Journey's Neal Schon Hasn't Spoken With Steve Perry Since 2005
... (hennemusic) It's been 15 years since Steve Perry parted ways with Journey
, but his shadow remains a constant for the band who achieved their greatest commercial success with the singer. In a new interview with Noise 11, Journey
guitarist Neal Schon spoke about Perry, who he hasn't seen in almost a decade. "You know what? I say nice things about him, and he says nice things about me," Schon tells Noise 11. "I think, all in all, I have ultimate respect for the man, and the voice that he has. I wish him the best, but we haven't quite gotten around to speaking since we received the Hollywood Walk Of Fame star [in 2005]." A tape featuring Perry made its way into the hands of Journey
manager Herbie Herbert, but the guitarist wasn't sold at first. "Gregg and I heard it initially and I thought, 'the guy's got a great voice, but I don't know if it's us.' It's so far left-field compared to what we'd been doing," said Neal. "Herbie, being the manager he was, and a very good one back then, he said, 'well you guys don't have a choice, this is what going to do.' And [Gregg] and I kinda looked at each other and thought 'what?' But he was right." more on this story hennemusic is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright hennemusic - Excerpted here with permission. Journey
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Journey Skeptical of Making Another Album
... Meanwhile, 40th anniversary plans may include a tribute show at AT&T Park Journey
isn't planning to let its 40th anniversary go unnoticed. The group's Jonathan Cain tells Billboard that Journey
is eyeballing a special show in its home town of San Francisco, most likely at AT&T Park. "I can't really say much right now, but if we can get that to happen, that would be" the anniversary celebration, Cain says. Asked if the special show could involve former members of the band, he says "that could be" but adds it's more likely to pay tribute to one of Journey
's earliest supporters. "We're thinking more of a Bill Graham tribute kind of thing," he explains. "Bill really was a big supporter of Journey
, and without Bill we'd never have played the Rose Bowl. He was our sort of godfather. So we're thinking that maybe we'll sort of wrap up the bow and do a tribute to him. We think about him a lot. He was just a tremendous guy."Journey
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Journey Did Not Pay For Their New Documentary
... production. She explains: "It would have been different if the band came to us and said, 'Hey, make this film.' We were sort of going after that; when they finally said yes we couldn't say, 'Oh, yeah, can you pay for it?' "My producer put it on her credit cards, and when she ran out of that I borrowed money from my family. Then we got some investors from friends and family - small, small amounts of money." more on this story Classic Rock Magazine is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission. Journey
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Journey (1973-1987, 1996-)
Neal Schon (guitar, vocals) 1973-
Ross Valory (bass) 1973-1986
Gregg Rolie (keyboards, vocals) 1973-1981
Prairie Prince (drums) 1973-1974
George Tickner (guitar) 1973-1975
Aynsley Dunbar (drums) 1974-1978
Robert Fleischman (vocals) 1977
Steve Perry (vocals) 1977-1987, 1996-1999
Steve Smith (drums) 1978-1986
Jonathan Cain (keyboards) 1981-
Steve Augeri (vocals) 1999-2006
Jeff Scott Soto (vocals) 2006-2007
Arnel Pineda (vocals) 2007-
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They broke up in 1987 and reformed in 1996. Perry developed a degenerative hip condition which prevented the band from touring for their comeback album. Against his wishes, the band went on without him, touring with Augeri instead.
The entire 49ers football team joined the band on stage at the Cow Palace in San Francisco in 1981.
They opened the Rolling Stones' 1981 North American tour on September 25 in Philadelphia.
In 1999, they toured with new lead singer Steve Augeri. Augeri grew up listening to Journey albums, and did lots of Journey covers before joining the band. He sounds almost exactly like Steve Perry. The first recording with Augeri was for the Armageddon soundtrack.
Randy Jackson, who later became a judge on the US TV show American Idol, played bass for Journey in 1986 on the Raised on Radio album. He also toured with them that year and the year after. (thanks, homer - Dallas, TX)
As a teenager, Schon turned down an opportunity to join Eric Clapton's band Derek and the Dominos. He did later join Santana.
Smith's drumming has broadened over the years partially due to his involvement in the Jazz group Vital Information.
Prior to joining Journey, Perry sang in many commercials. One of them was for a Chicago Amusement Park.
Schon is the founder of Schon Guitars, which markets and sells instruments he designed himself. They are manufactured by Jackson.
Dunbar played with Jeff Beck, John Mayall, Lou Reed and David Bowie before Journey. He would later join Jefferson Starship.
Perry's band Alien Project was almost signed to CBS Records in 1978, but then their bass player was killed in a car crash. A blessing in disguise for Perry, this led to landing the vocalist spot in Journey.
Schon met Rolie while they were both members of Santana. Between their times in the two bands, Schon played with others in the San Francisco area, while Rolie opened a restaurant with his father in Seattle.
When the group formed, they held a contest on the San Francisco radio station KSAN-FM to come up with the name of the band, the winner getting tickets for life to their shows. The names terrible - stuff like Rumpled Foreskin and The Mound Pounders. John Villanueva, who worked in the band's management, came up with the name Journey, and they created a fake winner for the contest, an imaginary listener named Toby Pratt.
Valory had been bassist for the Steve Miller Band and Prince had played with the Tubes. He decided after a few gigs with Journey that he wanted to stay with the Tubes.
Tickner left the band because he was tired of touring.
Schon and Cain left in 1989 to join Bad English.
Before taking the name Journey, they were known as The Golden Gate Rhythm Section.
Steve Augeri is the voice on the single "Remember Me." He was replaced in the summer of 2006 by Jeff Scott Soto, who was dismissed in June 2007. (thanks, Kevin - Newcastle upon Tyne, England)
In late 2007 Arnel Pineda was announced as their new lead singer. He got the job after posting a video on YouTube of him performing in a Journey cover band in The Philippines called The Zoo. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Perry didn't join the band until their fourth album, Infinity. Gregg Rolie was the vocalist for their first three.
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