Steve Perry 12/14/21

Steve Perry is hinting at a possible stage comeback. Journey‘s legendary and beloved former-frontman is back with his first his first Christmas collection, titled, The Season. The new holiday set clearly resonated with fans, peaking at Number Four on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart and hitting Number Six on the magazine’s Top Album Sales listing.

During a chat with Ultimate Classic Rock, Perry revealed that there’s talk regarding him booking some type of shows in the near future, revealing, “Y’know, Uncle Steve is no spring chicken here. It’s been discussed, but nothing has been put together yet. I’m a spur of the moment guy. You never know — you might just see me in a nightclub singing a couple of Christmas songs.”

Apart from a trio of brief appearances with the Eels back in 2014, Perry has shied away from any public performances and went on to explain: “There’s a component of my voice that I can’t find unless I’m in front of people. They bring something out of me that I can’t find otherwise. I really hope that’s something I get to participate in again.”

Perry spoke about the followup album to his 2018 Top 10 comeback set, Traces, revealing, “The good news is I have too much original material.” He went on to say that the album would be “definitely different” from Traces, adding: “I just hope people out there want to keep hearing some material from me, but I’m gonna finish the stuff no matter what.”

We caught up with Steve Perry this week and asked him if he ever thought that 40 years after the fact, “Don’t Stop Believin'” would go on to become one off the most-played tracks across the globe: [“Honest to God — no (laughs). It’s been embraced by a whole new generation, and a whole new generation — now another generation. I just feel so fortunate that that’s happened. Every song we ever wrote got the same attention, the same reachings emotionally for what it could be — performance and lyric-wise. So, this was just another one, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’,’ was. And it’s the people who embraced — in soul — so to speak, something into what it’s become.”] SOUNDCUE (:30 OC: . . . what it’s become)

TL; DR

  • Steve Perry spoke about a possible stage return, telling Ultimate Classic Rock: “There’s a component of my voice that I can’t find unless I’m in front of people. They bring something out of me that I can’t find otherwise. I really hope that’s something I get to participate in again.”

DID YOU KNOW???

  • Steve Perry is best remembered for his tenure in Journey in which he wrote or co-wrote such standards as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Who’s Crying Now?” “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” “When You Love A Woman,” “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin,'” “Open Arms,” “Be Good To Yourself,” “Stone In Love,” “Still They Ride,” “Feeling That Way,” and “Lights.”
  • Perry scored a solo Top 10 hit with 1984’s “Oh, Sherrie,” which peaked at Number Two.

SIDE NOTES

The tracklisting to Steve Perry’s ‘The Season’ album is

“The Christmas Song”
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
“Auld Lang Syne”
“Winter Wonderland”
“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” 
“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” 
“Silver Bells” 
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”