Journey split after the conclusion of their highly successful Raised on Radio tour in early 1987. This was not long after the height of their fame, but frontman Steve Perry wanted time off and quickly lost any desire to remain part of the band. The others carried on as Bad English with frontman John Waite, landing a big hit on the charts in 1989 with “When I See You Smile.”
Despite receiving countless offers over the past 25 years, Steve Perry has only performed with his former bandmates once in public after he dissolved the band. The occasion was a tribute concert to the late promoter Bill Graham in San Francisco on November 3rd, 1991. They shared a bill with Jackson Browne, Santana, Los Lobos, John Fogerty, Joan Baez and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
Rocking an amazing mullet, Perry took the stage with a stripped-down version of Journey that only included keyboardist Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon. They played “Faithfully,” “Lights” and “Lonely Road Without You.” Here’s amateur video of “Faithfully.”
Sadly, the reunion didn’t lead to any more concerts. Perry did release a solo album in 1994 and he toured behind it, playing a set full of Journey classics. The next year, he even recorded a new album with Journey, but things once again fell apart before they could go on the road. Frustrated by the setback, Journey carried on with new frontman Steve Augeri.
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Journey fans continue to pray that Steve Perry will return one day, but it’s seeming pretty unlikely at this point. They are doing just fine with new singer Arnel Pineda, and Perry clearly has little interest in playing gigs.