How I might have reunited Journey

Journey_lI was never a fan of Journey. I mean, I have nothing against them. I do remember riding in the backseat of my mother’s blue Pontiac one wintery night in 1983, when I was 8, hearing "Open Arms" on the radio and thinking it sounded so incredibly grown-up and awesome to be in love. And like just about every child of the ’80s, I’m sure I nervously slow-danced to "Faithfully" at one of my sixth-grade school dances. Still, I never owned any Journey albums or dreamed of being serenaded by Steve Perry while I wore a white dress with orange tights and he air-guitared a broom. (Yes, I know that "Oh Sherrie" was solo Perry, thanks.) So it was kind of odd to find myself on the Journey beat this week, interviewing both guitarist Neal Schon (who’s been Journey-ing faithfully — heh heh — since 1973) and ex-lead singer Steve Perry about The Sopranos finale. Which, in case you just landed on this planet, featured "Don’t Stop Believin’" in the last scene.

But even stranger, PopWatchers, is that I might just have reunited the masters of ’80s arena rock to the lineup that we all remember. The day after I spoke with ex-bandmates Schon and Perry (separately, of course, since they split kinda unamicably in 1998), what do I find in my e-mail inbox but a press release announcing that the current incarnation of Journey has let their latest Perry replacement go. His name is Jeff Scott Soto, and he himself was a substitute for the original Perry stand-in, Steve Augeri, who ended his journey (sorry! the puns just write themselves!) last year due to an illness. "We appreciate all of Jeff’s hard work," blah, blah, blah, said Schon in a statement. "We’ve just decided to go our separate ways…"

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Bam! That’s where the clue is. See, Perry employed the very same punat the end of my interview with him. And of course, I take this not asa coincidence or an indication that we all need to lay off theall-too-easy play-on-words from Journey songs, but as a sign that thesepower-balladeers are just moments away from reaching out to each otherto organize a reunion. (Never mind that conventional wisdom says thelikelihood of this is about, you know, zilch.)

So is a détente upon us? Are Schon and Perry sending psychic signalsto each other via titles from one of their biggest hits? How might thenext telltale message read? "Anyway you want it, the band has neverbeen the same without Perry"? Or, "Who’s crying now, naysayers?"? Or,"We’d like to thank our fans because they never stopped believin’!"?Type your predictions below.

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  • Anjeliki

    You did not just tell me to type my predication below, did you? Really?

  • Ed

    I just went to a concert in Anahiem this past Friday which featured mostly Ladies from the 80’s: Stacey Q, Trinere, EXPOSE!, Company B, and some dudes from the 80’s. It wasn’t a sell out concert but it’s been pretty successful.
    Anyway, to make a long story short, if the original Steve Perry came back to the Journey line up, I would pay whatever to see them up close!

  • Scott

    Now I’m one to get overexcited about these kinda things but OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If Journey is reuniting I just might have a heart attack. I have the man crush to end all man crushes on Steve Perry and would love nothing more than to have a chance to see him and Neal together on stage. Currently at the tender young age of 20, i fell in love with Journey after the fateful split had already transpired and never had a chance to see them. Even if it is for a short period of time I hope I get the chance to see them together if only for the one time. Cross your fingers everybody, this HAS to happen.
    And Missy, I feel like buying you a house right now just for making this a possibility.

  • Karoline

    If only David Chase had used ‘Dance the Night Away’ in that last scene of the Sopranos, maybe we’d finally have a Van Halen reunion. Alas, he used the lame ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ and now we’ll have to see Steve Perry’s scary face everywhere again. Ugh.

  • Kate from Houston

    Please let it be done. Lovin’ a music man ain’t always what it’s supposed to be.
    Man…so many nights making out in my boyfriend’s back seat to that greatest Hits album.

  • Wayne Harding

    I will be there for that album and concert. Trial by Fire is still the album that should have been toured for, and everyone knows it. I thought Jeff Scott Soto was a cool stand in, but Journey is nothing without Schon, Perry, and Cain. Let us not forget that Randy from American Idol might get onstage for a guest shot…

  • Boo

    I am a Journey fan, and I will tell you, they will not be reuniting. Steve Perry is hard to beat. He was awesome! Steve Augeri was a good vocalist and I am looking forward to his solo album. Jeff Soto is gorgeous and has a powerhouse voice. Go Jeff!
    I am looking forward to the next tour. The Journey continues.




  • wintersux

    Judging from interviews I’ve read in the past, this is never going to happen, but wouldn’t it be sweet if it did…

  • FJM

    Karoline,I’m a Diamond Dave fan too, but you’ve gotta admit that his mug has not aged very gracefully either.

  • Joe C

    If and until Steve Perry does rejoin Journey, the group doesn’t exist to me. It’s like Foreigner without Lou Gramm or Styx without Dennis Deyoung; the singer is indespensible to the group.

  • Joe C

    Hey Missy, did you really ask for our ‘predications?’ Lol, I guess Gary Susman who is suppoed to edit Popwatch must have partied a little too hard on the second birthday or he would have caught that! Have a goood day=)

  • ?

    Steve Perry is beautiful! You wish he was yours.Journey’s music is the best! And JM, you are going to age too, unless you know something the rest of the world does not.

  • Boo

    Joe:Are you implying that Journey is dead?

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