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Classic rock acts Journey and Toto to perform in Casper next April

A sign at the Ford Wyoming Center entrance announced the upcoming Journey and Toto show. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The classic rock band Journey has been at it for nearly 50 years with numerous lineup changes, and still they ride.

Journey, and Toto, too, will perform at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper on April 11. The announcement was made precisely at 7 a.m. on Monday at the arena.

“This is an exciting day,” said Spectra Venue Management general manager Brad Murphy, adding that Casper is the only venue within 600 miles that the show will play at.

“Journey last played at the Ford Wyoming Center on April 1, 1983, which ironically coincides with our 40th anniversary,” he said.

Casper Mayor Ray Pacheco said the event is a reminder of “how important the Events Center and the Ford Wyoming Center has been for the city of Casper, and how it continues to be a hub and central to the economy here.”

“It truly changed the state of Wyoming,” he added.

Organizers hope Wyoming will accept the show with open arms and fill the arena.

“We want to encourage the community to buy tickets and come out and see this amazing show,” he said.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m., said Murphy, and will range in price between $49 and $149.

Murphy says there are exactly 8,017 seats available, just barely making the 8,000-seat minimum the show’s producers require.

Journey’s core members remain founding guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain, who joined in the early ’80s and co-wrote such hits as “Don’t Stop Believing.” Legendary lead singer Steve Perry left the band in the late 1990s. Toto’s main founding member continues to be guitarist Steve Lukather, with keyboardist David Paich joining live shows occasionally.