Could Journey’s Concert for Legends Gig Lead to the Super Bowl?

Trip looking forward to headlining the 2022 Concert for Legends on Aug. 6 as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s induction weekend festivities in Canton, Ohio. But at least one band member hopes it will help open the door for another prestigious gridiron gig.

“It could be a Super Bowl nod,” Journey’s said Jonathan Cain tells UCR. “I hope they see us and say, ‘Wait a minute—Journey has never played in a Super Bowl!’ That’s right guys, we haven’t. I shouldn’t say it out loud, but I’m secretly hoping they can put two and two together and say, ‘Wait a minute, maybe Journey and the Super Bowl.’

“And we could make it a Bay Area extravaganza. We could bring some of the other Bay Area guys, the Doobies and Santana. And perhaps [San Francisco] The 49ers will win next year,” Cain adds with a laugh.

Journey certainly has longevity: Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the band’s formation. They also have a track record of hits and multi-platinum sales, but getting the Big Game nod could be a long shot.

The prestigious halftime show was the home of classic rock in the 2000s, with the likes of Aerosmith (2001), U2 (2002), Paul McCartney (2005), the The Rolling Stones (2006), Prince (2007), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2008), Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band (2009) and WHO (2010) showcased to a global audience in the 12-minute segment. Since then, however, the NFL has leaned in a more contemporary direction (Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlakeetc.).

Since Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation began producing the halftime show, which is featured as Jennifer Lopez and Shakirathat Weekend and this year’s hip-hop spectacular with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and 50 cents.

Super Bowl aspirations aside, Cain plans to have fun as a Hall of Famer (that is, Rock & Roll) playing for others.

“It should be a blast,” says Cain, a “huge football fan” himself. In particular, he hopes some of the 49ers’ Hall of Fame members will be in attendance, noting that the team’s Super Bowl championship era (five between 1981-1994) coincided with Journey’s most successful years. “That era, to me, was some of the best football ever. All those guys were just insanely great and they played in the toughest circumstances. When you’ve got Lawrence Taylor taking you down, man.

“I just hope Joe Montana will be there in his gold jacket, and Steve Young and Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott and all those guys from the Niners. They’re just part of my Bay Area experience.” The group also remains friendly with former team owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and members of his family; his sister Denise DeBartolo York and her husband John York are current co-owners and co-chairmen of the team.

Journey is nearing the end of its 2022 concert schedule following its release Freedom, their first album in 11 years. The group toured arenas during the late winter and spring, and now has four more dates on the books – including two in Mexico. They plan to be out again in February 2023, with four dates already confirmed, starting on March 1st. More will be announced soon.

This year’s tour, Cain says, “really re-established Journey as a marquee name. We have to take our hats off and say thank you, thank you, thank you to our fans who came out for us … and wanted to buy T-shirts .” Cain says Journey also hopes to go overseas in 2023, possibly during the summer. “It’ll be good to get back to the UK and maybe Sweden and places we used to go to. It’s been so long since we’ve been over there.”

Meanwhile, Cain is also recording a Christmas EP to accompany his solo album of Christian music, Arise, from earlier this year. He adds that there were several songs from Freedom sessions that “we didn’t get to,” though he doesn’t make any predictions about when the next Journey album might be recorded.

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