New book celebrates 30 years of Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin' but also stokes Steve Perry fires
Hard to believe, but it was THIRTY years ago that Journey released their signature album Escape featuring the tune Don't Stop Believin'. A lot has changed for the band since July 31, 1981, especially at the lead microphone stand since the departure of Steve Perry, but the album and that tune are still the band's biggest calling card.
A new book released this week, Don't Stop Believin' by Neil Daniels, relives the band's glory years. (Oh sure, they still sell out venues today, but their grip on the music charts is gone. I'm sure they're not losing any sleep over that trade-off.)
In an interview with NWI.com, the author had these gems to share about Steve Perry, his past and his present with the band:
- "Though I knew the band's original manager and founder Herbie Herbert did not especially like Perry, I didn't realize just how much his contempt was," Daniels said. "Sure, Herbie has never taken credit away from Perry as a singer, but as a person I don't think Perry comes across in a great light."
- Perry has actually written and recorded new solo songs in recent years, but he's made no plans for releasing it.
- As for a reunion, don't count on it, says Daniels. "I think Perry would rather have people remember him for the great singer he was. If he was to tour again it just wouldn't be the same. He might still be a good singer but he won't be the great singer he once was. He'll never recapture that."
Journey's North American tour takes to Tampa on Sept. 17. Listen to our podcast interview with bassist Ross Valory.