In a brand new interview with "CBS Sunday Morning", former JOURNEY singer Steve Perry was asked if the door is still open for him to one day play with the band again. He responded (see video below): "All I can think about is where I'm at right now… I love going forward; I love going to the edge of what's next; and, for me, [singing for JOURNEY again] would be a return. And I have to do, at this point in my life, what really makes me feel purposeful at this moment and on the right track for me."
When the interviewer pointed out to Perry that his answer sounded like a "no," the singer replied: "If you're looking for the answer I have right now, then that's the answer I have."
Perry recently told Rolling Stone that he couldn't imagine working with Neal Schon in any capacity again or even re-establishing the friendship.
The former JOURNEY singer, who originally left the band more than three decades ago, made his comments in response to Neal's frequent public calls for a renewed collaboration.
"I'm not sure that's possible without stirring up hopes of a reunion," Perry said. "Please listen to me. I left the band 31 fucking years ago, my friend. You can still love someone, but not want to work with them. And if they only love you because they want to work with you, that doesn't feel good to me."
Perry reunited with JOURNEY for the first time in years as they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2017. The iconic singer appeared onstage with his former bandmates as they each gave speeches, but did not perform with the group later in the event.
During his speech, Perry praised each of JOURNEY musicians as well as the band's current singer, Arnel Pineda, who was not being inducted into the Rock Hall. "I must give a shoutout to a man who sings his heart out every night, Arnel Pineda," Perry said.
Perry's final full concert with JOURNEY took place in early 1987. He later rejoined his bandmates for a brief performance in 1991 to honor late concert promoter Bill Graham. He also appeared with JOURNEY when they received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2005.
Perry's first solo album in more than two decades, "Traces", was released on October 5 via Fantasy Records (a division of Concord Records/UMG).
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