Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain has confirmed that former bandmate Steve Perry will attend the band’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 7 in New York.
“The ceremony is the first time we’re going to get to see Steve Perry in a long time, so that’ll be fun,” Cain tells the Dayton Daily News. “As far as we know he’s just going to accept the award and then skedaddle. That’s all I know, unless something changes. Arnel is going to represent very well, like he always does.”
While there remains no confirmation that Perry will reunite to perform at the Rock Hall event with his former bandmates for the first time in more than 25 years, Cain is referring to current singer Arnel Pineda, who joined the lineup in 2007 after being discovered by founder and guitarist Neal Schon singing Journey covers on YouTube with Filipino band The Zoo.
“It’s amazing because Arnel has been consistently on the road for 10 years now,” added the keyboardist. “I don’t think any singer in the band has stayed on the road as long as Arnel has.”
The San Francisco band have released a pair of albums with Pineda, including 2008’s “Revelation” and 2011’s “Eclipse.”
Journey had their most successful commercial period with Perry, who joined the group in 1977; a string of multi-platinum albums followed before his departure in 1998. The last time the singer performed with his former band was at a tribute show for legendary concert promoter Bill Graham following his passing in 1991.
The classic Perry lineup of Journey – Cain, Neal Schon, Steve Smith, Aynsley Dunbar and Ross Valory – will enter the 2017 Rock Hall alongside founding keyboardist/singer Gregg Rolie.
Journey are being inducted by Train fornman Pat Monahan alongside Pearl Jam, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur.
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