Steve Perry surprises fans in St. Paul, MN with a three song set
By now you might have seen that Steve Perry returned to the stage over the weekend as a guest of alt-rocker band Eels. The former Journey singer sang an Eels tune and two Journey classics, "Open Arms" and "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'."
Perry moved well for someone who had hip replacement surgery in 1998. He also underwent two surgeries to remove melanomas last year.
Although some sites are reporting that it was the first time Perry hit the stage in 19 years, according to Artisan News, he performed as a backup singer (who also played the cowbell!) during the Guitar Center Drum Off in Los Angeles in January 2014 to honor his friend, drummer Steve Ferrone.
According to to the interview above, Perry said he has been writing music, saying, "It's such a new, cool world of music when you're mixing electric music and rock like Muse and Imagine Dragons... I think it's such a cool new kind of direction."
Could this mean a return to Journey? In a message to fans on February 24, 2014, Perry said, "I'd like to make clear that the rumor that I have returned to the band Journey is totally untrue and only a rumor." However, he's not ruling out a solo project - even if he won't commit to a time frame. Rumor has it that Perry, who has one of the most iconic voices in rock, has already penned over fifty songs and, according to Rolling Stone, reached out to AWOLNATION's Aaron Bruno to work on a new record.