22 - Bakersfield, Calif. @ Mechanics Bank Arena April 23 - Fresno, Calif. @ SaveMart Center April 25 - Palm Springs, Calif. @ Acrisure Arena

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Journey  will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023 with a lengthy North American tour featuring support from Toto . The tour, billed as the  Journey Freedom Tour 2023 , will expand upon this year’s trek in celebration of the band’s latest record, Freedom , which arrived this past summer.

Presented by AEG Presents , Journey Freedom Tour 2023 will begin on February 4th in Allentown, PA and continue for several months before wrapping up on April 25th at Palm Springs, CA’s new Acrisure Arena . The 2023 tour includes rescheduled dates in Washington DC, Hartford, Toronto and Quebec that were postponed earlier this year due to COVID.

The 2023 outing will also serve as a 50th anniversary celebration for the band, which formed in 1973 and released its debut, self-titled album two years later. The current iteration of Journey features Neal Schon (lead guitarist), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Arnel Pineda (lead vocals),  Jason Derlatka (keyboards, vocals),  Deen Castronovo (drums, vocals), and Todd Jensen (bass).

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“We are all thankful and overwhelmed by the success of our Journey Freedom Tour 2022 this year and have added a new run of dates for 2023,” said Journey founder Neal Schon in a press statement. “We are looking forward to hitting the road again with our very good friends Toto!”

Adds Toto’s Steve Lukather , “On behalf of myself and the band, we are very honored and excited to do this tour with our old and dear friends Journey. Gonna be a great night of music, and as all the guys are lifelong friends… a blast off stage as well.”

“The combined hits of both bands represent a couple of decades of excellence that have become a soundtrack for people’s lives,” longtime Journey member Jonathan Cain reflects. “The music of Journey along with the music of Toto is an example of ‘certain music’ during ‘uncertain times.'”

A Citi cardmember pre-sale for the Journey 50th anniversary tour dates will run from Tuesday, October 18th at 10:00 a.m. local venue time through Thursday, October 20th at 10:00 p.m. local venue time. Find complete pre-sale details here . Tickets for all Journey 50th anniversary tour shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 21st at 10:00 a.m. local venue time via the band’s website .

Click below for a complete list of Journey 50th anniversary  Freedom Tour 2023 dates.

Journey Freedom Tour 2023 Dates

*All dates feature special guest Toto

February 4 | Allentown, PA| PPL Center February 5 | Charlottesville, VA | John Paul Jones Arena February 8 | Savannah, GA | Enmarket Arena February 10 | Columbia, SC | Colonial Life Arena February 11 | Greensboro, NC | Greensboro Coliseum February 14 | Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena February 17 | Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena February 19| Bossier City, LA | Brookshire Grocery Arena February 22 | Austin, TX | Moody Center February 23 | Lafayette, LA | Cajundome February 26 | Jacksonville, FL | Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena March 1* | Washington, DC | Capital One Arena March 3 | State College, PA | Bryce Jordan Center March 4* | Hartford, CT | XL Center March 8 | Montreal, QC | Bell Centre March 9* | Quebec, QC | Videotron Centre March 12* | Toronto, ON | Scotiabank Arena March 13 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre March 16 | Buffalo, NY | KeyBank Center March 17 | Atlantic City, NJ | Boardwalk Hall March 20 | Champaign, IL | State Farm Center March 21 | Moline, IL | Vibrant Arena at The MARK March 24 | Sioux Falls, SD | Denny Sanford PREMIER Center March 25 | Lincoln, NE | Pinnacle Bank Arena March 28 | Des Moines, IA | Wells Fargo Arena March 31 | Tulsa, OK| BOK Center April 1 | Memphis, TN | FedExForum April 4 | San Antonio, TX | AT&T Center April 7 | Springfield, MO | Great Southern Bank Arena April 8 | Wichita, KS | INTRUST Bank Arena April 11 | Casper, WY | Ford Wyoming Center April 13 | Boise, ID | ExtraMile Arena April 14 | Spokane, WA | Spokane Arena April 17 | Eugene, OR | Matthew Knight Arena April 19 | Stockton, CA | Stockton Arena April 22 | Bakersfield, CA | Mechanics Bank Arena April 23 | Fresno, CA | SaveMart Center April 25 | Palm Springs, CA | Acrisure Arena

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Beginning at the Vatican with a blessing and prayer from the Pope, The Journey follows world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli and his wife Veronica as they travel 250 miles on horseback along Italy’s famed Via Francigena , an ancient road taken by pilgrims for centuries in the footsteps of the apostles and saints. Along the way, they are joined in some of Italy’s most magnificent locations for beautiful musical performances with Andrea and such diverse artists as Michael W. Smith, Tori Kelly, Tauren Wells, TAYA, Katherine Jenkins, Clara Barbier Serrano, 2Cellos, 40 Fingers — and Andrea’s own children, Matteo and Virginia.

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Journey is back on tour for the 2023 Freedom Tour with Toto !

The tour is celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary and the tour kicked off on January 27 in Oklahoma.

The band will be on tour through the end of April and Toto is joining them after also being on the band’s 2022 tour.

“We are so happy to be back,” Jonathan Cain said during the show, according to Ultimate Classic Rock . “It’s good to be back, all together again.”

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Keep scrolling to check out the full set list… **This set list is representative of the first U.S. show and might not be completely accurate for every show.

1. Only the Young 2. Stone in Love 3. Don’t Stop Believin’ 4. Lights 5. Send Her My Love 6. Feeling That Way 7. Anytime 8. Escape 9. Dead or Alive 10. Who’s Crying Now 11. Mother, Father 12. Let It Rain 13. Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ 14. Jonathan Cain’s Piano Solo 15. Open Arms 16. Faithfully 17. Girl Can’t Help It 18. Neal Schon’s Guitar Solo 19. Wheel in the Sky 20. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) 21. Be Good to Yourself 22. Any Way You Want It

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This time, he’s delivering a curation of mind-blowing performances and conversations in the new film The Journey: A Music Special from Andrea Bocelli , which is set to premiere starting April 2, Palm Sunday, through Easter Sunday on April 9.

Naturally, after the preview for the movie, which included this moving duet of "Hallelujah” with Tori Kelly, first made waves around the internet in March, fans are eager to find out how they can watch the film. Luckily, we have just what you’re looking for.

How can I watch The Journey?

It’s been nearly three years since the legendary singer graced his fans and the world with a 25-minute live performance on Easter Sunday , and now another performance will be available in theaters for a limited time, from Palm Sunday through Easter. Supporters can decide whether they would like to purchase individual or group tickets (which are for parties of 25 or more) by following the link on the film’s website.

How much do tickets cost?

Ticket prices for most locations start at around $12 per person. However, due to the limited number of show dates and show times, we recommend snagging them as soon as possible before they sell out.

Can I stream The Journey?

It is not yet clear if the film will be available on streaming services anytime soon, but Bocelli has released recorded performances onto YouTube in the past, so fingers crossed!

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Journey Announce 2023 Tour with Toto

The post Journey Announce 2023 Tour with Toto appeared first on Consequence .

Journey are returning to the road in 2023 for a 38-city North American tour with Toto .

“Freedom Tour 2023” will kick off on February 4th in Allentown, PA, and make subsequent stops in cities including Austin, Montreal, Toronto, Memphis, and Washington, DC. The trek will wrap on April 25th in Palm Springs, California.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 21st at 10:00 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster . A Live Nation pre-sale begins on Thursday, Oct 20th at the same time (use access code PUMPKIN ).

In July, Journey released their first new album of original recordings in 11 years, titled Freedom . Around the time of its release, founding member and guitarist Neal Schon sat down with Kyle Meredith to talk about the album and being influenced by Chaka Khan, Prince, and Jimi Hendrix.

Journey 2023 Tour Dates: 02/04 – Allentown, PA @ PPL Center 02/05 – Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena 02/08 – Savannah, GA @ Enmarket Arena 02/10 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena 02/11 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum 02/14 – Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena 02/17 – Knoxville, TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena 02/19 – Bossier City, LA @ Brookshire Grocery Arena 02/22 – Austin, TX @ Moody Center 02/23 – Lafayette, LA @ Cajundome 02/26 – Jacksonville, FL @ Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena 03/01 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena 03/03 – State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center 03/04 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center 03/08 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre 03/09 – Quebec, QC @ Videotron Centre 03/12 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena 03/13 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre 03/16 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center 03/17 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall 03/20 – Champaign, IL @ State Farm Center 03/21 – Moline, IL @ Vibrant Arena at The MARK 03/24 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 03/25 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena 03/28 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena 03/31 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center 04/01 – Memphis, TN @ FedExForum 04/04 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center 04/07 – Springfield, MO @ Great Southern Bank Arena 04/08 – Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena 04/11 – Casper, WY @ Ford Wyoming Center 04/13 – Boise, ID @ ExtraMile Arena 04/14 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena 04/17 – Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena 04/19 – Stockton, CA @ Stockton Arena 04/22 – Bakersfield, CA @ Mechanics Bank Arena 04/23 – Fresno, CA @ SaveMart Center 04/25 – Palm Springs, CA @ Acrisure Arena

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Host Marcus Grodi gives you an inside look at the lives of dynamic Catholic converts throughout Europe, as he speaks with them about their remarkable journeys to the Church.

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Don McLane experimented with several faiths, and even felt a call to the Episcopalian priesthood. But he discovered a deeper understanding of the Eucharist in the Catholic Church.

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JEREMY McLELLAN

Jerry McLellan is a stand-up comedian with a unique outlook on life. His views on Christianity evolved over time, leading him to eventually find a home in the Catholic Church.

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COURTNEY COMSTOCK

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SANTONIO HILL

Santonio Hill was raised Catholic, but his big dream was to play college and pro football. When his pastor suggested the priesthood, he finally realized what was important in life.

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FR. CORWIN LOW, O.P.

Despite a lucrative career, Corwin Low found money and success weren’t fulfilling. Dominican friars in Italy helped him reset his priorities, and he ultimately chose to join them.

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JUSTIN HIBBARD

Justin Hibbard grew up in Evangelical communities, but COVID lockdowns caused him to re-evalute what it meant to be a Christian. Study and prayer led him to the Catholic Church.

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FR. RICHARD WILSON

Richard Wilson went to West Point and worked in finance after his service. But despite his Protestant upbringing, he felt a higher calling to serve the Lord as a Catholic priest.

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André was Catholic and Angèle an Evangelical Protestant. When they married, their world views collided, leading to much debate and eventually a commitment to the Catholic faith.

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Growing up a preacher’s kid, Deb Scaravilli fell in love with a Catholic man. She saw differences between Catholicism and her Evangelical roots, and found her true spiritual home.

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Kevin Shinkle

Kevin Shinkle was baptized in the Church of the Nazarene, but his family left the church when their pastor told his parents they had to stop smoking, and that brought an end to Kevin's churchgoing days for a while. He went on to college, and met some friends who were devout Catholics and helped him develop an initial curiosity about the Church. When his career as a journalist began to become more intense, he decided he needed a foundation of faith, and those seeds planted by his Catholic friendships began to bear fruit.

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David Dean came from a Presbyterian background, and went on to college at Kansas University. At the time, it had an Applied Humanities program that focused on classical studies. Through the course of the program, a number of the professors and students became Catholic because of what they were finding about the Church’s role in the great philosophical and theological tradition, and David ended up entering the Church his senior year of college. He went on to spend a number of years working in Catholic education, and now serves as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Tulsa.

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Kathryn Whitaker

Kathryn Whitaker was baptized in a Methodist church as an infant in Texas, but after her pastor left, her family skipped around churches looking for a fit, including time spent with the Nazarenes and Disciples of Christ. Visiting Baptist churches in college, Kathryn heard her first real anti-Catholicism from the pulpit, and it shocked her and made her want to learn more about Catholicism, which she poured herself into. This led her to Catholic friendships, and eventually to marry a Catholic. Kathryn shares the incredible story behind how she ended up being confirmed Catholic and receiving her first Holy Communion, an hour before her wedding rehearsal dinner!

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Mother Petra

Mother Petra was raised in a family full of Wesleyan ministers, missionaries and church planters, and went on to study at Indiana Wesleyan. She became increasingly frustrated by divisions in Christianity over everything from Bible interpretation to worship practices, and at one point even stopped going to church. When one of her sisters became Catholic, it opened up to her the possibility that there really was an authoritative way to understand the reality of what it meant to be a Christian. She entered the Catholic Church, and eventually religious life at a Byzantine monastery.

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Dr. Kathryn Wehr

Dr. Kathryn Wehr talks about her journey from studying the arts and theology at Bethel University and Regent College, being guided towards liturgy and history, entering the Catholic Church, and being a Dorothy L. Sayers scholar. Her most recent project is an annotated edition of Sayers' masterwork, The Man Born to be King.

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ROBERT TUNMIRE

Robert Tunmire talks to JonMarc Grodi about his journey from a secular lifestyle to the Catholic Faith.

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SHARON RIPLEY

JonMarc Grodi talks to Sharon Ripley, a former African Methodist Episcopal minister, about what led her to the Catholic Church.

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ANDREA GARRETT

Andrea Garrett, a former Evangelical and Anglican, talks to JonMarc Grodi about her journey to the Catholic Faith.

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DR. TORY BAUCUM

JonMarc Grodi talks to former Episcopal priest and seminary professor Dr. Tory Baucum about what led him to enter full communion with the Catholic Church.

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DR. BENJAMIN LEWIS

Dr. Benjamin Lewis shares how his Methodist roots gave him the foundation of faith that led him to pursue a home in the Catholic Church. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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SR. JULIA MARY DARRENKAMP, FSP

JonMarc Grodi talks to Sr. Julia Mary Darrenkamp of the Daughters of St. Paul about how friendship with the saints led her from Evangelical Protestantism to the Catholic Church.

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JON SORENSON

Jon Sorensen from Catholic Answers shares the series of relationships and experiences that led him from agnosticism back to his Catholic Faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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JONATHON SPAID

Jonathon Spaid shares his journey from Evangelical Protestantism to Catholicism, and how he came to work in campus ministry with FOCUS. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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CHRIS MOELLERING

Former Anglican military chaplain Chris Moellering talks to JonMarc Grodi about his journey to the Catholic Church.

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KAILASH AND LILY DURAISWAMI

Kailash and Lily Duraiswami, who came from Hindu, atheist and agnostic backgrounds, share how they discovered beauty, goodness and truth in the Catholic Faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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JEFFREY SHOTT

JonMarc Grodi talks to Jeffrey Shott about his incredible journey from fundamentalist Christianity to angry atheism, and eventually to the Catholic Faith.

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FR. SEAN LOOMIS

Fr. Sean Loomis, who works in deaf ministry for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, shares what led him to embrace the Catholic Faith and a vocation to the priesthood.

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SR DIANA MARIE ANDREWS, O.P.

Sr. Diana Marie Andrews, who grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, shares what led her to the Catholic Faith and a religious vocation with the Hawthorne Dominicans. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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BECKY CARTER

Becky Carter talks to JonMarc Grodi about why she left the Catholic Church after getting married, and how her experience of “church shopping” and the question of Baptism led her back.

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JonMarc Grodi talks to Kerstin Pakka about how healing after abortion brought her to faith and a spiritual home in the Catholic Church.

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DR. JOHN BRUCHALSKI

Dr. John Bruchalski shares how he went from being an OB/GYN who performed abortions to returning to his pro-life Catholic roots. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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ALICIA BAKER

Alicia Baker shares how her journey of healing from trauma and abuse led her back to the Catholic Church. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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JEREMY CHRISTIANSEN

Jeremy Christiansen, author of “From the Susquehanna to the Tiber,” shares his journey from the Latter Day Saints to the Catholic Church.

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KEN HENSLEY, KENNY BURCHARD

Ken Hensley, a former Baptist pastor, and Kenny Burchard, a former Foursquare pastor, share a bit about their journeys to the Catholic Faith, and dig into some of the unique challenges faced by other Protestant clergy who become interested in the Church.

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Marc Lozano

JonMarc Grodi talks to Marc Lozano about his journey from atheism to Catholicism, and how his experience working for the NBA led him to develop Christ Centered Capital, a faith-based approach to investing money.

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SOREN JOHNSON

Raised Evangelical, Soren Johnson entered the Catholic Church after much prayer, study and discernment. His faith has only grown as he’s served as a teacher, communications professional and co-founder of Trinity House Community.

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The son of a Louisiana sharecropper, Larry Oney grew up angry at the injustice he experienced because he was black. The kindness of a white family broke through, leading him to seek God’s love and peace as a Church deacon.

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FR. STEPHEN HILGENDORF

Fr. Stephen Hilgendorf shares his path from the Anglican priesthood to the Catholic priesthood through the Personal Ordinariate. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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Charlie Johnston grew up in a family with mixed religious faith. He talks to JonMarc Grodi about how his study of the inner workings of U.S. History helped him to see the necessity of the Catholic Church.

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FR. MICHAEL RENNIER

Fr. Michael Rennier shares his fascinating journey from Pentecostalism through Anglicanism to the Catholic priesthood. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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LORI ANN MANCINI

JonMarc Grodi talks to LoriAnn Mancini about how her journey from the New Age movement to the Catholic Church started when she began sending her child to a Catholic school.

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Former Baptist preacher Trey Plummer shares what led him home to the Catholic Church. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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DEREK ROTTY

Derek Rotty shares how his interest in history and philosophy led him from agnosticism and a secular lifestyle to the Catholic Faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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Lauren De Witt talks to JonMarc Grodi about growing up as a Baptist “preacher’s kid,” and how she came home to the Catholic Church.

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RACHEL BULMAN

JonMarc Grodi talks to Rachel Bulman about her journey from Pentecostalism to the Catholic Church.

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FR. SEBASTIAN WALSHE

Fr. Sebastian Walshe, O. Praem, shares his experience of becoming Catholic from a Jewish and Lutheran background, and how he discerned a call to the priesthood. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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DEACON GRAHAM GALLOWAY

Deacon Graham Galloway, a former Presbyterian, shares how his experience as an actor in Hollywood sparked questions that would eventually lead him to the Catholic Church. JonMarc Grodi hosts

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JonMarc Grodi talks to former Presbyterian minister Dean Waldt about how he ended up in the Catholic Church.

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NORMAN BIN YAZID

Former Seventh-day Adventist minister Norman bin Yazid shares what led him to the Catholic Faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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GARRETT CICHOWITZ

Garrett Cichowitz discusses his journey from Reformed Protestantism to the Catholic Faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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JonMarc Grodi talks to Jennifer Fitz about her journey back to the Catholic Church after years away from faith.

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MALLORY SMYTH

Mallory Smyth shares why she left the practice of her Catholic faith for Evangelicalism, and what drew her back to the sacraments. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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JonMarc Grodi talks to Deacon Joe Allison, a former Evangelical missionary, about his journey to the Catholic Faith.

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Mick Souza, who won Mr. Universe in 1992, shares what led him back to his Catholic faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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JonMarc Grodi talks to former Protestant seminary professor Dr. Jason Reed about how studying St. Thomas Aquinas led him to the Catholic Church.

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Dr. Annie Bullock, a former Baptist and Episcopalian, discusses how doing doctoral work on the early Church led her to Catholicism. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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Rakhi McCormick shares how discovering Church teaching on human dignity led her from Hinduism to Catholicism. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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Katie Jacobson shares her experience of wandering through a number of Evangelical Protestant denominations before finding a home in the Catholic Church. JonMarc Grodi hosts.

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Nick Alexander talks with JonMarc Grodi about how his experience of Episcopalian and Charismatic communities eventually led him to the Catholic Church.

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Marcus and JonMarc Grodi discuss 25 years of The Journey Home on EWTN, and look ahead to the future of sharing more stories of those who have come home to the Catholic Church

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Marcus Grodi interviews Larry Chapp about what led him back to the Catholic Church after many years as an Evangelical Protestant.

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Fr. Randy Sly, formerly a Charismatic Episcopal Bishop, shares what led him to the Catholic Faith.

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Marcus Grodi and his guests address the personal obstacles, doctrinal objections, and the irresistible attraction to the Church Jesus founded 2,000 years ago.

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Marcus Grodi talks to former Baptist minister Dr. Ian Murphy about his journey to the Catholic Faith.

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David Currie was raised in a strict Fundamentalist home. But during his seminary studies, he realized many Bible passages didn’t fit any Protestant theology. He found his answers to the Scriptures in the Catholic Church.

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Marcus goes to England and sits with former lapsed Catholic Jeremy de Satge and former Anglican Fr. Ronald Creighton-Jobe to discuss what led them home to the Catholic faith.

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How to Watch the Masters 2024: TV Schedule, Tee Times, Watch Final Round Today

Scottie Scheffler leads the tournament, and Tiger Woods has faded from contention. Here's everything you need to know to watch today's final round.

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The final round of the 88th Masters at Augusta National Golf Club is underway. Scottie Scheffler leads after 54 holes at seven under par. Collin Morikawa is one stroke back, and Max Homa is two behind. After carding a 75 on Saturday, Bryson DeChambeau trails Scheffler by four shots. 

Sunday's final round has started, and the final pairing of Scheffler and Morikawa tees off at 2:35 p.m. ET. TV coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount Plus .

For more, check out today's  starting times and pairings  and the  Masters leaderboard .

Scottie Scheffler of the United States acknowledges the crowd walking to the 15th green during the third round of the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club

Scottie Scheffler leads the Masters heading into Sunday's final round.

Tiger Woods shot a career-worst 82 on Saturday and is out of contention. It was the highest round in any major championship of his career and included eight bogeys and consecutive double bogeys. 

With or without a cable TV subscription, golf fans have plenty of ways to watch the world's best golfers compete at the world's best golf course this weekend. Here's what you need to know to watch the drama unfold today on CBS and Paramount Plus.

How to watch the Masters

The first two rounds were on ESPN, and coverage shifted to CBS for the weekend. Today's final round will be on CBS and Paramount Plus. Today's TV coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET.

When does Tiger Woods tee off today?

Tiger Woods started his final round earlier today at 9:35 a.m. ET.

Who are the LIV golfers I should root against this weekend?

Of the 13 golfers playing in the Masters Tournament who left the PGA Tour for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf league, eight made the cut. Here's the list:

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How One Family Lost $900,000 in a Timeshare Scam

A mexican drug cartel is targeting seniors and their timeshares..

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Hello, James.

Hey. How’s it going?

Yeah. I’m not having much luck. So the problem is funding. And all of my money is in Mexico, all of it.

From “The New York Times,” I’m Katrin Bennhold. This is “The Daily.” A massive scam targeting elderly Americans who own timeshare properties has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars sent to Mexico.

Once you move forward and make your payment, if anything were to happen, he will directly pay you the full amount of what you’re entitled to, including the gains. He will pay you the full amount.

You’ve got all my money. It’s been sent. I sold a freaking house.

Listen to this. I sold a house that I grew up in so that I could come up with funds to send to Mexico.

I don’t even have anything from the sale, nothing.

My colleague Maria Abi-Habib on one victim who lost everything and the people on the other side of the phone.

That’s it. That’s it. There’s nothing —

You know what? That’s what has been said every freaking time. Every time, just pay this. That releases the funds.

But that’s why we won’t allow it to happen again. This is the last time, James.

It’s Friday, April 12.

Maria, you’ve been looking into this scam that’s targeting Americans. Where did your investigation start?

So several weeks ago, I received a phone call from a lawyer based in St. Petersburg, Florida, who had been contacted by a family who was very concerned that the father, this man named James, was in the middle of being scammed. He’d sent hundreds of thousands dollars to Mexico. And he was considering sending another $157,000 when his daughter decided to call up this law firm and try to get her father to stop, stop sending money to Mexico.

So I called him a few weeks ago as I was trying to understand what was going on.

Hi, James. How are you?

Good. Thank you.

He’s asked that his last name be withheld for privacy concerns because he’s quite embarrassed about the story that I’m about to tell you.

You’re retired now, but what were you doing for work? And if your wife was working, what was her job?

I was with the Highway Patrol.

James is a retired state trooper from California. And his wife Nikki is a former school nurse.

She was born in ‘51. So 71-ish.

Two. She’s just reminded me, 72.

And they’re both in their early 70s. And they own this timeshare that is in Lake Tahoe, California. And they bought it in the 1990s for about $8,000.

And for someone who did not grow up vacationing in a timeshare, remind me how exactly timeshares work.

Timeshares are essentially vacation properties. And they tend to be beach resorts. And multiple people can buy into this property. The ownership is a shared ownership. And this gives you the right to use the timeshare for one to two weeks out of every year.

And so James and Nikki used their timeshare every other year with their daughters. But as they hit retirement age and their daughters are growing up and starting their own families, they’re just not really using it that much anymore. And timeshares require the owners to pay off yearly maintenance fees. And so they’re starting to think about maybe letting go of their timeshare and selling it.

Then one day, in late 2022, James gets a phone call from a company that is purporting to be based out of Atlanta, Georgia called Worry Free Vacations.

Worry Free Vacations?

That sounds enticing.

Yeah. And they start off with a simple question, which is, do you want to buy a timeshare? And James says, I already have a timeshare. And then they say, great. Well, what about selling the timeshare? Do you want to sell? There’s this Mexican businessman, and he’s interested in your timeshare. And he’s willing to buy it for about $20,000.

So we figured, well, what the heck? If we can make a few bucks on it, we’ll go for it.

And James jumps at the opportunity.

And did he do anything to try and verify that this was real?

Yeah. So remember, James is former law enforcement. And he feels very confident in his abilities to sniff out untrustworthy people. So he goes online, and he googles this Mexican businessman and sees that, yeah, he is a real person.

He’s a very well-respected individual in Mexico, very well off. And —

And this makes James feel at ease, that he’s selling to a legitimate person, that Worry Free Vacations are who they claim to be and that he’s going to double his money overnight, essentially.

And what happens next?

Well, a couple of weeks after he makes the agreement with the buyer, he’s told that he needs to send a couple thousand dollars to facilitate the purchase.

What does that mean, facilitate?

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I can’t remember specifically whether it was supposed to be cross-border registration —

So he’s being told that there are these fees that are paid directly to the Mexican government.

Or SPID or some other fee that was Mexican government required or not.

A lot of these fees are the same types of fees that you would pay in the United States for a real estate transaction. So he begins wiring money to an account in Mexico.

After that —

— a few days later, we get a notification. Well, everything went well, except that we have to pay an additional fee.

Every time that he sends one fee, he’s being told that he’s got to send another fee right afterwards.

Does he get suspicious at any point?

His wife is suspicious. After the first couple of payments, she starts saying, this does not feel right.

But James is the former law enforcement officer, right? And he’s the one that basically handles the family finances. And he’s confident that all of this is going to work out because he’s being told that the buyer of the timeshare will reimburse James for all of these fees once the sale goes through.

Michael from the Worry Free Vacations was constantly reassuring me the money’s in that account. Check with the commercial escrow account. It’s there. It’s just these fees have to be paid, and you’re being reimbursed for all of this.

They’re sending James documents that show all of the reimbursements that he’s owed and how much money he’s going to get. And this just makes him feel like all of this is kosher.

We have this commercial escrow company that was involved out of New York. So there was an air of legitimacy that I was comfortable with.

Maybe OK, these guys just need one more fee and everything is going to finally be cleared.

But about a year in, James starts to get suspicious. He begins asking questions because he wants his money.

And every time I asked, hey, is there a way I can get a partial release of these funds, there was always no, these funds have to be paid from your account before they’re released.

But Worry Free Vacations, they pivot. And they tell him that, listen, there are all these complications. It’s going to be really hard to get your money out from this transaction.

I could pay about $30,000 and change to reinvest the $313,000 into an environmentally-conscious development in Loreto, Mexico.

Instead, we’ve got this other investment opportunity in Mexico.

And I’m sure you know where that is, over on the East Coast of Baja.

And that is going to make you a huge return, even more money than you had thought that you were going to make, much more than the $20,000.

I’m supposed to have 54 million pesos in a Mexican bank account.

So this is now no longer just about his timeshare. They are now partners in a real estate investment.

Right. And there’s this whole new round of fees and fines associated with that.

So how many payments would you say?

Quite a few. Couple dozen at least, maybe more.

When was your last payment?

It would have been 17 January.

Uh-huh. And what was that for?

Good question.

And all along, he believed it was necessary to pay these costs just to get the money that he’s owed.

The amount of money that I’ve sent to Mexico is just freaking exorbitant. And I mean, it is approaching $900,000 or more.

And at this point, he’s sent about $900,000 to Mexico over about a year and a half.

Nearly $1 million.

That was almost all the money that he and his wife had saved for their retirement.

It also included money from the sale of James’s childhood home and money that he had borrowed from his daughter and son-in-law, about $150,000 from them.

It’s awful. So they were completely cleaned out by these guys.

Yeah. And this is when his daughter asks a law firm to look into this, which is the point in the story when I meet James. And when we start talking, it was clear to me that he just did not know what to think, even after losing this much money.

So this started in 2022. When did it end?

We’re still in it.

And he’s still talking to the scammers.

And as a matter of fact, presently, there was a request for $157,000 and change to clear up this whole thing. It would clear the entire issue out. Now —

And James is even considering putting a second mortgage on his house to send that money that he’d been promised would finally clear all this up — one final payment of $157,000.

It really sounds like he’s still wanted to believe that this was somehow legit.

Yeah. It was pretty clear to me that he was being scammed. But I didn’t definitively know what was going on, so I asked him if he could start recording his phone calls with the scammers.

Would you be so kind as to do me a favor?

Would you be willing to give them a call and record them?

[LAUGHS]: I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’ve been recording them.

And it turns out he already had been.

Worry Free Vacations.

So he shared the recordings of these calls that he’d had with these scammers over the last year or so. And it was just remarkable. It gave me huge insight into how the scam worked and the way that it sounded over the phone.

Is this is Michael in? I think he’s trying to call me. I couldn’t get through pick up.

Yes, I believe he did try to call you, sir. Give me a second. I think he’s only going to be in for a couple of minutes. One second.

There are two main takeaways for me listening to these calls.

Good afternoon. Michael McCarthy.

Michael, I missed your call. I was trying to pick up.

Yeah, don’t worry. Yeah, I figured something was wrong with your phone. Everything OK?

The first is that these scammers had really gotten to know James so well, and they really made James believe that Worry Free was a company that was working for him.

That’s why we need to hurry up and get this money over to you. Because hey, I’m losing my mind too. I’m not even here to convince you, James. I’m not — I’m your broker, and —

One of the things they continuously say is, trust me.

Look, I’m doing everything I can in my power and will on my end. So James, just look — like I told you from the get-go, I’m going to resolve this. And we are doing it. I just need you to focus on the goal.

They would refocus the conversation on what James needed to do to get his money back.

Look, if you make your payment as a security deposit, right away they will release the funds to you. With these —

And the other thing —

I’ve been having so much trouble trying to reach you, and I have not been successful.

— is that the scammers had created this elaborate cast of characters.

Why don’t you answer my calls?

And some of them were really aggressive. James shared a recording of this one man who claimed to be an agent for the Mexican government. And he basically started yelling at James.

I don’t care if your wife is at the hospital. To be honest with you, I don’t give a damn! But you know where I do give a damn? It’s your money, and my name is written all over it! Do you understand?

And he even threatened James. If James didn’t pay off these fines, then he would lose all the money that he’d sent to Mexico already.

You could get the best lawyer you want. You could get whoever you want. And this is not a threat. This is facts. But anyways, who am I to convince you, right?

Well, thank you for the information. And — are you still there? Hello?

Wow. So these scammers were basically doing a good cop, bad cop routine to stop James from walking away and to squeeze every last penny out of him.

If you provide me your email, contact information, I will certainly be happy to forward all of the wire transfer information from my bank account to you so that you can see where those funds went.

Yeah, that would be great. I have your email.

James asks me, a reporter who’s based in Mexico, who speaks the language, if I could help him figure out where his money had gone to.

Thank you very much. I really appreciate your assistance.

I’m just doing my job. Thanks again, and we’ll talk soon.

And the only way that I could figure that out was to understand who was on the other side of the phone.

We’ll be right back.

So Maria, who was on the other side of that phone line?

So by the time that I’d met James, I’d already gotten a tip from US law enforcement agencies that they were seeing a new trend. Mexican drug cartels were getting involved in the timeshare scam industry.

Drug cartels?

Yeah. And not just any drug cartel. This is one of the most notorious, violent, bloody drug cartels that exists in Mexico and Latin America, the Jalisco New Generation cartel. And when I looked at James’s bank records, guess what? All the money that he was sending was going to various bank accounts that were all located in Jalisco state in Mexico.

Wow. So why would the drug cartels get into the timeshare scamming business?

It is a huge business. The FBI told me that it’s about $300 million in profits over the last five years.

But the thing is is that the potential for it to actually be multitudes more is huge. Because the FBI estimates that most of the scams are actually not even reported. In fact, only about 20 percent are. So that means the total timeshare scam business could actually be much larger than the $300 million that they have knowledge of over the last five years.

But wait. I thought the drug business was a pretty lucrative business in itself. So why get into the scamming of elderly people for their properties in Lake Tahoe?

Well, you have to remember that these drug cartels, they’re not just doing one thing. They’re doing multiple things. They’re essentially conglomerates. Because it’s really expensive to run a cartel. You need to pay off officials, both Mexican and American. You need to maintain basically an army in order to secure your routes up to the United States, ports of entry into Mexico from Colombia. And any big business, you need to diversify your income to make sure that you keep the money flowing. Because you never know when one business is going to be shut down by authorities or taken over by your rivals.

We’ve reported that they’re now in the avocado business and the construction business. And timeshare fraud is basically no different than any of those. So we’re seeing that the cartels have their fingers in many pies, the legitimate and the illegitimate economy here in Mexico.

It’s kind of fascinating to think of these drug cartels as like sprawling diversified business empires. But when did the cartels first get into the scamming business?

So Jalisco New Generation started about 15 years ago.

And when they started to consolidate their empire in Jalisco state, they found that there were all these scam timeshare call centers all over the state that were being run by various players, and that this was a huge, huge moneymaker. Because essentially, all you have to do is call up retired senior citizens in the US and Canada. It doesn’t take that much money to run that kind of a scheme. There’s no product you’re making.

So essentially, they conducted a hostile takeover of these call centers. They went in. They kicked down doors and dragged out the people who were managing these call centers by their hair and threatened to kill them unless they gave up the call centers or started handing over a cut of what they made. And slowly, slowly Jalisco New Generation cartel took over the entire timeshare fraud industry.

Interesting. Were you able to find any of these call centers?

So these call centers are pretty hard to find. They look like any other storefront. But I was able to visit two that were located in an upscale neighborhood in Guadalajara, which is the capital of Jalisco state. And it was just really perturbing because it was just so normal. Two villas about a mile away from each other outside. Outside of one villa, parents were walking by, holding their children’s hands as they did drop off at school.

It was right next to a park where people taking their morning exercise or their dogs for a walk. There was no real sign that the cartel was doing business there. But a few months before, Mexican law enforcement had found the bodies of eight young people who had used to work at one of these call centers and said that the Jalisco cartel had killed them.

Wow. What happened?

So I wasn’t able to talk directly to any of the victims’ families. They’re just too scared. But in general, this is usually how it starts.

The cartel seeks out English speakers to work for their call centers. Sometimes they don’t even tell them what exactly they are doing. They would tell the recruits that the job was adjacent to the hotel industry.

You have to remember, Jalisco is a huge, huge tourism magnet for Americans and Canadians and others. And the cartel would get their call lists from bribing hotel employees to give them the names of people who stayed at these hotels and also at the timeshare resorts. And the people who would work at the call centers are provided the names and a manual of what you need to do when you call, like a loose script of how to try to suck as much money as you can out of these people up North in Canada and the States.

So we don’t know for sure what exactly happened with the eight young Mexicans who were killed last year. But through an intermediary, one sibling told us that when their family member knew what their job actually was, they became extremely uncomfortable and tried to leave the call center and find another job maybe.

But the Jalisco New Generation cartel is known for being extremely brutal. They chop off heads, and they’ll put them on the gates of a playground, for instance. So that everybody in the neighborhood knows what went down. And in this case, it’s possible that they wanted to send a warning that there’s no defection from their timeshare call centers.

So basically making a very scary example of these guys, in case anyone else is thinking about quitting one of the call centers.

Exactly. And one man, who runs an organization who advocates for missing people and actually organizes search parties to comb the forests of Jalisco state looking for the missing, says that he knows of about 30 people who have disappeared from the call centers in Jalisco state since 2017. So while Americans and Canadians might be losing much of their life savings, in Mexico, this is actually deadly.

Are the authorities doing anything about this?

Not really, other than the fact that these two call centers were shut down. The authorities haven’t arrested others. They’re not putting pressure on Mexican banks, for instance, to look into these payments coming from senior citizens in the US or Canada. And you have to remember that people are really afraid. But you also have to remember that in Mexico things are not that clear. There is a lot of corruption and government collusion with organized crime and cartels.

And the tourism industry, it is huge in Mexico and particularly in Jalisco state. This is a multi-billion dollar industry. They don’t want Americans or Canadians or Europeans who are coming to Jalisco for its beautiful beaches and its mountains to hear about these stories regarding the cartels being involved in the tourism industry and think, I’m not going to send my family there for that beach vacation. It’s just simply too dangerous.

So everybody has an incentive to have the scam continue, whether because they’re too afraid and don’t want to speak out or because they’re in on it.

So in a way, local authorities have an interest in sweeping it under the carpet in order to just maintain this idea of a tourist destination.

Exactly. I mean, the spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office was very responsive to me until I told her what I wanted to ask her questions about. And then she just simply never answered any of my texts or phone calls.

So Maria, based on everything you know, all the information you have, would you say that you’re confident that the cartels were the ones who scammed James?

Yes, 100 percent. Everything I’ve seen points in that direction.

What did James say when you told him this?

So it took him quite a while to really allow himself to believe it. On the advice of his lawyers, he stopped picking up the phone calls. And about a week ago, they stopped after the scammers kept trying to call him.

But you said he was in it for over a year. Why do you think it took him so long?

Can you tell me, after all of that had been presented to you, why do you think you weren’t willing to be entirely convinced?

Well, I actually asked him that question.

That’s a very good question. Why wasn’t I able to pick up on that right away? And I think in the back of my mind, I’m finding out that I’m a little more stubborn than I thought I was.

And for him, it was pretty complicated.

And I think that I didn’t want to believe that I had fallen for this. I didn’t feel I was that foolish and stupid when it came to this. You know? I guess I didn’t want to believe that I could be fooled.

To come to terms with the fact that he had lost so much money was to come to terms with the fact that he wasn’t the person that he thought that he was, that he wasn’t this kind of clever former law enforcement officer who was used to fighting the bad guys and winning.

I’m disappointed in myself. There’s a huge level of anger towards the perpetrators. And all of those things wrapped into one. And part of that, I think, contributes to not wanting to actually believe that I was wrong.

Hmm. Yeah, I hear you. I’m sorry. I can hear the pain in your voice.

[LAUGHS]: Yeah.

Some of it’s based on shame, right? That he lost all this money, everything that he’s worked for, and the fact that this was all supposed to be money that his children and his grandchildren were going to inherit. And now it’s gone.

And have you told your daughter that you think you’ve come to terms with the fact that this might have been a scam?

Oh, she’s been involved. Yeah. They know.

My daughter does.

I’m sorry. This is a tough time.

So I’ve got to make some sort of arrangement to compensate them for this on top of our regular debt. So yeah. It’s been a swell experience, all of it brought on by my — evidently, my stubbornness to believe that I couldn’t possibly be a victim.

How’s your wife doing throughout this whole process, with this new knowledge?

She’s not real happy, obviously, at all. I hear a lot of “I told you so.” And at this point, I’ve got no defense. She’s absolutely right. There’s no question about it.

Do you worry this is going to affect your marriage?

Yes, there has been an effect.

And do you think that at this point there’s any way for James and his family to get some kind of justice or at least find some kind of closure?

Ay. Justice? Unlikely.

At this point, I’m not necessarily expecting much in the way of restitution.

And as for closure, it’s a little bit too soon to tell. In a way, James has gone through several stages of acceptance for what happened. There’s fear. There’s shame. There’s resignation. And now he’s talking to me partly because he feels like it’s a public service, that he needs to be vocal so that other people don’t go through what he’s gone through and fall for the scam. And I think it also helps him feel a little bit empowered in a situation for over the last year and a half he was at the mercy of these people who were calling him multiple times a week.

I want to try to get as much information to as many of these official organizations as possible. I have a streak of anger through me now that I’ve developed to the point where I’m not going to let this go.

Well, Maria, thank you.

Thank you for having me.

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A massive scam targeting older Americans who own timeshare properties has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars sent to Mexico.

Maria Abi-Habib, an investigative correspondent for The Times, tells the story of a victim who lost everything, and of the criminal group making the scam calls — Jalisco New Generation, one of Mexico’s most violent cartels.

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Tax deadline extended for Michiganders affected by 2023 storms

State, federal deadlines extended for some.

Cassidy Johncox , Senior News Editor

DETROIT – Both state and federal tax-filing deadlines have been extended into June for Michigan residents and businesses affected by August 2023 storms .

Tax relief is being offered at the federal and state levels for Michigan residents and business owners who were impacted by storms in August 2023 that caused flooding, tornadoes, and other damage . Earlier this year, the federal government declared a disaster for several Michigan counties that were affected by storms that began on Aug. 24, 2023.

Individuals, households and business owners who are included within the disaster area are being given several extra months to file their 2023 taxes. Those who are eligible will have until June 17, 2024, to file their taxes, instead of the regular April 15 deadline .

Who’s eligible for state, federal tax relief?

According to the IRS , tax relief is available to individuals, households and business owners who reside in, are located in, or keep tax records in the following Michigan counties:

The disaster declaration was made for those counties only.

What taxes qualify for the disaster-related extension?

Different types of tax returns are eligible to be filed by June 17 instead of by April 15. The extension can be used for individual income taxes, business taxes and more.

The extension applies to state and federal taxes that have filing and payment deadlines between Aug. 24, 2023, and June 17, 2024.

The following taxes qualify for the disaster-related extension, according to the state :

  • Including composite and fiduciary
  • Michigan business tax (MBT)
  • Corporate income tax (CIT)
  • Flow-through entity (FTE) tax
  • City of Detroit income taxes

The tax extension is also applicable to spouses, if filing jointly.

Federal level: How does the extension work?

For federal taxes, the IRS "automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. These taxpayers do not need to contact the agency to get this relief,” the agency’s website says .

Affected individuals and businesses can have until June 17 to file their federal returns and pay federal taxes that were originally due between August 2023 and June 17, 2024.

Here’s what the June 17 tax extension applies to at the federal level, as written by the IRS :

  • Individual income tax returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2024.
  • 2023 contributions to IRAs and health savings accounts for eligible taxpayers.
  • Quarterly estimated income tax payments normally due on Sept. 15, 2023, Jan. 16, 2024, and April 15, 2024.
  • Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on Oct. 31, 2023, Jan. 31, 2024, and April 30, 2024.
  • Calendar-year partnership and S corporations that had a valid tax-year 2022 extension that ran out on Sept. 15, 2023, or have a 2023 return normally due on March 15, 2024.
  • Calendar-year corporations and fiduciaries that had a valid tax-year 2022 extension that ran out on Oct. 16, 2023, or have a 2023 return and payment normally due on April 15, 2024.
  • Calendar-year tax-exempt organizations that had a valid tax-year 2022 extension that ran out on Nov. 15, 2023, or have a 2023 return normally due on May 15, 2024.

Learn more on the IRS’ website here.

State level: How does this work?

The tax extension works a bit differently at the state level.

Michigan residents and business owners must reach out to the Michigan government to request the extension for filing or paying 2023 taxes. Taxpayers will still have until June 17 to file or make payments, but the state says it requires some additional information to process the request for relief.

The Michigan Department of Treasury requires the eligible taxpayers to contact the department and give them the following information:

  • Taxpayer’s name.
  • Taxpayer’s account number.
  • The address impacted by and within the federal disaster area (i.e., the taxpayer’s address or the tax preparer’s address).
  • A brief description of how the taxpayer was impacted by the federal disaster.

Taxpayers are urged to submit their extension request before the June 17 deadline. Doing so will “avoid preliminary assessment notices,” the state says.

A disaster relief request can be sent to the state treasury online, over the phone, or by mail.

  • Click here to file the request online (scroll down to bottom of page).
  • Those requesting relief for individual income tax can call: 517-636-4486 .
  • Those requesting relief for corporate income tax, flow-through-entity tax, or Michigan business tax can call:  517-636-6925 .
  • A letter can be mailed to: Michigan Department of Treasury, Attn: Disaster Relief, Lansing, MI 48922 .

Learn more on the state’s website here.

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