After Journey accepted its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friday night in Brooklyn, New York, we spoke to guitarist Neil Schon about seeing Steve Perry for the first time in 12 years.
Neil Schon on seeing Steve Perry for the first time in 12 years Friday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn, New York: "It was very emotional for both of us. We like done so much together and accomplished so much, I think it's difficult when you're like sober, I think, you know, and you like just realize how much people mean to you. He finally said to me, 'I think it's time for us to have coffee,' and I went, 'Thank God,' you know. It's like, I've never done anything wrong to him. I didn't kick him out of the band. We waited around and he didn't want to do anything at the time. I don't know if you're supposed to wait past two years, what the protocol is, how many years you're supposed to wait. But, you know, really when you go, 'Ok, I can't go on stage, my hips hurt.' And I go, 'You wanna write? Do you wanna go in the studio? Do you want to do anything?' He was not into it then."
Asked if he invited Perry to perform with the band, Schon said, "Oh yes," but added that his attorney, Lee Phillips, ran interference.
Neil Schon on attempting to communicate with Steve Perry in regards to him joining Journey at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday night in Brooklyn, New York. OC:...accept them anymore. :16
"I've been emailing and, you know, the only thing he has allowed, thus far, is to go through Lee Phillips. So I asked him tonight when I saw him for the first time. I said, 'Do you ever get my emails?' And he said, 'I did. We were correlating,' but he says, 'Then I told Lee not to accept them anymore.'"
Perry last worked with Journey on the 1996 album, Trial By Fire. Since then the band has had three different singers -- Steve Augeri, Jeff Scott Soto, and current singer and Perry sound-a-like Arnel Pineda.
Perry plans to release a new album this year, his first since 1994's For the Love of Strange Medicine.