Steve Perry Wants To Rejoin Journey

steve perry jeff gross Steve Perry Wants To Rejoin Journey

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Yesterday we reported that Journey, Foreigner and Styx were going to play together in Europe and it was interesting that none of the bands has now the original frontman anymore. Today we got news that Steve Perry wants to be back with Journey. Perry left the Bay Area AOR legends for good in 1998 to embark on a solo career. He was replaced by Steve Augeri and then Jeff Scott Soto. But in 2007 and after watching a video in Youtube, the remaining members of Journey found a Filipino guy, Arnel Pineda, who blew them away, and since then he is been the frontman of the band.

According to the members of Journey, Steve Perry asked them to be back. The band was reportedly shocked when approached by Perry to rejoin them. Journey guitarist Neal Schon told Britain’s Daily Star, “He seems to be enjoying the spotlight a little too much. The fact is he’s no longer the lead singer. He walked out.”

Why don’t we compare the 2 Journeys, with Steve and Arnel Pineda? Who do you like better?

Journey With Steve Perry

Journey With Arnel Pineda

  • Shari Jo Phillips

    Are they kidding? I saw “Journey w/Pineda.He was o.k. as he was himself NOT trying to be Steve Perry,BUT without Steve Perry,there NEVER WAS,NEVER WILL BE Journey-Steve Perry HAS BEYOND AMAZING VOCALS!The members of Journey,are messed up if they do NOT JUMP ON THIS!!!!REALLY?WOW………

    • Lynn Klopfenstein-Crausman

      Just saw Journey…Foreigner rocked it by far ….seriously couldn’t they get someone with more sex appeal, it was like watching American idol or a tribute band. Missing Steve Perry or someone close…so sad really.

      • Sandra

        I totally agree!!! It was like and Idol show… No Steve Perry… No Journey… Never will be…

  • Jeff

    not being able to sell out the bathroom @ a McDonaldsNeal….still living a lie. Actually, Perry didnt “walk out”, he was forced out, as the rest of the band didnt want to wait for him to have hip replacement surgery. C’mon Neal, stop kidding the fans, Perry will ALWAYS be “Journey”, and will ALWAYS be bigger than the band. No disrespect to Arnel, good singer, he’s NOT Perry though. Stop ripping off the fans with the current “tribute version” of the band, and get the ONLY man you’ve made “Eagles like $$$$ with”(Perry), and do a reunion tour?

    The More Neal talks, the more of an asshole he continues to look like. Lets not forget “Neal”, YOU didnt really want him on the band from the beginning? W/Perry, you went from not being able to sell out the bathroom of a McDonalds, to stadium tours, and 75+ million records sold.

    Stop living in your sad, patehtic world, and just call Stevie?

    • Eugene

      So very true.

      Neal Schon is an #&%*$#, and as you mentioned Jeff, he forced Steve Perry out because he didn’t want to wait for him to have hip replacement surgery.

      I know what you mean about Neal. Neal Schon acts like he’s the reason why Journey is popular but it’s Steve Perry who made the band what it was. Steve Perry lead Journey to greatness, they had stadium tours and 75 million records (number from Wikipedia).

      Journey’s been around since 1973 but they only became big-time after Steve Perry joined.

      Arnel is an ok signer but I won’t purchase any of the music with him signing.

      Neal Schon wants to make it seem like Steve walked out when it was Neal who forced him out of the band because he didn’t want to wait for him to have hip replacement surgery.

      But what really pissed me off was a comment by Neal last year at a televised concert. Neal claimed “Arnel is the best thing that’s every happened to Journey”. This shows that Neal Schon is an asshole, if it wasn’t for Steve Perry, no stadium tours and Journey would not have 75 million albums.

  • John Cole

    Steve Perry was not the original singer in Journey.He was predated by Robert Fleischman and Greg Rolie so technically that puts him at number 3.

    • Steve's Biggest Fan

      your point?

      • matteroffact

        This rumor has been going round since 2007. Nothing more than a rumor. Steve did not quit the band, he was forced to make a decision while contemplating hip surgery.Steve announced in a live interview last month that he is currently recording new material. Steve Perry online says Steve has written 50 new songs. These idiotic rumors need to end! Tabloids only make up stories such as this in hopes of creating a reason for Steve to respond to them personally…Steve’s been around long enough to know about tabloid tactics, why do they bother wasting time? If you want to know the truth, listen only to live interviews!!! Steve participated in at least four or five this past year. I can’t wait to hear his next release, whenever he decides to deliver is no matter to me, I’ll buy it! One last thing, Arnel…I bought the Journey CD released in 2008 and could not sit through it the first time. Sounds like karaoke and in my book a total Waste of money!

    • Allan

      That is true but the band didn’t take off until Steve Perry joined the band. The Steve Perry years were their most successful years. When was their last hit? It was “When you love a women” from the Trial by Fire album in 1995. They have chemistry with Steve Perry and need to put their pride aside and get back together to record some more good Journey music.

    • Greg

      True , BUT understand Journey DID NOT hit stardom the way they did until Perry joined. Folks need to give it a rest as far as who and how many vocalists sung for Journey. Plain and simple, the big bucks and massive popularity did not and I mean did not muster up to anything close to explosive until Perry’s voice entered their band. Furthermore, every single vocalist after Journey has been attempting to emulate Perry’s voice. Anyone thinking otherwise is either blind or too stupid to admit it.

      • Jeff Conwill

        and every vocalist since perry was through with in a year or two due too voice trouble little boy luck is next

  • Patty Lee

    No one can replace Steve Perry,,,,,, I think this was a hoax thrown out there to sell Tickets

  • Annabelle Reedy

    Stever Perry, Steve Perry, Steve Perry! No one else is The Voice, but Steve Perry. No matter how much Arnel sounds “similar” to him, it is not the same – he can’t hit the high notes like Steve and put the passion and moves in the performance – no one can – there is only one Steve Perry!

    • Niceboy

      Steve Perry has got a great voice but he is not a versatile singer. Did you hear Arnel’s cover songs? Also stop living in the past. I heard Steve’s recent live performances he sound terrible. How could he sustain going on a road tour all year round.

  • FRED

    Steve Perry, of course. Journey is nothing more than a cover band without Perry.

  • Ms Pete

    To me Steve Perry was Journey, his voice literally made me weak and want to surrender myself to him in every way possible……

    • Steve's Biggest Fan

      oooo, I couldn’t agree more, Ms Pete!!!

    • Steve's Biggest Fan

      ooooh, I couldn’t agree more, Ms Pete!

  • Laura Holmes

    face it, there are only a few people in this world whose voice is so recongnizable that you know who it is with the first word, Steve Perry is one of those people. Journey has and NEVER will be the same until he comes back. The men of Journey claim they have moved on, but the fact is that the only thing they have done is to desperately try to replace Steve Perry’s voice, they have NOT succeeded!! Journey is only JOURNEY WITH STEVE PERRY!!!!!!!!!!

    • June Anne from UK

      I totally agree Laura and couldn’t have said it better myself.

      • Laura Holmes

        Thank you June Anne!

      • JIm

        Face it, all the post Perry versions of Journey are essentially tribute cover bands.

    • SCHELL

      AMEN!!!! SO TRUE!!!

  • Vincent

    People, YOU have to face facts, Perry can no longer sing. Why he would even want to re-join is baffling. At the Bill Graham tribute Steve had Neal and Jonathan play in lower keys. When they did “Trial By Fire” Steve’s voice was computer modulated to make it sound better. If you heard him at the White Sox ceremony, he tore up “Don’t Stop Believin”. I used to think he could walk on water, but the truth is, he’d sink just like any of the rest of us. Steve Perry was phenomenal when he was in his hey-day, but there is no more “hey-day” Read the Herbie Herbert (former Journey manager) interviews. He’ll give you a lot of insight as to how Perry was as a member of the band.

    • mmc

      So what if he can’t sing as good as years ago….one song is all he has to do.I’d be honored to hear anything that comes out of his mouth!My love for him has lasted to this day.even my Granddaughter loves his music and she’s 9 years old!

  • KIRK

    journey with Arnel Pineda…he is awesome!

  • scott d

    they should be begging him to come back

  • mike

    I guess Neal has a short memory. As stated below,Steve was waiting on his hip to heal and the band was sick of waiting and replaced him. And when is the last time the even sould out aa arena? Neal you had your chance and blew it so keep on doing cover tunes. At least Van Halen didn’t get a DLR sound alike and when ozzy got canned from sabbath they did not get an ozzy clone.. Hey Neal without Steve PErry you would be playing whicky on a thursday night doing hendrix covers.

    • Steve's Biggest Fan


  • jack

    How many hits does journey have since the FIRED PERRY. Yeah I can’t name one. Neal grow up alreadyo wonder you went through 3 wives

  • G

    Love them both but Perry is the true voice of Journey. I wouldn’t even care if his voice has aged. I’m sure it has. For example, when I go see Rush, do I want to see a great singer that sounds like Geddy Lee? No. I want the true voice.

  • Steve's Biggest Fan

    Steve Perry IS Journey!! Always was ….Always will be!!! PLEASE COME BACK STEVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tami

    They should just stop playing songs Steve Perry wrote. If they want to be a Perry-less Journey and Schon doesn’t see the value in Perry… he should stop playing the tunes that Perry wrote that made Journey JOURNEY.

  • Brian

    Perry of course! I seen Perry twice. This is a fake rumour anyway.

  • MIkeK

    This video of Perry is 29 years old…not a fair comparison. I would like to see him sing Journey songs NOW, at age 60, and see if he holds up. Pineda has a great voice, just slightly different. He holds his own against Perry. Besides, he’s younger, hungrier, and more loyal than Perry will ever be. Perry can go back to doing solo tours, and sing Journey songs there. Plus, if he really wanted back in the band, he would have done it a long time ago!!

    • andy

      go steve perry u rock

  • Dale


  • Brian

    There are widespread media reports online today attributed to a news item posted online, suggesting that Steve Perry had reached out to his former Journey band mates to rejoin the band.
    These reports are 100% false. There has been no contact between parties and Journey has a new studio album with vocalist Arnel Pineda due early 2011 and a full touring schedule planned through 2012.
    Any such rumors of Steve Perry’s return are to be disregarded.


    It’s one thing to copy a great singer but you can never replace the real thing. Like so many bands they may find a sound alike or look alike but when they try to write new material it lacks the soul that only the original can bring.

  • Mister B

    Greg Rolie would be my vote.

    • werewuf

      Thumbs up!!!

  • Melanie Young

    No comparison. Steve Perry is the best singer in the country! Journey would not have been successful without Steve so they need to let him back in the band if that is what Steve wants. We love you Steve!

  • Richard Stilwell

    I am up in the air about this!!!!
    Arnel is amazing but Steve Perry is the voice of Journey.
    Why did Steve quit to start with and why has Arnel stayed….
    Hard decision for this awesome band and not fair to ask this of them to start with,
    I can go either way but It is a decision I would never want to be faced with!!!
    2 awesome Front Men 1 amazing and awesome band …. Let Gene Simmons decide. lol

  • Steven O'Doyle

    I am 30 years old, obviously I was never old enough to actually see Steve Perry live. Getting that out of the way, I would give every organ in my body to see him just in concert. I went to Journey with Arnel and it was ok, but I won’t/didn’t buy their new CD. Arnel is a great singer for the Journey Cover band that is now touring. I won’t go to another concert, I won’t buy their CDs. If Steve Perry ever sings again, even if it is one time in China I will be there front row. If Neal wants to make money, he needs to give the world Steve Perry.

    • foreverfan

      Hey guys, I just heard this rumor that Steve Perry wants Neal to to join him in attending the Last Supper that is to be held December 21 2010 at the Giants Stadium 4:00 pm till? LOL How many silly scenarios can we dream up? This is an old rumor! Besides, if Steve were to get back with Journey it would be the event of the century! I believe Journey should have the good business sense to accept that offer if it really were true. Think of all the money they could rake in…

      • foreverfan

        Ooops! That date again is December 21, 2012!

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