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Journey Makes Epic Return To Atlantic City

Last night was my first concert since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. I also had the opportunity to meet both Jonathan Cain and his wife Paula before the show, which was delightful. I interviewed Jon last month about his new music, Journey’s upcoming album, and more. Having the chance to enjoy an epic night of live music and spend time with Jon and Paula beforehand was made possible by the man himself. So, I’d like to express a heartfelt thank you to Jon Cain for his hospitality. Read on for my thoughts about the show, videos, photos, and more.

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Jonathan Cain On New Music, Journey, Steve Perry & The Lord

Jonathan Cain is a brilliant musician and a kind person. He is one of the most prolific, influential, and skilled performers ever, and he’s back with new music, both as a solo artist and as a member of Journey. Today, Jon’s new single, “Oh Lord Lead Us,” is available to buy and stream. And, on June 24, Journey released the new single, “The Way We Used To Be,” from its forthcoming new studio album. Jon was kind enough to speak with me at length about his new music, Journey’s new album, hitting the road again, how the Lord inspires him, his wife, Paula White-Cain, Steve Perry, and so much more. I hope you enjoy our discussion, and make sure to buy and stream Jon’s new single because it’s excellent!

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Journey Releases New Single: “The Way We Used To Be”

Journey is back with new music! Today, the band released the long-awaited lead single from its forthcoming studio album. The track is entitled “The Way We Used To Be,” and a music video accompanied the release. Read on for the video, as well as thoughts from Journey’s founder and lead guitarist Neal Schon on this new song.

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Review: Neal Schon’s Universe

With 2020 coming to an end, we’re all in need of hope and healing. Let’s get that process started with music — specifically, Universe by Journey guitarist Neal Schon. I was fortunate enough to receive an early copy of this album, and it’s phenomenal! Neal is one of those artists who is incredibly talented and wildly diverse. He can play any genre of music and let his guitar sing like no other. Read on for my thoughts on his latest album, Universe.

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Journey Live In Japan 2017: Escape & Frontiers

Journey has been in existence for nearly 50 years, selling millions of albums and topping charts along the way. This iconic rock band is back with a new release – Live in Japan 2017: Escape & Frontiers – and it’s awesome!

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Jonathan Cain On Being More Like Jesus

Photo by Micah Kandros.

Jonathan Cain is a brilliant musician and an even-more-wonderful person. What follows is my third interview with him to date, and I find myself liking and respecting the man more each time we speak. During this interview we covered his brand-new album More Like Jesus, which is fantastic, his thoughts on Steve Perry’s comeback album, a new Journey release, and much more. Also included among the images and videos below, is a quote from a discussion I had with Jon backstage in Philadelphia last year, where he gave my writing the highest praise it has ever received. Jon’s music, writing, and friendship have enriched my life in a way that is immeasurable and, if you take a chance, he might have the same impact on you.

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Review: Steve Perry’s Traces

Steve Perry is the greatest male vocalist I’ve ever heard. I remember buying Journey’s Greatest Hits album many years ago and listening to the songs and discovering that I already knew most of them but didn’t realize the band behind these timeless tracks was Journey. While the guitar, piano, drumming, and bass were all exceptional, what captivated me most was that voice. How it soared to heights unimaginable for most humans and how it lovingly and soulfully intoned every word that was sung. With my headphones on, a Discman in my hands, and my eyes turned skyward, I gazed at the stars as the balmy beach breeze and Steve Perry’s vocals washed over me. It was a defining musical moment for me and one I fondly look back on when I think of this special band and this epic voice.

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Book Review: Don’t Stop Believin’ by Jonathan Cain

Don’t Stop Believin’: The Man, the Band, and the Song that Inspired Generations, the long-awaited autobiography by Journey’s piano man, Jonathan Cain, is tied with Paul Stanley’s Face The Music: A Life Exposed as my favorite music autobiography. And if you have to choose one way to read this book, listen to the audiobook because it’s narrated by the man himself, making for a more intimate reading experience. Jon’s narration of his autobiography is so raw and authentic that at some points he becomes overcome with emotion, which only makes the stories he tells that much more impactful. And the generous amount of beautiful music weaved throughout the audiobook makes for an engaging and enjoyable audiobook that I’d gladly listen to again. It’s also worth noting that the audiobook features bonus chapters not found in the print version of the book.

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Journey’s Jonathan Cain Reflects On A Life Well Lived

Throughout his varied and extensive career, Jonathan Cain has played a key role in writing and performing some of the greatest music of all time. Whether it’s with Journey, Bad English, The Babys, or as a solo artist, Jonathan Cain has left an indelible mark on the music industry. In Don’t Stop Believin’: The Man, the Band, and the Song that Inspired Generations, released May 1, Jonathan Cain’s memoir, the prolific piano player reflects on his life and career. In addition to releasing his autobiography, Jonathan Cain will be on the road with Journey as the band joins forces with Def Leppard for what promises to be an epic summer tour. Below is my interview with Jonathan, where we discuss his book, his music, and more.

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Journey’s Neal Schon Discusses Def Leppard Tour, New Solo Album And Steve Perry

Neal Schon is the founding member and lead guitarist for Journey, one of the most successful and beloved rock bands of all time. In addition to his amazing work with Journey, Neal is a former member of Santana and Bad English, and he’s had a prolific career as a solo artist as well. Journey is touring this summer with Def Leppard, and, following the tour, Neal is releasing a new solo album: Universe.

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