Journey Producer Thinks Perry Scared to Do Journey Songs Again, His Voice Changed

Posted in: Musicouching by Jeremy Mailman on February 11th, 2011 | 35 Comments

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.

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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.

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  • cecilia February 11th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    “Steve jamás podrá ser reemplazado, él siempre será el mejor. Y para quienes lo amamos no hay igual.”

  • John February 11th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    But Plant has done Whole lotta love… just goes to show what Shirley knows….NOTHING!!!!

  • Gina February 11th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Any singers whos grown old, voice change. Shirley’s thinking is very likely. He heard Steve’s voice clearly now. He’s a sound expert and can analyze the minutest detail of a sound. I believe him.

  • rhonda February 12th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I’ll believe it when I hear him sing and not before that! I believe Randy Jackson who is still friends with Perry when he said that Perry still has those golden pipes! I love Perrys voice where it has more of a sultry tone to it who cares if he cant reach the girly tones hes still the best. His voice on When You Love A woman sounds amazing. As for Arnel he will never be a Steve Perry in my eyes and he cant even sing mother father he will never reach the high notes at the end like perry is famous for. Good job Dean but your still no perry!!!

  • Drew February 12th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    What do you mean Augeri and Soto weren’t singing n the original pitch? Just because they didn’t have the same vocal characteristics as Perry doesnt mean the were singing off key. SA never sang stepped down, JSS did it one show and told Neal to forget it, he would sing in original key instead.
    Arnel was the one not in original key, singing in E flat for more than 50 shows in 2009! Get your facts straight!

  • Brenda B. February 12th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Steve is 62 this year & he does know that his voice has changed. To expect him to have the voice from then is setting their own expectations up for him. As humans we do change along with our expectations as well as have some fears.
    Why would we expect Steve’s voice to stay the same & not have fears, after all, he is only human along with the rest of us.
    While there will be no one in my heart & mind that will replace Steve as “The Voice”, the other singers that have come along to sing with Neal, Jon, Ross, Dean are good in their own range. Steve is one tough act to follow was some of the his bandmates words. Shoud he decide to record again that would be awesome to hear how his voice sounds today & should he not, he did leave some very awesome music for me to have near to my hear.
    Only my feelings on what is being said in this article.

  • Chris V February 12th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    “This kid (Arnel Pineda) they have right now can sing that material right now in the original keys in a very credible way…. Arnel’s voice is a very excellent one… Arnel comes better than close with Steve Perry’s…”

    - HERBIE HERBERT, Journey’s former manager
    ( Interview with MelodicRock.com )

  • Leah February 12th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Arnel Pineda is an amazing singer, BUT, when covering Perry’s songs, he is doing just that, covering them to meet the desire of the fans who want the nostalgia of hearing the music that the chemistry of Steve Perry as lead singer of Journey created. The new songs that only Arnel participated in creating with Journey will be his legacy, but those that were performed by Perry, and in most cases, co-written by Perry will forever remain Perry’s masterpieces, and anyone else is just singing tribute songs. Perry doesn’t need to sing Open Arms like a 30 year old to still have one of the most amazing voices in rock and roll history. The smoky, bluesy quality of his voice on Trial by Fire and For Love of Strange Medicine, was, to me, far more emotive, sexy, and captivating than the high notes in the early songs ever were. It was the voice of a mature, deeper man who had seen enough of life to be able to really interpret a song-in other words, he didn’t stagnate, he GREW! No real artist wants to just rehash the ancient past, they want to grow and express new thoughts and musical emotions reflecting where they are now. Any artist who doesn’t is just on a moneymaking nostalgia tour. Perry was the one ditched by Journey over the tour/hip injury issues-he wasn’t replaced because he couldn’t sing, because they had just recorded Trial by Fire. And he has worked with other artists during the 2000’s who have said he still sings beautifully. He was such a virtuoso that he could easily lose an octave in range, and still have a more captivating voice than anyone else in the business. He keeps making serious noises about recording the new music he has in demo form-hope he’ll do it and lay all these rumors to rest. Because he doesn’t have to hit a ‘castrada’ high note to wipe up the floor with the competition. He just needs to release whatever he has written and with his masterful, professional, perfectionistic talent he’ll blow us all away!

  • STB February 13th, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Chris V February 12th, 2011 at 6:10 pm
    “This kid (Arnel Pineda) they have right now can sing that material right now in the original keys in a very credible way…. Arnel’s voice is a very excellent one… Arnel comes better than close with Steve Perry’s…”

    - HERBIE HERBERT, Journey’s former manager
    ( Interview with MelodicRock.com )

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    “New arrangements and guitar solos
    Saturday, August 22, 2009 – 1:21 pm – neal_schon
    I would like the people that are writing there are to many solos to put your self in my (our) shoes and try playing the same thing every-night since the late 70’s and keep it up…. Just tryin to spice things up AND give Arnel a little break vocally. “

  • FacetheFacts February 13th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Sorry, But Journey began when Perry joined the, and Journey ended when Perry left… Face the fact, Journey is just a tribute band now. So sad.

  • STB February 13th, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Producer Kevin Shirley on Joe Bonamassa, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Plus Mr Big, Journey – and career advice!
    Joe Bosso, Wed 1 Dec 2010, 9:35 pm UTC

    “There was a rumor going around recently that Steve Perry wanted back in.”

    “Well, that’s just that – a rumor….. but I can tell you this: if Steve Perry wanted to be back singing with Journey, everybody would find a way to make that happen.” Kevin Shirley

    That is from the same interview of what “Journey Producer Thinks.”

  • Tracy G February 13th, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Oh my… that After All These Years song is awesome! I’m buying Revelation tomorrow.

  • anijijapan1975 February 13th, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Arnel is the best Journey because i said so.

  • Tricia16 February 13th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Steve Perry who?

  • STB February 13th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    This is Steve Perry…….

    “Steve Perry, who fronted the band during its biggest years and is now retired, possessed a voice so remarkable that every Journey singer since has essentially been a clone. He had enormous power, range and perfect pitch, all of which allowed him to easily sing over the squall of a rock band. There was something else, too — a sweetness that could quickly switch gears from melancholy to celebratory. ”

    August 21, 2009 – Louisville, KY – State Fair – Freedom Hall
    By Jeffrey Lee Puckett • jpuckett@courier-journal.com • August 21, 2009

  • Observer February 15th, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Those who want to preserve the old recordings of Perry are understandably from his generation. I guess the re-recordings are for the new generation of music fans. The youth of today will generally won’t give a damn of the old recordings of any singer who has retired. For me, music is not about one person. It is a matter of choice – you listen or not listen. If you’re old, of course you will always listen to your old and rotten music collection to remind you of the past. I feel the re-recordings is meant to preserve the music not the singer. So still – its either you listen or not listen.

  • APNO February 23rd, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Oh, Lordy! get old perry so the old wingies could wank under duvet cover.

  • Michael February 23rd, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    lol… those who want to preserve the old recordings of Perry clearly idolize only the handsome singer not the song. If i like the music, i don’t care who sings it. I never liked Paris Hilton’s music but I like her beauty. So i bought her cd just because it is her. lol

  • karen byrd February 24th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Steve Perry has lost nothing in fact as far as I have heard he is making a new album now and what I hears of it it doesn’t sound like he lost anything. He is still the best voice around! Now I do like the voice of the new lead singer he has a very nice sound.

  • Carmen Smithe April 2nd, 2011 at 5:49 am

    K. Shirley’s remarks are his opinion, nothing more. Steve Perry is the one who was instrumental in getting the band back together in the mid 1990’s.’Tours always follow albums, he of all people would know that. If he was “scared” to sing live, he would not have shortened his solo tour, to get Journey reunited, to rerecord and do a reunion. Perry was and is a professional entertainer. Being “scared” of singing, and performing live? Laughable. Performing live was Perry’s strong point, what he loved doing most, loved doing far more than studio recording. Perry was a rare artist, who did as good or better live than in the studio. Scared to tour? This is the lamest rumor yet. From all observations, Perry most likely was emotionally traumatized by the ordeal. Emotions are funny things. Emotions compel people to do (or not do) what they would otherwise do. And another point most have overlooked – what man alive responds well to ultimatums. Duh. That one should be obvious. Give a man an ultimatum – and he’ll do the opposite of what you are wanting him to do. They guys (Schon & Cain) weren’t too bright in how they handled the situation with Perry.

    Anything coming from Herbie Herbert is not credible. It is a well known fact Herbert detests Perry cuz Perry could not be controlled (which was Herbert’s strong point, and fascination, controlling others. Schon & Vallory were easily controlled. Cain more difficult, which was why Herbert didn’t like Cain either. Perry, not controllable at all. Control freaks end up hating those they cannot control). Herbie obviously wants to discredit Perry, and see him fail ultimately, as Perry messed with Herbies “Formula”. However, regardless how much Herbie discredits Perry, he will never be able to squash Perry’s greatness, and adoration for the fans, and admiration and respect from the industry and other musicians. Herbert’s continual caustic remarks about Perry has caused him to loose all credibility. Perry however, the gentleman he is, has never disparaged Herbert (or any of the guys in the band), although he has plenty he could say about them. He rises above all that, which makes him a finer person than the rest of the bunch.

    Observer – Rerecordings is always about $$, not about “music”. It allows for additional royalties over and above the originals. Herbie Herbert, by his own admission, was encouraging the guys to do the rerecordings, as it would make them a lot more $$. Herbert, and the New Journey is all about the $$, the gravy train, rather than art. Just compare the performances now, with the performances performed with Perry, an entirely different scenario. They used to be happy on stage, having fun, creating art. Now, they do it mechanically, no joy, rarely smile, very little interaction with the crowd. Technically still good. However, the magic is missing. Very sad for such a good band, and even more sad for such talented musicians. When the joy is gone, it is time to go home (unless you can be satisfied to just work for the $$ only, which after awhile, becomes monotonous.)

    Arnel is good, but even he could no longer hit Perry’s high notes after just 1 tour. They had to lower the pitch. For those saying Perry can no longer sing are reaching. Of course Perry can sing. One of the world’s greatest singers not being able to sing? And why not? Did someone cut out his vocal chords? Although singers’ voices change with vocal attrition (overuse) and age, they don’t loose their ability to sing. Perry’s voice did change over the years – it became sexier, and even more emotive. Additionally, he has done countless collaborations with other singers in the past decade who have been amazed at his vocals. The man obviously still has it. Of course we all want him to bless us again with that amazing voice. The fact he hasn’t thus far is for reasons only known to him. Perhaps, as he has stated multiple times, it is merely just too emotionally painful for him. Perhaps we’ll all be blessed again someday with “The Voice”.

  • Carmen Smithe April 2nd, 2011 at 5:50 am

    K. Shirley\’s remarks are his opinion, nothing more. Steve Perry is the one who was instrumental in getting the band back together in the mid 1990\’s.\’Tours always follow albums, he of all people would know that. If he was \”scared\” to sing live, he would not have shortened his solo tour, to get Journey reunited, to rerecord and do a reunion. Perry was and is a professional entertainer. Being \”scared\” of singing, and performing live? Laughable. Performing live was Perry\’s strong point, what he loved doing most, loved doing far more than studio recording. Perry was a rare artist, who did as good or better live than in the studio. Scared to tour? This is the lamest rumor yet. From all observations, Perry most likely was emotionally traumatized by the ordeal. Emotions are funny things. Emotions compel people to do (or not do) what they would otherwise do. And another point most have overlooked – what man alive responds well to ultimatums. Duh. That one should be obvious. Give a man an ultimatum – and he\’ll do the opposite of what you are wanting him to do. They guys (Schon & Cain) weren\’t too bright in how they handled the situation with Perry.

    Anything coming from Herbie Herbert is not credible. It is a well known fact Herbert detests Perry cuz Perry could not be controlled (which was Herbert\’s strong point, and fascination, controlling others. Schon & Vallory were easily controlled. Cain more difficult, which was why Herbert didn\’t like Cain either. Perry, not controllable at all. Control freaks end up hating those they cannot control). Herbie obviously wants to discredit Perry, and see him fail ultimately, as Perry messed with Herbies \”Formula\”. However, regardless how much Herbie discredits Perry, he will never be able to squash Perry\’s greatness, and adoration for the fans, and admiration and respect from the industry and other musicians. Herbert\’s continual caustic remarks about Perry has caused him to loose all credibility. Perry however, the gentleman he is, has never disparaged Herbert (or any of the guys in the band), although he has plenty he could say about them. He rises above all that, which makes him a finer person than the rest of the bunch.

    Observer – Rerecordings is always about $$, not about \”music\”. It allows for additional royalties over and above the originals. Herbie Herbert, by his own admission, was encouraging the guys to do the rerecordings, as it would make them a lot more $$. Herbert, and the New Journey is all about the $$, the gravy train, rather than art. Just compare the performances now, with the performances performed with Perry, an entirely different scenario. They used to be happy on stage, having fun, creating art. Now, they do it mechanically, no joy, rarely smile, very little interaction with the crowd. Technically still good. However, the magic is missing. Very sad for such a good band, and even more sad for such talented musicians. When the joy is gone, it is time to go home (unless you can be satisfied to just work for the $$ only, which after awhile, becomes monotonous.)

    Arnel is good, but even he could no longer hit Perry\’s high notes after just 1 tour. They had to lower the pitch. For those saying Perry can no longer sing are reaching. Of course Perry can sing. One of the world\’s greatest singers not being able to sing? And why not? Did someone cut out his vocal chords? Although singers\’ voices change with vocal attrition (overuse) and age, they don\’t loose their ability to sing. Perry\’s voice did change over the years – it became sexier, and even more emotive. Additionally, he has done countless collaborations with other singers in the past decade who have been amazed at his vocals. The man obviously still has it. Of course we all want him to bless us again with that amazing voice. The fact he hasn\’t thus far is for reasons only known to him. Perhaps, as he has stated multiple times, it is merely just too emotionally painful for him. Perhaps we\’ll all be blessed again someday with \”The Voice\”.

  • Carmen Smithe April 2nd, 2011 at 6:08 am

    K. Shirleys remarks are his opinion, nothing more.Steve Perry is the one who wanted to get the band back together in the mid 1990s.Tours always follow albums, he of all people would know that.Perry was and is a professional entertainer.Being scared of singing, and performing live?Performing live was Perrys strong point, what he loved doing most, more than studio recording. Perry did as good or better live than in the studio.

    From listening to his interviews, Perry most likely was emotionally traumatized by the ordeal. Emotions are funny things. Another point most have overlooked – what man alive responds well to ultimatums? That one should be obvious. Give a man an ultimatum – and he will do the opposite of what you are wanting him to do. The guys (Schon & Cain) were not too bright in how they handled the situation with Perry.

    Anything coming from Herbie Herbert is not credible. It is a well known fact Herbert detests Perry cuz Perry messed with his Formula, and, could not be controlled. Herbie brags on his website how easily he is able to control others. Schon & Vallory were easily controlled. Cain more difficult, which was why Herbert didnt like Cain either. Perry, not controllable at all. Control freaks end up hating those they cannot control. Herbie obviously wants to discredit Perry, and see him ultimately fail and go away. However, regardless how much Herbie discredits Perry, he will never be able to squash Perrys greatness, and adoration from fans, and admiration and respect from the industry and other musicians. Herberts continual caustic remarks about Perry has caused him to loose all credibility. Perry however, the gentleman he is, has never disparaged Herbert (or any of the guys in the band), although Perry has plenty he could say about them. It makes him a finer person than the rest of the bunch.

    Observer – Rerecordings is always about $$, not about music. It allows for additional royalties over and above the originals. Herbie Herbert, by his own admission, was encouraging the guys to do the rerecordings, as it would make them a lot more $$. Herbert, and the New Journey is all about the $$, the gravy train, rather than art. Compare the performances now, with the performances performed with Perry, an entirely different scenario. They used to have fun on stage, were happy, creating art. Now, they do it mechanically, no joy, rarely smile, very little interaction with the crowd. Technically still good. However, the magic and the joy is missing. Very sad for such a good band, and even more sad for such talented musicians. When the joy is gone, it is time to go home (unless you can be satisfied to just work for the $$ only, which after awhile, becomes monotonous.)

    Arnel is good, but even he could no longer hit Perrys high notes after just 1 tour. They had to lower the pitch for him. For those saying Perry can no longer sing are foolish. Of course Perry can sing. One of the worlds greatest singers not being able to sing? And why not? Did someone cut out his vocal chords? Although singers voices change with vocal attrition (overuse) and age, they dont loose their ability to sing. Perrys voice did change over the years – it became sexier, deeper and even more emotive. Even without those ridiculously high notes, he is still among the best. Additionally, he has done countless collaborations with other singers in the past decade who have been amazed by his vocals. Why hasnt he continued singing? The reasons are known only to him. Perhaps, as he has stated multiple times, it is merely just too emotionally painful for him. Perhaps we will all be blessed again someday with The Voice.

  • gunzen April 16th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    To all Journey haters: lol

    Wow. Can’t people let go of the past? With or without Steve Perry, Journey has produced a platinum album. By achieving that, they have proved to themselves, and the rest of us, that there are people who like them, with or without, Steve Perry. Those of you who want Journey to die just because Steve Perry isn’t there with them now are just being selfish and shallow.

    People have to live everyday. I’m certainly not going to wait for Steve Perry just so I could hear good music. As long as the song is good and the singer renders it well, then that’s good enough for me. Just imagine how the members of Journey felt while Steve Perry was procrastinating with that necessary hip surgery. It’s like, “Hey, why don’t the four of you wait and suspend your lives while I take my time?”

    Then there are those of you who hate Journey’s current lead singer because you think Perry is being replaced by him. Sorry to say this, but Steve Perry has been replaced a long time ago, and all your dislike of Journey’s current singer is misdirected.

    In the first place, it was Steve Augeri who replaced Steve Perry. When Augeri couldn’t handle it anymore, Jeff Scott Soto replaced him. Now they have this other guy.

    There you have it. Steve Augeri was the one who replaced Steve Perry.

    For crying out loud, stop hating. Just listen to the music and let it rock you or soothe your soul. It doesn’t matter whose face it is you are seeing.

    To end this, you can’t label Journey as a tribute band. Read the first paragraph to understand.why.

  • Journey Fan May 25th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Bottom line – Steve Perry hasn’t put out any recorded material in over 15 years! The time lapsed I think speaks for itself as far as the condition of his voice.

    The current band Journey is back, they are playing arena sized gigs again, and, I don’t see where they are having to tone things down a “step” from the original keys. They found a rare gem in a singer with Arnel and, they lucked out!

    I have been a HUGE Journey fan since 1980 however, it’s just plain stupid to be a Steve Perry Fanboy in this day and age and, call yourself a Journey Fan.

    There have been 16 studio albums from Journey and Steve Perry has only sung on 7 of them. The bands legacy extends well beyond despite how good those 7 albums were!

    Wake up! It’s 2011 not, 1981!

  • Liz July 26th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    First of all most young people I’ve spoken to here in England and worldwide via the internet know who Steve Perry is and say they prefer him as lead singer of Journey. I’m 20 years-old and a ‘Journey’ fan, however, I’m not a fan of ‘Journey’ the tribute band.

    Steve Perry + band members = Journey

    copy-cat singers + band members = The Journey Tribute band

  • Emily July 26th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    @Liz: Following your line of reasoning, if Steve Perry holds a concert without Neal Schon and the others, we can also call it a Journey tribute band. However, fact is – Journey is NOT about one man. JOURNEY IS ALL ABOUT MUSIC. And i think Schon’s new lead singer Arnel Pineda preserves Journey’s music and style for the new generation of rock fans. Journey is about music and not about one man and once teen’s heartthrob. All die-hard fans of one man named Steve Perry always have the right to listen to his old and rotten records to the rest of their life. Let us let the new generation enjoy Journey’s music – recorded and live – with its new members.

    An old Steve Perry + copycat lead guitarist + copycat keyboardist + copycat bassist + copycat drummer = Journey Tribute Band (following you logic)

    Fact is:

    Journey’s Greatest Hits + most original band members + original composers + new lead singer who can do justice to their new music and greatest hits = STILL THE GREAT and NOW AN IMPROVED JOURNEY BAND

    Journey lives on!

  • Lisa July 28th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Liz you’re absolutely CORRECT. Steve Perry is Journey and Journey is Steve Perry. Just hope they get back together before it’s too late!

  • ClassicRockfan2011 July 28th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    @ Liza

    Lol… very funny. If Steve Perry is Journey, he doesn’t have to come back with Neal Schon and the others. He just have to hire a new lead guitarist, keyboardist, bassist and drummer. Let’s see if that is going to be still Journey.

    I don’t think Steve will have the guts to call Neal and beg him to let him come back with the group after all those snubs he did with founder Neal and hitmaker Jonathan and the rest when he left.

    I agree that Journey is all about music and not a good-looking lead singer.

    Let us just enjoy Journey’s music.

  • Samantha Jones August 4th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    FYI – Steve just did some background vocals on Cassidy’s upcoming project “Boheme”….interview says she was in awe to have him in studio with her….can’t sing…what a crock of bulls..t! Has done lots of this type thing over the years…just for fun. He’s not searching for the $$$ like the others, just enjoying himself. Rock on Steve Perry, greatest singer ever!

  • Carol October 20th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    \”journey is more than just about a pretty lead singer\” Meaning all Steve Perry was just a face and nothing-else. Well, let me give you people some FACTS.

    Steve Perry made them successful and the name Neal & Co household names. Steve Perry\’s voice is the one evey other lead singer after him try AND FAIL to copy. It was Steve Perry who co-wrote their biggest hits and, \”don\’t stop believing\” their most famous song was Steve Perry\’s Idea! It was Steve Perry who made \”wheel in the sky\” a sing they wrote before he joined the band a success, the previous singer couldn\’t even do that!

    Yes \’Journey\’ is more than just a pretty lead-singer, It\’s about Steve Perry!!!

  • MARIA October 31st, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    YES THERE WAS A JOURNEY BEFORE STEVE PERRY, BUT I WASN’T AWARE THEY WERE KNOWN OF, OR HAD CHART HITS UNTIL STEVE JOINED THEM. HE MADE THEM KNOWN FILLED ARENAS BUT WITH HIS VOICE. I HAVE SEEN THE COVER BAND THEY HAVE NOW WITH ARNEL THEY TRUELY SUCK. HE CANNOT HIT HIGH NOTES SO DEEN DOES FOR HIM. THE SMALL AMP. THEATRE WHERE THEY PERFORMED WASN’T EVEN FULL. REPLACING STEVE IS LIKE SAYING LETS REPLACE JOHN LENNON THE MAGIC IS GONE.

  • Brenda October 31st, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    That guy an A*SHOLE!! He knows nothing!! To think Arnel can sing like Steve??? YEAH RIGHT!! I hope he gets sued for saying crap about Steve!!! I also hope he gets fired from what ever job he thinks he is doing!! I would not waste a penny on anything he is involved in!!! Crap talker!!!!

  • Joe Smith November 4th, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Arnel is doing most songs dropped a half-step. He didn’t do the original keys for very long. Smart move if he wants to last a few years.

  • CD May 16th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Kevin Shirley is not a good choice for Journey. It\’s about time the band realizes that they need a better producer and live sound man like they had in Kevin Elson…someone who hears the groove.

  • tssh23 January 8th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    journey don’t have any problem about it. ONLY old people does :) lol!

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