Steve Perry is back — but has no plans to rejoin Journey. Perry, who’ll release Traces — his first solo set in 24 years — on October 5th, has been promoting the upcoming set and was asked the obvious question about returning to the band he parted ways with 20 years ago. Blabbermouth.com transcribed portions of a recent radio interview where Perry explained that Journey remains firmly in the past for him: “No. I think that we’ve gone on our separate ways and we’re doing great. Arnel (Pineda) is a great singer and he’s been in the band for 10 years. But yeah, I don’t think that’s where I’m at right now. It took forever for me to find the passion for music again because I felt it was kind of damaged. I thought I would never feel that love again for music, so I had to walk. Now that I’ve found that again, I have so many other songs ready to be recorded.”
When pressed as to whether the new album would see him finally hitting the road, Perry said, “We’re talking about that. I mean, right now, we’re trying to do all the radio and talk to people like yourself and talk about where I’ve been and emotionally what the songs are about and all that.”
We asked Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain if the band ever thought of simply asking Steve Perry to rejoin them, rather than always searching for the perfect sound-alike vocalist: [“No, because he really sealed the deal back in ’98 and said, ‘Don’t expect anything from me, y’know, we’re done. You and I are done.’ So I know that he keeps his word and I would not make that call because I know that he’s quite happy with the life he has. And it’s pretty rigorous out here. What we do is very rigorous, and he doesn’t need it. Why does he need it, y’know? His legacy is already there.”] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . is already there)
- Steve Perry ‘s new solo set 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 and 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.”
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