Journey keyboardist and songwriter Jonathan Cain joined the WGN Morning News Thursday.
Cain was born and raised in Chicago. He was a third grader at Our Lady of the Angels in Humboldt Park when a fire broke out on December 1, 1958, killing 92 students and three nuns. He wrote about that fateful day in his new memoir, "Don’t Stop Believin’: The Man, the Band, and the Song that Inspired Generations."
"School was almost done. We had been so close to leaving," Cain wrote.
"Soon the silent street became an auditorium for terror. We began to see students stick their heads out of half-opened windows on the second floor and scream for help. No one in my class moved. A girl climbed out of a window to the ledge of the second floor, her hair in flames, her body suddenly dropping to the pavement below. Landing so suddenly, so lifelessly."
Cain says that day was a major turning point in his life. He joined Journey in 1980, and went on to write/co-write "Don't Stop Believin'," "Open Arms," and many other hits. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.
Cain sat down with us Thursday morning to talk about his life, and his new book.
Check out the interview in the player above.
(Intro video courtesy of Journey/Bill Young Prod.)