A good impersonation can be indistinguishable from the real thing, which is why Method actors are no longer allowed to play dictators. Take in a safer form of imitation with this GrouponLive deal to see Journey Unauthorized at Akoo Theatre at Rosemont. For $15, you get one ticket for main-floor seating in rows A–W or AA–HH on Friday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $34.80 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Steve Perry is never coming back. It’s a fact of life that many Journey fans have learned to cope with while they cuddle up with their worn-out copy of Escape. Filling the void that Steve left with flashy fun and feathery wigs, Journey Unauthorized carries the torch of sentimentality in its energized and dedicated tribute to the arena-rock legends. Mirroring the look and bombast of Journey in its 1980s heyday, the dedicated tribute band takes fans on a sojourn through the greatest hits of the Steve Perry era in an act that has tickled fans pink across the globe. The song list timewarps to the golden days of shoulder pads and leopard prints as the band loves, touches, and squeezes out all the greatest hits. Lighter drainers such as “Don’t Stop Believin’” make audiences get out of the way of people named “Believin’,” whereas “Any Way You Want It” shakes hips and gets feet moving. Journey Unauthorized keeps the “Wheel in the Sky” turning between rockers and ballads such as “Faithfully” and “Open Arms” as the leviathan Steve Perry surrogate achieves Perry’s notoriously difficult range.