Steve Perry Feeling The Buzz From Live Performance Again
With two shows under his belt with alternative rockers, Eels, former Journey frontman Steve Perry is experiencing a bit of a renaissance. Having joined the band during its encores in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Washington, D.C., and tackling such standards as "Open Arms" and "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" -- Perry's feeling the buzz of performing again.
He recalled the first cameo with the band to Classic Rock magazine, saying, "I was just having fun. In a world where it’s hard to keep a secret, it felt so much fun to walk out there to an unsuspecting crowd. When E (Mark Oliver Everet) announced me I thought I’d take the p***and hang back a while. But finally I’m out there; the audience saw me, and I hadn’t experienced that kind of emotion in quite a while. It was beyond exhilarating."
Perry explained that the sudden jump back into performing doesn't mean he's rejoining Journey, with whom he split with back in 1998: "People have been putting two and two together -- but this wasn’t about a reunion with Journey. There is no reunion. I’m not the person I was 30 years ago; that person is gone."
Steve Perry has been working for several years on a proposed solo album, which may finally see release in 2014. He explained to us that that when Journey was recording such classic albums as Evolution, Departure, Escape, and Frontiers, the band simply kept their eye on the finish line while in the studio: "You have to get in, do it, get out, and leave it alone, for a minute -- move on. Otherwise, creatively, we will re-digest, re-think, re-do, and really believe in our hearts we can do better. And sometimes we can. It won't necessarily be better -- it'll be different. And some times that is better -- sometimes it's not."
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