Steve Perry at 64: Where is He Now?
He was born on January 22, 1949, in Hanford, California and of course will be forever remembered as "The Voice" of Journey.
The audio of an interview done back in 2009 may not still be "new" but it's an interesting look at the man who, to such a large degree, defined the band.
But what's actually new on the horizon?
Let's first go back a couple of years.
"While he has largely stayed out of the spotlight, Perry continues to be heard in movies and on television. His songs are often chosen for soundtracks, and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" even played during the closing moments of the hit crime-drama series The Sopranos in 2007. In 2009, a cover version of the song was done for the hit high school musical show Glee, which introduced a new generation to Perry's work."
Then it was back in 2010 that we heard Perry had started working on new material, having built a studio in his home located north of San Diego, California.
He even told Billboard last year that "I've written a whole bunch of ideas and directions, all over the map, in the last two, three years."
Diehard fans have been waiting patiently for those words to yield some fruit, but when Steve Perry finally releases new material, it'll surely be solo, as he claims he's civil with his former bandmates, but that "we have certainly, for years now, gone our separate ways".
So separate, in fact, that Neal Schon said back in September that he just didn't understand it.
In classicrockmagazine.com, Neal said:
“The last time I spoke to Steve face-to-face was when we did the Hollywood Walk of Fame eight years ago. It was good – but there were so many reporters around, it had to be. To this day I don’t understand why we can’t just pick up the phone and talk.”
Well, sad as it is that Perry no longer has contact with the band, fans hope for new music, and hang on to the words of Randy Jackson about Steve that ring so true:
"Other than Robert Plant, there's no singer in rock that even came close to Steve Perry," Jackson said. "The power, the range, the tone—he created his own style. He mixed a little Motown, a little Everly Brothers, a little Zeppelin."