By: Gary Graff
Don't plan on seeing a new Journey album any time soon. After the lukewarm response to 2011's "Eclipse," the group's second with its latest singer, Arnel Pineda, keyboardist-guitarist Jonathan Cain tells us that the group's enthusiasm for releasing new music has diminished:
"We're not convinced the market will bear another CD from us, and it's so much work to make one...The last album we made was a big departure from...We did a heavy rock 'n' roll Journey record, and it kind of wasn't received very well here in the States. They kinda liked it in Europe...and it barely sold 100,000. So after all that money and time, what are we doing here? We have a great catalog right now to play. We have a lot of songs we're not even playing, so what's the point of making a new CD right now? If anything, we'll make an EP."
Journey is currently on the road in Australia, opening for Deep Purple. After a trio of Japanese shows in March it moves on to Europe with Whitesnake in May. Some North American shows are being scheduled for the summer, and Cain says the group is working on a 40th anniversary show in San Francisco for later this year.
Meanwhile, the documentary "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," about Filipino singer Pineda's experience with Journey, will begin showing in select cities on March 8.
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