From the East: I have been a Journey fan for 26 years, and yes, it was Steve Perry who got my attention. But with Journey it was always the music ["Still They Ride," Feb. 9]. The soundtrack of our lives. We made out to it. Danced to it and sang to it. Like most bands there is always the story behind the story. In the end it's still Journey. You would have to see the band live to understand that. Steve Augeri was the best man for the job. The best part is that the new stuff shines every bit as the ones that Perry did. Forget what you have heard about Journey in the past. Catch a show this year and witness what it's like to see and hear a Journey no one knows. Journey may be known for the radio hits but onstage is where you will find the real Journey. Everything is real. And if you think Steve Augeri sounds like Steve Perry then you wait until you hear drummer Deen Castronovo.
On to Europe: Absolute great article with a lot of laughs. Very good indeed.
To the heartland: I enjoyed the article. It's one of the few I've read about our event where the writer actually bothered to RESEARCH the content. As one of the three people who wrote the star proposal, if I read how all you had to do was pay $5,000 to get one just one more time, I was going to scream. You not only researched the actual star requirements, you bothered to interview people and look up some of the history of the band. Good for you. I was starting to think they stopped using actual journalism skills in the print media.
Next time, take in the concert, too, if you can, so you can write about the Augeri-fronted Journey firsthand. Keep up the good work.
And back home: I enjoyed this article very much. Who designed the cover art, and is it possible to get a copy?
Editor's note: Those interested in obtaining copies of the Feb. 9 cover should e-mail our art director, Darrick Rainey, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, no phone calls.
But really -- Moon Pix? Moon Pix?: I read the OK Then yesterday, which I never do, and was intrigued that someone else is writing about L. Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat" [Feb. 9]. An amazing song, a letter, a heartbreak, and I always imagine the guy as kind of insane. The song kills me, and right now I'm listening to Moon Pix. (I guess it's never too early in the day for sad music.) Every fucking song on this album (and all [Cat Power's] albums, e.g., "I Don't Blame You") is a bad breakup and always seems to make mine feel worse, and yet welcomed.
I wanted to thank you because it made Valentine's [Day] lighter for me, I mean, you're funny.
On questionable implications: As a Bayview resident for 10 years I know many men who have been touched by the person you wrote about, Shawn Richard ["The Lifesaver," Feb. 2]. And though I mostly agree with the assertions in this article, I think it was foolish and ridiculous to imply that the deaths of two young men who didn't enroll in this class may have been prevented by attending Project Redirect. Sadly, it's just not that simple. Though this project does sound like a step in the right direction, no one class or one person is a lifesaver.
The Feb. 9 Matt Smith column, "Chemical Welfare," incorrectly said that Aberdeen, Md., is the site of a facility that destroys chemical weapons via incineration. The Aberdeen facility actually neutralizes chemical weapons by stewing them in hot water, then sending the residue to an off-site plant where it is consumed by bacteria. The article also inaccurately stated that there are 1,600 tons of mustard gas at a facility in Pueblo, Colo., contained in mortars and bombs "complete with rocket motors, bursting devices, and electronic mechanisms to launch them." There are actually 2,600 tons of mustard agent, which is not a gas, but rather a liquid that atomizes upon explosive impact. The agent at Pueblo is contained in mortars and other projectiles that have no rocket motors or electronic launching mechanisms.
And in the Feb. 2 Night & Day column, the "B-Boy/B-Girl Jam" photograph should have been attributed to Mischief Photo.
SF Weekly regrets the errors.