Classic rock band Journey started to soar to the top of the music chart with Steve Perry’s voice singing their rock music masterpieces. Perry’s unique tenor voice hitting those high notes captivated music fans in those years. He rejoined the band for an album but rejected doing live concerts again because of a hip injury. Perry is well now but would not come back. The fan’s clamor for him to return is huge but still would not do so. What could be the reason?
From “Stone in Love” to “Don’t Stop Believin’, Perry’s voice blended perfectly with Neal Schon’s difficult and unique masterful guitar riffs within the songs.
In 1997, Perry suffered a hip injury and he was advised to undergo hip replacement surgery. In 1998, Schon and Cain have grown impatient after nearly 17 months of waiting for him to come back to start their tour. They gave him an ultimatum that either he undergo surgery or they will replace him with another singer so the tour would start. Perry was still hesitant to undergo surgery and finally decided to leave the band.
Several months later, Perry underwent a successful hip replacement surgery and recovered. Now that Perry is well again, there were many speculations why he would not come back to the band again. Reports indicate his rift with the other members was so deep.
A new perspective came out recently on why Perry would not come back to the band. In an interview done by Musicradar writer Joe Bosso with current Journey producer Kevin Shirley, Shirley said,”…Steve Perry developed, and he reached the point where he… you know, people’s voices change.” He continued, “You look at the guy like Robert Plant, who’s doing his Alison Krauss thing now. In 1969 he was doing the “Whole Lotta Love Thing”, and he just doesn’t do that anymore.”
Kevin Shirley was able to work with Steve Perry and Journey when they did their last album together. Shirley is an experienced master sound mixer of rock music and worked with famed bands. He mixed the band’s latest and platinum-hit “Revelation” with Filipino lead singer Arnel Pineda.
Shirley continued, “Same thing with Steve Perry, who probably struggles to do “Open Arms” now. He was probably scared to go out there and have trouble doing what people wanted.” Steve Perry is now 62 years old.
Replacements Steve Augeri and Jeff Scott Sotto did the hits at a lower pitch. With Arnel Pineda’s great pipes and unique discovery, Neal Schon and the band went back to the original keys. The notes that only Perry can do is back. The band is alive again.
Journey starts their world tour this year with power voice lead singer Arnel Pineda on February 23 at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada. They will tour the countries of America and Europe and launch their new album in May.