- $5.20 for one ticket to see Trial by Fire (up to $13 value)
- When: Saturday, May 16, at 9 p.m.
- Where: The Ritz
- General admission standing
- Door time: 8 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
Trial by Fire – A Tribute to Journey
Charlotte-based rockers Trial by Fire – A Tribute to Journey named themselves after a project some might consider a failure. In 1996, the band behind “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Lights,” and “Any Way You Want It,” came together after a decade spent pursuing solo material to release the album Trial by Fire, and they hoped to support it with a flashy new tour. But then Steve Perry injured his hip, and the tour was scrapped.
Trial by Fire – A Tribute to Journey picks up where that story ends, creating a high-energy concert experience that imagines the sights and sounds of a vintage-1996 band that never hit the road. Lead singer Ernie Shepherd—his voice a vigorous stand-in for Perry’s soaring tenor—traverses the stage confidently and welcomes audience sing-alongs as he belts out hit after hit in front of four other hard-rocking musicians. Shepherd has spent nearly a lifetime preparing for the role: on the band’s website, he says that the first record he ever bought was Escape.
Openers Bad Romeo kick off an energetic live show by mixing many different styles of music and giving each band member an opportunity to showcase their unique vocal talents.