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Famous lead singer once worked at a California turkey farm

Postby tater1977 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:08 am

Famous lead singer once worked at a California turkey farm

http://www.wattagnet.com/blogs/27-anima ... -rock-hall

March 23, 2017

Roy Graber


You can hardly turn on a classic rock or oldies station without hearing the music of Journey, so it’s easy to understand why the band has been selected to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 7.

Those familiar with the band likely know that Steve Perry, the once lead singer of the band, helped put Journey on the charts steadily from the late 1970s to the late 1980s through his heartfelt vocals. But what people might not know is that Perry had been a poultry industry laborer.

It was revealed on an episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music,” that when the bass player of Perry’s earlier band, Alien Project, died, so did the band. Perry would lose the desire to further pursue his music career and with expenses to meet, he entered the workforce – repairing coops at a turkey farm in California.

“It was one of those financially destitute times, and my stepdad was nice enough to give me employment at the time, which was at that turkey ranch,” Perry said.

While he admitted he disliked that job, the thought of returning to music didn’t appeal to him – at first.

Fortunately for music fans, his mother convinced him to not give up on his dream. And while the turkey production industry can always use a few good workers, this is one case that worked out better in the long run.

Will Perry be present at induction?

When Journey was at its heyday, the group consisted of Perry, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory and Steve Smith, but the group disbanded in the late ‘80s. The core five reunited about a decade later to release an album, but when it came time to go out on the road for its concert tour, Perry and Smith opted out.

Smith has since rejoined, but Perry has not. It remains a mystery whether he’ll join his old bandmates for the induction. A report from the Spokesman-Review indicates he will not, despite Schon saying the door is open and multiple attempts have been made to reach him.

Pardon the pun, but it would be a shame if on induction night, the two camps continued to go their Separate Ways.
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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Postby perryfan61 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:01 am

Not good news, but not really a surprise either.
The injury that we do to a man must be such that we need not fear his vengeance. Steve Perry
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Postby tater1977 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:39 am

perryfan61 wrote:Not good news, but not really a surprise either.


Wonder where they got their info from... 1-800- I - HEARD - IT - THRU - THE - GRAPEVINE . :lol:
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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Postby perryfan61 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:42 am

Never heard of the Spokesman- Review.
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Postby scarab » Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:48 am

Medium sized newspaper out of Spokane WA. Searched their site and only found this on Perry.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/m ... believing/

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave.

Cost: $29.50-$95, through TicketsWest

Info: www.spokanearena.com

Journey is back on the road this winter, with Steve Smith returning on drums and with Arnel Pineda singing songs that former vocalist Steve Perry made famous in the late 1970s and early ’80s (as well as other material).

Plenty of people wish Perry would return to Journey. And for his part, guitarist Neal Schon maintains he’d welcome Perry if he wants to perform with the band.

But according to Schon, one thing Perry fans shouldn’t count on as a motivation to bring about a Perry/Journey reunion is the lure of a lucrative tour.

“You know what people don’t understand is that we couldn’t even possibly be doing better right now even if he (Perry) was with us,” Schon said in a recent phone interview. “It’s taken a lot of hard work to build it back up, but you know what, we’re here again.

We’re sitting there. And management is the first one to tell me it couldn’t possibly be bigger.”

The fact is, Schon is perfectly happy with Journey as things stand. And there’s little reason for him to think otherwise.

As he mentioned, Journey has done what many considered highly unlikely – if not downright impossible – by regaining its stature as one of rock’s most bankable arena and outdoor amphitheater headlining bands, despite the absence of Perry, who sang the band’s many hits (“Open Arms,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Who’s Cryin’ Now” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” to name a few).

But Pineda has now been the band’s lead singer longer than Perry and has shown that he’s more than capable as Journey’s frontman.

“Arnel, he’s bionic, man. He sounds better right now than ever,” Schon said. “The guy can, seriously, he can sing anything. Any type of music you want to play, he can sing anything.”

The rest of the Journey lineup is now the same as the one that recorded the band’s two biggest albums, 1981’s “Escape” (which sold 10 million copies) and 1983’s “Frontiers” – with Schon on guitar, Jonathan Cain on keyboards, Ross Valory on bass and Smith, who handled drums from 1978 to 1985 and 1995 to 1998, back on board, replacing Deen Castronovo.

(Castronovo was fired from Journey after his indictment in June 2015 on multiple charges of domestic violence. The drummer has since gone through rehab for alcohol and drug problems that have plagued him at various points during his musical career.)

Journey’s original run of success came to and end when the band broke up after its 1986 studio album, “Raised On Radio.” After nearly a decade apart, the “Escape”/“Frontiers” lineup reunited to make the 1996 album, “Trial By Fire.” Perry then opted out of Journey and has shown no interest in rejoining the band since.

The fact that many fans continue to blame Schon for Perry’s absence irks the guitarist.

“It’s nobody’s fault,” Schon said about Perry’s absence.

“The door has always been open. I’ve always tried to make direct contact with him rather than using his attorney. He’s not allowed that. And so it’s really not me. The fans need to work on him (Perry) a bit more if they want him to come up and (sing with Journey). He’s really not interested in doing anything with us. We’re completely fine with that. But just, I just get so tired of hearing people say, ‘You need to put your ego aside. You need to go knock on his door and tell him how you feel.’ I go ‘No, you just don’t have a clue.’ ”

(It’s still an open question whether Perry will join Journey when the band is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. The only statement Perry has made about it is a short comment on his website: “I am truly grateful that Journey is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”)


It was after “Trial By Fire” that Schon, Cain and Valory decided to put together a new edition of Journey, with Castronovo replacing Smith on drums.

Journey cycled through a pair of singers (Steve Augeri, from 1998-2006 and briefly Jeff Scott Soto) before Schon discovered Pineda while surfing YouTube looking for a new singer.

Along the way, Journey has worked its way up from theater size venues back into amphitheaters as “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” and other vintage Journey songs got new life through placements in television series, movies and commercials.

The group has released four albums since Perry’s departure – “Arrival” (2001),” “Generations” (2005), “Revelation” (2008) and “Eclipse” (2008). Some band members have balked at doing any further writing and recording because the plummeting sales of albums in the internet age makes it hard to justify the expense and effort that goes into making a new album.

But Schon hopes to reverse that thinking and said he has a number of song ideas in hand and plans to start writing soon with Pineda. He thinks the success of “Santana IV,” his 2016 reunion album with the classic early lineup of that band, will convince his bandmates that a new Journey album can be viable.

The acclaimed “Santana IV” album is the culmination of a reunion that began taking shape in 2013 of the lineup that included guitarist Carlos Santana, Schon, keyboardist/singer Gregg Rolie, drummer Michael Shrieve and percussionist Michael Carabello.

Despite not playing together for some 45 years, Schon said the lineup immediately recaptured its distinctive sound, and the “Santana IV” album, which sounds very much in line with the first three Santana albums, came together smoothly and spontaneously.

“The coolest thing about the record was we didn’t really have to talk about it or work at it to make it come together,” Schon said. “We just kind of went in the studio and played. A lot of it was made up on the spot. I brought in a few ideas, so did Gregg, brought in a few songs. And Carlos brought in a whole bunch of ideas and we just sort of chipped away at it. Some days, we laid down two or three songs. That’s kind of the beauty of that band. It sounds the way it does when those people play together.”

That edition of Santana is already talking about making another album, but for now, Schon will be busy touring with Journey into April.

Along with the hits, Schon said Journey might dust off a song or two that hasn’t been performed in years (such as “Line of Fire” from the 1980 album “Departure,” which was in the band’s live set last summer) and do a little stretching out instrumentally.

“I think right now we’ve got it going on, with adding just a few little different things and solo sections,” Schon said. “What I did notice is that in the earlier shows we did, we tried to cram more songs in with less segues, less solos for myself and Jonathan and Steve Smith and everybody else. But really, I felt like the audience liked it better when we had them in. We’ve now put them back in, and I think we’ve got a good starting set here. And we’re going to be rehearsing more and more stuff.”
Updated: March 10, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

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Postby swataz » Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:39 am

At this point, one may have to accept the fact that Steve is the only roadblock to his return. I think most of us already know that, but not everyone it would appear. Does Schon have an ego? Of course, but it's likely Steve's own reticence to sing or perform that keeps him hidden!
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Postby scarab » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:10 am

Its really sad if he does not at least show, he seemed to have a ball at the HWOF, but you could clearly see his avoidance of visual contact with Schon, and when Schon put his arm around him, he seemed put off.

He can clearly still sing, and it would would be a REAL treat (and closure) to all us Perry and Schon fans to see them do Lights.
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