Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Steve Perry says Journey reunion unlikely

There’s a new Journey package in stores Tuesday: “Greatest Hits Volume 2” - featuring singles and album tracks recorded between 1978 and 1996 - which means media interviews for those involved in the release.

Including former Journey singer Steve Perry.

The Associated Press reports Perry, who rarely does detailed interviews, spoke to them by phone last week to discuss the project.

If the resurgence of Journey and the band's hit "Don't Stop Believin'" may have given fans hope of a reunion, Perry says that's probably not going to happen.

"It's like any emotional, committed relationship. At some point, they seem to all have a shelf life and bands are no exception," he said. "Life has moved us all on in different places in our lives. They're doing what they're doing — they have been since '98. And I've been doing what I'm doing, which is living my life and having a personal life."

His former band mates have continued on since Steve's departure 13 years ago with bunch of different singers; Perry sound-alike Arnel Pineda is the current frontman.

Of all the band’s songs, Steve said he's stunned that "Don't Stop Believin'" continues to resonate with so many people.

"It's very shocking because now I'm getting it for 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-year-olds coming up to me, and they love that song and they've made it their song,"
said Perry, 62. "It's just amazing to me."

While staying out of the spotlight, the singer believes his voice is in good shape; physically, though, he's battled health issues: he had hip replacement surgery 13 years ago, and has struggled with a "pretty substantial amount of arthritis that's not comfortable."

"I live on anti-inflammatories,"
Perry said, noting that he has had some arthritis-related surgeries over the years since he left the band.

Still, he says he's feeling good overall. He even left open the possibility of touring again — just not with Journey.

"We have severely, emotionally gone our separate ways."

Read the full Perry interview at the San Francisco Chronicle here.

Journey will receive the "Legend of Live" award at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, which are taking place November 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York; guitarist Neal Schon will be on hand to pick up the honor.

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Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

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