Journey’s Jonathan Cain might sit in with his former band, the newly reunited Babys

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The Babys are continuing without former breakout stars John Waite and Jonathan Cain, both later members of Bad English. But they’ve received an unfettered endorsement from Waite, and Cain has been active behind the scenes.

Cain, who has since gone on to a blockbuster career with Journey, might even sit in with the reformulated Babys, if his touring schedule allows.

The Babys had a string of late-1970s hits, including “Every Time I Think of You,” “Isn’t It Time” and “Back on My Feet Again,” while becoming a launching pad for Waite (who had a solo No. 1 with “Missing You”), Cain and future Styx bassist Ricky Phillips. Waite, Cain and Phillips also hit the top of the charts together with “When I See You Smile,” by Bad English.

Wally Stocker (guitar) and Tony Brock (drummer) rounded out of the Babys’ core lineup, and — after celebrated stints of their own with Rod Stewart, Air Supply and Jeff Beck — the same duo is leading this reformulated edition of the group. Waite has been replaced by John Bisaha, an ace studio singer.

Together, they released a new single called “Not Ready to Say Goodbye,” and plans are proceeding to do a sprawling tour through both the U.S. and Europe.

Cain is still a key part with Journey, for whom he wrote or co-wrote signature hits like “Don’t Stop Believin,'” “Open Arms” and “Faithfully. But he helped Brock and Stocker narrow down the finalists in the search that led to Bisaha, and has vowed to join the Babys on shows that fit into his busy schedule.

As for Waite, in an exclusive SER Sitdown, he told us: “I love Tony, and I love Wally, and I wish them the best. I want them to have as much fun as possible. I think they were meant to play together. That’s what made the Babys work, to me, those two guys. Everything else was irrelevant. When Wally came to join the band, he was the last guy to join, and everything changed. I have giant respect for both of them, and I hope that they can take it where it needs to go. They’ve seem to have very responsible, capable players with them. Who says they can’t do it, you know?”

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