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Steve Perry Will Reportedly Attend Journey’s Rock Hall Induction

Michael Ochs Archive
Michael Ochs Archive

Steve Perry has been typically tight-lipped about whether he’ll be there when Journey are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7 — but according to keyboardist Jonathan Cain, the band’s expecting to see its former singer there.

Cain let the news slip during a recent interview with the Dayton Daily News to promote the group’s gig in nearby Fairborn on April 4. Asked about his feelings regarding the induction, he quipped that Journey were only getting “the nod” after all their opening acts had already gotten in, then revealed that an opportunity to catch up with Perry is one of the reasons he’s looking forward to the ceremony.

“The ceremony is the first time we’re going to get to see Steve Perry in a long time,” said Cain. “So that’ll be fun.”

While it’ll be great to see Perry and his former bandmates back in the same room again, Cain cautioned that fans shouldn’t expect a reunion performance during the evening’s festivities. “As far as we know, he’s just going to accept the award and then skedaddle,” he added. “That’s all I know, unless something changes.”

According to Cain, current Journey singer Arnel Pineda will be on hand to “represent very well, like he always does” — continuing a tenure that, while it started after the group’s most commercially successful period, has earned respect in its own right.

“Arnel has been consistently on the road for 10 years now,” pointed out Cain. “I don’t think any singer in the band has stayed on the road as long as Arnel has. When we think back to the Steve Perry days, he wasn’t in the band for 10 years straight, faithfully being the road singer.”

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