Happy Holidays, a note from Tracy and Rhonda, and a New jonathancain.com
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to everyone! We hope you had an amazing 2013!
And speaking of amazing, Rhonda and I are amazed we've been "driving" jonathancain.com for 15 years! What a wild, crazy and sometimes unexpected ride it's been!
As the New Year approaches it's a time to reflect on where we've been and what fresh new things are ahead of us. We've had so much fun working with Jonathan to bring you news, photos and updates. We've been blessed to raise money for some great charities via fundraisers here on the site. We’ve met so many amazing people on this “journey.” And we've been honored to work on events, like the wonderful solo concert that brought Jonathan home to Chicago and his high school alma mater.
Moving into 2014, Rhonda and I have taken this website as far as we can, and new projects await us. So, we're turning the wheel over to a new team.
A brand new jonathancain.com is heading your way, and we couldn't be more excited! Lots of info on the man, his music, and his many new adventures!
Jonathan has the best fans! And all of you have become our friends. We thank you for supporting us for so many years.
The biggest THANK YOU goes out to Jonathan Cain himself for giving us this amazing opportunity! It's opened a lot of doors...we're grateful for that! Our love and support of Jonathan will continue. We'll still be hanging out at Journey shows, so come say hello!
In the meantime, stay tuned to this space for a new adventure.....COMING SOON!
Don't Stop Believin,'
Tracy and Rhonda
11/28/13: A Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!!
Jonathan was the special guest at a Make-A-Wish event in the Greater Bay Area. The event was at the Sweetwater Music Hall and put together by Lisa Vogel. Here is the invitation and a few photos from an extraordinary evening. Here is what some of the attendees had to say:
Lisa, thank you for the special night and the wonderful experience hearing Jonathan’s stories intertwined with his music. We laughed - and we cried - and it was really a night we’ll never forget. To hear a historic artist describe the origins of his songs and lyrics made for a magical evening and brought back lots of memories. Kim & Charlie Allen
To say the night was magical would not do it. Jonathan arrived with a cold and thought he was only good for about 4 songs, well he did way more than that and captivated the entire audience with not only his songs but stories behind the songs! It was so abundantly clear his passion for Make A Wish and everyone was just floored.
I can not even put into words how incredibly fortunate I am to have him as my dear friend and one that is willing to travel here to put on a concert to fund my favorite cause and help me ensure that all of our children with life threatening conditions are given a magical wish to help them get through their difficult times. Love Love Love JC with all my heart!
09/25/13: NEAL SCHON to play the NATIONAL ANTHEM accompanied by JONATHAN CAIN of JOURNEY at ASU/USC Game this Sat. 28th at 7:00 pm Televised LIVE ON ESPN
09/05/13: Jonathan and Journey Rockin' @ Ravinia! We have some unique views from the side of the stage . Journey in Concert 2013
09/03/13: Jonathan will be featured along with his friend, Dr. John M. Sigle, DPM, FACFAS in the September issue of Healthy Cells Magazine in Peoria, IL.
09/02/13: Jonathan jamming with Train and John Oates at the Aspen JAS Festival Saturday night. They played "The Weight" by The Band.
08/19/13: Journey is back on the road! We have some great pictures from last nights show in Springfield, IL at the Illinois State Fair. The crowd was rockin' from the opening song to the encore! Journey in Concert 2013
07/04/13: Happy 4th of July!! We hope you are all doing well and staying safe. We have uploaded some of Marty Moffat's photos. You can check them out here. Journey in Concert 2013
06/26/13: Jonathan Cain signs a deal with Dan Hodges Music.
Songwriter Jonathan Cain has inked a catalog representation agreement with Dan Hodges Music, LLC. Cain is best-known as a keyboardist and long-time member of the band Journey. Cain has been awarded two BMI Songwriting awards (for “Open Arms” and “Who’s Crying Now”), as well as “The Diamond Award” (commemorating sales of more than 10 million).
Cain’s songs have been recorded by Michael Bolton, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Rogers, Heart, Gregg Allman, Conway Twitty, The Oak Ridge Boys, Colin Raye, Lorrie Morgan and Mariah Carey.
“We were introduced to Jonathan’s attorney and administrator, Jerry Butler, by our shared S. African sub-publisher, Geoff Paynter, on the last night of MIDEM earlier this year in Cannes,” says Dan Hodges. “Jerry put the deal together and we so appreciate the opportunity to work with both Jonathan and his daughter, Madison Cain, as she pursues music with both a God-given talent and the support of her dad. It will be exciting to see what we can accomplish for everyone involved in this camp. Jonathan is a class act and his enthusiasm is endless.”
06/10/13: Journey and Whitesnake in Germany, earlier in June. Photo taken by Brent Jeffers for jonathancin.com.
What's Up with Jonathan Cain - The Australian Tour! by: Jonathan Cain
We began our very first tour of Australia this year opening up for legendary rockers, “Deep Purple”, a band we had played next to in England during the “Down Low” festival. It seemed like good fit. Especially since we had met backstage and were quite friendly. Turns out Ian Gillian’s wife is a huge Journey fan and surprised us in the Eighties by showing up in our dressing room –unannounced- at a “Day On The Green” concert with her hubby Ian. I had been a huge fan of Ian’s singing as well as Ian Paice, their drummer. Steve Morse, their guitarist had chatted it up with Neal back at the England festival so we all felt comfortable sharing the stage. We were all excited to finally break the ice with the Australian audience and take our sound to meet them head on. Journey tried to get down there years ago but was told the economy was slumping and we would have to wait. The time had come.
Having written and produced the wildly successful Jimmy Barnes anthem back in the Eighties, “Working Class Man,” I had more than an excitement and curiosity about the land who embraced my song to make it a smash hit for weeks on the charts in the “down under”. Jimmy was the Australian Bruce Springsteen I was told. I had only seen video of him performing in Australia before sold out crowds who seemed to know every word of the song I had dedicated to my Dad. We had chemistry together and seemed to have the Midas touch those days. I hadn’t made it down there due to being the new father of a young daughter and being gone for so long while touring with Journey. It didn’t matter, Jimmy returned to San Francisco a year later and we wrote and recorded another number one album together in Sausalito, “Freight Train Heart.” Having this distant relationship with a land I had only seen on TV and read about in books; and never one to stay in my hotel room I would try to explore and photograph the beauty of this rugged, diverse land on days off. Then there were the vineyards- this was the land of Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc –like California and France there were many regions I had to taste and tour.
We left two days early and decided to stay in Sydney before rehearsals in Auckland. Auckland is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city to get used to the time change in. We were 16 hours ahead of Nashville and would lose a day flying. By the time we landed it took me over twenty six hours with plane changes, meeting the band in LA and flying business on a non-stop double decker French, Air Bus.
We landed in Sydney in the morning and I headed straight out to Darling Harbor, a nice scenic walk over a bridge from the hotel. The sun was out, the weather was in the high seventies and I was game to see the sights of Sydney. Yul, Arnel’s assistant, had told me about Bondi Beach, so I inquired how to take the train and then the bus to get there. I ended up at Bondi around two o’clock and spent the next two hours exploring the coastal walkway that had been carved and constructed to follow the shoreline. I noticed along the seawall, amazing sandstone impressions revealing fossils of plant life. The pictures I took capture the vistas and rugged coastline that make this spot more than just a beach. There were quaint restaurants and bars in town and lots of young people soaking up the sun. I had my swimsuit on and decided to take a dip in the ocean before returning to the city.
That evening we all had dinner on the other side of Darling Harbor. With the lights of the city reflecting on the water it was quite picturesque. I explored the city my second day off and wandered over to the massive Westfield Mall and then to Circular Quay where you could see the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House. Many ferries launch from the area as well. A huge cruise ship had stopped to let tourists off to explore the sights of Sydney for a few days. I found myself having seafood for lunch. Oysters Kilpatrick seemed to be the specialty of the region – baked in bits of bacon and Worcestershire sauce and I couldn’t seem to get enough. I found the Australian beef, tender and savory. Once I got around in a rental car I found they had a lot of Angus grazing about. That evening I hired a cab to get the night shot of the Harbor Bridge. There were two places and my Chinese cabdriver knew exactly where I wanted to go. I had my tri pod and my lenses so I was prepared to get the “money shot” I had only dreamed about. Elated when I returned to my room, the photos turned out postcard perfect!
I had hoped to see Jimmy Barnes while I was in Sydney but it turned out that he was in LA. Having been interviewed by the Australian music press his name seemed to come up a lot. I had never done press on the albums I produced so there was a good bit of interest regarding the lasting music we made together. “Working Class Man” and “Freight Train Heart” are still his biggest selling albums to date. We had discussed a possible double bill with Journey and Jimmy but our schedules didn’t line up to pull off a tour together.
Having two days to acclimate, it was time to fly to Auckland to rehearse and begin our tour with Deep Purple. We would have a day off after rehearsal so I was planning on a day trip to Queenstown, an hour and a half plane flight. I would have to get up at dawn to make it to the airport. Originally, some of the guys from the band and crew were going to join me but opted to go wine tasting on an island with a restaurant owner who tried to talk us out of the plane ride. I still wanted to go and woke up early on my own, took a cab to the airport and bought a ticket to Queenstown.
After seeing the “Lord Of The Rings’ I had told myself if I ever got close to New Zealand I would have to visit the glaciers outside of Queenstown. The tour began with rehearsals in Auckland and leaving two days early I would have a window to travel to the misty mountain range I had only seen in the movies. As the plane got near Queenstown I could see the majestic glacier mountain range. I had come to the right place. Not only was the Lord of The Rings Mountains there, but also one of my favorite New Zealand pinot noir wineries was an just an hour away in Central Otago – Felton Road.
When I landed at the airport in Queenstown I asked about a plane or helicopter trip to photograph the glacier. I decided on a plane. The man called Ray said he would take me higher and deeper into the mountain range than a helicopter could. Since there were clouds that morning we would wait till late afternoon which would give me time to explore the wine country I wanted to visit. Once I got my rental car I soon realized waking up at dawn and getting on that plane was one of the best moves I could have made. The road to Central Otago wine district was as scenic as the glaciers I had flown over when I landed. Carved through and around rugged mountain ranges a beautiful stream flowed fresh water along the highway - almost like the color of a tourmaline gemstone.
Once I reached Central Otago I found that Felton Road winery wasn’t even on Felton Road – it was the access road that led to the actual winery. I should say here that during the wine tasting I did in New Zealand and Australia I tasted and spit: never swallowed. Driving on the left-hand side of the road was daunting enough while I was sober and over the years have learned to keep my wits out while out on the wine country. The tasting was free and the pinot noir was exquisite. The ladies at the tasting room were friendly and knowledgeable about the wines. They had special single lot vintages I hadn’t seen in the states so I bought six bottles – two of them chardonnay. Then I headed up the road to Mount Difficulty—a recommended stop before heading back to town, carved in a rugged hillside surrounded by buttes that towered over the carefully planted vineyard. It looked so dry that it was hard to believe any vines could possibly survive. The winemakers in Australia use damns that are dug close to the vineyards so during the rainy season water can be collected and saved for watering during the hot months. Pinot is harvested in April so the berries were just beginning to ripen when I visited the region. At the tasting room I found beautifully crafted Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and stunning Pinot Noir. Since I was driving (on the left side of the road) I used a spit bucket sampling the different varietals without swallowing. I prefer to taste wines when they are many to try and miles to drive. A small vineyard called Desert Heart proved to be worth a visit – as they poured award winning pinot noir before I returned to Queenstown for my plane ride.
When I returned to the airport, Ray was ready for me. He would take me high and deep into the glacier as he promised. The small prop plane had freshly cleaned windows due to the fact he knew I wanted to photograph the scenic mountains. I wore a headset and he explained where we were and how the glaciers were formed millions of years ago out of the ice. The cloud cover had burned off during the day and the visibility was great. We made our way quickly to the snow covered peaks I had seen in the movie and the scenery was more enchanting than I could have imagined. Colors of purple and blue shadowed the rugged beauty of the topography. I was snapping away while he soared and banked, allowing me to get the right angles of special places, glacier ponds and lakes, and even waterfalls. He banked out over the ocean revealing a gorgeous primitive coastline I gladly captured in my Canon lens. In his Australian accent, Ray was quite a guide, funny and knowledgeable about the region he had flown in for over twenty years. As we made our way back to the airport he took me over long stretches of glacier lakes surrounded by steep brooding peaks – looming in the purple shadows of the afternoon. I was overwhelmed at the beauty of this mystical place. I found a peaceful but powerful energy up there in that plane and when we landed I was buzzing from the feeling. I had to see about returning back to Auckland and found out the last flight was sold out. Since I went up with Ray later in the day anyways, it was worth staying the night in Queenstown. I got an early flight for the next morning and stayed downtown at a lovely Sofitel Hotel. There was a great restaurant upstairs and I quickly found a seat and had a great dinner before retiring to bed.
My photos were better than I had hoped for. They documented the beauty and majesty I had witnessed that afternoon in the tiny plane with Ray. As I flew back to Auckland the next morning I was treated to more vistas flying out of Queenstown at 30,000 feet. Sliver clouds were circling the mighty peaks of the glacier mountain range giving me a chance to snap some more impressions out the window of the Air New Zealand jet. Queenstown had been a memorable adventure. The amazing wines of Cental Otago, the glacier peaks and a world-class dinner, in a cozy inn—all in one day. The guys would be jealous they didn’t go with me. I didn’t know when I would ever get back that way again, so I felt grateful for the day off and the time I got to spend in a truly remarkable place.
Rehearsals in Auckland went well and we were ready to begin our tour. The show in Auckland sold to about 3500 people. Backstage, the guys in Deep Purple were friendly and seemed glad to have us on their tour. We rocked an enthusiastic New Zealand crowd and they gave us a nice applause as we ended our set with “Don’t Stop Believin’. We stayed for the Deep Purple set and enjoyed the musicianship and vocals of Ian Gillian. He could still belt it out and got the crowd on their feet several times.
The next morning we headed for Brisbane, Australia where it was raining when we arrived. They had a beach there but there was no time to see it by the time we got in.
After the rock show in Brisbane we would travel to Melbourne where we’d have a day off and a chance to travel to “The Great Ocean Road.” This is an amazing stretch of highway that had been engineered back in the 1920’s to follow over two hundred kilometers of rugged Australian coastline. There were several amazing rock formations in the ocean I wanted to photograph – “12 Apostles” – “London Bridge” and “The Grotto.” I wanted to get to the coast for sunset so we planned on taking our time exploring. The Great Ocean Road had been dedicated to the soldiers who were lost in WWI. Pasquale, our assistant road manager, joined me as we headed out of the congested city in a rental car early that morning. I was getting used to driving on the left side but still wanted to enter the car from the left—only to find no steering wheel. Talk about creatures of habit!
The Great Ocean Road was three hours away before you even entered it. We found rugged coastline and a winding two-lane highway as we made our way to Apollo Beach, one of the resting places along the trip. During the holidays this place would be packed but as we drove through town there were only locals and deserted beaches. Driving on we stopped at “Split Point” Lighthouse and marveled at the raging sea that crashed on the rocks below. The sun had come out and it would be a gorgeous day. As we made our way through Apollo Bay the highway ran up and around farmland and pastures heading inland for an hour or so. We stopped at another Lighthouse. Cape Otay, the oldest in Australia – a place that had the distinction of having the first telegraph system to Tasmania. There was a fee to go up inside the lighthouse so we paid and got to walk up inside the historical structure. Many ships carrying settlers in the mid 1800’s would get shipwrecked on the rocky shore, so having these lighthouses strategically placed along the coastline was imperative.
The lady at the coffee shop next to the lighthouse said that we were an hour from “12 Apostles” so we made our way back to The Great Ocean Road and headed for that part of the coast. We found the viewing platform for “12 Apostles” on the other side of the highway. They were tall rock formations close to the shore that looked like they were placed by aliens. The only way to photograph all 12 stones was from a helicopter out in the ocean so I snapped different impressions and headed down the road to a “London Bridge” another famous rock formation that been damaged in a hurricane. One half of the bridge had been washed away and people even had to be rescued. The sun was beginning to set so we stayed a while to get the beautiful prism of colors from the sky and sea. Moving on before dark we got to see the “Grotto” and the “Bay of the Martyrs,” two more amazing seascape attractions featured on The Great Ocean Road.”
With the sunset fading, it was time to head back to Melbourne. We were almost four hours from the city and with a quarter tank of gas left I was getting anxious as I passed closed gas stations in little towns we drove through. After stopping at a McDonalds we found a BP and we were good to get back to town. Pasquale and I pulled into our hotel around midnight. We had been exploring for 14 hours. The Ocean Road was worth every hour. A drive that we both would remember.
Next stop on the tour was Adelaide — where the temperature was heating up. It was ninety degrees when we landed! Sarah Shoup, our road manager had set up a tour of Molly Dooker winery in the famous McLaren Vale region, an hour outside of town. The owners had a tour of the winery and planned a dinner back at their home. Kiss was playing at the racetrack that evening and their manager, Doc McGhee had paid the winery a visit the day before. Janet Marquis, mother of the owner of the winery, Sparky, conducted a tour of the vineyards and the winemaking facility. She was friendly and knowledgeable about the making of wine and the vineyards so we were treated to a great visit. The Shiraz and Cabernet blends we drank were silky and deep. Their flagship premium wine is called “Velvet Glove.” It comes in a box with a velvet label and tastes like its name. Sparky is married to his winemaker, Sarah. The couple started in the business making “Marquis Phillips” a wine that used to be on our bus quite often. After a nasty split with their partner they started “Molly Dooker” with just a thousand dollars in the bank! Thanks to a wealthy entrepreneur in town who loved their wines, he lent them the money to start a new business. Their home is on top of a ridge that looks down on the city of Adelaide and we dined outside where we could see the city lights and even catch a few notes of the Kiss show. It was nice to have dinner in someone’s home after being in hotels and restaurants for so many weeks on end. The couple poured us all the wines they made including “Velvet Glove for the finale. They all came to our show in Adelaide with more wine and we partied backstage while Deep Purple rocked their set.
After doing the show in Adelaide we were off to Perth, our final city in Australia. I was told by the folks at Molly Dooker, the wines of Margaret River, a three hour drive from Perth would be worth tasting, so once again I rented a car, and Pasquale and I headed off on what was to be our final Australian adventure. On the map it looked like the road to Margaret River was a scenic ocean highway like we found near Melbourne, but it was a highway that ran five miles inland along the ocean. We noticed the many cattle farms where Angus cows grazed on the rugged land. There were a lot of gums trees that had died and dried up that were stacked up in piles on a lot of the ranches we drove past. After driving along a desolate highway that had very few signs we weren’t sure we were on the right road. Our navigation device wasn’t even sure but we pressed on and eventually found signs for the Margaret River highway.
The vineyards started popping up magically as the terrain became more lush and green. There were hundreds of acres on either side of the highway, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Eeisling , Cab and Syrah. These were cooler climate vineyards than the Molly Dooker wines. We stopped and tasted at our first destination. A wine we had seen on the list in Perth. The whites were high in acid with citrus notes and crisp like green apples. The reds were not as bold and fruity but had a more austere French dryness to them that appealed to my palate. The wines at Stella Bella really showed well. In the small rustic tasting room they poured an amazing Viognier and a Super Tuscan style blend of Cab and San Giovese. After driving for hours we longed to see the ocean so we decided to drive another hour. After our final tasting we spied a mob of kangaroos on the cattle ranch alongside of the highway. I immediately pulled over and stopped to mount my zoom lens as the creatures stared at us. A few were startled but most of the mob stood their ground and watched us from the field. We had seen kangaroo that had been hit by cars and were lying dead along the highway, but had hoped to find a mob in the wild. Our wish granted, I captured the roo in the wild and headed to our final stop: our small ocean town called Augusta. We encountered another historic lighthouse as we wound towards the sea: Cape Leeuwin. We were too late to get a tour inside but I enjoyed shooting the old centurion from a distance and up close. During our wine tasting I enjoyed the wine so much that I bought 8 bottles, whites and reds, to take back to our wardrobe case that would be shipped to Japan. Ross and I would enjoy the rare vintages after each show. We turned around and headed back to Perth where we dined on oysters and shrimp, drinking another crisp Chardonnay from Margaret River.
After an amazing time performing alongside Deep Purple and sightseeing with Pasquale it was time to head off to Japan, which I will cover in a separate piece and update you all soon. My final impressions of the down under is, where I had traveled seemed to be bustling, thriving cities; unforgettable coastlines and seascapes and acres of ranchland and desert; a vast rugged and mystical land.
04/17/13: Here are a couple of new Jonathan Cain news items.
Jonathan will be appearing at the 14th Annual Nashville Best Cellars Dinner on Monday, April 29th at the Bridge Building in Nashville. The event benefits the TJ Martell Foundation. To purchase tickets you can go to the event page and then click o "Event Tickets".
02/24/13: What's Up with Tour update 2012 – 2013! by: Jonathan Cain
What's Up with Jonathan Cain - Tour update 2012 – 2013! by: Jonathan Cain
I want to start this update by personally thanking all the All Access Backstage folks for participating with Brent and I, playing “cornhole” backstage with us backstage, and so generously helping to raise over $26,000 for Make a Wish of Middle Tennessee this past year! We are thrilled with the final number and look forward to raising more donations this summer! Way to go!
Now that a new year has begun and our management is busy booking the New Zealand/Australia/Asia /UK/ dates I reflect on the last leg our 2012 Eclipse tour that took us through Canada and finally Hawaii.
First off I can say it was a strange tour to pack for – one suitcase for parkas, scarfs and gloves and the other swimsuits, luau shirts and flip flops! The extreme weather we anticipated did happen! We flew into Edmonton and it was 10 degrees above zero! Cold weather aside the Canadians were ready to rock with Loverboy and Journey as the attendance at all the shows was sold-out or nearly sold out.
On a day off in Montreal I got to tour “old town” paved with cobblestone streets, quaint shops and tasty bistros. I stopped at the “Notre Dame” the Cathedral of Montreal entered inside and was blown away at the beauty of the gothic church. The lighting and design were extraordinary and got some great photos of the altar and grand pipe organ.
Neal and I were perplexed whether to play the Canadian National Anthem or not in Montreal because of some Internet protests the last time we performed years ago. I think we played “Under Paris Skies” instead and people wondered what we were doing. Later, a Montreal friend of mine said that we should have stuck to our original idea of the anthem. He said if the French/Canadians didn’t like it, they could leave. I laughed at his frankness but took it to heart for the next time we played there.
Grand Prairie and Saskatoon were a frozen tundra when we arrived making it impossible to go outside the hotel and see anything. Aside from a huge World Gym and room service they were pretty uneventful except for the hearty fans that warmed up the arenas and welcomed us as we hit the stage. It was the first time Journey had ever played in these towns and judging from their response it won’t be the last.
Kelowna BC was next on our schedule and it was another place we hadn’t played. The weather had warmed up considerably as we moved toward the west coast. Arriving early evening, with a day off I decided to rent a car and take a tour of the wine country known as Okanagan Valley. I had tasted the wines from this region when we mixed “Generations” in Vancouver back in the Steve Augeri days. They were unique and memorable and I wanted to see for myself where these vines were located. Our accountant Kenny Silva and our tour assistant, Pasquale Vartolo joined me as we hit the road early the next morning. We had dinner at an amazing bistro downtown- Raudz and tasted some great pinot noir - “Blue Mountain”. I was on a quest to score a case of this well-crafted juice, so it would be our first stop. Driving two hours past two huge glacier lakes we were treated to scenic vistas one after the next. When we finally arrived at the secluded vineyard we were met by a lady in their tasting room who told us they were sold out of the prized pinot noir I had sought after. We tasted through their white wines and loved the chardonnay and pinot blanc. After purchasing the whites I asked if she sold the pinot to any shop in Vancouver- our last stop in Canada. She said she would find a case for me and even have it shipped to our hotel. Grateful for her kindness I complimented her on the excellent wines her winemaker had produced. It turned out there were only 2400 cases produced a year of the pinot noir!
Moving on to the Naramata Bench, another BC wine region we stopped and tasted at four more wineries and were delighted in the nuance of the flavors and fragrances from this unique, cool climate “terroir.” Red Rooster Winery turned out to be one of the largest producers in the region, at 40,000 cases a year and wowed us with a hearty merlot and Grenache blend.
As we headed back into town I stopped at the local wine shop and stocked up on a few recommendations for our bus. We headed back to Raudz for dinner once again and were not disappointed. Venison carpaccio and braised short ribs were the specials- so we all indulged - once again. Our new chef, Jason joined us as we ordered another bottle of the “Blue Mountain” with a greater appreciation of the wine and the rarity of wine experience we were having in Kelowna. “Sea to Sky highway” the road led up to Whistler Mountain. Santa had other ideas. That afternoon we checked into the hotel the Christmas Parade of Vancouver came by and tied up the streets for three hours. There was no way to deliver a rental car during that parade because they closed so many streets. I walked downtown and took some shots of “Old Town Vancouver”- a place I had never been to. Not discouraged, I planned to rise early and head out the day of the gig to capture the magical vistas I remembered on a ski trip back in the Eighties.
Chef Jason knew a hot restaurant downtown so once again the foodies in our entourage descended on another gourmet dinner at a trendy, hopping bistro called “Chambar". I got my rental car and drove all of us to dinner. We were all knocked out by the detail and gourmet flavors we were all treated to. Out on the road there is nothing better than sharing an amazing dinner on a night off with the guys in our crew who love and appreciate great cooking as much as I do.
The next morning we were ready and out the door by 10am. Pasquale elected to join me; the two of us headed out on a road adventure and photo safari that led us to some pretty breathtaking spots. The Canadian Rockies, “Shannon Falls”, “Alice Lake” and Whistler Mountain were a real treat to photograph. We got back just in time to leave for the gig and had an amazing concert.
Victoria Island was our last stop on our Canadian tour and we got an amazing view of the many islands from our plane ride before the sunset. With the weather being cold and rainy and hardly any free time it was pretty much in and out of this beautiful place. I noticed that there were vineyards similar to what we encountered in Kelowna that made we want to come back someday.
Las Vegas was our next stop before Hawaii as we got to be in some sunshine for a day off. The show at the Planet Hollywood went smooth and easy. I spent the after-show meet and greet with some winemaking buddies. We poured 2007 -2008 Finale, my cabs and thankfully everyone seemed to really enjoy them.
Honolulu was our next stop and we were all psyched to spend two days off in some tropical weather. I had planned on golf but it is too windy to tee it up so I rented a windsurf board and headed over to Kailua for a little challenge on first days off. Madison and my niece Brittany landed the day of our first show and they got treated to a great show at Blaisdale Coliseum- the old school venue downtown.
During the days off I took them to the North Shore where we visited the Dole Pineapple Plantation and Maverick where they were preparing for a big surf competition. They were amazed at Pali lookout and Muanawili Falls – a trek through a muddy rainforest with a beautiful secluded waterfall 3 miles up into the bush. There is a thirty-foot plunge for the daring hikers that we passed on. On our last day off we headed over to see the Disney resort over in Aulani where the girls and I tried our hand at paddle boarding. After a great dinner at Roy’s of Hawaii and some shopping we said good-bye to our tropical island rock show and headed home for Christmas in Nashville where the family and I spent a quiet Christmas together.
Next on the calendar was the Make A Wish gala I had helped plan earlier in the year before heading on the road. It was called “Stars For Wishes” held at The Factory in Franklin Tennessee and was quickly selling out. I was thrilled with the turnout and the enthusiasm the community had shared with us for the first ever gala thrown by Make A Wish of Middle Tennessee. Serving on the board in the Greater Bay Area organization for three years I had a firsthand look at what it took to manage behind the scenes so I encouraged the Middle Tennessee branch to aim high and shoot for the moon. One of my good friends, Joey Hemphill, owner of Hemphill Coaches was serving his last year on the board and shared my vision to hold a fundraiser that would fuel the chapter forward – increasing the amount of wishes dramatically it could grant this year and the years to come.
The food and entertainment during the event exceeded my wildest expectations as friends of ours stepped up and delivered. Famous chef and friend of mine Emerill La Gasse and his team of chefs came to cook for us this year and prepared a New Orleans style dinner. Ronnie Dunn graciously donated his PA, lights and crew and wowed the crowd with a spirited up-tempo set. Kelly Pickler sang a great acoustic set of her hits and I got to open the entertainment with a Journey medley and a special song-“Make A Wish’ I composed for the event. A twenty-piece choir from “The Cathedral of Praise “backed me up as the song moved the crowd. Madison sang a couple of songs and sounded beautiful as the crowd roared with approval and we closed with “Don’t Stop Believin’ a duet with Emerill La Gasse’s 10 year old son EJ who traded lines with me on our classic crowd pleaser. Gibson guitars and Wente Wines both donated their amazing products to add a special personal touch along with gracious sponsors who added to the dollars needed to grant wishes for our kids.
The next week Nashville was buzzing from the success and the good time everyone had. At “Stars For Wishes.” Beth Torres CEO and her amazing team had executed flawlessly as we raised six figures from the first-time ever event. Grateful and encouraged we all plan to continue “Stars For Wishes” and make it a must attend event on the Nashville scene.
Also in planning for Journey - was a CMT Crossroads with Rascal Flatts down in New Orleans the Saturday before the Super bowl. We would rehearse for two days with their band and share four songs interacting together all together on stage. My golf buddy, John Hamlin, who produced Crossroads, asked me who we would like to perform with and I had mentioned The Flatts to be the most similar in the country genre. With their harmonies, great ballads and the soaring tenor voice of Gary LeVox fans would not be disappointed.
Rehearsals and interviews went without a hitch and we blended seamlessly, musically and socially. Besides being talented musicians they all have a great sense of humor and we laughed a lot behind the scenes.
The taping was shot at The Sugarmill- an open air where house downtown New Orleans. CMT and John Hamlin went all out with lighting stage and PA for this show. For a bit of elegance there were three large chandeliers that hung above the stage and a DJ who played music before we planned to hit the stage. NFL highlights from the year were played on a large video screen that also showed the video interview we had taped a day earlier. The surprise of the evening for me was when Brett Favre got up and introduced the bands. Matt Hasselback, quarterback from the Titans also came up and MC’d for bit as well.
Photos from the web.
My family had come down for the concert and we enjoyed the French Quarter together and an amazing meal at
Emerill’s – where chef personally prepared a seven-course dinner for eighteen of us after the concert.
We woke up in NOLA for Super bowl Sunday and were treated with a couple of tickets to watch the game. Being a 49ers fan I was heartbroken we couldn’t get into the end zone at the end of the game. Beyoncé and the production were amazing and after words I was happy for Ray Lewis and the Ravens. They had played a hard fought game and battled to get the win.
Photo tweeted by Jonathan.
Before we left NOLA I invited Kristin Shannon, event coordinator for the Emerill La Gasse Foundation to dinner at a little creole place on Decatur called Olivier’s. Kristin had been the person in Emerill’s camp I reached out to so we could secure the date for “Stars For Wishes.” I shared with her how well everything had gone and how grateful we were for having him in Nashville.
I want to thank all the folks that made “Stars For Wishes” a success and look forward to more writing another update soon.
02/22/13: While we are waiting for a few more photos from Jon for his next blog; here are some photos from the recent Journey show in Ft Wayne, IN. Journey in Concert
02/05/13: Miles Schon and Madison Cain are pleased to announce that we will be opening for JOURNEY in Japan this March!!!! They are so honored and grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity and they look forward to sharing our new music. They wanted to give you a taste of what they've been up to and share with you their brand new Music Video of one of our favorite songs, Big White Room...
Madison Cain and Miles Schon "Big White Room"
01/23/13: Here are a couple of announcements concerning Journey and Ross Valory
If you ar going to be in or near New Orleans, LA on Thursday January 31st. You need to check this out: A launch party hosted by the members of the world famous band Journey, bassist Ross Valory's new clothing apparel line. Hollywood stars and NFL current and former players will be there, along with members of the media. Give aways such as shirts, signed guitars, basses, helmets and other memorabilia. www.mouthman.com
JOURNEY & RASCAL FLATTS TO HEADLINE CMT CROSSROADS AT SUPER BOWL XLVII
NEW YORK, January 22, 2013 - JOURNEY and RASCAL FLATTS will headline the Super Bowl XLVII CMT CROSSROADS concert at the New Orleans Sugar Mill on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 9 P.M. CT. The two bands join an elite group of performers who have participated on CMT CROSSROADS, the critically-acclaimed series that pairs country music stars with popular artists from other genres-pop, rock, R&B-to play together, swap stories and share their common love of music.
CMT CROSSROADS: JOURNEY AND RASCAL FLATTS will air on CMT on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, the night before Super Bowl XLVII.
Fans can register to be a part of CMT Crossroads as NFL Insiders at www.1iota.com. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, Journey has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums. The band's Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album holders. Journey was awarded the prestigious "Legend of Live Award" at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards in honors of the band's significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and in acknowledgement of their commitment to the fans and the art of performing live. 2011 also marked the 30th anniversary of the band's seminal anthem, Don't Stop Believin', which was honored as the top-selling digital classic rock song in history by Nielsen SoundScan. The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.
Rascal Flatts is the best-selling country vocal group of the past decade and the #1 debut of their new release, CHANGED, earned them the distinction of being one of only four acts to have seven consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart during the Soundscan era.Â Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold over 21 million albums, 25 million digital downloads and delivered 14 #1 singles to the top of the charts and recently they celebrated a touring milestone with over 7 million concert tickets sold. Rascal Flatts is the most awarded Country group of the past decade, earning over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People's Choice Awards and more.
The upcoming CMT Crossroads concert marks the second Super Bowl appearance for Journey. Â The band previously performed in 2009 at NFL Tailgate Party before Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Florida.Â This also marks the second collaboration for Journey and Rascal Flatts.Â Â In June 2012, Flatts closed the CMT Music Awards by inviting Journey to perform their megahit Don't Stop Believin' with them on stage.
CROSSROADS has aired on CMT for over a decade and has featured more than 40 musical pairings which have included Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood; Bon Jovi and Sugarland; John Mayer and Keith Urban; Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire; Joss Stone and LeAnn Rimes; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; Def Leppard and Taylor Swift; Train and Martina McBride and The Pretenders and Faith Hill.
CMT CROSSROADS is produced by Tom Forrest and Kathryn Russ. John Hamlin, Margaret Comeaux and Bill Flanagan serve as executive producers for CMT.
01/12/13: Welcome to 2013. We hope you all had a great Holiday Season!
We've updated the Tour page with the 2013 Journey tour dates so far.
Please don't forget that Jonathan is also spear heading "Stars for Wishes". On January 19, 2013 at Liberty Hall at the Factory in Franklin, TN will be a star studded evening. Get your ticket and help out a great cause. You can check out details at http://middletennessee.wish.org/2012/09/14/stars-for-wishes/.