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Journey keyboardist feels classic sound still the key to radio play


Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain feels that the band needs to stay true to their '80s sound to stay alive on modern rock radio. Journey's last studio album, Eclipse, was released in May 2011. The Wal Mart exclusive debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart at Number 13 -- eight spots lower than the band's previous album, 2008's Revelation -- which also went on to hit Number One on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. Although Cain co-wrote all but one song on the album, guitarist Neal Schon had pressed the band into trying a heavier sound than casual fans might've expected.

Cain told us that for Journey to continue to make in-roads in radio, they need to have one foot in the past and one in the now: "It's hard when you bring a new guy in to, y'know, get that commitment in radio. Y'know, 'cause it's not Steve Perry, it's the new guy, 'Well, why should we play this?' 'Cause it sounds like Journey, that's why! Y'know? So there's signs of it, y'know? It's gotta be undeniably soundin' like the new Journey. It can't be soundin' like some heavy version of Journey. They're just not gonna go for it. And it has to be so recognizable, that they're like 'Oh, wow, we gotta do this. We gotta play this!'"

Journey tour dates (subject to change):

August 23 - Catoosa, OK - The Joint at Hard Rock Casino / Tulsa
August 24 - Mulvane, KS - Kansas Star Arena
August 26 - Albuquerque, NM - Sandia Casino Amphitheater
August 28, 29 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl Concert Theater
September 1 - Snowmass, CO - Jazz Aspen Snowmass at Snowmass Town Park
September 14 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
November 11 - Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

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