Neal Schon has extended an "open invitation" to Steve Perry to join him at his upcoming "Journey Through Time" shows at the end of next month.
Launched last year, "Neal Schon's Journey Through Time" sees Schon regrouping with original JOURNEY and SANTANA member Gregg Rolie — as well as ex-JOURNEY drummer Deen Castronovo, bassist Marco Mendoza of THE DEAD DAISIES and THIN LIZZY, a musician named Chris Collins (on guitar and keyboards) and super-producer Marti Frederiksen (multi-instrumentalist, vocals) — for a set of classic and rarely performed songs from the JOURNEY catalog.
"Neal Schon's Journey Through Time" will play a warm-up show on February 22 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino in Jackson, California before officially kicking off its tour on February 23 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California.
On Monday, Schon took to his Twitter account to let the former JOURNEY singer know that he is welcome to come up on stage at either of the upcoming concerts.
"Here's an Open invitation to Steve Perry to come out on ether the 22nd or 23rd would love to see you Steve," the guitarist wrote.
Last October, Perry told Rolling Stone that he couldn't imagine working with Schon in any capacity again or even re-establishing their friendship.
The singer, who originally left JOURNEY 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."
Last summer, Schon told the Detroit Free Press that he would love to collaborate with Perry on an R&B-style project. "I think Steve has an amazing, soulful voice, and I know he loves R&B," the guitarist said. "I don't think he'd ever want to do a JOURNEY record again. It's just too hard. [The notes are] way, way up there, and last time I heard him sing, his voice was a lot lower. But it was still very soulful. You can sing R&B and soul music and not need five octaves in your voice. [With JOURNEY], he set the bar so high for himself and for anyone else."
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.