Journey's Neal Schon Wants To Connect With Steve Perry
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Journey's Neal Schon Wants To Connect With Steve Perry
After years of little or no communication, Journey co-founder Neal Schon would like nothing more than to connect with the band's former frontman Steve Perry. Schon, who'll release his latest solo album, The Calling, on October 23rd, spoke to Vintage Vinyl News and talked candidly about the prospects of ever playing with Perry again. Schon said, "I always answer it the same way and then everybody writes it like it's the first time I ever said it. You know, it's like, I've been saying it forever that we've always left the door open, you know? We didn't kick Steve out -- he walked. He went on to pursue his solo stuff and went out there playing our material before we did. He was out doing a solo tour and he was playing Journey songs and so at that point, I went 'there's no harm in Jon (Cain) and I trying to reform this band,' because we (were very involved too)."
Schon, who hasn't made music with Perry since 1998 added: "I hope that someday, that we can get to the point to where I can pick up the telephone and I can talk to him without talking through management and attorneys. I still don't quite realize why we can't just talk one on one, for whatever reason, just to say hello -- not to pressure anybody to do anything or anything like that -- it wouldn't be like that, just in a friendly manner."
We asked keyboardist Jonathan Cain if the band ever thought of asking Perry to rejoin them, rather than finding the perfect sound-alike vocalist: "No, because he really sealed the deal back in '98 and said, 'Don't expect anything from me, y'know, we're done. You and I are done.' So I know that he keeps his word and I would not make that call because I know that he's quite happy with the life he has. And it's pretty rigorous out here. What we do is very rigorous, and he doesn't need it. Why does he need it, y'know? His legacy is already there." 
Journey, Pat Benatar, & Loverboy tour dates (subject to change):
September 28 - Bangor, ME - Waterfront Park 
September 29 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center 
October 2 - Norfolk, VA - Constant Convocation Center 
October 3 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum 
October 5 - Mobile, AL - Mobile Bayfest at Downtown Mobile 
October 6 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre At Lakewood 
October 9 - North Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena 
October 10 -Tulsa, OK - BOK Center 
October 12 - Tampa, FL - 1-800 Ask-Gary Amphitheatre 
October 13 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre 
October 14 - Baltimore, MD - One Night One Show One Cause at Modell Performing Arts Center At The Lyric 
October 16 - Lafayette, LA - Cajundome 
October 30 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center 
November 2 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena 
November 3 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena 
November 5 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre 
November 7 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena 
November 8 - Evansville, IN - Ford Center 
November 10 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena 
November 11 - Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 
November 13 - Moline, IL - I Wireless Center 
November 14 - Sioux City, IA - Tyson Events Center / Gateway Arena 
November 16 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center 
November 17 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center 
November 19 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre 
November 24 - Grande Prairie, AB - Crystal Centre 
November 25 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome 
November 27 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place 
November 28 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre 
November 30 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome 
December 1 - Kelowna, BC - Prospera Place 
December 3 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena 
December 4 - Victoria, BC - Save On Foods Memorial Centre 
December 8 - Indio, CA - Fantasy Springs Resort Casino & Special Events Center (Journey only)
December 12, 13 - Honolulu, HI - Neal S. Blaisdell Arena (Journey only)
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