Metal Express radio recently caught up with JOURNEY keyboardist Jonathan Cain to discuss the band's upcoming UK tour with WHITESNAKE and THUNDER. An excerpt from the interview is available below:
MER: Does having the “Dirty Dozen” songs which your fans expect to hear make it difficult for you picking a set list?
Cain: "It`s difficult when the set is only 75 minutes long so it`s hard to pick the songs that everyone will want to hear. Having said that, as we are playing with two great Rock bands you will hear the edgier side of Journey. We have some great stuff from our Eclipse album that we`d like to play and the Generations record that rocks pretty good so we`ll probably do some of the songs from those as well as the signature songs that people know us for. We have to remember though that there`ll be Rock fans there that will want to hear the harder stuff so it`ll be a good opportunity to show them what we can do."
MER: 'Don’t Stop Believin'' was a huge hit for you in the UK almost 30 years after its original release. Did that surprise you when that took off over here?
Cain: "It surprised us all. It was a real shock when it took on so many lives years after it was originally released. The song is like the beetle on the front of our album covers, it`s the symbol for eternal life, it just keeps reincarnating in a different way whether it was on The Sopranos or on Glee or Rock Of Ages and even on the UK`s X-Factor. It`s been one of our most successful offspring. Songs are like your kids. Some are successful and some just do OK but 'Don`t Stop Believin'' made it to the very top. It is one of the most downloaded songs of all time."
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Journey have been nominated for two CMT awards. The band are nominated for "CMT Performance Of The Year" along with RASCAL FLATTS for 'Don't Stop Believin'', from CMT Crossroads, as well as "CMT Collaborative Video Of The Year', for 'Changed' with Rascal Flatts, from CMT Crossroads: Journey And Rascal Flatts.
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. The awards will be handed out on Wednesday, June 5th.
In related news, Journey and Rascal Flatts have announced an additional performance, on August 4th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Tickets went on sale May 10th.