Steve Perry Will Attend But Not Sing At Journey’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction
Steve Perry Will Be Attending Journey’s Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction
The former lead singer of the band will be there on April 7th of this year as he and Journey’s Jonathan Cain, Aynsley Dunbar, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Steve Smith, Ross Valory get inducted but will Perry sing?
According to Cain the answer is no. The keyboardist told the Dayton Daily News that he’s really looking forward to catching up with the singer adding “The ceremony is the first time we’re going to get to see Steve Perry in a long time,” Cain knows the fans want Perry to perform with the group but it probably won’t happen saying, “As far as we know, he’s just going to accept the award and then skedaddle, That’s all I know, unless something changes.”
Even though it’s been reported that Perry is working on a new solo album he most certainly is not in the tip-top vocal shape that was demonstrated on their biggest album “Escape” from 1981 for instance – that would be near impossible. That project sold over 9 million in the U.S. alone. Voices slowly deteriorate and/or get thinner or lower with age and Perry hasn’t done any regular live singing in years. Of course that’s not to say he’s not working on his voice to keep it fresh or even working with a vocal coach.
The keyboardist says“Arnel (Pineda) has been consistently on the road for 10 years now, I don’t think any singer in the band has stayed on the road as long as Arnel has. When we think back to the Steve Perry days, he wasn’t in the band for 10 years straight, faithfully being the road singer.” Actually Perry was with Journey for 20 years.
Perry joined Journey in 1978 taking over most of the lead vocals from Rolie who left after 1981’s “Captured” album. It was Cain who replaced Rolie and co-wrote many of Journey’s biggest hits. 1978 was also when band started incorporating that colorful space-aged look to all their album covers
Train’s front-man Pat Monahan will be inducting Journey into the Rock Hall of Fame and he said, “I hope Steve comes in and sings with them. I’m not sure if Steve can sing like he used to. And I’m not sure if they have good blood or bad blood, but they both have told me their stories, and they don’t match. There’s always three stories, right? Yours, mine, and the truth. So hopefully they’ll sort it out.” Monahan is a huge fan of Journey. Both bands are from San Francisco.
Also being Inducted In The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the class of 2017 are Yes, ELO, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur and Nile Rodgers. – by John Beaudin