Journey Confirms Toto Will Replace Billy Idol In Upcoming Tour Due To His Health Problems

Journey recently announced that Billy Idol had to pull out of their headlining tour because of his health problems. The band further announced that TOTO will be replacing him in the tour.

The rock band Journey became a prominent member of the scene after releasing the song ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ in 1981. The song has influenced various genres and became the most sold music on iTunes that wasn’t created in the 21st century. They received various Grammy Awards to top their success throughout the years. Even today, they are continuing to create and perform for their fans.

Their latest album was released in 2011, but after that, they released the single ‘The Way We Used to Be’ in 2021 as an indication of an upcoming album. In October of the same year, drummer Narada Michael Walden announced that their next album will be a double one, which seems to be an excellent decision that will satisfy their long-waiting fans. The band also announced their Freedom tour recently with Billy Idol.

However, Idol had been going through a sinus infection since December, and he needed time to heal as he wasn’t responding to the medicine. Hence, he withdrew from the tour and announced it on his Instagram account recently. He was sad about the situation, and all he could do was wish Journey good luck and thank TOTO for stepping in to take his place on the tour.

Here is what Billy Idol said:

“I am absolutely gutted

I haven’t felt like myself since mid-December with a sinus infection that won’t respond to medication. It has worsened to the point where I have no choice but to have a procedure which I expect will put me on a path to recovery soon.

The last thing I ever want to do is cancel shows, and I am absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to perform the upcoming dates with Journey as planned. I wish Journey only the best on their tour and give thanks to TOTO for stepping in for me.”

Journey also announced TOTO’s inclusion on Instagram by stating:

“The Freedom Tour 2022 is kicking off soon, and we are excited that our friends TOTO will be now out on the road with us for the whole tour. And we’re adding two new shows in Hershey & Manchester! Presale for the added dates starts Friday at 10 am local. Use code ‘Freedom’ for exclusive access to tickets before the general public.”

While you wait for the tour to begin, you can listen to Journey’s latest single and check out the Instagram posts below.

Photo Credit: Journey – Instagram
Photo Credit: Billy Idol – Instagram