Neal Schon has told the Detroit Free Press that he would love to collaborate with his former JOURNEY bandmate Steve 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.
According to Schon, he had "a very good chat" with the ex-JOURNEY singer ahead of last year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony: "I could tell that we both missed each other, and that there was a lot more left there."
"Life is short. So sure — I'd love to do an R&B record with Steve," Neal 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.