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Journey Unlikely to Release Another Album, Says Jonathan Cain

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In addition to its always-packed tour schedule, Journey stayed pretty busy in the studio during the first decade of the new century, releasing four albums (2001’s ‘Arrival,’ 2005’s ‘Generations,’ 2008’s ‘Revelation,’ and 2011’s ‘Eclipse’) in a 10-year span. Sadly, however, it appears they might be finished recording for the foreseeable future.

Keyboard player Jonathan Cain weighed in on the subject during a recent interview with the Pulse of Radio, saying, “We’re not convinced the market will bear another CD from us, y’know? And it’s so much work to make one. Maybe we get a soundtrack shot with a movie.”

Cain went on to hint at a bit of dissension in the creative ranks with the ‘Eclipse’ release, recalling that the “last album we made was a departure. It was Neal [Schon’s] ‘I wanna do one this way once’ — and so we did. 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.”

While a lot of bands in Journey’s peer group would love to sell 100,000 copies of anything, Cain openly admitted that the band saw it as a setback — particularly after ‘Revelation’ sold eight times as well in the U.S. alone. “After all that time and money, y’know, what are we doing here, y’know?” he asked. “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?’ If anything, we’ll make an EP.”

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