As expected the long awaited solo album from legendary Journey frontman Steve Perry has just been announced — thrilling a legion of fans who’ve been holding their collective breaths for over two decades. Traces will be released on October 5th, marking the first new Perry singing on record since Trial By Fire — his 1996 comeback set with Journey, and his first new solo album since 1994’s For The Love Of Strange Medicine. The rock world is already abuzz over the lead single an its accompanying video “No Erasin’,” but one of the eight originals on the set — which also features Perry tackling George Harrison‘s early Beatles favorite, “I Need You.”
Perry spoke about Traces, explaining, “Putting 30 years into 10 songs has certainly been an emotional experience for me. I started writing and recording these songs with the creative freedom that I was the only one who would ever hear them. Along the way, I rediscovered my love for music. Each track represents traces of my past, but is also a hopeful look into the future. I invite you to listen with an open heart.”
Steve Perry told us that he can barely remember a time when he wasn’t singing: [“Y’know, when I was three-years-old, I started to sing and my dad was a singer, so I think I had a little genetic propensity. And my mother noticed it, so she put me in a boys choir when I was about six. And it kind of was something I always wanted to do.”] SOUNDCUE (:15 OC: . . . wanted to do)
So far no live dates in support of Traces have been announced. For pre-ordering info, log on to: http://traces.steveperry.com/
The tracklisting to Steve Perry’s Traces is:
“We’re Still Here
“Most Of All”
“No More Cryin'”
“In The Rain”
“Sun Shines Gray”
“You Belong To Me”
“Easy To Love”
“I Need You”
SOURCE: Press release
DID YOU KNOW???
- Journey‘s last album with Steve Perry was 1996’s Trial By Fire, which reunited the classic Escape/Frontiers lineup of Neal Schon on guitar, Ross Valory on bass, Jonahan Cainon keyboards, and Steve Smith on drums.
- The album peaked at Number Three on the Billboard 200 charts — with its single, “When You Love A Woman” hitting Number One on the magazine’s Adult Contemporary chart.
- Perry left Journey in 1998 rather than be forced into hip-surgery so that the band could tour behind Trial By Fire.
- Last year, Steve Perry shed light on the then-work in progress that became Traces, telling ABC News, “I met someone and I fell in love with this person. And I lost this person to breast cancer four years ago. In the midst of that, I had written some songs, and before I met her I had sketched some. And so about a year ago, I started recording. Basically the record is an emotional expression, and a reason to make one. It’s been a real cathartic experience going back to that emotional place that I thought I would never go back to. And we really have been doing our very best to capture what I think are some timeless songs.”
- Back in 2013, Perry revealed on his blog, http://www.fanasylum.com/steveperry/, that he successfully had surgery for skin cancer. He also went into detail about his year-and-a-half whirlwind romance with late psychologist Kellie Nash as she was battling stage four breast cancer.
CHECK IT OUT: Steve Perry’s 2018 video for “No Erasin'”: