Why We Don’t Hear About Journey’s Steve Perry Anymore

Why We Don’t Hear About Journey’s Steve Perry Anymore

You can’t think of the classic rock band
Journey without humming that karaoke staple
“Don’t Stop Believin’”…
“Don’t Stop.
Hold on to that feeling.”
…or other hits like “Separate Ways” and
the slow dance song favorite “Open Arms.”
And thanks to “Don’t Stop Believin’” being
used on Glee…
“Just a small town girl… living in a lonely
…and in the final episode of The Sopranos…
Don’t stop.. belevin’!”
And how can we not mention the genius that
is Rock Sugar?
“She took a midnight train going anywhere.”
…an entire generation rediscovered the arena
rock hit makers.
But the voice behind those songs, Steve Perry,
has been MIA for some time, both from the
band that made him famous and from public
Fans miss the artist who was so huge during
in the ‘80s, he got to sing a verse in “We
Are the World.”
“Oh the choice we’re making… we’re saving
our own lives.”
So whatever happened to the singer who helped
Journey hit the high notes?
Let’s find out:
Leaving at the top
Journey’s music was inescapable throughout
the ‘70s and ‘80s.
“So what?”
“So what?
So let’s dance!”
“I was alone…
I never knew…”
They toured constantly, released an album
a year between 1975 and 1981, and even had
their own arcade game where fans could play
as members of the band retrieving instruments
in outer space.
Steve Perry told GQ that he thought the game
was “dumb” at the time, and it’s hard to disagree
with him.
But its existence is still evidence of the
band’s mega-popularity during their heyday.
After several years of stadium tours, Journey
took a much needed break.
Founding member Neal Schon recorded two solo
albums with Miami Vice theme song composer
Jan Hammer as Schon and Hammer, which inspired
Perry to go solo for 1984’s Street Talk,
a smash record that included the hits “Foolish
Heart” and “Oh Sherrie,” which Perry wrote
for his then girlfriend, Sherrie Swafford,
who also appears in the video.
“Oh Sherrie, our love, holds on.”
But what started as a quick breather from
Journey eventually became a long-term hiatus
from music.
Perry first left Journey in 1987, after the
last date of the supporting tour for the album
Raised On Radio, an album whose recording
sessions were strained by Perry’s intermittent
attendance, due to his mother’s failing
health and eventual death.
After years of touring and recording albums,
Perry was mentally done with the band.
“I told them I just don’t think I want to
do it anymore.
I think I just want to stop.”
The band moved on to other projects for the
next few years.
Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain formed
the band Bad English with singer John Waite,
which scored the number one Billboard hit
“When I See You Smile.”
“When I see you smile.”
Perry recorded a solo album called Against
the Wall in 1988, but due to record label
shake-ups it was never released.
After eight years away from the spotlight,
Perry released the solo record For The Love
Of Strange Medicine in 1994, where he sported
some sweet ‘90s grunge rocker locks in the
video for the single “You Better Wait.”
“Somewhere there’s love”
Perry was back, but his return would be short-lived.
The reunion tour ended before it began
Perry’s Strange Medicine album attracted
enough buzz that plans were made for a Journey
The band got together in 1996 and recorded
the album Trial By Fire, which produced the
#1 Adult Contemporary hit “When You Love a
“Though she’s standing by your side.”
Joy that lasts forever!
But before Journey could hit the road for
a tour, Perry experienced pain in his hip
while hiking in Hawaii.
And I, uh..
And I, uh..
Didn’t think I was going to make it off the
Perry was diagnosed with a degenerative bone
disease and became unable to perform.
Without Perry, there was no tour, and with
no tour, the album quickly faded from the
Perry would put off getting hip surgery until
1998, but by then the rest of the band were
frustrated from waiting around for their lead
singer, and had moved on.
Perry even received a phone call from the
rest of the band, advising him to “go out
do whatever you want, but do not call it Journey.”
That was the last straw for Perry, who told
music journalist Mitch Lafon, “I don’t respond
well to ultimatums.”
It was time for Journey and Perry to go their
separate ways for good.
Behind The Music got ugly
In 2001, members of the band were interviewed
for VH1’s Behind The Music, not long after
releasing the modestly successful album Arrival,
with a new lead singer Steve Augeri.
The show focused on the band’s internal feuds,
and reopened some old wounds.
What particularly increased the tension was
Perry describing himself as an outsider in
the group.
“I never really felt like I was part of the
I really always that I was the out.. outside
From the perspective of the other members
of Journey, Perry was a driving force of the
band, so the outsider comments both hurt — and
made zero sense.
“I have no idea why he would feel that way…”
“It’s just nuts.
Never felt part of the band”
“He was making you know, a lot of the decisions…”
The band who gave us the song “Lovin’, Touchin’,
Squeezin’,” were now “Arguin’, Squabblin’
and Catfightin’.”
Perry’s permanent replacement
During the early 2000s, Journey’s new vocalist,
Steve Augeri, was struggling to provide the
vocal chops to take Perry’s place.
“It was frightening going out on stage and
it was scary being compared to one of the
greatest rock and roll vocalists in rock and
roll history.”
The band was even being accused of employing
pre-recorded vocals in live performances to
compensate, which might be the least rock-and-roll
thing this side of a pan flute.
The remaining members of Journey needed a
singer who could match Perry’s iconic vocals.
Miraculously, the guys in Journey found their
new singer while searching for covers of their
songs on YouTube.
The band heard Filipino singer Arnel Pineda
sing their hit “Faithfully” and were blown
away by his vocal resemblance to Steve Perry.
“Whoa whoa whoa, whoa whoa whoa.”
Living in poverty and paying his dues — and
bills — by performing with classic rock
cover bands in Manila, Pineda sounded almost
exactly like Perry, and so the band immediately
tracked him down and hired him.
“Just a city boy.
Born and raised in South Detroit.”
Pineda, who was the subject of a 2012 documentary
about his amazing, um, journey, has been humble
about the gig, saying he never expected to
catch the attention of one of his favorite
And while he hasn’t actually met Steve Perry,
he insists that if he ever does, he’d be in
line for an autograph like any fan.
Perry told Glamour that he thinks Pineda is
doing “great,” and squashed reunion rumors
in 2014 by telling Fan Asylum, “He’s their
lead singer and I wish him all the best.”
Which is probably how you’d react if your
bandmates replaced you with a soundalike.
“So now I come to you with open arms.”
In 2013, Steve Perry opened up on his blog
about a tremendous loss he had suffered.
While watching footage from the Lifetime TV
special Five about breast cancer survivors
made by friend and filmmaker Patty Jenkins,
Perry was taken by Kellie Nash, a psychologist
and cancer patient who made a cameo appearance
in the special.
Perry asked Jenkins to introduce him to Nash,
and after a few email exchanges, the two met
and instantly fell for each other.
They dated for a year-and-a-half, but Nash’s
cancer spread, ultimately claiming her life.
Perry himself experienced a cancer scare in
2013, undergoing surgery to remove melanoma
skin cancer.
Both experiences have left him a more pensive
and reflective man, which doesn’t always jive
with the wild rockstar lifestyle.
Vocal fears
The past few years have seen Perry poking
his head out from his self-imposed exile.
He’s appeared at a few major league baseball
“Up and down the boulevard.”
and even performed some Journey songs with
indie band Eels in 2014 at their concerts
in St. Paul, Minnesota and Los Angeles.
Perry is a fan of the group, and performed
slowed-down versions of “Open Arrms,” “Faithfully”
and more classic tunes.
“So now I’ve gone to you with open arms.”
While Perry’s vocals had certainly aged,
the Internet exploded after his return to
the stage.
The surprise performance was well received,
but there’s no sign of a full-blown Steve
Perry comeback.
So what gives?
Perry has expressed concern that, after so
long out of practice, his voice may not even
be capable of pulling off the soaring high
notes of the classic Journey tracks.
“Here I am, with open arms.”
When a reporter from Glamour asked him in
2013 how is voice is doing these days, Steve
said “It’s out of shape.”
Meanwhile, Perry has been increasingly hinting
at the release of a new album, and the last
time he released a solo album it led to a
Journey reunion.
But while the other members of Journey have
said they’d welcome Perry back, Neal Schon
told Billboard that Perry will only speak
to him through an attorney.
Don’t stop believin’, Journey fans.
But also, don’t hold your breath.
“Don’t stop.
Hold on to that feeling.”
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100 thoughts on “Why We Don’t Hear About Journey’s Steve Perry Anymore”

  1. Steve Perry has an amazing voice. Old??? Are they crazy???
    My ex Jason sang like him and Styx. Believe me when you meet talented vocals you envy.
    My ex will never get the opportunities Steve Perry had. I regard Steve Perry did not gift the world with more of his talent. Even solo he was amazing.

  2. If Steve is worried about his voice being out of shape, he should go on a Ken Templin course, that'll sort it out no probs.

  3. Um you are aware Steve Perry is back with a new album. And journey is kissing his ass to come back. You should take this down. How dumb are you??

  4. Nobody will ever have the amazing and unique voice of Steve Perry. There is only one of him, and he is the greatest singer of all time with also the best voice of all time. We miss you Steve Perry!!🤘🎸🎤

  5. I thought that Journey's high mark was Infinity, when Gregg Rollie and Perry were playing off of each other. Feelin That Way/Anytime was Journey at their best.

  6. Check out Drumwolf on Smule. He does a great impression of Steve Perry singing Journey covers. Drumwolf is a very devoted fan of Journey, he owns all of their albums and has attended several live concerts. He has said he would love go on stage and sing with Steve Perry.

  7. …because he hasn't been in Journey ( …or, any 'other band') for comin up on round 30 years now. He is missed…

  8. Steve Perry got too caught up in the entire "rock hero" stuff and seemed to believe his press clippings. Good luck to him as he is talented.

  9. Yeah good for him he's doing it his way fuck everybody else and I could care less about Journey what they've done or what they're about to do

  10. This hurts my heart. My Father told me a story about what happened to Steve after his hip surgery. Steve did a show and was booed off the stage because he was sitting on a stool. Even at the young age of 6 I knew that was wrong. Steve if you one day see my comment. Sing for you not for us. Me personally just like you for being you. "Don't stop believing".

  11. Prepare the way for the Messiah, He will Pray to the Father, for us to have the Spirit of God, for a Teacher, and Comforter, Forever, in the bible book of John, chapter 14, verse 26… John, chapters 14, through 17, are Spiritual Rebirth Chapters… Peters witness of John, chapter 14 is Acts 5, verse 32… Peace

  12. Journey was the shit back in late 70s and 80s. I saw them when they headlined the 1982 Texxas Jam in Dallas…phenomenal

  13. He sings like an Angel. Have always loved him and expect to hear his voice once I pass from this world into the next! Love, love, love his voice.

  14. Ummm you can take this outdated video. Steve Perry is officially back in music since 2018 and has been hot with "We're Still Here" high on the charts!

  15. JOURNEY One of my very favorites!!!
    Steve Perry is one of the Best & most perfect musical vocalists ever.

  16. Steve Perry is/was a great singer. They had some great songs (even outside of "Don't Stop Believing"), as well as some songs that slipped below the surface. "Only the Young", "Be Good to Yourself", "Ask the Lonely" ~just to name a couple. Arnel is alright, but he will never match up to Steve.

  17. There is NEVER a point in trying to replace the lead singer. Start a new band, & call it something else, because you'll be an irrelevant joke after that if you don't.

  18. I've never been to a journey concert I all ways wachting from a far Steve's been to my mom's house and talk to my sister and mom alot never got to meet him maybe some day God Bless

  19. Since Journey was around before Steve Perry why didn't they rename the band; kinda like when Freddie Mercury joined with Smile band mates Brian May & roger Taylor they became Queen.

  20. Hoe did he come back from the DEAD.I remember clearly his death. It must be an allin thing .Some type of parallel time that somehow pulled him out of the grave and into this time..Im not bullshiting .

  21. Right……. the guy is at the top and…. Right…. Well, had enough of this so I'm outta here… Right… Mmmm ⚡️
    Found!!! https://youtu.be/Oawl9e-tFVM

  22. Even without Steve Perry is not appearing long time ago in public. You have Arnel Pineda who's almost the same voice of Steve Perry and more original voice to Steve.

  23. Steve Perry made the whiny boys of Journey famous. Replacing him with a guy who can only sing the old songs makes me laugh. Steve is it! His new album is incredible and I’ll be there waiting for a concert with THE voice of Journey. He is gifted with an amazing voice. Neal Schon, you are not!

  24. After his "comeback" ballad-heavy album took the world by storm (cough), I think he'll be doing his Great Garbo act again……

  25. I'm sorry ☹️ but he's JOURNEY 💙❤️ can't stand that new guy. Wish I could find it easier to find his singing with them….I love the solo music. Health issue WE STILL LOVE YOU STEVE . KEEP THE MUSIC!!

  26. Yo lo amo y siempre lo haré even when I couldn't understand his songs I enjoyed his beautiful voice and handsomeness.

  27. Steve is a truely beautiful person, in every sense of the word. I love him & wish him the best with his future endeavors. Xoxo from Canada. ❤🇨🇦

  28. I've been to three Steve Perry/Journey concerts and he was one of the few vocalist that sounded as good live as he did in the studio. Nice work on this video

  29. I seen Jorney at Sweden Rock Festival 2009. Thought i heard mr. Perry sing.. It wasn't. It was Arnel. OK, maybe i was a little drunk back then. But they were really, really good anyway🖤💛🤘🏼

  30. And you would want to __why_?

    Maybe it's because he fell off of the skyscraper so many times. We used to go pump quarters into the Journey video game so that we could make Steve Perry fall to his death.

  31. Steve Perry is THE VOICE of Journey. The ONLY REASON “the band” is still around is that they got lucky and found on YouTube (of all places) a singer that sounds exactly like Steve Perry. You know, it tells A LOT when the LEAD singer felt that he “wasn’t part of the band.”.. maybe there was some damaged egos involved with the band..or Steve had a bad case of “Lead singer syndrome.” ..where there is ADDED pressure for a lead singer to perform. Who knows? In any case.. Steve should just enjoy retirement… play for fun.. and relax and enjoy the music.

  32. I don't know if it's just me, but I'd love to see Perry and Pineda on the same stage performing together, not for a showoff or a comparison, just a duet.

  33. Sem Steve Perry a viagem chegou ao fim, muito triste para a música. Este é definitivamente uma força da natureza.

  34. Smart man, he took his several millions and royalties and got out of the bus. Merle Haggard died in his bus parked in front of his house. The bus was his real home so at least he died at home.I worked in the country music business most of my adult life. It's sad to see how the come in some times with the entire family on the pay roll and the bread winner is old and needs to be home relaxing but supporting the entire family. I won't say any names.

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