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Journey Cover Band “Probably Not Responsible” For Bee Swarm

Authorities are still trying to determine the exact cause of a bee attack at Northern California’s Alameda County Fair Friday night, but insisted that Journey tribute band Evolution was likely not the culprit.

Although fair officials believe the incident, in which at least 100 people were stung, many multiple times, was caused by a nearby bee colony angered by Friday night’s fireworks show, they were quick not to point fingers at the Journey cover band.

“All of a sudden, you just felt this horrible pain,” victim Linda Perez told KTVU News, referring not to the music of Journey, but to the physical sensation of angry bees attacking her exposed face, arms and legs.

Evolution, in fact, did not even perform at the fair Friday night. The San Francisco Bay Area-based group — not to be confused with an East Coast outfit that performs under the same name — made its appearance earlier this week. No bee incidents were reported at the time, but an accident on the “Wacky Worm” roller coaster the following day resulted in injuries to five children and two adults when a chain came loose on the coaster and dangled from the ride’s tracks, hitting riders on the head as they passed underneath.

Fair officials refused to either confirm or deny whether former Journey lead singer Steve Perry was considered a person of interest in the earlier incident. Perry, currently enjoying the World Cup on television, could not be reached for comment.

Not definitely a suspect.

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