Journey Changes ‘Don’t Stop Believin” Lyrics During NFL Halftime Show
Journey did a little adlibbing during their halftime performance at the NFC championship game last night (Jan. 28) between the Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers.
The game took place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the home field of the 49ers. Per Ultimate Classic Rock, when Journey performed “Don’t Stop Believin’,” they changed a notable lyric. Instead of singing, “Just a city boy/Born and raised in South Detroit,” Arnel Pineda sang, “Just a city boy/Born and raised in San Francisco.”
Understandably, Journey, who formed in the ’70s in San Francisco, didn’t want to appear to be cheering for the away team. In addition to “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey’s halftime performance setlist also included “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” “Be Good to Yourself” and “Any Way You Want It.”
It seems as though the 49ers took the advice of Journey and really believed in themselves in the second half of the game. After being down 24-7 at the half, they staged a massive comeback, defeating the Lions 34-31. The 49ers will face off against the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 11 at the Super Bowl, which will be a rematch of the Super Bowl in 2020.
Journey to Play the Super Bowl?
Journey’s latest NFL gig reminds us of previous comments keyboardist Jonathan Cain made in August 2022. At the time, Journey was announced to be headlining the 2022 Concert for Legends as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s “Enshrinement Week” where it inducts the latest class of football greats.
Cain told Ultimate Classic Rock that he would love if Journey could parlay that gig into an appearance during the Super Bowl Halftime show. He said, in part, ” … I’m secretly hoping they might put two and two together and say, ‘Wait a minute, maybe Journey and the Super Bowl.'”