Journey's recording days might be a thing of the past. Due to shifting audiences and the general nature of the music business, keyboardist Jonathan Cain thinks that maybe the band is done releasing new music. Journey's last studio album, Eclipse, was released in May 2011. The Wal Mart exclusive debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart at Number 13 -- eight spots lower than the band's previous album, 2008's Revelation -- which also went on to hit Number One on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.
Jonathan Cain told us that the pressing need for new Journey music has seemed to fade: "Y'know, we're not convinced the market will bear another CD from us, y'know? And it's so much work to make one. Y'know, maybe we get a soundtrack shot with a movie. And the last album we made was a departure. It was Neil (Schon's) 'I wanna do one this way once' -- and so we did. Y'know we did a heavy, rock n' roll record. And it kinda wasn't received very well here in the States and they kinda liked it in Europe and that's kinda what I thought was gonna happen and it barely sold 100,000 (copies)."
Cain went on to explain that after Eclipse failed to score with both old fans and new converts, the entire band has had to pause and take stock of where they're at creatively: "After all that time and money, y'know, what are we doing here, y'know? So, we have a great catalogue here, right now to play. We got a lot of songs that we're not even playing. So, we're like, 'What's the point of makin' a new CD right now?' Y'know, if anything, we'll make an EP."
Journey will next appear on Thursday (March 7th) with Deep Purple in Perth, Australia.
Journey North American tour dates (subject to change):
July 26 - London, ON - Rock The Park Festival at Harris Park
August 16 - Lampe, MO - Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater
September 1 - Snowmass, CO - Jazz Aspen Snowmass at Snowmass Town Park
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