Journey fans have been waiting years to see them reunite with Steve Perry for a live performance. Well, fans got to see Steve and the band on stage together but they didn't perform together at their recent Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.
Neal Schon told Rolling Stone that the whole event was amazing and that he loved seeing Steve since he hadn't seen him in a long time. They met backstage and Neal said they were both highly emotional. Neal said "There was very good eye contact. It was real. It wasn't just things being said because of the ceremony and to keep things cool." Steve said, "Coffee is way overdue for us." I went, "Let's do it. Please."
As for the rumor flying around that Steve would perform with the band, Neal said "My phone was blowing up. I was on the phone with management (about the rumor). I was talking to them and they were kind of puzzled too since they hadn't heard anything from Steve's manager, and his manager didn't know anything about it. After that they just made a statement saying he was just showing up to accept the award. Knowing everything else and how he was feeling – he was very emotional too – it's understandable to me that he wouldn't want to sing. It was just highly emotional. We were both tearing up. Steve's voice still sounds the same as he has a very recognizable voice the second he starts talking."
Neal went on to say "We (Steve and I) have some talking to do, but I'd love to work with him on something on the side, not necessarily Journey, something more bluesy more R&B-ish, soul.