Steve Perry, Journey reunion rumors appear true
Steve Perry and Journey back together again? It appears both sides are finally trying to make this happen. Classic Rock magazine reports that Perry is working hard on his end.
"We’re trying. It’s tough. I’m doing my best in that area and I can only do so much," Perry told the magazine. It seems Perry's cancer scare and everyone's advancing age is bringing back feelings of nostalgia for their glory days.
"Bands are the most amazing thing," Perry said. "The older I get, the more I realize how important what we had together was, and how it worked."
Classic Rock didn't report what hurdles a reunion would face, but the band's addition of singer Arnel Pineda six years ago might be playing a factor. Guitarist and Journey founder Neal Schon has said publicly he expects Pineda to stick with the band to the end. However, the new singer, a native of the Phillipines, reportedly had problems dealing with homesickness and voice fatigue during the band's long touring stretches. There are probably some legal hurdles to be conquered as well.
So what can Journey fans expect? I think s reasonable expectation is that a Neal Schon-Steve Perry reunion might also attract the attention of former drummer Steve Smith, who left the band when Perry was booted. I think a new studio album -- featuring writing collaborations between Perry and keyboardist Jonathan Cain -- makes the most sense, followed by a very short tour. Maybe even just a string of dates in the same city -- San Francisco is the most obvious spot.