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Journey Hoping For Steve Perry Reunion At Rock Hall induction

12/21/2016
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(hennemusic) Journey guitarist Neal Schon is hoping Steve Perry will reunite with the band for a performance at their induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame next April.

The group were named Tuesday as the latest honorees alongside Pearl Jam, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur. "I'm hoping that Steve Perry will get up and do something with us," Schon tells Rolling Stone. "We'll have to see."

The classic Perry lineup of Journey - Schon, Jonathan Cain, Steve Smith, Aynsley Dunbar and Ross Valory - will enter the 2017 Rock Hall alongside founding keyboardist/singer Gregg Rolie.

Journey had their most successful commercial period with Perry, who joined the group in 1977; a string of multi-platinum albums followed before his departure in 1998.

The last time the singer performed with his former band was at a tribute show for legendary concert promoter Bill Graham following his passing in 1991. "We haven't spoken in years, physically," says Schon. "I believe when we got the Hollywood star in L.A. [in 2005], that was the first time I'd seen him in many years. That was the last time I spoke with him. We did communicate a couple of years ago via email. That was going really well. I was just saying hello and hoping he was well, and that's it, just reaching as a friend and letting him know I was there as a friend. It went well and then it just kinda stopped. I've asked to get his number, but nobody will give it up and nobody knows what it is [laughs]. So that's where it's at."

"I'll keep my fingers crossed," continued the guitarist. "We all love Steve. We had a great relationship for so many years. I don't know why there's been an absence of it for so many years besides the fact that we just moved on because we wanted to, we had to. We needed to get out there and keep playing for our fans. I'd think everyone would be grateful at this point because we've done so well."

"I think it would only be right and just," adds Schon about a live reunion at the Rock Hall ceremony. "He's the one that created all the music with us."

As for Perry, he released a statement regarding the news, saying "I'm truly grateful that Journey is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." Read more and watch the official video from the reunion jam here.

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