Reclusive Ex-JOURNEYvocalist Steve Perry sang publicly for the first time in decades last night (Sunday 25th May) when he joined EELS in St. Paul, MN to sing “It’s a Motherfucker”, “Open Arms” and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’”. Watch it all at the link below:
Source: Classic Rock Magazine
JOURNEY’s management have shot down speculation that the band have been working towards some form of reunion with classic-era singer Steve Perry.
Earlier this week Aristan News released a video clip in which the vocalist was asked whether anything was under way with guitarist Neal Schon, and replied: “I haven’t worked with Neal. We’re trying. It’s tough. I’m doing my best in that area and I can only do so much.”
But MelodicRock.com have published a strong denial, branding the speculation “totally inaccurate”.
Proprietor Andrew McNeive reports: “I can one hundred per cent confirm there has been no business or reunion communication between the camps. While everyone is on good terms, with no issues, there are no plans in the foreseeable future.
“Journey management stated to me today: ‘No reunion plans; all is well in the Journey camp. Big tour in the US this summer – Journey/Steve Miller and Tower Of Power.”
“I can add that Steve’s recently quoted responses to media about his situation is basically a polite answer to the question he is always going to be asked. Watching him say it on video gives it better context than the quote in text.
“Don’t get too excited, folks, my source states that any hype is just ‘hot air’.”
Perry and Schon are known to have settled many of their differences in recent times, with the singer saying he’d come to realise the value of being in a band, and the guitarist reflecting that they’d had amazing chemistry together.
Source: Classic Rock Magazine
Steve Perry has revealed that behind-the-scenes activity is taking place with a view to him working with JOURNEY again.
And the band’s classic-era singer says he’s realised the value of being in a band, after he was sidelined in 1998.
There has been some speculation that Perry and Neal Schon might settle their differences after the guitarist last year sent a public message to his former colleague, saying: “We had amazing chemistry together. I love him with all the love and admiration you could have. Steve, let’s talk soon.”
Now Perry tells Artisan News: “I haven’t worked with Neal. We’re trying. It’s tough. I’m doing my best in that area and I can only do so much.”
He hasn’t discussed what the stumbling blocks might be – although in 2013 Schon suggested the band would keep current frontman Arnel Pineda in the picture, even if Perry returned.
Looking back on his life after Journey, which has included a cancer tragedy, Perry says: “Bands are the most amazing thing. The older I get, the more I realise how important what we had together was, and how it worked.
“I realise I brought things out of them, and they certainly brought a lot of my vocal stuff out of me. We were just raising each other to this place. That’s probably the biggest chemistry thing I recognise now.”
Perry recently said he was writing new material, influence by contemporary rock bands including Muse and Imagine Dragons, and also by electronic music.