JOURNEY's NEAL SCHON On Reconnecting With STEVE PERRY: 'The Resistance Is Not On My End'

JOURNEY's NEAL SCHON On Reconnecting With STEVE PERRY: 'The Resistance Is Not On My End'

In a brand new interview with the San Francisco Examiner, JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon was asked why the band and its former lead singer Steve Perry can't reconcile after all these years. He responded: "It's not like I haven't tried. I love Steve, I love the legacy of the music we wrote together. We wrote some timeless music. But if you look up Steve's last interviews, he said, 'There's no way I can ever do that — that was then, this is now.' So that's what he feels. And he has not allowed me to talk directly to him — I always have to give a letter to his attorney to send to him. So the resistance is not on my end."

Schon recently said that a reunion with Perry wouldn't make JOURNEY more successful than the band currently is.

Speculation that Perry might one day rejoin the band he fronted from 1977 to 1987 and 1995 to 1998 gained strength two years ago when current JOURNEY singer Arnel Pineda wrote in a tweet that Perry would be welcome to reclaim "his righteous place."

The guitarist told the Detroit Free Press: "What people don't understand is that we couldn't possibly be doing better right now, even if he was with us.

"It's taken a lot of hard work to build it back up, but you know what? We're here again. We're sitting there. And management is the first to tell me it couldn't possibly be bigger."

JOURNEY has released four albums since Perry's departure — "Arrival" (2001), "Generations" (2005), "Revelation" (2008) and "Eclipse" (2008) — with the last two featuring Pineda.

The rest of JOURNEY's current lineup is the same as the one that recorded the band's two biggest albums, 1981's "Escape" (which sold 10 million copies) and 1983's "Frontiers": Schon on guitar, Jonathan Cain on keyboards, Ross Valory on bass and Steve Smith on drums.

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).