Billboard Bits: Journey, Jason Mraz, Lynyrd Skynyrd

News on Journey, Jason Mraz, Lynyrd Skynyrd

Five Journey albums have been remastered and expanded with memorabilia-rich album booklets for an Aug. 1 release via Columbia/Legacy. A handful of the titles have new bonus tracks, including 1988's "Greatest Hits," which will feature the 1996 single "When You Love a Woman."

1978's "Infinity," which marked the vocal debut of Steve Perry, and 1979's "Evolution" retain their original track lists, while 1980's "Departure" will include the bonus tracks "Little Girl" and "Natural Thing."

The mega-selling 1981 album "Escape" will include live versions of "Don't Stop Believin'," "Who's Crying Now" and "Open Arms" from the recent archival CD/DVD "Live in Houston," plus the studio track "La Raza Del Sol."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Singer/songwriter Jason Mraz will scale down for a handful of shows next month, dubbed "Songs for Friends." Shows on July 17 and 19 at Chicago's Schuba's Tavern and July 21 at New York's Irving Plaza will be solo acoustic affairs, while a July 24 date at the Garden Theatre in Saratoga, Calif., will boast an acoustic band. Tickets are on sale now.

As for what's up next, Mraz writes on his
Web site, "I plan to use the entire fall season to build a new project with new songs and new ideas. I cannot comment further on these musical ideas as they are still being born but I will say that this last run with [backing band] the Buddies was by far the most enjoyable and satisfying musically than any in my career as a touring artist."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will throw a southern rock party on its first Gimme 3 Days cruise, which departs Jan. 5 from Miami en route to Nassau in the Bahamas. The bill will also feature 38 Special, Drivin N Cryin, Tishamingo, Keni Thomas, American Minor, Blackberry Smoke, Corey Smith and the Blue Dogs. Gimme 3 Days is organized by Sixthman, which also stages the annual Rock Boat cruise.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.