During a conversation with Guitar World, guitarist Neal Schon opened up about the chemistry that arose between him and singer Steve Perry. But not just that, the song ”Patiently” proved the chemistry between the two musicians.
Here’s what Schon said:
“The first song I wrote with Steve Perry. I believe we were on tour with Emerson, Lake & Palmer. I had an acoustic in my room, and I had these chords, the verse chords, and our manager at the time, Herbie Herbert, wanted Steve and me to get together to see if there was any chemistry before he joined the band.
”I recall sitting in the room; I was playing him the core changes, and he just started singing to it. I guess he had some lyrics that just kind of fit the song.
“I think we knocked it out in about half an hour. I was like, ‘I guess we have writing chemistry!’”