In a recent interview with ex-Journey singer Steve Perry, he ruled out to chance of him returning to the band. The reason why? He want to record more of his solo material and is no discussing the possibility of touring in support of his comeback album Traces.
In Steve’s interview with New York’s 106.7 Lite FM, he was asked if he would ever consider return to the band that made his name. “No. I think that we’ve gone on our separate ways and we’re doing great,” adding: “Arnel [Pineda] is a great singer and he’s been in the band for 10 years. But yeah, I don’t think that’s where I’m at right now. It took forever for me to find the passion for music again because I felt it was kind of damaged. I thought I would never feel that love again for music, so I had to walk. Now that I’ve found that again, I have so many other songs ready to be recorded.”
He was also asked about him returning to the road, he responded: “We’re talking about that. I mean, right now, we’re trying to do all the radio and talk to people like yourself and talk about where I’ve been and emotionally what the songs are about and all that.” When it comes to nerves, he explained that they were never an issue: “I never had butterflies…I never had stage fright, but what I think singers don’t talk about, if you want to know the truth, it’s a very neurotic instrument because it’s you.”
Perry also talked about his new album Traces, and that, until the project began for real, he said that he hadn’t done any singing during his two decades out of the spotlight: “The voice was cold when I first started,” he said: “It was rough. I went, ‘Whoa, I need to do some work on this.’ I gotta tell you: I have decided to take that pressure off of me because I’m just an older guy in a new world.” He also explained that each of his songs had their own specific requirements in the way he had to approach them: “Vocally, I kinda kept doing what I thought they needed.”
Traces is set for release on October 5th.