annie89509 wrote:The band may have preferred Robert (GR - BTM - "this guys a crooner, we wanted a screamer"), but HH knew better...that SP was a better fit to bring Journey success. Years later, he criticized RF as "being a poodle" and the reason he was let go... (which, btw, Robert rebuked in the 2001 interview). I believe it is always easy for Herbie to denigrate others to prop himself up.
Monker wrote:[That is not all that Herbie said. RF brought in his own management and was a pain in the ass to deal with because of al the demands he brought along with it. That does not go along AT ALL with the vision Herbie had for the band being a "Grateful Dead" type of family.
Regardless of how you look at it, the band had their "new vocal direction" before Perry was brought into the band. Using that as the reason Perry was brought in is fiction - it is simply not true. The historical FACTS do not back that up - at all.
The songs and writers on the album "back that up." They needed someone to sell records b/c Herbie and crew were on their way out the door. Spin it "Anyway You Want It' but Perry wrote on 8 of the 11 songs, brought Lights to the band and wrote Patiently w/Neal "finished up the song." He also reworked "Winds" and that "Somethin to Hide" all Perry sound. Don't care if RF was a "pita" if they thought him to be right they would have dealt with it. Perry was the bigger draw especially being recommended by Sony along with the much better voice and greater chance of hitting the radio so they could sell more than 100k records that they were selling with Herbie for four years.