Journey has been selected to be the headlining act at the Indianapolis 500 Carb Day concert for the historic one-hundredth running of the Verizon IndyCar Series race. IndyCar made the announcement via press release, revealing that the band will take the stage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27, 2016.
Original members Neal Schon (billed as a special guest for this concert) and Ross Valory will be supported by current bandmates Jonathan Cain and Arnel Pineda, while Steve Smith - who was Journey's drummer between 1978 and 1985 and again between 1995 and 1998 - has rejoined the group for the first time in more than 15 years.
No mention was made of what might be on the band's set list for this special event, but one figures that it has to include some of their biggest hits, like "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Any Way You Want It."
Having a concert as part of Carb Day has been an Indianapolis 500 mainstay since 1998 when the Hamilton Brothers helped ring in one of the biggest events in all of motorsports. Since then, other acts who have headlined on the day include Smash Mouth (in 2000), Collective Soul (2001), The B-52's with Third Eye Blind (2006), and Lynyrd Skynyrd (2012).
This year, Carb Day was a triple bill between rock bands Jane's Addiction, .38 Special, and O.A.R. A second concert held on Legends Day, which is the day before the race, featured country acts Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard. You can see highlights from this year's Carb Day here.
Journey will have a particularly high bar to reach with its Carb Day performance, though, because 2016's edition of the Indianapolis 500 is one for the record books. It will be the hundredth time that the race has been run, with its history dating back to 1911 (except four cancellations in 1917, 1918, 1942 and 1945). Juan Pablo Montoya will return to defend his race victory in what should be an even more competitive event than this May, where it came down to literally the last lap.
The concert will land in the middle of the band's 2016 tour plans, which start May 5 in the Bahamas and are currently scheduled to end August 30 in Chula Vista, California. Most concert dates go on sale Monday, Nov. 30. To see Journey's complete tour schedule, visit the band's website.
General admission tickets for Carb Day 2016 are now available through Indianapolis Motor Speedway's website.
For more on Journey, visit their band page at AXS.