A Perry and Schon Collaboration Seems Likely In Due Tme
Schon stated his feelings about Perry's new album“Traces,” his first solo album in 24 years. “I’m as happy as everybody else to hear his voice again,” Schon says. “And I’m glad to see that he’s found the passion again that he once had for music because everyone has clearly missed him.... I’m glad to see him back and I’m hoping he stays with it as he sounds really excited about his career again.”
Schon, when asked about working with Perry again said,“I’ve made it really, really clear that I could,” he says. “I’m not gonna press the issue anymore because I think ultimately it’s gonna be up to him. But I will say that I know my fans and Journey fans around the world are writing me, privately and openly, and just praying for that, because we definitely have a chemistry together that’s undeniable. Will he have another chemistry with another guitar player? Sure. But we already have a legacy and a chemistry that’s existing in everyone’s hearts and souls. So hopefully, he’ll think about that for a second.”
Incidentally, Steve Perry's first single, "No Erasin' " is a reflective song, which he has stated is about a couple getting reacquainted at a high-school reunion. He has mentioned in several interviews that it is a song about reconnecting with a relationship,and has also stated that he had feelings that he hasn't felt in a long time at the RRHOF, both good and bad. Perry hinted around that he can't "escape" the memories of his former band,Journey....that wherever he goes, they are there. Many have tried to shoot down any possibility of a Journey reunion, however Perry has never stated that he would not regroup with Schon or Journey in the future.When pressured, he seems to throw off interviewers with a quick answer, giving doubt to some fans, but showing that his main objective currently is his solo work. He only expresses that he has a new album out and that is what he is focusing on "right now." It should be noted that in the song,"No Erasin", the first line of the song is, "I know it's been a long time coming," Neal Schon's first line of his speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year was,,"It's been a long time coming." So it seems like a shout out and a hint to Schon about their frienship. It should also be noted that on Perry's album Traces, (due to be released on October 5th) the cover contains Neal Schon's guitar with a dove on top if it, and the dove has an olive branch in his mouth, signifying peace,
Journey will finish their tour with Def Leppard on October 7...and not coincidentally, Steve Perry will be featured in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning on the same day. Some have speculated that this was done on purpose, especially noting that Steve made a come-back appearance on American Idol in May, just as Journey started their tour. Also that same weekend,Journey keyboardist, Jonathan Cain also released an autobiography called "Don't Stop Believin':The Man,The Band, and The Song.,
So maybe this was all a ploy by management on purpose to have an overall effect and stir up excitement with Journey fans. So what does the future hold for Steve Perry? For Journey? Will there be a reunion? Will there be a Schon-Perry collaboration? Don't Stop Believin' !!!