Journey Members Kept Sopranos Involvement A Secret
June 12, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
The songwriters of JOURNEY's power ballad "Don't Stop Believin'" were "jumping up and down" when they learned a few weeks ago it had been licensed for use in the final episode of "THE SOPRANOS." But even they couldn't believe how it would prove so integral to one of the most memorable final scenes in television history.
"It was better than anything I would have ever hoped for," said JOURNEY keyboardist JONATHAN CAIN, who watched at home with his wife and family.
TONY SOPRANO chose the song after flipping through a jukebox at a NEW JERSEY restaurant where he dined with his family. The song played in the background as ominous characters flitted about, and, right as STEVE PERRY was singing "don't stop," the HBO series did exactly that, for good. The ending infuriated some fans, amused others and intrigued all.
CAIN, who wrote the song with PERRY and NEAL SCHON, didn't know how it would be used when they agreed to the licensing. CAIN kept the fact that it was going to be in at all a secret, then watched the episode with his family.
"I didn't want to blow it," he told The ASSOCIATED PRESS on MONDAY. "Even my wife didn't know. She looked at me and said, 'You knew that and you didn't tell me?'"