Journey Reunion With Steve Perry Is Unlikely
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) – While the resurgence of Journey’s hit song Don’t Stop Believin’ provided some reunion hope to longtime Journey fans, former lead singer Steve Perry said a it’s not likely.
“It’s like any emotional, committed relationship,” he said to the Associated Press. “At some point, they seem to all have a shelf life and bands are no exception.
“Life has moved us all on in different places in our lives. They’re doing what they’re doing – they have been since ’98. And I’ve been doing what I’m doing, which is living my life and having a personal life.”
Perry’s interview came ahead of Tuesday’s release of Journey’s “Greatest Hits Vol. 2” and the remastered version of Perry’s 1984 solo album, “Street Talk,” which included the No. 1 hit “Oh Sherrie” and the ballad “Foolish Heart.”
Perry’s former band mates have continued on since his departure 13 years ago, performing as Journey with a new lead singer, Arnel Pineda. Even though Perry said they have all moved on, he said he still delights in the songs he did with Journey that keep getting airplay.
Thirty years after its release, Journey’s most memorable hit, “Don’t Stop Believin,'” is still heard in movies and on TV. Most recently, the song appears in Brad Pitt’s “Moneyball.”
The song has managed to reach an even younger audience through the hit TV show “Glee,” which has also featured other Journey hits “Faithfully” and the medley version of “Any Way You Want It/Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin.'”
During the 2010 World Series in San Francisco, Giants fans inside the sold out AT&T Park began singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” and “Lights” along with Perry who was in attendance.
It’s very shocking because now I’m getting it for 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-year-olds coming up to me, and they love that song and they’ve made it their song,” said Perry, 62. “It’s just amazing to me.”
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