Soto Speaks out on Journey Firing

(antiMusic) Jeff Scott Soto has spoken out about his dismissal from Journey. While speaking with the Classic Metal Show Soto revealed that band didn't even bother to contact him directly to give him the news and in fact have not spoken to him since. Soto was hired by the band in July to fill in for Steve Augeri who was reportedly ill and faced lipsynching accusations. In June Journey announced that Soto was no longer part of the band saying they wished to go in a different direction.

Here is what Soto told Classic Metal Show about the parting: I can't go into too many specifics here because there are some pending things going back and forth, but what I can say is that I wasn't really told anything. I can't get into any kind of trouble by stating the true fact that I haven't spoken to any one of those guys since the last show that we did together, which was back in Virginia on May 12th. I left for Europe three days after that to start the Talisman farewell tour. Like I said, I haven't spoken to one guy in the band since that day. Nobody has bothered to call me, and it was all done through the management and through all their top people because they just didn't want to address it.

Maybe they felt that I'd want to discuss it with them, and there just wasn't any grounds for discussion. It is what it is, and I was just kind of given the walking papers. The only thing I have to go on is exactly what you said. The press release states exactly that. They felt they needed someone that can live their legacy and do their catalog the way the fans have come to expect it. - Podcast is available here

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