Journey’s Jonathan Cain Explains Heartbreaking Story About Hit Song “Only the Young” [VIDEO]
Legendary pop/rock band Journey will make an appearance at the Yakima Valley SunDome Wednesday night with a cache of hit songs to their credit that is sure to please any and all in attendance who grew up listening to the radio in the ’70s and ’80s.
One such song is the band’s 1985 song “Only the Young,” which peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 that spring.
Keyboardist Jonathan Cain, who co-wrote mega-hits like “Don’t Stop Believin,'” “Open Arms” and “Faithfully,” also penned that song after parting ways with John Waite and The Babys and joining Journey. The song took on an entirely different context after the band visited a then 16-year-old boy who was terminally ill with cystic fibrosis.
Cain, still emotional about the encounter over three decades later, detailed the meeting with the child on VH1’s 2001 episode of “Behind the Music.”
*WARNING* Beware of onion-cutting ninjas and surprise dust storms when watching this clip
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