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    Steve Perry Returns to the Stage!

    Post by genkicoll on Wed May 28, 2014 11:17 am

    Don't Stop Believin': Steve Perry Finally Returns to the Stage!
    from Yahoo! Music May 27, 2014

    Steve Perry, one of the most elusive frontmen in rock, hasn't performed with Journey since 1991, or performed solo concerts since 1995. But don't stop believin', Perry fans. The rock icon finally returned to the stage Sunday night… to join indie-rock band the Eels at the 1,000-capacity Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn.

    Perry showed up at first to sing the Eels' 2000 cult hit "It's a Motherf---er," his voice instantly recognizable and sounding surprisingly strong considering his well-publicized health problems (ongoing arthritis, hip-replacement surgery in 1998, two melanoma-removal surgeries in 2013). Joked Eels leader Mark Everett upon hearing the Fitzgerald audience's thunderous response: "They don't applaud like that for me! I guess I gotta disappear for 25 years!"

    Perry explained to the bewildered and elated crowd: "I love that song… When I first met [Everett], I said someday I wanted to sing that song. And tonight is the first time I've ever sang it."

    It's possible that Perry related to the profanity-laden but poignant tune due to its subject matter. Many of Everett's compositions have been inspired by tragedies in his family, including his mother's death from cancer; Perry lost his girlfriend to cancer in December 2012. Lyrics to the sad ballad include: "It's a motherf---er/Getting through a Sunday/Talking to the walls/Just me again/But I won't ever be the same."

    After covering the Eels song Sunday, Perry joked, "I don’t know why the Eels don't do my music," to which Everett quipped back, "We were just waiting for you!" The band and Perry then thrillingly launched into the Journey classics "Open Arms" and "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'," the latter turning into a joyous crowd singalong.

    (WARNING: The video below contains profanity)


    While the time for a Journey comeback has seemed ripe for a while now, especially given the ubiquity of "Don't Stop Believin'" in pop culture (Glee, Sopranos, American Idol, Rock of Ages, etc.), and rumors of a Journey reunion circulated not too long ago, it still doesn't seem in the cards. Journey's Neal Schon told Billboard earlier this month that such rumors were untrue.

    However, Perry's return to the spotlight this week may indicate that he is finally ready to follow up his solo sophomore effort, 1994’s For the Love of Strange Medicine. Back in 2010, Perry told Classic Rock magazine that he had more than 50 original compositions waiting to be recorded in his home studio in Del Mar, Calif., although the following year he admitted to the Associated Press that his perfectionism was making him stall, saying: "I'm so hard on myself. I play these sketches in my computer for friends and they say, 'Gee whiz, the vocal's beautiful.' I hear, 'It needs to be better.'"

    It's possible that Perry's long-awaited solo comeback may feature another alt-rock band besides the Eels: Late last year, Rolling Stone reported that he was working with SoCal rap-rockers AWOL Nation. Perhaps Perry won't remain AWOL for long, so watch this space.


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    Re: Steve Perry Returns to the Stage!

    Post by genkicoll on Wed May 28, 2014 11:18 am

    Steeeeeve~!! *fangirl squee*

    After reading the article, I was expecting... something else.  What I got was a pretty ballad~!  Yay~!

    STEEEEEVE~!! Happy bounce


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    Re: Steve Perry Returns to the Stage!

    Post by Frodo on Wed May 28, 2014 12:15 pm

    SSSSSSTTTTTTTTTTTTTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

     Happy bounce  Happy bounce  Happy bounce  Happy bounce  Happy bounce 


    It is SO good to hear from him again! 


    Thanks for posting, Genki   Hug

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    Re: Steve Perry Returns to the Stage!

    Post by Esme on Wed May 28, 2014 3:15 pm

    I so totally love Steve Perry! I have been fangirl squealing for two days now!!!!

    I've also been jamming all my Journey music. The kids at work are enjoying it too.

    Journey is NOT Journey without Steve Perry! 

     Happy bounce  Happy bounce  Happy bounce  Happy bounce  Happy bounce  Happy bounce  Happy bounce 
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    Re: Steve Perry Returns to the Stage!

    Post by genkicoll on Wed May 28, 2014 9:21 pm

    EXACTLY!  They can bring in all of the sound-alikes, but there's NO ONE like Steve Perry.  Such amazing charisma, such a presence!

    I'm so glad I'm not the only screaming fangirl here~!  haha Laugh


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    Re: Steve Perry Returns to the Stage!

    Post by genkicoll on Wed May 28, 2014 10:53 pm

    An update!

    Eels on Perry: We didn't know if he would show
    from Yahoo! Music May 28, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Steve Perry performed alongside the Eels this week — a first for the reclusive singer in two decades — the band's frontman wasn't even sure it would happen.
    Mark Oliver Everett said in an interview Wednesday that he and the former Journey leader have become good friends and that Perry is an Eels fan. He said Perry has attended Eels rehearsals over the years, but he was still surprised when the singer told him he would perform at their show in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Monday.

    "Even right up to the moment he started singing on the stage, I was prepared for it to not happen," Everett said.

    Perry surprised the audience with the indie rock band at the Fitzgerald Theater. They performed the Journey songs "Open Arms" and "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" and "Open Arms," as well as Eels' "It's a (Expletive)."

    Everett, 51, said his relationship with Perry is an odd one: He knew 65-year-old Perry was a fan of his work and attended his concerts, but he didn't feel the same about Journey's music.

    "He used to send word back to me ... that he wanted to meet and it was a little bit of an awkward thing for me because when I was younger, one thing I never really appreciated was Journey," he said. "And I felt like I didn't know what to say to him ... so I just avoided it for years."

    Everett said film director Patty Jenkins, a friend of Perry's, advised they meet. Everett then invited Perry to his Sunday croquet matches five years ago, and a friendship grew.

    Everett said that his band mates would play Journey songs at their rehearsals hoping Perry would sing, and eventually he budged.

    "He finally couldn't take it anymore and he grabbed the microphone and started singing," he said. "And at the moment I got a huge appreciation for Journey. ... Now when I hear Journey on the radio I turn it up."

    Perry performed with Journey until the late 90s. His former band mates have continued with singer Arnel Pineda, who they discovered on YouTube.

    Eels, currently on an international tour through July, released its 11th album last month.

    Everett said Perry "is also working on something" when it comes to new music. They haven't collaborated, though he would be open to it.

    "I think I can produce an amazing Steve Perry record, but there's no way because he would drive me insane," he said.

    But there is a chance they could perform again onstage.

    "Personally, I would love that, but that's all up to Steve," he said. "All I can do is try to not stop believin'."


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    Re: Steve Perry Returns to the Stage!

    Post by Esme on Fri May 30, 2014 10:43 pm

    I fangirled so hard I think I sprained something!  Happy bounce  Happy bounce  Happy bounce 

    What can I say? Girl Can't Help It!


     Embarrassed (I know I should be ashamed for that joke.... but I'm not. LOL)

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    Re: Steve Perry Returns to the Stage!

    Post by genkicoll on Fri May 30, 2014 11:16 pm

    When my eldest was a baby, I had the opportunity to see Steve Perry, followed by The Eagles the next night! *faints*  It's like a dream lineup for me!  Since my sweetie was too young for me to leave, I couldn't go, and I MISSED SEEING STEVE!! Cry  It was his final tour, and now I may never get to see him live!

    ... Except that now MAYBE I can!  WOOOOOO~!!!


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    Re: Steve Perry Returns to the Stage!

    Post by Esme on Sat May 31, 2014 10:06 am

    It's funny, I was at a party last night and we were talking about this. Several of us decided that Steve is a bucket list concert (a few of us also added Fleetwood Mac, which I'm going to beg my hubby to take me to see this summer). I would just explode with happiness at the chance to be able to see Steve sing. 

    Let's keep our fingers crossed!!  Heart

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