Journey reunion rumors persist amid report singer Arnel Pineda wants out of band
So is Steve Perry coming back to Journey or not? And is the lead singer position held by Arnel Pineda since 2008 coming open soon anyway? Maybe, maybe not. Depends on whose interview and denials you read.
Saturday, guitarist Neal Schon re-posted a report on his own Facebook page that denies that singer Pineda wants out of the band.
"I am as happy to be in Journey today as I was when I first joined the group," Pineda said in statement. "Next to my family in Manila, Journey is my family. When I'm not working, I spend time at home with my wife and kids, and my Foundation."
Pineda's statement is at odds with an interview the director of Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey recently gave, who says Pineda is ready to move on and is tired of being compared with legendary frontman Perry.
"He knows that there is life after Journey," Ramona Diaz said to Something Else. "He talks about: 'After this, I’m going to make my own music.' So, I think he’s looking forward — not like looking forward, and every day yearning - but I think he knows there will be a Chapter 2 of Arnel Pineda, which will be his own music."
Classic Rock magazine also reported this week that Pineda wants out of Journey. "The Journey tours are being scattered and are fewer due to a request from Arnel," reads a source in the report, which is not unavailable online, but it re-reported on Ultimate Classic Rock. "He told the group it has gotten to be too much pressure leaving family at home and singing almost every night. He’s asked to leave in 2015."
Schon called those reports as completely false, telling MelodicRock.com: "Rumors couldn't be further from the truth. Arnel and I are solid… VERY SOLID."
Meanwhile Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain has jumped on record to say he doesn't think Perry, his old writing partner, will return.
"What we do is very rigorous, and he doesn't need it," Cain said. "Why does he need it, y'know? His legacy is already there."