Former Journey star Steve Perry has assured fans he has no interest in replacing the group's current frontman, despite rumours of a return. Reclusive Perry revealed he was involved in talks with his former bandmates last year (13), but nothing came of them.
However, he recently returned to the stage with rockers the Eels to belt out Journey classics, leading fans to believe a reunion was the next step.
But Perry insists he has no plans to take over from Arnel Pineda in the band, explaining, "There is no reunion."
Pineda recently suggested he would step aside if Perry wanted to return to the stage with the group, prompting the band's former singer to tell Fan Asylum, "I don't know who or what would make Arnel want to say such a thing. He's their lead singer and I wish him all the best."
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry made a triumphant return to the stage on Sunday night (25May14) when he joined rockers Eels for impromptu, pitch-perfect renditions of classics Open Arms and Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' at their Minnesota gig. The show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul marked Perry's first public performance since the late 1990s.
The singer quit Journey in 1986 but briefly reunited with the group a decade later. His name has been back in the news recently after he revealed he was discussing a possible comeback with his former bandmates.
However, guitarist Neal Schon insists a reunion is no longer a talking point, explaining, "I think when Steve mentioned that, when somebody put him on the spot and asked him, we had been (communicating) with email, just saying, 'Hello, I hope you're well,' all that.
"He opened the door and shut the door. It wasn't anybody but him that created all that media for a second, and so we do want to reassure the fans that no, (current frontman) Arnel (Pineda) has not gone anywhere. He's still right here with us."
Rockers Journey are heading back to their archives to rework old tunes the bandmates never recorded with former frontman Steve Perry. Guitarist Neal Schon has confirmed the band plans to continue with singer Arnel Pineda, despite recent rumours of a reunion with Perry - and they will be working on a new album of old material once the group's U.S. tour ends in August (14).
Schon tells Billboard.com, "We are talking about... re-doing some songs - not stuff that we did with Steve Perry but other stuff that we had done before in the past that just never kinda saw the light, rearranging it, maybe adding some new sections to it, and writing some new stuff, too.
"We've got a lot of stuff sitting (around). We started playing some stuff in rehearsal and it really sounded great. When you start doing that and you get the juices flowing, there's always gonna be new songs to come out of nowhere, and usually those are the best ones."
Bandmate Jonathan Cain reveals that some of the reworked songs will be material from a 2000 album the band scrapped.
He adds, "We were gonna go back and look at some of that music and add (to) it 'cause we just felt that it never got recorded right, and we had another singer at the time and don't think they got it right."
Meanwhile, Schon insists a reunion with Perry is no longer being considered after the band's former singer revealed there were talks of a get together earlier this year (14).
The guitarist explains, "I think when Steve mentioned that, when somebody put him on the spot and asked him, we had been (communicating) with email, just saying, 'Hello, I hope you're well,' all that.
"He opened the door and shut the door. It wasn't anybody but him that created all that media for a second, and so we do want to reassure the fans that no, Arnel has not gone anywhere. He's still right here with us."
Aerosmith star Steven Tyler, SLASH and Julian Lennon have joined forces to cover songs by Sting and The Police for a new child slavery awareness album. Set Them Free will also feature tracks recorded by Journey's Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda, Heart, Glenn Hughes and En Vogue.
Proceeds from sales of the compilation will benefit Rock Against Trafficking, a new nonprofit group dedicated to raise awareness about child slavery worldwide.
Reports suggest many of the stars on the record will appear at a concert in the U.K., which is being planned for later this year (14).
Guitarist Schon, who recorded the Police's Synchronicity II with bandmate Pineda for the album, tells Billboard.com, "All kinds of artists are on this record... Hopefully (there will be) a live show that will be filmed."
Journey frontman Arnel Pineda is embarking on a solo album amid rumours former rocker Steve Perry is set for a return to the band. The Filipino singer rose to superstardom when guitarist Neal Schon spotted Pineda on YouTube.com performing with a Journey tribute band, and decided to hire him in 2007.
Now Pineda is ready to show the world his own original music with his first solo album in the U.S. due to hit shelves later this year (14).
He reveals, "Even though I am still with Journey and we are touring, I am also working on my original materials and I am also recording them", adding he aims to launch the album this year.
While Perry recently revealed he and Schon are in talks to reunite the classic line-up, Pineda denies the rocker is returning to the group but says he's willing to step down as the frontman if need be.
Pineda admits, "If that happens, I'd be more than happy to give way. As long as they need me I will be there, I'm never gonna quit on them."
Rock supergroup Journey are edging closer to a reunion with legendary frontman Steve Perry. The Don't Stop Believin' singer has revealed he and former bandmate Neal Schon are in talks to reunite the classic line-up.
He tells Classic Rock magazine, "We’re trying. It’s tough. I’m doing my best in that area, and I can only do so much."
The news comes less than a year after Perry suffered a cancer scare, and he admits the health emergency made him take stock of his life and career.
He adds, "The older I get, the more I do realise how important what we had all together and how it worked. The older I get... the more I realise we brought that out of each other. I brought things out of them, and they certainly brought a lot of my vocal stuff out of me."
Schon sparked reports that a Perry reunion was in the works last year (13) when he reached out to the singer on Facebook, writing, "We had amazing chemistry together. I love him with all the love and admiration you could even have. Steve, let’s talk soon."
Perry was Journey's frontman from 1977 to 1983. He reunited with his bandmates twice in the 1990s but was replaced after injuring his hip in 1997. He returned to join the band at its 2005 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.
His successors have included Steve Augeri, Jeff Scott Soto and current singer Arnel Pineda, who was hired after Schon spotted him on YouTube.com performing with a Journey tribute band in his native Philippines.
It isn't clear when Perry plans to rejoin the group, but Journey have North American dates with Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power booked for May and June (14).
It was announced recently that Christine McVie was reuniting with her bandmates in Fleetwood Mac after leaving the group in 1998. Fans can now be treated again to the group's Rumours-era lineup, with McVie taking back over vocals on her hits like "You Make Loving Fun" and "Hold Me."
With so many musicians cashing in on the money that can be made by going out on the road with a classic edition of their band, it's become hard to find acts that people clamor to have back together. Hard, but not impossible. Here are some artists that we'd like to see back in the band.
Slash, Guns N' Roses
Granted, Axl Rose is a nut-job and a major pain in the tuchus. Still, the demand for a tour featuring Rose, Slash, and the rest of the original lineup of GNR would be unbelievable and the group's core audience is now old enough to afford the ticket prices. If Don Henley, Glenn Frey and the other Eagles can spend years on the road taking separate busses and not speaking to each other, than there has to be a way for Axl and Slash to play nice long enough to cash in.
Beyoncé, Destiny's Child
Beyoncé certainly doesn't need to do anything that she doesn't want to do. Let's face it; Mrs. Carter has the entire world at her disposal. But, here's the thing, she's still friends with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, as evidenced by the recent photos of the three band members together at little Blue's birthday party. Beyoncé just released a 14-track "visual album" that nobody knew about in advance. If she's got that kind of time, then surely there's some extra to lay down some new DC material.
Roger Waters, Pink Floyd
Every subsequent generation has its own Floyd experience, whether it's watching late-night showings of The Wall or synching up Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz. Waters is a creative genius, and notoriously difficult to work with. He's also 70 years old. Waters and the other surviving Floyd members (David Gilmour and Nick Mason) have done some one-off shows over the years, but it's not too late to give those younger fans one more chance to see one of Floyd's legendary live shows.
Steve Perry, Journey
There have been rumors for a long time that Perry's voice isn't what it used to be, which is why the singer hasn't released any new solo material in nearly 20 years. Perry's camp has denied that there is anything wrong with his voice, but even if there is a vocal issue, a reunion is still eminently doable. Arnel Pineda, the current lead singer of the band, has been a nice story, so keep him around to help supplement Perry. It's a little late to cash in on the hype that Glee created, but the band still might actually be more popular now than they were in their '80s heyday.
Dennis DeYoung, Styx
At the very least, this one would make Adam Sandler, an unabashed fan of the "Mr. Roboto" group, happy. DeYoung, who handled vocals on most of the band's biggest hits like "The Best of Times" and "Come Sail Away," has continued to perform Styx material in his shows and the other members of the group have long been on the fair and festival circuit. Sure, DeYoung sued the others at one time over the use of the band's name, but lawsuits are as much a part of the music industry as guitars. A reunion would at least upgrade them to the top county fairs in the country.
Journey rocker Neal Schon is a married man again after exchanging vows with his reality TV star fiancee Michaele Salahi on Sunday (15Dec13). The couple tied the knot at San Francisco, California's Palace of Fine Arts in front of more than 300 guests, including the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, rocker Sammy Hagar, R&B singer Brian McKnight and Schon's Journey bandmates Arnel Pineda and Jonathan Cain.
The ceremony was also made public via a live pay-per-view TV service to raise funds for charity. The three-hour special, titled Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event, was advertised for $14.95 (£9.99), with a portion of proceeds set to be donated to victims of the Philippines' Typhoon Haiyan, which caused devastation last month (Nov13) when it claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people and left thousands more homeless.
Schon proposed to Salahi onstage last year (12) after beginning an affair while they were both still married.
The 59 year old was previously wed to former Playboy Playmate Ava Fabian, who became his fifth wife in 2011. Salahi's marriage to businessman Tareq Salahi was finalised in August, 2012.
Singer/actress Charice Pempengco has pulled out of a Christmas concert in her native Philippines due to vocal problems. The former Glee star had been booked to perform as part of the ABS-CBN TV network's annual holiday bash in Quezon City on Tuesday (10Dec13), but the 21 year old took to her Twitter.com blog on Sunday (08Dec13) to reveal that she would no longer be part of the line-up, which includes Filipino Journey singer Arnel Pineda.
She retweeted a post from her manager, Glenn Aldueza, which read: "(Pempengco) can't make it for ABS Xmas special. Dr. advice to rest her voice (sic). Get well soon. apology chasters (Charice fans)".
Pempengco has yet to share any specific details about her ailment, which emerges days after reports suggested she had attempted to commit suicide over financial difficulties.
Her estranged maternal grandmother, Teresita Relucio, told a local news station that the youngster had slit her wrists, although she gave no timeline as to when the incident is said to have occurred.
Pempengco has yet to issue an official statement about the accusations, although she appeared to dismiss the claims by urging fans to, "Forget the bs (bulls**t)", as she promoted another concert in the Philippines.
Rockers Journey have donated $350,000 (£233,330) to support victims of the deadly typhoon which hit the Philippines last week (ends10Nov13). More than 10,000 people have died and thousands more have been left homeless after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the country in what experts describe as one of the worst disasters in modern history.
Journey singer Arnel Pineda hails from the southeast Asian island, so the band has decided to donate $350,000 (£233,330) to the United Nations World Food Programme to assist the organisation's relief efforts.
In a message released to their fans in the Philippines, Pineda writes, "Don't stop believing... Help is on the way."