JOURNEY‘s management has reportedly shot down speculation that the band is in talks with its former singer, Steve Perry, about a possible reunion.
Late last month, Artisan News posted a video clip (see below) in which Perry was asked whether he has been in contact with JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon. “I haven’t worked with Neal,” he replied. “We’re trying. It’s tough. I’m doing my best in that area and I can only do so much.”
According to MelodicRock.com, the speculation about a possible reunion between JOURNEY and Perry is “totally inaccurate.” The site’s webmaster, Andrew McNeice, writes: “I can one hundred per cent confirm there has been no business or reunion communication between the camps.
“While everyone is on good terms, with no issues, there are no plans in the foreseeable future.
“JOURNEY management stated to me today: ‘No reunion plans; all is well in the JOURNEY camp. Big tour in the U.S. this summer — JOURNEY/STEVE MILLER and TOWER OF POWER.’
“I can add that Steve‘s recently quoted responses to media about his situation is basically a polite answer to the question he is always going to be asked. Watching him say it on video gives it better context than the quote in text.
“Don’t get too excited, folks, my source states that any hype is just ‘hot air.'”
Fans have been eagerly awaiting some type of answer from Perry after Schon posted an olive branch to him last July on his Facebook page. Schon, who along with keyboardist Jonathan Cain and co-founding bassist Ross Valory, parted ways with Perry in 1998, posted a YouTube link to a Perry radio interview along with a warm open message to his former collaborator, stating: “Great Steve Perry interview. I hope we can reach out to each other and connect once again. We had amazing chemistry together. I love him with all the love and admiration you could even have. Steve, let’s talk soon. Neal.”
Steve Perry left JOURNEY in 1998 rather than be forced into hip surgery so that the band could tour behind their hit reunion album “Trial By Fire”. He’s currently prepping his first solo album in 20 years.
JOURNEY‘s latest studio album, “Eclipse”, featuring singer Arnel Pineda, was released in May 2011. The Walmart-exclusive CD debuted on The Billboard 200 album chart at No. 13.
Recently released is JOURNEY‘s latest compilation, “Greatest Hits – Volume 2”, which was compiled by Steve Perry.