NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 07: (L-R) Inductees Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Neal Schon, and Steve Perry of Journey onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City. The event will broadcast on HBO Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET/PT (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
One of the biggest mysteries in rock is why original Journey front-man Steve Perry refuses to reunite with the band he helped make so famous. Many hoped he would join Journey to jam at the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but after rumors abounded that it would happen, it didn’t.
Now Journey’s on tour with Def Leppard and Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain in an interview with an Albany radio station addressed the issue. Asked whether Perry will ever rejoin Journey Cain said, “I don’t know. You’d have to ask Steve on that. I really don’t know.” Cain added, “I was surprised he didn’t show up at soundcheck at the Hall Of Fame. I thought for sure… I kept looking in the wings to see if he was going to surprise us, but he didn’t, he declined.
Still, Cain didn’t seem to harbor any hard feelings for his former band mate saying, “I respect him and his private life, and he’s been so gracious in all the sync licenses. He stays involved in keeping the brand as excellent as it can be, so he’s cooperating and helping our brand and business by approving and really looking at everything that comes down the pike, so I thank him for that…He’s a classy guy. He showed it at the Hall Of Fame. He looked happy, healthy. I hope he continues to make music and sing, because that’s what he was blessed to do.”