Former Journey singer Steve Perry says he's about to end a 23-year recording silence.
While in Brooklyn to be part of Journey's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday (April 7), Perry told ABC Radio that he'll release his third solo album -- the first since 1994's For The Love Of Strange Medicine -- "later this year."
Perry says he's been working on the set for about a year and described it as an "emotional" and "cathartic...emotional expression" about losing a recent girlfriend.
"I met someone and I fell in love with this person and I lost this person to breast cancer four years ago," Perry said. "In the midst of that, I had written some songs, and before I met her I had sketched some. And so about a year ago I started recording."
Perry -- who's stayed out of the spotlight since leaving Journey, save for some appearances with the band the Eels and attending San Francisco Giants games -- did not share any other details about the project. On Friday Perry joined Journey on stage and made a heartfelt acceptance speech -- including a classy shout-out to current Journey singer Arnel Pineda -- but declined to perform with the group afterwards.
Journey guitarist Neal Schon told us before the ceremony that he was hopeful Perry would show up AND perform with the band:
"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...Surely he can come and do one, a bit of one song with us after people have seen him singing with the Eels. Even if it's a couple whole keys down that's not something he can't handle. I’m looking forward to hearing from him or just getting the call and just seeing what he's thinking, if he wants to share that at all. It should happen. It's, like, silly for it not to."
Journey is currently on tour with Asia and will be on the road into the summer.
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.