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Postby tater1977 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:16 am

2017 Rock Hall profiles: Will Journey perform with or without Steve Perry?

http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/ ... ill_j.html

By Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer
on April 02, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Here's everything we know for sure about whether former lead singer Steve Perry will even attend, much less perform at, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in April when he and Journey are enshrined:

Zilch. Sure, there was a report in the Dayton Daily News quoting Jonathan Cain that Perry would attend, but not perform. But there is no independent confirmation of that.

Maybe it's by design - to build anticipation or tension - but fans will have to wait till Friday, April 7, when the band officially becomes part of the Hall of Fame, along with Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam, Nile Rodgers, Tupac Shakur and Yes during ceremonies at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, to find out.

Guitarist and band co-founder Neal Schon has gone on record as saying he'd love to have the man with the groundbreaking (and potentially glass-shattering) tenor on the microphone. So has current keyboardist - and fellow inductee - Jonathan Cain, as well as just about every Journey fan on the planet.

But the enigmatic Perry, who left the band in 1998 rather than have hip surgery that would enable him to withstand the rigors of a tour, has remained mum . . . as have the Rock Hall and everyone else connected with the inductions.

The only comment from the reclusive Perry, now 68, upon learning that the band would be enshrined was typically taciturn:

"I am truly grateful that Journey is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," he said on the website steveperrynews.com. Since then, silence.

Dead. Silence.

Schon scheduled then canceled several phone interviews with The Plain Dealer to discuss the induction, but he did speak with Rolling Stone for a story that was published when the Class of 2017 was announced. In it, he discussed seeing a clip of Perry singing with the Eels in 2014:

"I saw the clip. I thought he sounded fine too. I was just like, 'OK, his voice has dropped a bit, but whose hasn't?' So yeah, I'll keep my fingers crossed. We all love Steve. We had a great relationship for so many years. I don't know why there's been an absence of it for so many years besides the fact that we just moved on because we wanted to, we had to. We needed to get out there and keep playing for our fans. I'd think everyone would be grateful at this point because we've done so well.''

That they have. The band replaced Perry with singer Steve Augeri for a few years, but since 2007, it's been Philippines-born Arnel Pineda who has been telling fans, "Don't Stop Believin'.''

The band discovered him via YouTube, singing Journey covers, and hasn't let go since.

In a story with The Plain Dealer three years ago, when Journey and Steve Miller were sharing the bill at Blossom Music Center, much of the conversation with Schon revolved around Pineda and Perry and a possible reunion.

"As far as Arnel goes, he's just a completely awesome human being and singer, and amazingly talented,'' Schon said.

Even then, there was buzz about a reunion with Perry - seems like there has been every year in the two decades since he and Journey parted company.

"I think Steve mentioned that when somebody put him on the spot and asked him,'' Schon said in the 2014 interview. "We had been corresponding with emails and just saying, 'Hello, I hope you're well' and all that, but there was never anything about playing live.''

The most likely scenario will be Pineda, who is not being inducted, singing with the band in the usual three-song set that follows each induction. But even Schon doesn't know for sure.

"I'm hoping that Steve Perry will get up and do something with us,'' he told Rolling Stone. "I don't know [if it will happen] because nobody has contact with him. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. I suppose we'll hear something about it a day before or the day of. Who knows?''

It's possible that the chance of seeing a Journey reunion performance helped sell out both the induction ceremonies in New York and a simulcast at the Rock Hall here in Cleveland. And if it does come to pass, expect high ratings when an edited version debuts on HBO on Saturday, April 29.

Why? Well, because Journey's music has become timeless. A staple of the MTV era, when the music channel actually aired videos, the San Francisco-born band has sold nearly 90 million albums worldwide - almost 50 million in the United States alone - since its formation in 1973.

Scotty Kormos, a Nashville-based drummer who grew up in Garfield Heights, moved to Hollywood and played 600 shows with the West Coast Journey tribute group the DSB Band, had a simple explanation for why the music has endured, and the love of it has been passed from generation to generation:

"That can be summed up in one word, 'quality!' " said Kormos, who also spent five years as the drummer for the syndicated television show "The Singing Bee." "Every aspect of Journey was quality in nature. From the incredibly well-crafted songs to the signature voice of Steve Perry and the timeless sonic nature of the recordings.

"The band was not about fashion or the latest dance moves, it was all about the music,'' Kormos said. "Much of today's pop drivel is forgotten within days of hearing it. For many, Journey was the soundtrack of their youth.''

As an industry insider, Kormos - who is playing live shows, working as a session musician and a producer in Music City now - has his own thoughts on the possibility of a Perry-Journey reunion, even for a single performance.

"I think the world would love to see it, but that does not mean it should happen,'' Kormos said. "I can only express my opinion and that is, if Steve Perry can still belt it out and the quality is there, then yes, do it. If it's going to come up short and disappoint, then let us just hang onto the memories of yesteryear.''

"Yesteryear'' began when the band formed in 1973 as the Golden Gate Rhythm Section. The idea was for the group, with Schon and fellow Santana vet Gregg Rolie (who will be inducted into the Hall) on keys and lead vocals, to be a backing band for established Bay Area artists. A singer named Robert Fleischman eventually was hired as a frontman, but that didn't work out.

Things took off when Perry joined the band in 1977 and drummer Steve Smith took over on the throne a year later. Rolie eventually gave way to Cain on keys, and the rest, as they say, is history.

That was the lineup when Journey recorded its biggest album, "Escape,'' which featured "Who's Cryin' Now,'' "Don't Stop Believin' '' and "Open Arms.'' They followed up with "Frontiers,'' and a stadium tour that made Journey one of the most commercially successful bands of the era.

As popular with fans as the band was - and remains, even minus Perry - it never garnered much respect from critics. The Rolling Stone Record Guide in 1983 - by any accounts a banner year for the band - rated no Journey album higher than one star.

Given that the Hall of Fame was co-created by Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner, it probably should come as no surprise that this was the band's first-ever nomination, despite having been eligible for induction since 2000. It could also be true - and probably is - likely that the band's songs on the hit TV show "Glee'' gave the band a little push, too.

After "Frontiers'' was released in 1983, the band took time off, and Perry and Schon focused on solo projects. Then from 1987 to 1995 - with the exception of a gig at a tribute concert in 1991 - the band was on extended hiatus.

They reunited in the studio to record "Trial by Fire'' in '95, but before they could tour, Perry suffered a hip injury while hiking in Hawaii, and the lineup that most of us knew was done - and thus began the shuffling of lead singers that has led to today's incarnation.

But fans can be forgiven if they don't stop believin' that the lineup of their dreams just might happen on induction night.
Perry's good natured bonhomie & the world’s most charmin smile,knocked fans off their feet. Sportin a black tux,gigs came alive as he swished around the stage thrillin audiences w/ charisma that instantly burnt the oxygen right out of the venue.TR.com
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Re: 2017 Rock Hall profiles: Will Journey perform with or wi

Postby JourneyHard » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:05 am

I am guessing Steve Perry can still sing anything off of Trial By Fire. Easy Solution! Perry can sing When You Love A Woman, and Don't Stop Believin'. Everybody is happy!
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Re: 2017 Rock Hall profiles: Will Journey perform with or wi

Postby Monker » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:46 pm

JourneyHard wrote:I am guessing Steve Perry can still sing anything off of Trial By Fire. Easy Solution! Perry can sing When You Love A Woman, and Don't Stop Believin'. Everybody is happy!


Judging by the videos he did with the Eels, I would say that Perry singing any Journey song without tuning everything down is not a very good guess.

I think he could do any song with the band, but it would take some time with the band to get everything right. And, since this is brodcast, I doubt he could just show up and sing...I would think it would take some type of planning.

But, I would think whoever makes the decision (including Perry), the decision has already been made and they all know it.
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Re: 2017 Rock Hall profiles: Will Journey perform with or wi

Postby bellairepark73 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:42 pm

Neal had a guitar at the ready that he already tuned down to C.

By the way...the rep from TMZ that gave that story that Steve was going to perform...I don't say this lightly people so please don't e-kill me, but...that person needs to be fired. Steve, by way of the Band has already said that he was not going to sing...so when that "update" came out, that was bringing people's heart rate up to near life threatening levels and then crash when they retracted. And most importantly when Uncle Joe might be very hurt and disappointed. That is what upsets me the most...Uncle Joe and his faith and trust in Steve: "I've know Steve since he joined Journey." "...it was inevitable." How hurt is he? To think you knew someone and that he let you down. Well, Steve said via the band that he wasn't singing...so I guess if you really knew him, you would know that he is a man of his word. At least in this instance. His no...means...no.
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