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Start the fireworks, Journey is headlining the 2015 Stadium of Fire

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Montel Williams, who will emcee for the 2015 Stadium of Fire, stands next to the posters announcing the performers (Journey and Olivia Holt) for this year's show. (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

Montel Williams, who will emcee for the 2015 Stadium of Fire, stands next to the posters announcing the performers (Journey and Olivia Holt) for this year’s show. (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

PROVO — Journey will headline the 2015 Stadium of Fire the America’s Freedom Festival announced Tuesday afternoon.

The iconic band, which had its beginnings in the 70s, has had over 19 Top 40 singles and produced 25 Gold and Platinum albums. With songs like “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Wheel in the Sky,” Journey has reached decades of music lovers.

“The one thing that remains the same is live performances,” said Journey’s Neal Schon in a press release. “So that’s why we’re still here doing this. It’s the one thing that can’t be hacked and one thing that you absolutely have to show up live to be able to do. And I still love doing it.”

Journey’s current band members performing at the Stadium of Fire include Schon (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jonathon Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals).

The Stadium of Fire is an annual Fourth of July event presented by America’s Freedom Festival, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization promoting freedom and democracy. In the past few years, the Stadium of Fire has featured country star Carrie Underwood, the Beach Boys and Studio C.

Hosting the Stadium of Fire this year is Montel Williams, TV host for “The Montel Williams Show” and former Navy lieutenant. Williams, whose birthday is July 3, joked that this works out because he used to think the Fourth of July was to celebrate his birthday.

Journey will headline the 2015 Stadium of Fire at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. (Photo courtesy Journey)

Journey will headline the 2015 Stadium of Fire at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. (Photo courtesy Journey)

“Every generation is going to be represented here. I think Journey is one of those iconic groups that has crossed generational lines,” Williams said. “I was driving past a spot where the kids were waiting for the bus and I thought, ‘Are they really listening to Journey? They must have stolen their parents iPods or something.’”

Joining Journey in the 35th year of the event is Disney Channel star Olivia Holt. Holt is best known for her role on Disney Channel’s hit series “I Didn’t Do It.” The 17 year old has sung songs for Disney albums including “Girl vs. Monster,” “Holiday Unwrapped” and is currently working on her debut album.

The Stadium of Fire also helps the local music scene. On May 23, local singers and bands can compete for a spot in the Stadium of Fire lineup at the Stadium of Fire Talent Competition at the SCERA Shell in Orem.

Outside of the performers, the Stadium of Fire is promising even better fireworks in 2015.

“As you know, fireworks are an art form,” said Steve Shriber, president of Firestorm Pyrotechnics, which does the fireworks for the Stadium of Fire. “We have made a great effort in communicating with local people and are doing our best to bring bigger and better to the Stadium of Fire this year. …You will not want to look away for one second.”

Besides the approximately 40,000 people who attend the Stadium of Fire, the show is broadcast to over one million military men and women in more than 100 countries via the American Forces Network.

Tickets officially go on sale Thursday, March 26, at 9 a.m., but members of the Freedom Festival’s email list will get to purchase tickets a day ahead of the general public. Tickets can be purchased at stadiumoffire.com or at the BYU Marriott Center ticket office in Provo.

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