Steve Perry ruled out returning to Journey because he’s aiming to record more solo songs, and discussed the possibility of touring in support of his comeback album Traces, which will be released on Oct. 5.
In a new interview with New York’s 106.7 Lite FM (transcribed by Blabbermouth), Perry was asked if he’d ever return to the band that made his name. “No. I think that we’ve gone on our separate ways and we’re doing great,” he replied. “Arnel [Pineda] is a great singer and he’s been in the band for 10 years. But yeah, I don’t think that’s where I’m at right now. It took forever for me to find the passion for music again because I felt it was kind of damaged. I thought I would never feel that love again for music, so I had to walk. Now that I’ve found that again, I have so many other songs ready to be recorded.”
On the subject of returning to the road, he reported, “We’re talking about that. I mean, right now, we’re trying to do all the radio and talk to people like yourself and talk about where I’ve been and emotionally what the songs are about and all that.” He added that nerves weren’t an issue: “I never had butterflies…I never had stage fright, but what I think singers don’t talk about, if you want to know the truth, it’s a very neurotic instrument because it’s you.”