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Steve Perry’s 5 Greatest Singing Moments - Live performances

Postby tater1977 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:17 pm

Steve Perry’s 5 Greatest Singing Moments - Live performances

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If we’re going to talk about Steve Perry’s singing, we’re gonna need an entire day. The man’s a beast at vocals! But while he can hit high notes with ease, it’s not just his range. Rather, it’s how he pours his soul into each song. You talk power and tone – his is unmatched. And since we know it’s not easy to pick only FIVE of his greatest, most unforgettable moments, we took it upon ourselves to do this daunting task. Yes, now sit back, relax and listen to his spine-tingling voice:

5. Open Arms

This is the prime example that Steve Perry doesn’t belt out just for the sake of showing off. Some vocalists tend to go overboard and thus overwhelm the listener. Steve does none of that. Instead, he goes for the feeling – it’s like he’s generating some emotion for you to feel as he sings. The clarity and range of his voice are insane – but that little rasp is also something else. And his live versions just have that raw and wild vibe – like you’re getting a taste of something sinfully good. This power ballad may have been covered a hundred times but nothing can ever rival the original. AllMusic’s Mike DeGagne described it best when he said that the song “gleams with an honesty and feel only Steve Perry could muster.” Well, there’s a reason why he’s been called ‘The Voice’. His music can never be topped – yes, not even decades later.

4. Wheel In The Sky

What else can be said about this man and his god-given golden pipes? ‘Wheels In The Sky’ has his signature vocals stamped all over it. And when he hits those high notes, it’s like his voice is crawling over your skin. This is yet another proof that he is otherworldly. I don’t even know how is it possible to stay so cool while singing power ballads. And his vocals runs are so unique and rare. He sounds clear like an angel and if you’ve been to any of their concerts in the ‘80s, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience because dang, he just sounds way better live. It’s almost like you can breathe and touch their music. But to be fair, he can sing any song (even the directory and yellow pages) and listening to it will still give you goosebumps. The man knows no boundaries. His talent is just something else – a real musical genius.

3. Any Way You Want It

How can Steve make singing those high notes look effortless? He’s always had that geeky charm but when he starts singing, you become aware that you’re nothing more than a mere human in the presence of a rock god. And the edgy sound in this track is the perfect way to complement Steve’s vocal performance. You see, if there’s anything we love more about Steve, it’s his ability to stretch limits. He never allows himself to be confined, musically speaking. He doesn’t mind going the extra mile – extreme range or even difficult patterns just as long as he can create an impressive and incredible sound. When you listen to his tracks, he doesn’t JUST sing a song. He sells it to you in the most beautiful way possible. And he brings the words and notes to life. Back in their prime, even with challenging touring schedules, he delivers every single night. It’s yet another reason why he’s a legend.

2. Faithfully

Listen to the first few seconds into the song and tell me if it doesn’t move you to tears. He’s not even halfway done but I’ve no doubt there’s no dry eye to be found in that stadium. How can you do this to us, Steve? You’ve stolen our hearts and crushed our souls. What more do you want?! ?? No, but seriously, he’s flawless and only he can manage to transition between difficult intervals without so much as a glitch. He probably eats high notes for breakfast but if anything, this track is utter perfection. From the beautiful melodic structure to the relatable lyrics and back story and of course, Steve’s soulful singing – it’s no wonder why it’s Journey’s most enduring song. Besides, it’s not every day we get to hear a voice penetrate our soul deeply. Steve had a wonderful gift which he shared to the world. And man, we are more than grateful.

Runner-up: Mother, Father

This is easily one of my favorites – a brilliant masterpiece sung perfectly. Have you ever wondered that there are so many vocalists with amazing voices and yet nothing gets to you the way Steve Perry does? He’s the real deal, people. I mean, for all his years touring with Journey, he’s never had one bad performance. Just ask those who were there during his shows. He has this way of making each audience member feel like he’s singing the song specifically for them. And this song is just magical. Listening to it is like getting your heart broken into pieces only for Steve to pick up the fragments and put it all back together. And before he gives it back to you, he seals with a kiss wrapped in his raspy, golden voice. They say it’s an achievement when you can touch so many lives. Well, Steve does it with apparent ease.

1. Don’t Stop Believin’

Ah, yes – the soundtrack of our lives, the anthem of our generation. The arrangement is awesome, the lyrics are so inspirational, but once again, it’s Steve Perry’s voice that makes you totally ‘feel’ it. It’s so uplifting that I actually feel guilty each time I stop ‘believing.’ LOL. But dang, Steve can go high-pitched one minute, then maneuver to a gruff and raspy voice the next. And the transition is smooth and flawless! A powerful stage presence coupled with a distinctive, expressive voice and you got yourself one of the greatest, albeit a tad bit underrated, vocalist of all time. His passion for his art is almost palpable, Steve obviously never settles for anything less than 100%. And what else is there to say about this song? The musical craftsmanship is stellar and it’s timeless. It doesn’t matter if you’re a teenager, a millennial or in your sixties. If you have great taste in music, do yourself a favor and put this on repeat. It will make your day.
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: Steve Perry’s 5 Greatest Singing Moments - Live performa

Postby Art Vandelay » Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:29 am

IMO - his performances of Patiently from 1978-1980 (go ahead, pick any one of 'em!) puts him in a different category than any other rock/pop singer of our generation. The vocal acrobatics that he goes through at the end of every performance that I've heard recorded are all unique, spot-on and mind blowing.

Houston 1980
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzqBwHbkYm8

Comiskey Park 1979
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sS7vs53yUE

Denver 1979
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT63z0qk-Jk

1978 Midnight Special
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvfRtloC3YI
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Postby scarab » Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:46 am

This song completed blew me away live the two times I saw Perry.
Was lukewarm to the song on FTLOSM at the time, until I head it live.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKH6zBxbLm0

Mother Father live in Houston is my #1.
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Postby perryfan61 » Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:03 am

His live performances were often better than the studio tracks....which is unheard of today. Just goes to highlight his amazing talent.

The articles mention his "raspy" voice several times, but I never hear that myself is his voice. The version of WITS that he chose was the best I've ever heard.

Once again, thanks for a great post, it was a great way to start my day! :D :D :D
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Postby perryfan61 » Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:12 am

Art Vandelay wrote:IMO - his performances of Patiently from 1978-1980 (go ahead, pick any one of 'em!) puts him in a different category than any other rock/pop singer of our generation. The vocal acrobatics that he goes through at the end of every performance that I've heard recorded are all unique, spot-on and mind blowing.

Houston 1980
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzqBwHbkYm8

Comiskey Park 1979
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sS7vs53yUE


Denver 1979
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT63z0qk-Jk

1978 Midnight Special
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvfRtloC3YI


When grouped together like this, you really are left in awe of his voice, achieving that quality night after night. Truly a master of his craft.
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Postby Art Vandelay » Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:47 am

perryfan61 wrote:His live performances were often better than the studio tracks....which is unheard of today. Just goes to highlight his amazing talent.

The articles mention his "raspy" voice several times, but I never hear that myself is his voice. The version of WITS that he chose was the best I've ever heard.

Once again, thanks for a great post, it was a great way to start my day! :D :D :D


Agreed, this version of WITS is absolutely top notch. What's even more amazing is that this was the last show of the Departure tour. That tour was just under 100 dates, from 3/26/80 - 10/13/80. WITS was usually performed towards the later end of the set. Yet his voice is still absolute perfection here. Like you said...unheard of today.
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Postby STORY_TELLER » Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:05 pm

scarab wrote:This song completed blew me away live the two times I saw Perry.
Was lukewarm to the song on FTLOSM at the time, until I head it live.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKH6zBxbLm0


Completely agree with you. I think his perfectionism in the studio can lead to overworking a song. This is a good example of that. Live he hits these brilliant spontaneity moments and they are absolutely jaw dropping. Fucking guy is SO good.

Another song that didn't "grab" me off FTLOSM at first was Stand Up Before It's Too Late. Then I heard the live version, and it became one of my favorites ever:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P4gpqS2Rr4

I think maybe there was a slightly faster tempo live. The song feels better faster. I also prefer the live version of Hopelessly In Love for the same reason. Anyone remember the movie "That Thing You Do"? The story follows a band who made a ballad, but it didn't become a hit until the drummer decided to pick up the tempo and turned it into a rocker. I always flash on that movie whenever I listen to the live versions of Stand Up and Hopelessly In Love.

Can't find many live versions of Stand Up. The one above is probably the best, but this one is a close second:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClMKWtRBD7g
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Postby STORY_TELLER » Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:07 pm

Art Vandelay wrote:IMO - his performances of Patiently from 1978-1980 (go ahead, pick any one of 'em!) puts him in a different category than any other rock/pop singer of our generation. The vocal acrobatics that he goes through at the end of every performance that I've heard recorded are all unique, spot-on and mind blowing.

Houston 1980
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzqBwHbkYm8

Comiskey Park 1979
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sS7vs53yUE

Denver 1979
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT63z0qk-Jk

1978 Midnight Special
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvfRtloC3YI


Dude, I couldn't agree with you more! Fucking love that song and the live version runs the gambit from a soul soother to a chest puncher for sure! There's a reason there is only one Steve Mother Fucking Perry.
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Postby STORY_TELLER » Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:05 am

So nobody fell into my link trap? Or nobody posted about it? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Art Vandelay » Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:35 am

STORY_TELLER wrote:So nobody fell into my link trap? Or nobody posted about it? :lol: :lol: :lol:



Ha!!! Nice. :lol:
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Postby slucero » Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:00 pm

Comisky Park is hair raising.., Arnel can only dream of singing this way...

I tell kids at work about seeing Perry when I was young.. they are in awe of Perry..

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Postby perryfan61 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:26 am

STORY_TELLER wrote:So nobody fell into my link trap? Or nobody posted about it? :lol: :lol: :lol:


Actually, the voice wasn't too bad!! An unusual choice for a tribute band.
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Postby STORY_TELLER » Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:49 pm

perryfan61 wrote:
STORY_TELLER wrote:So nobody fell into my link trap? Or nobody posted about it? :lol: :lol: :lol:


Actually, the voice wasn't too bad!! An unusual choice for a tribute band.


Definitely an unusual choice. They are obviously fans. The rest, well... I applaud the effort. :lol:
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Postby annie89509 » Sat Oct 08, 2016 6:57 pm

slucero wrote:Comisky Park is hair raising.., Arnel can only dream of singing this way...

I tell kids at work about seeing Perry when I was young.. they are in awe of Perry..

Steve's rendition of Patiently (Comiskey Park 1979) was indeed hair-raising. But that YT upload (link above) cut off the ending. What a shame. I have the full version on cd.
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