BIG Music News: Journey, Michael Jackson

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JOURNEY:  Jonathan Cain's memoir is coming in 2018

Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain is the first member of the band to write his life story. 

He grabbed the obvious title -- Don't Stop Believin'. The book will be out in May.

Here are Jonathan's thoughts on his book:

"It's the right time to tell the story. It's not a tell-all book. I'm not doing any of that. It's a book about getting breaks and recognizing where they came from, you know. It's a faith-based coming of age story."

MICHAEL JACKSON:  Bad album turns 30

Michael Jackson released Bad, his highly anticipated follow-up to Thriller, on August 31st, 1987.

To mark the album's 30th anniversary, Rolling Stone spoke with Quincy Jones, who produced both records.

As he recalls, "All the turmoil [in Michael's life] was starting to mount up, so I said I thought it was time for him to do a very honest album, writing all the songs. I suggested that for Bad. He did all but two songs."

"Man in the Mirror" was one of those "other" two. Quincy calls its composer Siedah Garrett "one of my 13 songwriters. I had a meeting to ask them for an international kind of anthem to make yourself a better person. And she wrote 'Man in the Mirror' with [Glen] Ballard. That baby did it. It was the biggest song from the album. And they were all big – we had five number-one [singles]."

Quincy also shares sage advice the producer's job. "The sequencing is the most important thing, keep [the album] moving all the way through. In 15 seconds, if it doesn't engage, the ear goes to sleep. [Record buyers] want ear candy. It's amazing what engages the ear in a great song."

The three Jackson-Jones collaborations -- Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad -- produced 17 Top 10 hits, including nine number-ones.

STEVE WINWOOD:  New live album out this week

Steve Winwood will do something this Friday that he has never done on his own as a solo artist -- he will release a live album, Greatest Hits Live. He has released live albums with Traffic and with Eric Clapton.

Steve Winwood on why he has finally decided to release a live album on his own:

"I've worked over the years with some great bands and also over the years we've tried to reinvent many of these songs and I thought this was something quite worthy of an album."

Greatest Hits Live will be available as a two-CD or four-LP set. It contains 23 songs, including rare, previously unreleased material from all eras of his career, including The Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith and Traffic.

Among the songs are "I’m a Man," "Can’t Find My Way Home," "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys," "Back in the High Life Again," "Higher Love," "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Gimme Some Lovin'."

Winwood starts a tour Friday night in Santa Ynez, California.

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