Journey’s Jonathan Cain turned a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction party into a family affair.
The 67-year-old keyboardist and singer hosted an intimate jam session at Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar Saturday night, where he brought his kids up on stage, and dedicated the first song to his wife, Paula White, spiritual advisor to President Trump, who was seated in the crowd.
“Standing up here as a member of the Hall of Fame feels pretty amazing,” he said, a day after he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Barclays Center with fellow Journey bandmates.
Cain kicked off the set with the 1983 ballad “Faithfully,” which he dedicated to White, his third wife, a pastor who delivered the invocation at the presidential inauguration earlier this year.
He continued performing mega-hits like “Who’s Crying Now,” “Love Will Find You” and “When You Love a Woman.”
Before his last song of the night, the Chicago native sang “Happy Birthday” to his twins, Weston and Liza, who turned 21.
Then he recalled an anecdote from his father, who encouraged him not to quit when he was first trying to make it big in Hollywood — the inspiration behind Journey’s most iconic hit, “Don’t Stop Believing,” he wrote with singer Steve Perry and guitarist Neal Schon.
“I said, ‘Dad should I come home to Chicago? This thing ain’t working out. I’m getting my butt kicked in Hollywood.’ I’m on the phone listening to him and he said ‘Son, I got one thing for you, don’t stop believing,’” he said.
His oldest daughter Madison, 23, belted out the vocals to the perfect rock song while Schon’s son, Miles, 28, rocked his axe off .
The nostalgic eighties evening continued with fellow Hall of Fame inductees including Heart co-founders Steve Fossen and Michael Derosier (now Heart by Heart) who got the crowd moving and singing to “Barracuda” and “Crazy On You” along with Alan White and Geoff Downes of Yes.
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