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Journey will receive a whopping $500,00 to play a private fundraiser for Mitt Romney this week in Florida, according to TMZ. The band will reportedly play a 90-minute set on Thursday night (August 30th) in Tampa at a party separate from the official convention. According to sources close to Journey, "the group don't feel they are making a political statement either way by performing at the event, and plan on treating the show like it's just another gig."

Guitarist and co-founder Neal Schon told us that playing a variety of new markets and having a worldwide presence was always something that he wished for the Journey: "It's not mind-boggling to me, it's always something that I thought we could achieve. We just never went after it in the '80s and when we were playing stadiums, we never spent the time in Europe and we never spent the time in South America or brought anywhere, except the Orient. So, y'know, in a way, it's really cool because all these markets are fresh, new green grounds for us to (laughs) stomp on, y'know?"

Journey, Pat Benatar, and Loverboy perform tonight (August 27th) at Pelham, Alabama's Oak Mountain Amphitheatre.

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