Journey’s Jonathan Cain on Rock & & Roll Hall of Fame glory and rocking Las Vegas again


Travis Shinn Journey returns to the Joint at the Acid rock Hotel for nine shows beginning May

contact) Tuesday, May 2, 2017|2 a.m. After a sold-out nine-show perform at the Hard Rock Hotel two years back, arena rock favorite Journey was already signed up for a second series of Las Vegas shows prior to it was announced last year the band would be inducted into the Rock & & Roll Hall of Fame. Call it best timing: The ceremony took place simply last month– it was relayed on HBO Sunday– and Journey opens another nine-show run at the Joint on Might 3.

We caught up with long time band member, keyboardist and songwriter Jonathan Cain to go over Journey’s go back to Las Vegas, the Hall of Popularity and how the band’s memorable tunes continue to resonate with fans.

What’s it like being inducted into the Rock & & Roll Hall of Popularity? Worth the wait. I think you appreciate things like that more when you get a little older and recognize how uncommon it is, but it actually hit me. It’s actually about the fans. I was so moved by their involvement in this thing. It makes you recognize, once again, that it’s the fans that got you there, and we liked having the ability to honor them for being devoted and loyal all these years. And this actually puts you in an elite status where you have to question, guy, we need to be pursued all these years! Losing Steve [Perry] back in the day and reforming … it’s evidence God likes you when you get one of these.

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Paula White Jonathan Cain Was it a more psychological moment since Steve was there for the induction? It was sweet. It was good to see him simply being himself. He seemed really at ease, comfortable in his skin. It truly just made it main, and it’s good to be main.

Now I’m thinking how interesting it will be nominate people I ‘d like to see in the hall, like Joe Cocker and Bad Company and Boston. I’m making a list. I suggest, the Moody Blues? Begin! That was remarkably cool music in its day, it was simply a long period of time ago. Does any person keep in mind those days? I do. They are one of the reasons I wanted to play rock ‘n roll. “Nights in White Satin?” I wanted to play like that.

You are so carefully connected to Journey tunes everyone likes and remembers, having written “Consistently” and co-written “Do not Stop Believin’,” specifically that opening piano line. People hear that opening part and just go crazy when that tune is coming on. It’s an honor to be attached that method, and lyrically I’m pretty attached to that tune too. I lived those days on Sunset Boulevard in the ’70s, the whole premise for the song. Living up in Laurel Canyon, imagining being a rock star some day. I got annoyed and would call my dad, and he actually said, “Don’t stop thinking.” And I composed it down. Okay, Father, I will not come back to Chicago. I’m gon na see it through. Sure enough, he was right, and the tune went on to end up being a mega classic. Steve grew up the very same way, wishing to sing in a well-known band, and when we got a hold of that lyric together we crafted something kind of ageless. We were both dreamers and discussing doing it. It’s the “permission to dream” tune.

You’re back at the Joint at the Acid rock Hotel. How did those initial 2015 programs feel? We truly loved the intimate surroundings. I enjoy playing smaller places where you can look the crowd in the eyes and they can see the sweat on your eyebrow, it’s a great, rejuvenating change from the arenas. It’s face to deal with. And Vegas crowds are different every night. You have actually got true fans out there and some looky-loos coming to have a look at out. You got ta bring it. And I like the concept that we can get our sound right and explore our catalog a bit.

This year we’re going to play Escape and Frontiers back-to-back [on the Wednesday night shows], so we’re opening with “Do not Stop Believin'” and closing with “Rubicon.” We did it in Tokyo a while back and we had a blast, so we believed, hello, let’s do it in Vegas.

Those are Journey’s seventh and eighth studio albums. There are a great deal of hits packed into those records. It’s kind of retracing history there. When you put Escape on, that’s 1981, that’s exactly what it sounded like. The closing tune on that album is “Open Arms.” So yeah, [doing this] is a little random, but it’s enjoyable. And who knows? Possibly it will bomb and we’ll understand and blend it up a bit more. However those are really good albums with jointly nearly 20 million in sales. We did something right with those.

You likewise have longtime drummer Steve Smith back with the band for this run of programs. He has a lot of measurement and includes some different dynamics to the band. He brings a swing and an orchestral sound, and with him the ballads are 2nd to none. We play them and it’s like remaining in the studio. He’s a wizard, and his solos are off the charts. Every night he’s doing something wild and great, and it’s a reward to have fun with a guy who arrange of architecturally helped develop the noise of Journey. He was essential to the sound of Escape and Frontiers for sure.

You live in Florida. Will you be spending all your time in Vegas during these shows? Are you preparing to explore a bit? I will. I are among those foodie men who goes out to try all the insane brand-new restaurants. I want to go to the Mob Museum. I like the desert and I’m a professional photographer so I wish to head out and shoot some things out there, invest some time with nature. I’m going to remain busy.

I constantly tell individuals God lives and well in Las Vegas. It’s not Sin City, it’s a city of grace. Once you meet individuals behind the scenes and see the neighborhood, you understand God has his hands on that town.

Journey performs at the Joint at the Acid rock Hotel May 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19 and 20. Tickets start at $59.50. For details, call 702-693-5000 or visit

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