Journey Revisited fan profile: Jim Branch shares his concert photos -- and why he's a big JR fan

JR fans are die hard supporters of the classic Journey sound, and one of the big reasons we're able to share great images from many of the concerts is because of Jim Branch. He's been able to grab excellent, candid shots of the band from various gigs and has graciously given us permission to use them on the site.

We asked Jim about his first JR experience and to tell us why he's a big booster of the unique talent, passion and fan-focused energy of the band.

Lead singer Jeff Salado with buddies Dylan and Jim.
I was living in San Carlos and in the town of Redwood City which is the next town over; they have Friday night concerts during the summer called Music on The Square.

About five years ago, JR played a show there and they rocked the place. I was an instant fan and it was on. Since then I have been to several of their shows and have become friends with the guys.

They have been back to Redwood several times and even played in San Carlos at a concert in the park. It was the biggest showing of fans in several years they have been doing it. JR tore it up that night and I had never seen as many people there before -- it was a packed house.

I have driven as far as Fresno, Copperopolis, Monterey, Salinas, and other cities to see them play. I will make the drive because they are a great group of guys and are well worth it.

Jeff, Val, Michael, Kevin and David -- thank you for bringing us such awesome music and an amazing tribute to one of the greatest Bay Area bands of all time Journey. You are the best tribute to Journey ever and I am so grateful for your friendships.

I also need to mention that because of this band, I have made some most amazing friends from all over the world because of their popularity. I have not met many of them personally, but the experience of friendship is priceless and you all know who you are. I love you guys.

Thank You, JR RAWKS !!!!!!
No, thank you, Jim!

Here's a slideshow of just a tiny fraction of the photographs that Jim has taken over the years. We'll add to the slideshow over time for you!

UPDATE (9/3/2014): Here are more albums from Jim --

24th Annual Music in the Park - San Carlos Concert Series

Aug 30, 2014 Monterey County Fair

Journey Revisited is:
Jeff Salado, Lead Vocals
Val Popovic, Lead Guitar & vocals;
Kevin Jachetta, Keyboards, Keytar, Guitar, & vocals;
Michael Gonzales, Bass & vocals;
Dave Hawkes, Drums/Percussion.

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