Journey Rock Band Gets A Secondlife - By Mozy Pera
The Rock & Roll entertainment giants Journey have opened a new virtual island in Second life.
On February 1st the multi-platinum rockers held a grand opening party to celebrate their new virtual world sim called Journey Island. I got the news a couple weeks too late so I can’t say first hand how the event unfolded although I am sure it went well.
After hearing about the new Island, I teleported over to have a look around and was greeted by one of the Island welcome committee members and also a nice pre-recorded voice greeter. Journey fans were dropping in to my left and to my right. Many of the band’s fans are new to Second life and are signing up through the bands newly designed website Journeymusic.com – via the link to Second life.
The band is currently on the road doing a world tour to help promote their new album (due to release in 2008) and this virtual platform will allow them to stay connected with their fans while touring, as well as their off seasons.
Journey Island was built by Industrial-Design.com, Journey’s long time web developer and features work by SL builders Farrokh Vavoom, Argus Collingwood, Jocelyn Sands and Adrian Harbinger. The Second life region is named Journey Rock Band.
I was fortunate that the two sim managers Farrokh Vavoom and Argus Collingwood were hanging out on the sim and shortly after meeting them; they offered me a tour of the island and an informal interview. They teleported me to a quiet little water world area under the grid where I was greeted by several friendly ocean critters including sharks and jellyfish. Whoa!
The entire sim has been setup very well and a lot of thought and planning went into the development, layout, design and function of it. Owning and designing sims myself, I can appreciate all the hard work they did there.
Journey has been known for their stage designs and keeping up on cutting edge technology so creating a Second Life Island for fans to enjoy was an easy decision for them according to Argus.
The Island features dedicated areas for each album along with audio and video presentations. There are also two venues on the island, the Escape Club and an Amphitheater, where live SL events can be held. I joined in for a few hours of fun and really had a good time dancing to some well liked tunes. They also added some fun things to do like jet skis, paddleboats, Vespas and skydiving!
The real band members, Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums) along with their new lead singer, Arnel Pineda (“pin-eh-da”) will be dropping in unannounced from time to time so be sure to look for them in avatar style as they all use their real first names along with the last name of Henly.
On the sim your will also find many neat surprises hiding in many area’s. You can click on an album cover prim to discover a neat book of song lyrics gets delivered to your inventory. You simply click and wear it and soon you will find yourself singing along to your favorite Journey song. Too Cool!
Added By Stone:
Just realized we had this video of the sim, check it out.
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