Steve Perry

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November 15, 2005

I'd like to say to all the fans who remember the way it was.....It was so long ago that we were together and yet, it seems like yesterday. I guess our time together is timeless, it really did happen and now it's ours forever. Because of all of you, my life was launched into “Living The Dream.” I hope we do see each other again, somewhere, someday.
Steve Perry

When you think back to the night that the concert was recorded what is the first memory/impression that comes to mind? What was your favorite song or experience that night? I loved seeing you at the World Series having fun, even though the Sox beat my team. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your beautiful music.
SP: My first memory of the 1981 Houston show is that I had to get used to the cameras being on the stage. After I forgot they were there, I had a blast. I can't really pick a fave tune because the show has so many songs that I'm very proud to have been a part of.....The WHITE SOX experience was the most fun I've had in years. It was magic.

Will the DVD and the CD be sold together or separately?
SP: My understanding is this is the Collector's version. They are together for that reason.

I would like to thank you for many years of great music. You are one of the best vocalists of all-time. Regarding the Houston 1981 DVD, why was “The Party's Over, (Hopelessly In Love)” not filmed?
SP: Good question. When I went back to see what footage we may have laying around, I found out that we played that song on the previous night and though the recording truck was taping the audio, MTV was not taping the video. Because they were taping it for their network and because MTV was only 3 months old, I figured it was a budget thing and they decided to only film the one show. It just ended up being the night we didn't play “The Party's Over.” We do have the audio, though.

The Dual Disc format is the latest high tech development to catch on in digital home music though utilized mostly with studio-recorded albums. Was there any discussion of utilizing that format for the release of the Journey Live in Houston DVD and CD? Thanks for seeing through the production and long talked about release of this historic, landmark concert.
SP: Sony and I decided to do separate disks for now. I like the idea of having one in my car and one in my DVD player. I never really liked taping live shows because it would place heaviness on the freedom of the show. There were times when I'd show up at the arena for a sound check and see a recording truck parked in back and, HONESTLY- I'd pull a bit of a moody. But I'll tell ya NOW - I'm so glad the management did it anyway because I think this show was a real special performance that I'm glad to say, is NOW - “Journey Live In Houston 1981 Escape Tour.” P.S. – oh, and by the way, for the best fidelity please make sure to go into your DVD menu and turn the Dolby compression to – OFF. For some reason, the Dolby Corporation seems to think that all DVDs should be running Dolby automatically. This is a problem for a non-Dolby live concert like this as it was for Bruce Springsteen's “Live In Madison Square Garden.” That is why there was a warning sicker on his DVD and there will be a sticker on this one, too asking you to turn your Dolby off. The sound is too good to allow it to be over compressed for no reason.

Thanks again for giving us this opportunity and for bringing us what has to be an amazing DVD. Can you tell us about some of what goes into producing/remastering? Thank you for all you have shared and continue to share with us.
SP:The producing of the DVD started with transferring the mutitrack audio tapes to Pro-tools and looking into each and every track, whether it be drums or vocals or whatever, to see what shape they were in after sitting in a vault for 24 years. They were in great shape so then I went in to clean up some pops and clicks or other kinds of non-musical sounds. Then with a live running video of the show, the tracks were taken to Allen Sides and together we started to re-mix the show in Stereo on a R88 Neve console. This took some time because like myself, Allen Sides is a perfectionist, too. It wasn't that it had to be perfect, it was to make sure that all the hidden performances were not missed and to make it sound as big as I remember it when I was standing there.

After we had finished the stereo mixes we started on the 5.1 Surround mixes. This was like doing it all over again. Tearing it down and starting again in 5.1 is the best way to make it sound the best. That was a long one, too. I think we spent 6 weeks on all the mixes. Then Michel Rubenstein and I started the video editing and assembling of the interviews, the slide show, the 1981 CBS promo piece and then doing some edits on the main show. I took the video and all the mixes to Bob Ludwig and he mastered the audio in Stereo and 5.1 Surround. The cover artwork was being done at the same time at Sony by David Coleman. There are so many little things, like the main menu pages which all had to be designed and inserted..........the bottom line is it was a 3 month project and watching it would run me through memory banks in my head ALL OVER AGAIN. Yes.... I would go from working, to TOO  emotional to look up at the video screen. I did not know I would re-live it but I did and it was painful and very wonderful, too.  

Is there any possibility that you might follow up the Houston DVD with an autobiography/memoir? Thank you for all the amazing music over the years.
SP: For now I think interviews and Q&A like this will be the ticket.......all the best.

Describe the feelings you experienced singing in front of packed stadiums and the connections with your fans while they sang in unison with you or, at times, back to you when you held that mike towards them.
SP: Like having one huge Private Party and everyone is having a great time watching me do what I dreamed someday I would have the chance to do. Oh boy was it SWEEEEET!!!

Were there times when you were working on this DVD that you felt you couldn't get thru it and kind of wished you never started it?
SP: Well if the truth be known......YES. I thought I was going to have an emotional crash one day because “Open Arms” and “Don't Stop Believin'” were so emotional for me. I had never heard them sound so good. Every time I'd say on film, “Here's some new Escape music for ya” and JC would start DSB, the audience would respond in a way that would break me down. I'd tuck my feelings back and not look at the screen till it passed. I think in many ways, these performances are better than the masters.

I'm sending this message from Japan and I've been a BIG fan of yours since I was a high school student! (I'm 32 now). Will the Houston DVD be released over here in Japan, too!?
SP: YES - It will be released in Japan on February 1st of 2006.

Your voice and songs have made my heart sing for over 20 years. You also helped me to reconnect with one of my sons that I had not been able to find in a long time. Thank you for that, too. My question to you is, are you at peace and happy?
That's a very powerful question. I think I'm in a good place right now. I've had some personal, tough times but anyone who's alive has those. I'm glad for you that you've reconnected with your son. My Dad left when I was 7 years old and we didn't get back together till many years after I was off the road. At least in the end, we had 5 good father and son years together before he finally passed.

I still remember the night I watched that concert for the first time on MTV. The band sounded so good. I remember the part where you almost got hit by Ross's bass guitar, but managed to dodge it.

SP: That was a close one. Ross was facing Neal and I came from behind him and to his left just as he was pulling his bass back to his left and into my right eye. Ross didn't see me. It was a close one.

Many DVD's have "Easter Eggs" (hidden features). Are there any Easter Eggs on the Houston DVD, and if so, any clues where to look?
SP: Not that I know of.

Do you ever listen to contemporary Christian music?
SP: I love all music if it's done well. I've always loved Sam Cooke's early Gospel years.

I was thrilled when I heard that the White Sox had chosen “Don't Stop Believin' as their teams “theme” song/motto! It was great seeing you enjoying yourself at the World Series! As a huge baseball (SF Giants) fan myself, I can only imagine at what a thrill it must have been witnessing and being a part of a winning sweep! Did being in the “spotlight” again motivate you to get back out there again? To start writing and/or singing again? Whatever you do have given us...the fans...a lifetime of treasures in your voice and music and for that I am eternally thankful!
SP: Oh're killing me with your sincere words. I thank you so much for your kindness and your support. I never wanted to disappoint any fans......and me not giving you what you wish for, sometimes makes me feel sad but I'm so glad you said, “Whatever you do” and then your words were so kind. I'm really taken with this question. Please know this - I am eternally grateful for everything you all have given this kid from a small farm town. My wildest dreams were realized and you were all there making it all happen. I Thank you, I Thank you, I will forever, Thank you!!!

Is there any chance we might see a DVD release of some of your solo material like the Street Talk videos or the promotional material for FTLOSM ? Thanks for keeping us believing all these years!
SP: You reaching out to me for more of the things I, too loved is truly inspiring. I always had confidence in my work but I think I got all my hope from you fans. I would like to assemble a Street Talk / FTLOSM DVD. There is a lot of footage that I have from rehearsals and from interviews. I never taped the live FTLOSM Tour because I wanted the performances to stay emotionally free. It was a really fun tour.

Sorry, this isn't a DVD question, but I was hoping you would share what kind of things you enjoy doing in your spare time or if you have any hobbies.
SP: People always wonder what I'm doing now. I'm really living a normal kind of life. I go to movies, baseball games, the Fair, go on road trips, sing a bit here and there, mostly in the shower or in my car, I think about my life too much, worry a bit too much every once in a while, laugh with friends, remember the past, wonder about the future, and hope for a good nights sleep. I really love a good cup of black coffee in the morning when I'm checking my e-mails. I obsess on sexy cars. Stare at beautiful girls and tell them how lovely they look........I could go on and on and on....!!!

I was a senior in high school and the whole world was a head of me! Having a brand new album from Journey made this even more exciting!!! Your voice and the words of this music was so awesome even to this day!! Your energy was electrifying!!!
SP: I love this. If you were a senior in 1981 then you're 42 now. That would make me........ah.......never mind............thanks for the good stuff!

Journey and Steve Perry is the most widely listened to music in my household. My son who is 9 has heard your voice since he was a baby and he has his own collection of music from you now. My son wants to know what flavor of milkshake you would order? I told him I would ask.
SP: I LOVE chocolate.......then second would be strawberry.

Did Josh Groban meet you the night he sang the National Anthem at the Sox game? You are his favorite singer. Would you ever consider a duets album?
SP: I saw him sing but then he was whisked away and I didn't see him again. I'd love to talk to him sometime. He's a very talented guy.

”Don't Stop Believin'” has been revived and played recently in so many entertainment venues (a major motion picture, a popular television show, a professional baseball team's new inspirational anthem). Longtime fans as well as a new generation of fans are identifying with, and rockin' to, that incredibly popular song. Other than DSB, what song from the Houston DVD do YOU feel was your best performance as lead singer (and why?), and.... which song was the best performance from the band overall?
SP: That's an impossible question to answer. I love them all for different reasons. I think that the performances on the Live In Houston 1981 DVD are the best I've ever heard thus far. The band had a mission, and that was to be the best it could be. I think this show is a testament to that.

When you go back and review the work of Journey as you did for the Escape DVD, do you ever find things that you would do differently now? I mean, do you mess with perfection? Does the artistic drive dictate that you must?
SP: I've always reached for more from myself so I could be happy with my performance. I don't like settling for “OK” or “Not bad” or worse - “FINE.” Fine is never good enough.

Do you remember what it was like stepping on stage for the Houston concert, knowing that the concert was going to be recorded and then broadcast on MTV? What kind of impact do you think it might have had on the MTV generation?
SP: Once I got used to the cameras in my face I ignored them and had a great time. As to what impact this show has had on the MTV generation, I'm part of the MTV generation and I think MTV forever changed the way we looked at music. Nothing was and is as powerful as MTV. They were always good to us and played all our videos. There is talk that this 1981 Houston show may air again on MTV and VH1. If you want them to show them and let them know.

Will you be taping any interviews for this DVD release?
SP: I'm really not sure yet but I will be doing all sorts of print press.

The music world misses your golden voice. Would you consider releasing some previously unreleased tunes?
SP: I have a lot of demo's and other stuff but when will I release them? - I'm not sure.

I am so happy to see that "Mother, Father" will be on this DVD. It has always been a favorite. Could you give us some insight into this song and its inspiration?
SP: It's about the family and all the life stuff that can test its core strength. It also has to do with alcoholism in the family.

If you could have any meal, anywhere... what would it be and where would it be?
SP: It would be anywhere in Italy in a restaurant by the water.

I know you've been a sound engineer for quite a while and with your work on Monster and with David Pack and then on this project—The Escape Houston ‘81 Show—I was wondering, how have you learned the new technologies? Have you just picked them up intuitively?
SP: The new technologies are amazing. I once had a reputation for being a perfectionist. I never understood that because all I was doing was reaching for performances that with the old school technology, took time. NOW - I can do the same thing in 5 minutes, so the goal was always the same, it's just easier to get to than before.

It was so good to see you at the Chicago game. You look fabulous. I hope you're in good health and doing well. What is your favorite song on the DVD?
SP: Thanks for the nice words. I really love “Stay Awhile,” “Open Arms,” “Mother Father,” and “Don't Stop Believin.” Oh, and “Who's Cryin' Now.” OH forget it, I love the whole thing for all kinds of different reasons. P.S. “The Party's Over” on the CD is one of my fave, one-of-a-kind, LIVE versions, too.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you've done in the past with that gift of a voice you have there! It's like none other. Would you ever consider Broadway?
SP: I was asked a while back by a close friend who has had hits on Broadway but I respectfully declined.

Do you still play the drums? Do you have a favorite memory from the Escape Tour that you could share?
SP: My drum chops are really weak now. I haven't played in years. The Escape tour was when the band really came together and my singing had turned another corner. It was great.

Regarding the Escape Tour in 1981, can you please try and describe what it felt like to be on stage fronting the world's most successful band? If you could rewind to 1981, is there anything you would change?
SP: We might have gotten along better as a band but success changes everyone, not just bands! We did the best we could at the's what bands do.

I just want you to know that “Easy To Fall” got me off drugs and has helped keep me clean for three years now. Did you have any idea that your voice and music would impact so many people for so many years, and that so many people would still really love you so much?
SP: You are the very first person that has ever told me this. It is about alcoholism, drugs, relationships and what happens when it all stops working. Congrats' on your 3 years.

Do you think you sing better live, on record, or in the shower?
SP: Well, of the three, in the studio, I can hear myself in the headphones with effects and then it's easy to get lost is the fantasy of the song. That's when some surprise vocal things can happen.

It's great to see you out at baseball games and having fun. My question is: Will Barry (Bonds) break the record next year?

Oh yea....I think he will....I'm not sure how much of his knee will be able to recover. I do think he'll play left field and he will be whacking it out of SBC Park into your San Francisco Bay!!!!!!!

Do you do much reading in your spare time? If so who is your favorite author/book and has anything you've read ever inspired you to write a song?
SP: I never had a book inspire me to write but real life stuff has always been where I pull from. In everything you've ever heard me sing, there are pieces of real circumstances that have happen or I wish would.

When you are in your car going down the road with the radio on & one of YOUR songs comes on the radio, do you sing along with it?

SP: Oh my, are you busting me now. Well......first I listen to the track to hear how it feels. You see, over the years my perspective on all the tracks has changed. I don't hear them like I did. I now hear them more like you do. I guess getting away from it all has given me that. Oh and after that......I sometimes sing along and double my voice as if I was in a studio. I once got caught on the freeway singing to the radio by some fans driving next to me. They gave me a thumbs up.

Your songs have always made me smile whenever I hear them. What song makes you smile whenever you hear it?
SP: “Alea” by Donnie Iris, “Crazy” by Seal, “Baby I Need Your Lovin” by the Four Tops, “Cupid” by Sam Cooke, “Clocks” by Cold Play, Neal Schon's guitar solo on “Suzanne,” Joni Mitchell's voice, Jackie Wilson's voice, the drums on “Rockin' Robin” and many, many MORE!

I remember that you once stated that your dream was to write the ultimate song. While most of your songs are the ultimate to me, I was wondering if you feel that your dream has come true?
SP: No not yet, but I do remember saying that. There have been times when some of that was realized. There has always been a special place in my heart for “Still They Ride.” It's a cinematic tune.

Have you ever considered getting more into the producing side of the business and producing other artists and bands? Is this something that interests you at all?
SP: Oh yea and from time to time I help players in the studio get vocals or tracks. It's a way of sitting behind a console for a pinch.  

Do you have any songs that you now feel very differently about than when you performed them?

SP: All of them have changed for me. I guess the time away from them has healed any “this or that could be better” thinking.......I do hear them with a more free perspective now. Sometimes they shock me to the point that - Dare I say - “They're much more emotion than I remember.”

What did you do while on tours to keep your voice in shape? Seems that singing night to night with such a range can be hard on one's cords.
SP: I wouldn't talk to anyone all day till the sound check. This put a little moody vibe on my relations with the band but it worked for my voice. I also think I was young and lucky to sing in a style that didn't tear it down.

As a child my Mom always read to me and my favorites were the tales of Bros. Grimm. Did your Mom read to you as a small child and if so what was your favorite childhood story?
SP: I don't recall Mom reading too much at all but my Dad always sang to me, especially at bedtime.

Do you still have that beautiful black tux jacket you wore that night on stage at the Houston show?
SP: I have almost all of them. I'm not sure if I have that exact one but I do have several black ones.

One of the reasons why you are my favorite artist is that you are so passionate when you sing. One can feel that you put your heart and soul into a song. I was wondering if you are passionate about anything else?
SP: Kissing!

Like many singers have, I wonder if you ever sang in your church choir as a child.
SP: When I was 7 years old my Mom put me in a Barber Shop Quartet. We would sing at all the local functions and later I was in different choirs. I then jumped quickly to being a drummer-lead singer in an R&B band. We'd play all the after game dances all around the Valley. We were good, we were funky, we were R&B.

I always have one of your CDs in the mix at my coffee shop. What are your views on public places like mine playing your music in the background for their customers? Should additional royalties be paid or is buying the CD / DVD enough?
SP: No worries.....I appreciate you playing the tunes. I hope your customers don't get tired of hearing it.

I was just listening to FTLOSM and boy do we miss you. In “Young Hearts Forever” there's a small reference to a Phil Lynott/Thin Lizzy song, also Captured was dedicated to Phil Lynott. My question to you is: What is your link with Phil Lynott?
SP: I always respected his talent. In the early days with Journey, we toured together. I thought it was a real sad loss when he passed. So talented and I really loved his talking style of vocal phrasing.

Do you find it difficult to work on Journey projects due to the past circumstances with the members of Journey and if it is difficult, other than for the fans, why do you do the projects?
SP: Yes. The DVD did bring back many good memories and some not so good. I'm sure the same goes for the other guys, too. I do it because I have and always will believe in the songs and their timeless quality. This Houston DVD has some of the best performances of those songs. I just wanted them to be heard one more time, in all their LIVE glory.

I would just like to say first that you and I have something in common. We were both at every single concert you and Journey did in Houston! Why don't you ever wear a watch any more? May seem like a stupid question but I really would like to know.
SP: I have a cell phone if I should need to known the time. Besides I always know what time it is, It's NOW. hehehehehehee!!!!

What is the most difficult thing you have found about being a musician?
SP: After having some success, I think it's living up to the hype that comes with such success. It's almost impossible. That's why, when I do interviews, I never read them or watch them. I'd rather stay on my side of my experience and let you have yours all for yourself.

What was the most difficult song for you to sing during the Escape tour?
SP: At that time they were pretty much all OK and not one was more difficult than another. NOW - later, around 1983, I'd say the last high note on “Faithfully” was something I had to save a little up for, which was usually the last song.

I have been a fan of your voice and music since I first heard you in 1979! You are my favorite singer of all times! Just curious, is there a special lady in your life?
SP: There was, but as we speak, I'm single.

We all know you are a baseball fan. Are you a football fan, too and if so what is your favorite team?
SP: I've yet to get into the football thing. All that slamming into each other makes my body ache just watching it. I'm a baseball kind of guy!!!!!!

Being that the holiday season is now upon us once again, I always wished that you would grace your voice to some holiday music. So, my question to you is have you ever seriously considered singing some holiday music?
SP: Oh yes.....I'd like to but my problem is I don't know what to do first because I like all kinds of music. I do like listening to Nat Cole though, he's so smooth and classic.

Since the World Series, the song “Don't Stop Believin'~” is the #3 downloaded song. How excited are you that there is a second, possibly a third generation listening to your music?

SP: VERY!!!! To think that a whole new generation is getting into these songs is the greatest reward for everyone that was ever part of this music.

After FTLOSM was out, you mentioned in an interview that you were interested in creating a Web site, where you would have songs that would be available for direct download. Have you given any more thought to this idea?
SP: I still own but have yet to fly it. I guess I'm a bit reluctant for crazy personal reasons. 

I read that you thought about being a DJ at one time. Given it any thought recently?
SP: Yes, but it would be totally anonymous so it could have no expectancy on it. I'd have a radio name and no one would know it's me. That would be fun.

In honor of the Houston DVD, would you mind if we (the Houston Astros) borrowed you from Chicago (White Sox) next season? They can have Biggio, we get Perry, and then maybe we will have a chance.
SP: If I could do anything I wanted I would want to be able and good enough to play one time in Major League Baseball. The players all remind me of what the music business used to be like. Players that must be good enough to go out there and PLAY. Those Killer Bee's are some serious hittin' boys!!

Do you ever just hang out and play any musical instruments for relaxation? Piano, guitar, bass?
SP: I go to recording sessions and watch 70 to 140 piece orchestras' play score for film. It's sounds so beautiful that it's almost not real. I mean, how do these musicians play with such feel reading sheet music like it was something they've played their whole lives? Unbelievable and relaxing.

I met you when you performed in Boston years ago and you were very kind. You autographed a photo for me and it has been in my home office ever since with a place prominence. I meet quite a few “famous” people in my business and am always afraid to meet the people I most admire for fear that they are not so nice (it has happened). You did not disappoint me and for that I'm very grateful! Are you ever afraid to approach other celebrities for fear of being disillusioned?
SP: YES Oh YES!! I was in L.A. back in the 80's and I was having lunch at a Mexican restaurant when I looked over to see Gladys Knight sitting across the isle in the booth. Oh my, I was stunned because I always loved her voice, especially her vocal on the song, “Neither One of Us.” SO - I was in the same fear as you, I was afraid to say “Hi” or “I just want you to know how much your voice means to me” because - If she was not nice, I would be unable to continue loving her. So I didn't do anything except dig her from across the room. I've heard she's nice but like you I didn't want to take the chance.
Are you/were you a fan of hard rock/heavy metal? Some of your music with Journey was clearly in that genre.
SP: I love the power of certain heavy metal acts. I went to a Rob Zombie / Anthrax concert the other night and they were great. If it's good - I like it.

What was your best time in Journey? When was it that you went to yourself “WOW, I'm having the time of my life?”

SP: I was in some arena in the mid west and as I was singing, I looked to the upper right tier of the arena and heard my voice soaring up to the top of the hall and I was watching it happen as if I was along for the ride. It was what runners describe as a kind of 3 rd person high. I knew then, it was all really happening!! I was LIVING THE DREAM!!

It was nice to hear you sing with the boys in Chicago. I was actually on board the USS Ronald Reagan somewhere in the Pacific Ocean when I saw you live on TV. Anyway, my question is when is the next solo album coming out? I think that the fans miss you a lot including myself, a big fan of yours. We play your music everyday out here in the Pacific.
SP: You guys are the best. Thanks for all your kind words and all your selfless devotion. It really makes me feel good to know that you take our music with you out there. Wow, that's the very best compliment anyone could receive. Thanks and be safe.

What is the greatest thing that fame has taught you?
SP: That all things eventually must come down. Especially fame. When the Journey ride was over, I knew I would have to come down to life on life's terms. In the beginning I didn't like it because whether you're a baseball player, a politician, actor, or a singer.....after you've been pampered with special treatment and plenty of YES people, it's easy to get spoiled. Eventually everyone's got to come back to their real lives. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. I'm good now, too.

I was a service brat. I moved several times in my teen years. Luckily, in July 1981, I moved to the little tiny town of Lake Jackson, TX—40 miles south of Houston. I went to both of the Houston Summit shows!!!! I have always been proud of that. I just want to let you know, you are my source of Joy! I have attached so many of my memories to you. I hope that is something that gives you comfort.
SP: You're giving me comfort right now..........thank you very much!

What was the inspiration behind “Happy To Give” and why was it never performed live or filmed? It's truly beautiful music, lyrics and delivery.
SP: It's a search for the right one kinda song. It's a dream of everyone but maybe, while your looking for what you want you may pass over what you need. I'm starting talking in riddles so I think I'll stop for now.

November 8, 2005

Well here we are, the "Journey Live in Houston 1981- Escape Tour" - DVD & CD will be released one week from today on November 15th, 2005. Fan Asylum will leave this email address up until Friday the 11th for all your DVD questions. (The deadline has passed!!!) I'll try to answer as many as possible. Thanks again for your years of support......Steve Perry

From Fan Asylum:
Steve will not be responding back directly to emails sent. His response to questions emailed will be posted here at a later date.



Steve Perry - Neal Schon
Jonathan Cain - Ross Valory - Steve Smith


“Lights,” “Stay Awhile,” “Open Arms,”
“Who's Cryin' Now,” “Don't Stop Believin',”
“Wheel In The Sky,”“Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin',”
“Stone In Love,” "Anyway You Want It,”
“Where Were You,” "Keep On Runnin',” “Escape,”
“Mother Father,” “Line Of Fire,” “Dead Or Alive” 

Produced by Steve Perry, the DVD and CD have both been remixed and remastered in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound

CD contains bonus live track (not filmed),“The Party's Over, (Hopelessly In Love)”

Special collectors edition arrives in stores
November 15 on Columbia/Legacy

Photo by Roger Ressmeyer

At the very top of the short list of second generation San Francisco rock bands stands Journey, with over 43 million records sold in the U.S. alone, the only Bay Area group whose 30 years of music has truly stood the test of time. Now, the two-disc DVD-plus-CD collector's edition of LIVE IN HOUSTON 1981 – ESCAPE TOUR is set to arrive in stores November 15 th on Columbia/Legacy, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

The two-disc package is a first for Legacy – presenting video and audio versions of this LIVE 75-minute performance – with the DVD and CD completely remixed in Stereo and 5.1 Surround by Allen Sides and remastered by Bob Ludwig. The Stereo CD version of the concert includes all the above performances plus a bonus track that wasn't filmed, “The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love),” which originally was a studio version they had released earlier in 1981, as the single from the live double-LP, Captured. A lavish 16-page full-color booklet is packed with rare photography of Journey, tour memorabilia, and other surprises. The DVD has interviews with the band and a slide show of rare photos.

The entire project was produced by former lead vocalist Steve Perry, with the full cooperation of the band.

Five of the live performances from this historic MTV concert have been released prior to now: “Open Arms,” “Who's Cryin' Now,” “Don't Stop Believin'” (three of the hit singles from Journey's then-current 9x-platinum Escape album), “Stone In Love,” and “Anyway You Want It.” The balance of the tracks, include such Journey touchstones as “Wheel In The Sky,” “Lights,” “Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin',” “Mother, Father,” “Line Of Fire,” and the title track from the Escape album, which are LIVE and all previously unreleased. They make their debut on this special package – premiering the concert in its entirety for the first time ever.

Journey's strength at Album Oriented Radio (AOR) was so strong that their live double-LP Captured (February 1981), actually yielded a #2 hit on Billboard's brand-new Album Rock chart with the studio version of “The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love).”

Their seventh studio album, the all-time best-selling Escape, was co-produced by former engineer Mike Stone (known for his studio work with Queen, Kiss, and others) and Kevin Elson. The album was released the first week of August 1981, coinciding with MTV's historic sign-on of 12:01 a.m., August 1 st . Escape was pumped up by the summer take-off single, the top 5 “Who's Crying Now,” which earned the band a prestigious spot opening for the Rolling Stones at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia on September 12th – the same date that Escape hit #1.

The album was still inside the top 20 two months later, when Journey rolled into Houston and MTV, still in diapers, decided to broadcast the concert. In fact, as Journey stayed on the road well into 1982, and the next three singles all ran up the charts (“Don't Stop Believin',” “Open Arms,” “Still They Ride”) through the following summer, Escape stayed in the top 20 for over a year. In all, the LP logged nearly three years (146 weeks) on the chart, on its way to 9x-platinum.

Photo by Neil Ziozower

The Journey saga carried on for another five years in the '80s, with the Frontiers album in 1983 (6x-platinum, with the top 10 “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”); and 1986's Raised On Radio (double-platinum, with “Be Good To Yourself”). Despite the fact that they swept the annual BAMmies (Bay Area Music Awards) in 1987, a disbanded Journey's members went their separate ways. A decade of outside projects began, as Schon and Cain formed Bad English with John Waite, and Perry resumed his solo work.

The inevitable reunion took place in 1996, when the classic lineup – Schon, Perry, Cain, Valory, and Smith – reconvened on Trial By Fire . The platinum CD contained the only RIAA gold single of Journey's career, “When You Love a Woman.”

On May 8th of 1998, Steve Perry and Journey officially went their separate ways.

Lineup : Steve Perry (lead vocals); Neal Schon (lead guitar, vocals); Jonathan Cain (keyboards, vocals); Ross Valory (bass, vocals); Steve Smith (drums).

DVD + CD Collectors Edition by JOURNEY (Columbia / Legacy C2D 54153) Selections :

  1. Escape
  2. Line Of Fire
  3. Lights
  4. Stay Awhile
  5. Open Arms (*)
  6. Mother, Father
  7. Jonathan Cain Solo
  8. Who's Cryin' Now (*)
  9. Where Were You
  10. Steve Smith Solo
  11. Dead Or Alive
  12. Don't Stop Believin' (*)
  13. Stone In Love (*)
  14. Keep On Runnin'
  15. Neal Schon Solo
  16. Wheel In The Sky
  17. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
  18. Anyway You Want It (*)
    CD-only bonus track :
  19. The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love). Recorded November 6, 1981, in Houston, TX

Note : All tracks previously unreleased, except (*) indicates previously released.

June 30, 2005

Dear Fans;
It's been brought to my attention that Fan Asylum has been hit by hundreds of e-mails all trying to get a REAL answer to a rumor that has been circulated. As I said back in February 3, 2005: "The band may be jamming this summer with "X" members, but I will not be one of them." 

I was hoping that my February 3rd statement would clear any confusion in this area but due to these e-mails, I decided to again post my original statement.

Question: Is there any truth to the new rumor that you and the band are getting back together this summer when Journey is on the road ?
SP: No, there is NO truth to that rumor. As of May 8, 1998, I'm no longer legally a member of Journey.
The band may be jamming this summer with "X" members, but I will not be one of them.
  All the best to you and yours in this warm and sexy summer. Love ya........Steve Perry


June 30, 2005

Dear Fans;
I've signed a Jacket which was owned by Jackie Villanueva.
Jackie was one of the most devoted and hardest working guys in our road crew from the very early years through the time that I was in Journey.

Through an old childhood friend named Larry, I met Jackie. Without them, I would have never met Journey's Manager, Herbie Herbert, and wouldn't have had the opportunity to become the lead singer of Journey.
Jackie's brother, John Villanueva, has donated Jackie's Tour Jacket and I have signed it for this e-bay auction. All funds will be sent to the Kaiser Hospice Services who helped Jackie. This is a one of a kind "Japan Tour 1980" jacket. Thanks for your contributions. Sincerely..........Steve Perry

Auction has ended

February 3, 2005

Thanks so much for all your questions and well wishes during our short Question session. We received almost 1,500 emails!

One question that continued to repeat was if I was returning to Journey this summer.
I made that my first answer so you won't be misled. I tried to get to as many questions
as I could.
I'd like to thank Fan Asylum and Lora for all their help.

Over the last few years, I've heard there's been much said about me. As you know, I have not responded to any of it. I can't stop anyone from saying whatever, but......
Please know this....
I miss you all very much and no matter what, I will always love you.
You forever changed my life and made my family proud of me.

Thank you for your love and support.


Steve Perry

Is there any truth to the new rumor that you and the band are getting back together this summer when Journey is on the road ?
SP: No, there is NO truth to that rumor. As of May 8, 1998, I'm no longer legally a member of Journey. The band may be jamming this summer with "X" members, but I will not be one of them.

Is it true you are working with and/or producing acts in Nashville TN?
SP: No, that's just a rumor.

Congratulations on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star! I'm glad you went to the ceremony. Your singing is the only reason I started listening to Journey. Do you have any upcoming projects?
SP: The only thing I've worked on lately is a David Pack solo CD. David and I wrote a song called, "A Brand New Start" where I sang backgrounds with David, and Timothy Schmidt from the Eagles. I also sang some answer lead vocals in the "title turn around" and in "the bridge." I think his CD is slated for release around May of this year. I'm finally out of all my old contracts which I signed in 1978 and I'm diggin' not being signed to anything or anybody. Freedom is a good thing but lately I am getting a little sprung to do something.
I'm just not sure what!

Would you ever consider doing a Christmas album? Every year as I listen to Christmas music, I'm thinking how wonderful it would be to hear them sung by you.
SP: I think about that every Christmas, too. Have not done that as of yet.

For the past 23 years, your music has been a companion to me. It has been a source of encouragement and inspiration and very often expressed my heart or spirit during tough or jubilant times. I want to thank you for the music and the giving of yourself to us (the fans) and to the business.
SP: Thank you for all your years of loving the music!!

Do you have any plans to release any concert footage on DVD from your Strange Medicine tour?
SP: There really isn't any. I wanted it to be a fun, no pressure thing. Filming can put expectations on the shows that can take away from my real reason for doing it.

Do you have any future plans to be involved again in the film industry in any capacity - as writer, performer or producer?
SP: I really loved my involvement with the film Monster. Working with Patty Jenkins and Charlize Theron on the dubbing of "Don't Stop Believin'" was a real thrill. Patty was very focused on her film being as soulful as possible. Charlize won an Oscar for best actress. Patty's focus rocks!
If something else comes up, who knows.

Do you have a favorite beach in San Diego ?
SP : If I tell you where my favorite beach is you'll know where I live. Sorry I can't tell ya. BUT- I will say, I love those horse races.

What music do you enjoy listening to? I heard you were a fan of Outkast and was wondering if that is true.
SP: Yes, last year when I first heard Outkast I knew that this was going to go all the way. I now like to listen to Keane, Diana Krall, The Postal Service, Florida Inc. and some re-mixers like Thunder Puss 2000 and some new downloadable groups.

Have you ever considered teaching? Whenever I speak to children involved in music programs in school, one of the names that always comes up is yours.
SP: Thanks for telling me that. If I could help kids reach and find something in themselves that they never thought they had, that would be a very cool thing. Who knows, right?

Would you ever consider releasing the Against The Wall tracks collectively?
SP: Sony is a strange machine. In England, the record labels always re-evaluate their past and do re-release singles from older CD's. Here? Never.

I read today on-line that the actor/singer Patrick Wilson (Phantom of the Opera) regards you as a favorite singer. What great taste and a wonderful compliment, as he also has a beautiful voice. I have always loved music and great voices and in my opinion you have one of the best rock & roll voices of all time. My only regret is that after all my years in So. Calif (born and 40 years living there) I never saw you live in concert. I was married by the late 70s and just wasn't doing the concert thing as much. Now I live outside the D.C. area and of course could not make the Walk of Fame event. Congratulations to you and the band.
SP: I owe Patrick Wilson money for saying such nice things. Sorry you couldn't be at the WOF event..........Thanks for your kind words, too.

Have you ever thought of writing your autobiography?
SP: No, not really but I have been approached.

My question, silly as it may be, is do you sing in your car? Around the house? In the shower?
SP: ALL of the above. Especially in my car. Doesn't everybody?

Do you have any pets?
SP: I've had many pets through my life. When I was a young boy I had a Cocker named "Lady" then through the years I've had 3 Beagles. "Peggy," "Donna," and "Lenda," and later 3 cat's named “Tashka” and “Tonja” and then later again "Kitty." I do love all pets but right now, I have none.

Do you have a favorite painter?
SP: I'm a lover of all the arts and I love going to galleries, but I'm not that knowledgeable about the artists themselves.

You are truly missed by the fans! One can only hope you get the "bug" again to write & record again! My question, besides the many obvious questions would be, do you think any previous wounds were healed at all for you or the others being together again in Hollywood on Friday Jan.21?
SP: I don't know about our wounds being healed. When bands break up, it's a real personal relationship break. Everyone knows how rough that can be. I was very glad I decided to go though, because for one day, for 90 minutes, we were all together again being recognized for our playing, our music and our moment in time when "we were good together"! The fans energy was something I had not felt in a long time. I get high just thinking about it!

The DVD for Houston was postponed, any chance of that or one of just you being produced this year?
SP: Last year's Houston DVD project was postponed because the new Journey and myself both agreed that Sony's proposal wasn't appropriate at that time.

Do you watch American Idol? Has Randy ever asked you to be a guest host?
SP: No, I don't watch it, and he hasn't asked me to be a host, but he left me a message after the WOF Hollywood Star thing. Thanks for bringing him up cause I owe him a call.

Have you ever considered remastering/ releasing the Alien Project demo? Hearing your pre-Journey work would be such a welcome treat!!
SP: Might be a good idea. Thanks.

What do you think about all the websites devoted to you in cyberspace? Do you have any plans to launch your own website?
SP: I own but I've yet to fly it. For now Fan Asylum has been so gracious in letting me use their site for my official statements. If you ever talk to me in a chat room or hear anything on any other sites just know this, I DO NOT go in chat rooms so it's not me, and for now, Fan Asylum has the only REAL Steve Perry statements to believe in!!!!!!!!

I have always wondered about the eighth note necklace you've always worn. If the story behind it is too personal, I understand but I would really love to know what it is.
SP: First of all, thanks for respecting my privacy regarding my gold eighth note and chain. I'll tell ya - When I was 12 years old my Mom bought it for me because she believed in me and my music. She told me to wear it for good luck. Now that she's gone, it's even more precious to me so I only wear it on special occasions. Oh and yes - I did wear it during the WOF event.

I recently attended the Sam Cooke reunion this January and much of the discussions about Sam's voice turn into discussions about yours. Many of his family members and Sam's fans really believe that you and only you have the voice of power and influence as the man who invented soul once had. Do you have any plans to share new music with your many fans?
SP: After such a beautiful statement as yours, I feel that I should be doing something.

Do you have children? Getty images incorrectly reported that Patty Jenkins is your daughter.
SP: Children? I'd have no personal life if I talk about my personal life.
Patty Jenkins?.... is not my daughter. She's my sister. No...just kidding ...she's my attorney.....NO, NO just kidding again..........she's my midnight rendezvous...YUM!!.....No - she's a good friend that is very talented and,
yes...... thanks for pointing it out........... she is much younger than I.

What is your favorite color? Are you married?
SP: This is my favorite question so far!! Cobalt blue is my fave color and NO I'm not married!!

So many of us have hopes and dreams that we never see realized. Was there one definitive moment when you realized that you had finally Made It, that Dream was fulfilled, and if so, can you tell us what that was like for you?
SP: There were many moments on stage that told me the dream wasn't just fulfilled, but was really happening night after night, on that stage in front of all of you. Mom told me when I was 4 years old to think of what it would feel like to live my dream. I saw cobalt colored lights mixed with red and a bright spotlight shining at me from across a large room. And then....There I was years later, really doing what I dreamed of doing. Total magic…. it was total magic!!

I'm fifteen and wanted to tell you how much I love and appreciate your music. I wanted to ask if there is any live/concert footage from the Infinity-Captured days, and if so, is there a possibility of it being released.
SP: You're 15 and you love the music? That's so very cool. Thanks for loving it.
We should know more about live footage in a DVD very soon. {love your parents}................bye..........SP

Photo by: Steve Perry (January 22, 2005)

Congratulations on your star at the "Walk of Fame.” I think it was the happiest and most important day for you but also for every Journey and Steve Perry fan to see you there healthy and sooooo happy during the celebration there. What a joy it was to see you among the true fans. So many hearts went out to you full of thankfulness and respect for you and your work. With your exceptional voice you have given your fans from all over the world the "sound of their lives" forever. Thank you very much!!! – a fan from Germany.
SP: Thank you so very much. ps - I love Oktoberfest!!

You have traveled all over the world and I would like to know if you have a favorite place (outside of the U.S.)?
SP: I always had a great time touring in Japan and Europe.

Have you ever thought of creating a purely blues based CD? (I'm speaking of the really old time Blues). Your voice would be magic in that type of genre.
SP: Sam Cooke, Robert Plant, Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin, Diana Washington, Kitty Lester and so many great singers I love, were all about the blues.
I love it.

Do you have any desire to do some small venues again? Your concert in San Francisco on the Strange Medicine tour was a blast!
SP: Thanks......the Warfield Theater was a lot of fun. I do like smaller venues because it's so intimate. My solo band was a great group of players and good guys. We had fun on that tour.

Thank you so much for attending the WOF ceremony on Jan 21st. You look good, Steve. Very healthy.... and as attractive as ever! I was in tears as I saw you embrace Neal then Ross. Now that you have felt the energy of the fans, do you feel you might make more public appearances...and hopefully perform somewhere? If not for yourself, how about for a charity.
SP: Regarding charity shows.....I do my own personal charity work by donation. I'd rather do it that way.

Steve Augeri has stated several times that you were his inspiration. In fact, he dedicated Journey's EP Red13 to you. What are your thoughts on Steve Augeri? Have you two spoken? And lastly, have you seen him perform with Journey lately and what were your thoughts about the band's performance?
SP: I only met him once and that was at the Hollywood WOF presentation. I've never seen the New Journey perform. With all due respect, my memories of Journey and its music are locked in our time together. I think I'll stay with that.

Is there a certain song from years past that when you hear it today you feel that same feeling as when you first heard it? If yes, what song was it?
SP: Nice question. There are many tunes that come to mind, that I hear the same way I did the first time I heard them. That's the timeless quality of music. If you love it, it's yours. To pick one at this moment,.....I'd have to say "All Along The Watch Tower" by Jimi Hendrix.

From all your years touring with Journey, did you happen to save any special personal items? Your white tux? T-shirt collection? Other items?
SP: Yes – I have all my tux tailed coats, some old t-shirts....but NO black spandex pants. I had to let them go.

I just want to tell you that your voice and your music have been very special to me in my life. My sisters and I saw you and the band lots of times in the 80's here in the Bay Area at the Oakland Coliseum and SF. Every time I went to one of your concerts it was like a magical feeling and I would be on a natural high for days after. I still listen to your CD's and would love to see and hear you perform again.
SP: Thanks and I, too, loved playing Oakland Coliseum and all the Days On The Green. It was fun for me. Thanks again.

What is your most cherished memory of all the years you spent in Journey?
SP: When {manager} Herbie Herbert called my phone machine and asked me to fly out to Denver, Col. to meet and hang with the band. Later that night, Neal and I wrote "Patiently."

Just wanted to know, as I'm sure alot of us do.....are you happy these days, do you have a significant other, is there marriage in your future???
SP: I am presently single. I have no marriage plans and right now I'm pretty happy just living the life I've been given.

I say the song “Melody” isn't about a girl but is about the music that lives inside of you (you being You, Steve). My friends say it is about a girl. What do you say?
SP: It's really about my relationship with musical melody. I've always been in love with a beautiful "Melody." Of course it could be a girl's name but the original idea for the song was about the "melody of music."

What do you miss the most and the least about touring?
SP: I miss performing for the fans, but the daily traveling and hotel living I do not miss.

I am 43 and have listened to Journey music for 25 years. This music holds a very special place in my heart as this music was played during the best times of my life and during the most precious memories from my life! During my 20's and 30's and when everyone in my family was healthy and happy! Sometimes I just close my eyes and meditate and think back to those times just to reminisce and I hear your voice in the background singing “Faithfully” or “Open Arms!” What a wonderful day January 21, 2005 was! It was so wonderful for you to be in Hollywood at the JOURNEY STAR!
SP: Sometimes I, too meditate on what it was like standing on stage in front of 70,000 fans. It's impossible to get that same hit sitting in my house.
I'm glad I went to the star event, too.
Thanks for your years of love and support.

Beside all great Journey songs and your solo material there is a song that I also enjoy very much. It is " White Fool" by Clannad. My question is: How it came to the co-operation between you and the Irish group? (I really like it that you sing in Gaelic).
SP: I knew their producer and he asked me to come down to the studio and meet the group. While I was there, I got an idea and the next thing I knew,
I was recording.

Where did you get the idea to wear tuxedo tails on stage? They always looked so nice on you and it really became your trademark--so I was just curious what gave you the inspiration to start wearing them.
SP: I was watching an old black and white film years ago and saw Fred Astaire wearing black tails. I thought they'd look so cool with jeans and a t-shirt. SO-
I had some custom ones made that you can't buy. My tux tails are much longer and the colors of the lining are bright and fun. Something happens to me when I wear them. I can't explain it but, it feels GOOD!!!

When you go places, do you like being noticed and knowing that so many people love you?
SP: Yes - I do get stopped from time to time. The fans are always great. It's a beautiful thing to have been in the music biz.

Were you born with that voice, Steve, or did you develop it over time? I've never heard a voice so captivating.
SP: It's an evolving thing. My voice can be my best friend and then, there are times, when it's a pain in the butt. Just like all things.

I would like to know if you have any regrets about your music career? I never realized what a singer has to give up in order to perform. You really have to love music to be able to deal with all the stuff that comes with being famous.
SP: Well.......... you have no idea what happens to your life on the way to finding your dream. All in all though, I wouldn't trade one moment for anything!! What a great ride it's been!!

Is there any hope of ever hearing the songs you wrote with Nuno Bettencourt on the Internet or otherwise? I've been waiting 14 years to hear them ever since reading about them in guitar magazine so long ago. I hear the song "Always" is a buried treasure. Please un-earth this jewel and share the goods!
SP: I've thought about. Nuno is not only an incredible player, he's a great friend. "Always" is a beautiful song.

Congrats on the Walk of Fame Star! It was overdue and well deserved! I'm so glad you attended on the 21st despite some of the negative stuff surrounding the break-up. Happy Belated Birthday! I'm so glad you were able to go back and check out the star on your birthday. I'm sure it was a special moment for you to be able to share it with your departed family. I'll bet your mother and grandfather are very proud of you and all that you have accomplished. I'll bet there was a loving warmth from them all around you (more than usual).
SP: Thanks.....On my birthday I watched people walk by and stop and take pix.
I feel that, through my eyes, ALL my relatives were watching, too!

I read in one of your many interviews that you visited the Azores Islands when you were a kid. And I wonder if you ever visited any other place in Portugal?
SP: I've driven up the north coast of Portugal. After the 1986 Raised on Radio tour, I really relaxed for the very first time and fell asleep on a beautiful beach. I don't remember how long I was out…… Portugal is nice.

Will you please let your hair grow? You look beautiful!
SP: This was a very popular question. I go back and forth with the hair thing. Sometimes I love it really butch short and then...........
I just get tired of haircuts.

Does your appearance at the Hollywood WOF ceremony have anything to do with what may come in the future? You've got the rumor mill stirring.
SP: This question was also asked many times. Well the rumor is that, since I showed up for the Hollywood Star event, I may be getting back together with Journey. Let me make this as clear as possible.
There's NO truth to this rumor!!! It's only a rumor!!!

What is the promise that continues?
SP: I made a promise to my Mom. And yes...."The promise continues!!"

Have you found happiness, peace, and fulfillment for yourself? After all that you have given to me, whether you know it or not, I wish that for you more than anything else.
SP: Your words are so very kind. Thank you and yes, for the most part,
I'm loving my life.

I arrived early, very early, Friday morning for the ceremony for the Star on the Walk of Fame. All my heart wanted so badly was to see you there. I'm so happy you came; I know you did it for us. You were the only person that day that turned the podium mike around and addressed the fans. Everyone else talked to the media...not to the fans. You are a true, true gentleman.
SP: I didn't go for the media. I'm in this career because of all of you!! I'm very glad I went. Thanks.

Did you keep a journal on the road?
SP: No I didn't. That could be dangerous! I plead the 5th Amendment.

I was wondering if you could share some of your songwriting experiences. Do you usually have lyrics or melody or rhythm first? Do you prefer to write with a partner?
SP: All of they above works. Sometimes it's me in my car singing into a mini cassette player. The "When You Love A Woman" chorus was written that way as was the "Who's Cryin' Now" chorus.

What was the most demanding song, vocally, that you've sung in concert?
SP: "Mother Father," but I loved it, so I didn't care!

Do you like to dance? Do you go out dancing?
SP: Today's moves are much more than I'm capable of. I don't dance in public but in my house? ....ALWAYS!!

We all know you love Sam Cooke as a vocalist but I want to know if there are any present day female vocalists that just blow you away?
SP: I love Sarah McLachlan's voice and her writing very much. She's really something special. I also love Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell and many old R&B girls like Diana Washington, Aretha Franklin, and others.

What was your favorite meal that your mom made for you when you were growing up?
SP: On my birthday she would make me a banana spice cake with real whipped cream frosting and bananas sliced inside!! YUMMM!! YUMMM!!

What are your favorite foods and are you still a vegetarian?
SP: I was but I fell off and now I eat chicken and fish. Once in awhile, a little pig. Bacon that is. Now that I see this in print, I guess I'm not a veg.

Was ''When I Think Of You'' for your mom? This song is my favorite of all of your many epic ballads.
SP: Yes - it's about a dream I had. It was Christmas and the band was back together for the Trial by Fire CD to come. During the holiday I got a wave of depression over not having Mom around. It lasted for weeks. One day I was so depressed I took an afternoon nap. I had this dream that Mom was working in this really cool gift shop with cobalt colored crystal and when I walked into the shop, Mom was standing in the distance with her back to me. She slowly turned around and smiled at me. In my dream I started to cry because she looked so good, not as I last remembered her. Then I saw her fearless comforting eyes and I could feel she was happy. That made me cry even more and then I woke up.
I called a friend of mine and said, “I feel better now.” He asked me what happened? I told him, "I hope you don't think I'm losing it but, I saw Mom today and she's doing great, Mom's got a gift shop, and she was so happy to see me." I explained the dream to him. Somewhere in my heart, I still feel Mom has a gift shop and she's doing great! After that, all I have to do is think of her and she's right here.

There will never be another like you; no matter how hard they try, you are irreplaceable. You have touched millions, I being one of many since your Journey days up until your last solo album, and I'm only 28! So thank you so much for gracing the world with your voice. You can't imagine the lives and people you have touched. It reaches beyond words.
SP: I'll take your words with me. Thank You.

January 24, 2005

Well, here we are again. The yearly ritual known as the "BIRTHDAY." This year I can't believe I'm, "45" .... AGAIN....!!

I'd like to thank EVERYONE who sent well wishes to me for my birthday, and EVERYONE who showed up at the Walk of Fame presentation last Friday the 21st. What a magic feeling it was to see you all again.

Seeing the guys in the band was a celebration just like the old days when music was what it was all about. When we were taking pictures in front of the star, Jon Cain was on my right. I said to him, "Do you know what that is down there on that side walk? That's some great songs. Congratulations Jon." Ross Valory was our cello of bass players. It's was fun watching him clowning again. It was really great to see Steve Smith and Aynsley Dunbar after all these years. What perfect drummers these guys were for the music of Journey. I told them both congratulations and that they both busted their asses for this. I told Neal congats' when we were standing there together making fun of "Heckle and Jeckle," or known to their fans as, Mark and Brian from KLOS.

Oh, and by the way, after M&B's on the AIR complete violation of my privacy and still never getting my number, I'd like to make one thing very clear. I thought about this award ceremony for a long time. For the longest time I thought it would be best that I not go, do to our re-break-up in May of 98. I knew it was going to be my decision and my decision ALONE and that no one could sway me into going or not going! After I decided to attend, on the morning of Jan. 20th I headed north to L.A. As I got closer, I turned on KLOS and heard M&B and what they were up to. I QUICKLY turned them OFF so I would still want to attend our event. I'm so glad I went. It was a real thrill to hear all those fans sing "Na Na's" and "Don't Stop Believin'" AND THEN, they sang Happy Birthday to me. Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!!

On Saturday the 22nd I went back to take another look at the star for my birthday and for all my departed relatives. As I was watching people looking at the star, I saw two girls hand their camera to a friend and then they quickly laid down on the sidewalk one on each side of the star. I jumped out of my hiding spot and asked, "Can I lay down, too?" At first they were shocked I was there, and then we took this picture. I took some more pix with a few more fans then figured I better hit the road back. It was a nice birthday.

Thanks for all the donations this year on behalf of my birthday!

I really want to thank ALL the fans all over the world that made the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star possible.......... It really belongs to you.

Thanks for making me a part of it.

All the very best to you and yours,

Steve Perry
January 24, 2005

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