Journey’s Jonathan Cain Announces Memoir, ‘Don’t Stop Believin”
The book is due May 1 and his publishers described it as in keeping with Cain's “passionate” attitude to “sharing his story in a way that inspires, entertains and uplifts his readers, just like the music of Journey.”
Cain joined the band in 1980 after stints as both a solo artist and as a member of the Babys, replacing Gregg Rolie, who cofounded Journey with Neal Schon. He arrived in time to co-write 1981’s Escape album with Schon and singer Steve Perry, including the hits “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Who’s Crying Now” and “Open Arms.”
The book charts those events, as well as the tensions surrounding Perry’s departure in 1987 and a range of “massive successes along with some surprising failures.” It also deals with the “horrific” fire at his school that had a “lasting impact” on his life, his marriage, his Christian beliefs and the “perseverance” that led him to his big break. There’s also discussion about “the legacy Cain wants to leave through his music.”
“It was kind of divine intervention that the Lord would bring me to this guy that could just sing like that, and how many things we had in common and how much we loved just writing great songs," Cain told Billboard in a new interview, speaking of his relationship with Perry. "It was just magical. I wanted to show the reader that I got lifted up and swept into this vortex of greatness and was in the studio making Escape with a band I hadn't played a note with. I can't make that up. It happened. I want the reader to know just how supernatural that felt, and how after the years of rejection and failed attempts at trying to be a solo artist and trying to take my music down the road that I'm part of something this cool."
Journey recently confirmed a U.S. tour with Def Leppard, following a period in which the band’s future appeared to be uncertain. Cain and Schon became involved in a public battle after the keyboardist and some of his bandmates visited President Donald Trump at the White House – a move that led Schon to believe they were negatively affecting the band’s reputation. They've since settled their differences. “[W]e just tolerate it,” Cain told Billboard. “The music is bigger than us, bigger than all this stuff and the fans are more important than all that stuff. ... I’m just out there for the fans. I’m out there for the legacy.”
The group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year. “Don’t Stop Believin’” remains the most-downloaded digital catalog song of all time. The book, which was co-written with Travis Thrasher, is available for pre-order now.