It looks like Steve Perry will indeed attend Journey’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction this week in Brooklyn, but likely not perform.
Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cains spilled the beans to the Dayton Daily News in an interview to promote the group’s show there on Friday (April 4); Can told the paper that, “The ceremony is the first time we’re going to see Steve Perry in a long time, so that’ll be fun.” But Cain added that, “As far as we know he’s just going to accept the award and then skedaddle. That’s all I know, unless something changes.”
Journey is planning to perform at the ceremony with Arnel Pineda, who’s been with the group for a decade, singing. Back when Journey’s Rock Hall induction was announced, guitarist and co-founder Neal Schon told us he hoped Perry would be part of the festivities:
“I would hope that Steve would at least do something with us with the mere fact he went and sang a couple songs with the Eels last year to let people know that he can still sing, and so I’m keeping my fingers crossed but not counting on anything.”
The Rock Hall induction takes place Friday (April 7) at the Barclays Center, with Journey joined by ELO, Yes, Joan Baez, Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur and Nile Rodgers getting a special award. HBO will film the ceremony for broadcast on April 29.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.