According to The Pulse Of Radio, JOURNEY keyboardist Jonathan Cain says that if the band ends up getting the final nod for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall OF Fame, former lead singer Steve Perry needs to come back and perform with the group. Perry left JOURNEY in 1998 rather than be forced into hip-surgery so that the band could tour behind their hit reunion album "Trial By Fire". He's currently prepping his first solo album in over 20 years.
The Pulse Of Radio asked Jonathan Cain if the band feels that being nominated this year is a long awaited validation. "Not as much to me," he said. "We've never been the critic's choice, y'know? C'mon, they bashed us in the '80s and every album we put out they just pretty much laughed at and it sold platinum… platinum… platinum. (So)… And y'know, so much of that Hall is writers and critics, y'know? But what we've done over the years is just quietly just continued to be relevant. And so maybe they weren't right about us. [Laughs]"
With the classic lineup of the group all currently in JOURNEY's road band — and former keyboardist Gregg Rolie having been brought back onto their radar with his work with Neal Schon in SANTANA — The Pulse Of Radio asked Jonathan Cain about the chances for Steve Perry to rejoin the band — if just for ceremony. "The door's always been open for him to join us any time he wanted," he said. "I mean, that has to happen. That band has to play. They have to play their music — two songs and I think we get to do two or three. That's how it works."
JOURNEY, YES, ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA, PEARL JAM and THE CARS lead the 2017 nominees for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Among the others vying for induction are the J. GEILS BAND, the MC5, Chaka Khan, CHIC, Janet Jackson, JANE'S ADDICTION, STEPPENWOLF, THE ZOMBIES, Joan Baez, KRATFWERK, DEPECHE MODE, Joe Tex, BAD BRAINS and Tupac Shakur.
Inductees will be announced in December with the induction ceremony set for next April at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. An edited version of the event will later be broadcast on HBO.