During a new conversation with Rolling Stone, Journey singer Arnel Pineda talked about the possibility to bring back former singer Steve Perry and he is very opened to this idea.
“I posted on Instagram that I had waited 35 years for that. It was dreamy. I couldn’t believe I met him since he’s very reclusive and he avoids people.
“He didn’t want to get interviewed, at least until he released his new record [‘Traces’] and then suddenly he was out there, going to radio stations and accepting interviews.
“I was really surprised that he agreed to meet me. It’s one of the most special things that happened in my life. He’s one of my heroes when it comes to singing. I remember back in the ’80s, I would sleep on the bus with my Walkman on in my ears as his voice sang all these favorite songs from Journey.”
I do, but if he came back, that would mean…
“I know, but I miss them so much together. Every now and then, I watch their videos together. It’s always them with Steve Perry that I watch. I mean, no offense to Adam Lambert. He’s an amazing performer and he has an amazing voice, but I still watch the old [Queen] ones with Freddie Mercury.
“That’s why when people say things like, ‘No Perry, No Journey,’ I understand it. Where I come from, we’re so influenced by Western music. We loved the originals, if you know what I mean.”
His return would put you out of a job.
“That would be OK to me! I’m telling you. That’s how much I adore him and I adore Journey and how much I adore Steve Perry. Back in 2005, I resigned from my job in Hong Kong because I lost my voice due to acid reflux.
“I was telling my friends back then that my only regret was I lost my voice before I had the chance to sing side-by-side with Steve Perry. I was joking with them, but then a different situation happened.
“I just wish that one show with him… it would change my life forever. It’s been 30 years now and the band keeps changing my life in ways nobody would ever guess would happen.”