By: Gary Graff
Journey turns 40 years old this year, marking a career that's seen sales of more than 80 million albums and the rise of "Don't Stop Believin'" as the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history.
Keyboardist-guitarist Jonathan Cain tells us that the band is quite aware of the anniversary and has plans to celebrate later this year:
"We're working on a concert that kinda says that, in San Francisco, and if we can pull it off. Can't really say right now, but it's supposed to happen in the summer at AT&T Park. If we can get that to happen, that would be it."
During its four decades Journey has gone through 14 members, including five lead singers as well as future "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, who played bass for a tour. Though not specifically mentioning Steve Perry, Journey's most famous ex-member, we asked Cain if the anniversary concert might be a chance to bring back some of those former bandmates. But Cain says the group is more likely to honor another figure from its past, the legendary promoter and early Journey supporter Bill Graham:
"It could be. I think for us it's probably, we're thinking more Bill Graham kind of thing. Bill really was a big supporter of Journey, and without Bill, I mean, we'd never have played the Rose Bowl. He was our sort of godfather...That would sort of wrap up the bow and maybe do a tribute to him. We think about him a lot. It was a huge loss to the music business, just a tremendous guy."
Journey recently finished a run in Australia with Deep Purple and begins a short Japanese tour on March 11 before heading to Europe with Whitesnake beginning March 16. Journey is planning sporadic North American dates this summer, as well as some soccer stadium shows with Rascal Flatts, Journey's partner on a recent "CMT Crossroads" episode.
"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," the new documentary about current Journey frontman Arnel Pineda, debuts Friday (May 8) in select cities and Saturday (May 9) via various On Demand networks.
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