JOURNEY Keyboardist Feels Classic Sound Still The Key To Radio Play

JOURNEY Keyboardist Feels Classic Sound Still The Key To Radio Play

According to The Pulse Of Radio, 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 Walmart exclusive debuted on The Billboard 200 album chart at No. 13 — eight spots lower than the band's previous album, 2008's "Revelation" — which also went on to hit No. 1 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 The Pulse Of Radio 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," he said. "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!'"

The Independent Lens documentary "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" chronicles the rags-to-riches story JOURNEY's current Steve Perry-sound-alike lead singer, Arnel Pineda, from his poverty stricken days in the Philippines to fronting the band today.

"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" will receive its TV premiere on September 30.


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