Steve Perry Joins Journey for Hall of Fame Induction
Music| | By Sara Wilkins
Perry joined Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Steve Smith and Ross Valory, along with current lead singer Arnel Pineda, who was not included in the band’s honor. Train frontman Pat Monahan inducted them, before partially singing one of Journey’s hits, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’.” “Tonight I’m here to live out a life-long dream, to induct the heart of San Francisco music into the rock hall,” he said. Schon called his former bandmate Perry “one in a million,” and Perry returned the favor by mentioning “the magic fingers of Schon’s guitar.” The Journey reunion was short-lived, however, as fans and attendees were disappointed Perry didn’t participate in the band’s set at the ceremony, which included performances of “Separate Ways,” “Lights,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Perry did thank the longtime fans of the veteran rockers, and said onstage: “You put us here. We would not be here had it not been for you and your tireless love and consistent devotion. You never have stopped. I’ve been gone a long time, I understand that, but I want you to know that you’ve never not been in my heart.” The former frontman also chose not to join the rest of the band to meet the press backstage. He did, however, meet his replacement for the first time. “One of the sweetest hug you can ever get from one of my heroes and silent mentors… it means the world to me… waited 35 years for this moment… thank you Almighty God!! ” Pineda captioned a photo of the pair embracing on Instagram. Perry last performed with Journey back in 1991, but sang on their 1996 studio album, Trial By Fire. He officially left the band in 1998, and Pineda has performed with the group as lead singer since 2007.