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 star Steve Perry is fast becoming a regular attraction at Eels shows after joining the group for the third time in as many weeks at a show in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (11Jun14). The once reclusive Open Arms singer performed Journey classics with the rockers onstage in Minnesota and Washington, D.C. and on Wednesday he hit the spotlight again during the Eels' Orpheum Theatre concert.
The L.A. show marked Perry's first public performance of Lights in almost two decades. He also revisited classic tunes Open Arms and Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' as he did at his previous shows with the Eels.
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry continued his stage comeback by joining rockers Eels at a show on Saturday night (31May14), marking their second gig together in a week. Last Sunday (25May14), Perry made his first public performance since the late 1990s when he performed with the band at their concert in St. Paul, Minnesota, and treated fans to Journey's classic hits including Open Arms and Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'.
Perry made a repeat performance at Washington, D.C.'s Lincoln Theatre, singing the same two Journey tracks, as wells as Sam Cooke's Only Sixteen and Eels' It's a Motherf**ker.
Explaining to the audience why he chose to perform that particular Eels' track, he said, "It is a song about profound loss. I recently lost someone who is the love of my life and I revisited that song. It meant even more to me."
Perry went on to reveal that it was frontman E, real name Mark Everett, who inspired him to return to the stage.
He divulged, "For years we've been friends. And for years we've played croquet, we've gone to dinners, we hang out. 'Why don’t you come out sometime in sing?' 'Well, you know, I haven't done it in a long time. I don't know.' 'Why don’t you get your a** out and sing with us?' he says. I want to thank The Eels for getting my ass out and singing."
Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett is still pinching himself after sharing a stage with reclusive rock legend Steve Perry at the weekend. The former Journey vocalist made a return to the spotlight after a 19-year absence from the stage when he joined Eels at their gig in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday night (25May14) and performed three tracks, including rock classics Open Arms and Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'.
Everett, aka E, insists the guest spot was a long time coming - because Perry has been an Eels fan for over a decade.
He tells Stereogum.com, "Steve's the greatest guy... and he started showing up unannounced to our tour rehearsals every year.
"Slowly, over the years, guys in the band would try to bait him by playing a Journey song, hoping he would grab the microphone and start singing, but he never would. One tour rehearsal, probably three or four years ago, it happened, where he surprised us all and grabbed the microphone. And for the first time in 18 years or something, he started singing a Journey song.
"It sent shivers down my spine, and I instantly gained an appreciation for his voice and Journey, something that I never got before. And now when I hear Journey on the radio, I turn it up."
But Everett is still stunned that Perry chose his band's stage in Minnesota on which to make his comeback: "I don't know why he chose St. Paul. Only he could tell you that.
"It was such a beautiful moment. Again, it sent chills down my spine just to be there with him in his element doing what he was made to do. And, as my friend, it felt good to see him feeling so good about that."
Everett admits he has no idea if Perry will join the band again at upcoming shows.
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."
Jim Carrey hasn't been shy about sharing his thoughts on guns in America lately and his new Funny or Die clip "Cold Dead Hand" is the eyebrow-raising culmination of all those very strong feelings.
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The actor/comedian — who has been teasing the video on Twitter over the past few days along with his own commentary on gun control ("The important question is 'Do we possess guns in America or do guns possess us?'" was among one of his tweets) — said in a press release, "I find the gun problem frustrating and ‘Cold Dead Hand’ is my fun little way of expressing that frustration.” On Twitter, however, he put it a little more bluntly: "Cold Dead Hand' is abt u heartless motherf%ckers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids.Sorry if you're offended…" [sic.]
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If Carrey wasn't clear enough on Twitter about his gun control message, the scathing and oft very funny social commentary in "Cold Dead Hand" makes it crystal. The 51-year-old star does what he does best here with some spot-on impressions — including (clearly) Sam Elliott and the late actor/outspoken gun advocate Charlton Heston, who infamously made that "Cold dead hands" NRA speech in 2000, of which this song parodies — on a send-up of the '70s variety show Hee-Haw. (Among one of the lyrics is one line about Heston himself that goes, "The angels wouldn’t take him up to heaven like he planned, cause they couldn’t pry that gun from his cold dead hand.”)
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Carrey also plays the front man for a fictitious band called Lonesome Earl and the Clutterbusters, which is backed by beacons of anti-violence and peace Gandhi, Lincoln, and Lennon (played by 90s band The Eels). Now, whether or not "Cold Dead Hand" makes you tap your toes, laugh along with the biting social satire, raise your fist in solidarity, or if it just pushes your buttons that someone starring in the upcoming Kick-Ass 2 is taking aim at others on the topic of violence... well, that's your right to express that feeling.
Watch Carrey's video below and sing along to the scathing song ("On the ones, who sell the guns ... Only the devil’s true devotees could profiteer from pain and fear") on iTunes:
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[Photo credit: Funny or Die]
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