Journey Guitarist Neal Schon Wants To Work With Steve Perry Again

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Longtime Journey guitarist Neal Schon stated he wants to work with the band’s original lead singer Steve Perry again. “I still feel like there’s only one Steve Perry, even though I haven’t heard him sing in years,” says Schon, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.

In the latest episode of the talk show Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, Schon goes on to say,

“I’m dying for him to put out his own record, and I’d love to correlate with him on something that’s different than Journey; something more R&B, because I love playing soul and R&B and blues and that’s something that a lot of people don’t really know, because I’ve been doing all these rock records.”

It’s no secret that Journey is one of the most influential rock bands in music. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 and fans had hoped to see Perry sing with his original group. Unfortunately, those hopes were not met. The band did perform three songs that night with current singer Arnel Pineda.

Journey has experienced a slew of hits throughout the ’70s and ’80s such as “Any Way You Want It,” “Faithfully,” “Lights,” and the classic rock radio anthem “Don’t Stop Believing.” Steve Perry left the band in 1997 after suffering a hip injury in Hawaii.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: 2017 Inductee Neal Schon and musician Arnel Pineda of Journey perform onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

The band has since continued on with original and longtime members Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), and Steve Smith (drums). Perry was replaced by several lead singers throughout the band’s career from 1997 to 2007. The band’s current singer, Arnel Pineda, was discovered by a friend of Schon’s.

Steve Perry would go on to make only two solo albums before leaving the music industry altogether after his injury. He has not released any music since 1996. The singer stated in 2017 that he had plans to release an “emotional” and “cathartic” new solo album. The third and untitled solo album has had no further updates from the singer.

Journey is currently in the middle of a tour across the U.S. with fellow 80’s rock icons Def Leppard. The tour is split with Def Leppard closing the night one half and Journey closing out the night for the second half. See if the band is hitting your town below!

Journey & Def Leppard Tour Dates:

July 6 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum
July 7 – North Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
July 9 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
July 11 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
July 13 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
July 14 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
July 16 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
July 18 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
July 19 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
July 21 – Denver, CO – Coors Field
July 23 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
July 25 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
July 27 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Field
July 28 – Fargo, ND – Fargodome
Aug. 11 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
Aug. 13 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Aug. 15 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
Aug. 17 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
Aug. 18 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Aug. 20 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena @ The BJCC
Aug. 22 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Aug. 24 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium
Aug. 25 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Aug. 27 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Aug. 29 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Aug. 31 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Sept. 1 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sept. 5 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Sept. 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sept. 8 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Sept. 21 – San Francisco, CA – AT&T Park
Sept. 23 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park
Sept. 25 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sept. 26 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Arena
Sept. 28 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Sept. 29 – Seattle, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
Oct. 1 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Oct. 4 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Oct. 6 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum