Ross Valory

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Ross Valory
Ross Valory with Journey on September 16, 2008
Background information
Born (1949-02-02) February 2, 1949 (age 66)
San Francisco
Genres Hard rock, rock
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals, keyboards, guitar
Years active 1966-present
Associated acts Journey, The Storm
Notable instruments
Music Man StingRay, Ovation Magnum, Peavey T-40

Ross Lamont Valory (born February 2, 1949 in San Francisco) is an American musician and the band Journey's noted bass player. He and Neal Schon are the only original members of the band still performing with the group. Aside from his termination from the group during the Raised on Radio album sessions and subsequent tour in 1986, Valory has played on all of Journey's albums. For Raised on Radio, he was replaced on bass in the studio by Bob Glaub on three songs, while the remaining songs were played by future American Idol judge Randy Jackson, who also played on the subsequent tour.[1]

Valory grew up in Lafayette, California and attended Acalanes High School.

One of the innovations that Valory uses (it is not known if he is the inventor) is to string a four-string bass with the bottom four strings of a 5-string set. Thus, instead of the usual E-A-D-G arrangement, his bass is strung as B-E-A-D. This adds the five string depth to the songs, while allowing the quick fingering of a four-string neck.

He also plays keyboards and guitar.

Valory also played for The Vu, The Storm, Frumious Bandersnatch and the Steve Miller Band.


  1. ^ Neil Daniels Don't Stop Believin': The Untold Story Of Journey-0857128213 2012 "He was joined byguitarist David Denny, drummer Jack King and bassist Bobby Winkelman, all of whom would become members of the Steve Miller Band. In factit was Jim Nixon, the manager of Frumious Bandersnatch, who would introduce the ."

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Preceded by
Journey bass-guitarist
Succeeded by
Bob Glaub
Preceded by
Randy Jackson
Journey bass-guitarist
1995 – present
Succeeded by