Neal Schon Leaves The Door Open For Steve Perry’s Return To Journey


Journey’s Neal Schon recently joined Entertainment Tonight for an interview with his bandmates and reflected on the band’s 50th-anniversary plans. The guitarist said Steve Perry might also be a part of their upcoming stadium tour.

When the singer Steve Perry made his debut with Journey in 1977, he received some negative comments from the fans and the band’s existing members. While the group was known for their progressive rock and jazz-influenced style, Perry brought a more pop-oriented sound to the band’s music. Despite the initial reaction, this new musical direction was soon welcomed when the group started to widen its fan base and receive more media attention.

Between 1977 and 1987, Journey enjoyed their most commercially successful period while having Steve Perry as the lead vocalist. Some of their hit songs like ‘Don’t Stop Believin’,’ ‘Open Arms,’ and ‘Faithfully’ arrived at this time. However, the singer decided to leave the band since he struggled with some personal issues and was overwhelmed by the band’s busy schedule. Although Perry reunited with Journey in 1996, he soon departed again due to his health problems.

As Journey approaches its 50th anniversary in the rock music world, it is a great matter of interest whether Steve Perry will join them on the stage for the celebrations. When asked about it, Neal Schon admitted that both Perry and keyboardist Greg Rolie were an essential part of the band’s journey, so he is sure that the fans would be happy to see them perform with the rest of the band during their extensive stadium tour, which will probably take place in 2023.

Neal Schon’s words on a possible reunion with Steve Perry:

“You know, I think that those two guys were a big part of the band, and I think if the city permits, the fans would overall love it.”

Currently, Journey is traveling in North America for their Freedom Tour. It kicked off in Pittsburg on February 22, 2022, and is scheduled to end through the end of September in Mexico City.