JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon has not ruled out a reunion with Steve Perry, saying that the band would happily share the stage with its former lead singer.
“The door has always been open, like I’ve said a zillion times,” Schon told ABC News Radio. “People ask me every day, ‘Are you reuniting?’ Steve says, ‘No,’ and I say, ‘You never know.'”
Even if JOURNEY does end up working with Perry again, Schon says that the collaboration would not affect the band’s current singer, Arnel Pineda. “[We] are always like, ‘You ever want to come on and just sing a portion of one song, sing a part of a song with Arnel or sing the whole set, you’re welcome anytime you want to come,'” Schon said. “[Arnel is] not threatened. Nobody’s on any ego trip. We don’t have any bad feelings.”
Schon did admit, however, that he doesn’t have much communication with Perry anymore. “I mean, he won’t allow me to speak to him directly on the phone, and I write to him all the time and just say, ‘Hey, what’s up? I hope you’re doing well,’ and that’s it, you know?” he said. “And sometimes he writes back and sometimes he doesn’t.”
The guitarist told ABC News Radio that he looks back fondly on what JOURNEY accomplished while Perry was in the band. “All’s we did was create timeless music,” he said. “And so for that I’m very grateful. And I’m sure he is too. He said that he is. But, you know, we’re grown men and so it’s time to take the chips off the shoulder and to grow up and let the kids be kids.”
Schon added that he was surprised to see Perry make a series of appearances on stage with alternative rockers EELS last year and expressed hope that Perry would play more shows in the future.
“I was just happy to see him get out there,” he laughed. “I thought it was quite ironic the places that he chose to do it. But, you know, I was glad to see him sing and hope that he would do more, actually.”