Thursday, May 29, 2014

Journey singer says Steve Perry should reunite with band

Following Steve Perry’s return to the live stage after 18 years this week, Journey frontman Arnel Pineda says Perry should reunite with his old band.

Perry joined alternative rock band EELS in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday to perform a pair of classic Journey tunes.

The crowd at the Fitzgerald Theater saw Perry take the stage with EELS for a track before launching into Journey’s “Open Arms” and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’.”

A fan tweeted Pineda a link to video of Perry’s performance, to which he replied, “He should come back. His voice is still there. [I] missed that voice."

The dialogue continued, with Pineda offering up more thoughts on the subject.

"It will be cool if [Steve would] come to one of your shows and just come up and sing with you guys. That will definitely be epic, wrote the fan. "He can take over too,” replied Pineda. “It's his righteous place anyway. [I] wanna see them happy together."

Journey had their most successful commercial period with Perry, who joined the group in 1977; a string of multi-platinum albums followed.

Following Perry’s split from Journey in 1998, the band brought in Steve Augeri, followed by Jeff Scott Soto in 2006 and, in 2007, Filipino YouTube discovery (and Perry sound-alike) Pineda, who helped revitalize the band while their 1981 smash, “Don’t Stop Believin'”, emerged as one of the biggest selling songs of the new digital era.

Pineda and Journey recently launched an extensive summer North American tour with the Steve Miller Band.

In April, Pineda announced plans to record and release a solo album within the next year.

See also:

VIDEO: Steve Perry performs Journey classics with EELS
Journey planning new album
Journey guitarist Neal Schon releases new solo album
Journey guitarist Neal Schon releases Love Finds A Way video
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