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Steve Perry’s Acceptance Speech | April 7, 2017 

Hello, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! You sure look good to me tonight. I’m going to keep my cheat sheet here because I’ve got a lot to say. I’m going to start with, when I was living in Los Angeles, I was looking to get a record deal, trying my very best. It was tough to get signed at those times. And I would always go to the Starwood to see Journey perform cause these guys have the most amazing musical ability. I’ve never seen a band like that in my life. So every time they’d go to the Starwood Club, I had to go watch with amazement. Though their musicianship was absolutely par to none, there was one instrument that was flying about the entire city of Los Angeles. That was the magic fingers of Neal Schon’s guitar! Somehow, one of my demo tapes fell into the hands of Herbie Herbert. I would not be here tonight if it was not for Herbie Herbert. Because he did not have to call me. He gets tapes all the time. But there’s something about the demo tape, and he called me. And the next thing I knew, because of Herbie, I was writing music with Neal Schon. And the very first song we ever wrote together was “Patiently,” you remember that? So, I absolutely must tell you, I must thank Herbie Herbert for believing in me. Thank you.

Aynsley Dunbar, Gregg Rolie, Steve Smith, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory. Are you fucking shitting me? Any singer would give his ass for that shit. They played so well. So, I want to thank them for all the music we’ve written. Thank you, Gregg for letting me live at your house to write the Infinity record. Thank you for letting me live at your house, Neal Schon. Thank you so much, Jon, for all the songs that we all have written together. Steve Smith’s amazing drums. Basso profundo, Ross Valory. Alright, guys, I thank you so much for all the music we’ve written and recorded together. It will be forever in my heart.

I must give a complete shout out to someone who sings his heart out every night, and it’s Arnel Pineda. Where are you, Arnel? Where are you? He must be backstage. To Arnel, I love you. Woooo! Hi Arnel! Thank you. I’d like to thank my longtime attorney, Lee Philips. I also would like to thank my old, high school R&B band. It was called The Sullies and it’s kind of where it all started for me. I would like to thank them. Thanks to Rob Stringer and the team at Columbia Records.

The Journey road crew. The original Journey road crew. Who busted their ass every night, every day. Load in, load out. Tirelessly. Day after day. Week after week. Year after year. Herbie knows that’s true. We would not be here today if it wasn’t for them, too. And also, I would like to send my condolences to the families of the members of Jim McCandless, Jackie Villanueva and recently, the great Benny Collins. Lastly, Fan Asylum was Journey’s first fan club. Herbie and Tim McQuaid got together and said, “You’re going to be our fan club; this is going to be great.” That’s what happened. Tim McQuaid, Lora Beard and Cyndy Poon made it all happen for us. So the fan club – Fan Asylum, was brilliant. I want to thank them.

Now, speaking of fans [applause], speaking of fans! You’re the ones who put us here! You are the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! You put us here! We would not be here had it not been for you and your tireless love and consistent devotion. You never have stopped. And from my heart, I must tell you, I have been gone a long time, I understand that. But I want you to know, you’ve never not been in my heart. I want you to know that. And I love each and every one of you. Thank you so very much!

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Biography

If only one singer could be selected as the most identifiable with ’80s arena rock, it would have to be Journey’s Steve Perry. Born in 1949, Steve played in several bands before joining Journey in 1977.

The band achieved tremendous pop rock success with its 1981 album Escape, which featured the now-classic “Don’t Stop Believin’.” As the group’s lead singer, Steve became one of the era’s most famous singers.

He also had many hits on his own, including “Oh Sherrie.”

Steve Perry left Journey in 1987, and except for a brief reunion, he remains a solo artist.

  • Early Life

    The son of Portuguese parents, Steve Perry grew up in California. He was around 10 years old when, during a car trip with his mother, he discovered his career path; after listening to Sam Cooke on the radio, the young Perry decided he wanted to be a singer. 

    While attending high school in Lemoore, California, Perry played drums in the marching band. He tried college for a while, performing in the choir, but eventually abandoned school for his musical dreams. Hoping to break into the business, he moved to Los Angeles for a time. There, he worked a number of jobs, including singing on commercials and serving as an engineer in a recording studio. All the while, Perry played with a number of different groups as a vocalist and drummer. He seemed to be on the edge of a breakthrough with the group Alien Project, when it suddenly disbanded—tragically, one of its members was killed in a car crash.

  • Rock Stardom

    In 1977, Perry caught his big break, landing a gig as the vocalist for Journey, which began performing as a jazz rock group in the early 1970s, in San Francisco. With Perry on board, the band moved more toward mainstream rock, and began to see some chart success with the first album with Perry, 1978’s Infinity. The band’s ode to San Francisco, “Lights,” became a minor hit as did “Wheel in the Sky” and “Anytime.”

    Journey broken into the Top 20 with “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” on their next album, Evolution (1979). Buoyed by such hits as “Open Arms,” “Who’s Crying Now” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Escape (1981) became the band’s first No. 1 album, selling more than 7 million copies. While the band was hugely popular with music fans, many critics were less than kind.

    By the early 1980s, Journey had emerged as one of rock’s top acts. Perry proved that he possessed one of the era’s biggest and most versatile voices. He was equally adept at ballads, such as “Open Arms,” and at rock anthems, such as “Any Way You Want It.” Behind the scenes, Perry helped write these songs and many of the band’s other hits. He penned their most enduring song “Don’t Stop Believin'” with guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain.

    Journey continued to be one of the era’s top-selling acts, with 1983’s Frontiers. The album featured such songs as “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” and “Faithfully.” To support the recording, the band undertook an extensive world tour. Around that time, Journey also became the first band to license their music and likenesses for a video game.

    With 1986’s Raised on Radio, Journey enjoyed another wave of success. However, Perry was ready to part ways with his band mates. Perry left the band in 1987 after the album tour. In a statement to People magazine, Perry explained: “I had a job burnout after 10 years in Journey. I had to let my feet hit the ground, and I had to find a passion for singing again.” Perry was also struggling with some personal issues at the time; his mother had become very sick, and he spent much of his time caring for her before her death.

    Perry reunited with Journey in 1996, for the reunion album Trial By Fire, which reached as high as the No. 3 on the album charts. But health problems soon sidelined the famous singer—a hip condition, which led to hip replacement surgery—and his band mates decided to continue on without him.

  • Solo Projects

    While still with Journey, Steve Perry released his first solo album Street Talk (1984). The recording sold more than 2 million copies, helped along by the hit single, “Oh Sherrie.” Burnt out after splitting with Journey, Steve took some time out before working on his next project.

    Nearly a decade later, Steve re-emerged on the pop-rock scene with 1994’s For the Love of Strange Medicine. In 1998, he provided two songs for the soundtrack of Quest for Camelot, an animated film. Steve also released Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased that same year.

  • Recent Years

    While he has largely stayed out of the spotlight, Steve Perry continues to be heard in movies and on television. His songs are often chosen for soundtracks, and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” even played during the closing moments of the hit crime-drama series The Sopranos in 2007. In 2009, a cover version of the song was done for the hit high school musical show Glee, which introduced a new generation to Perry’s work.

    According to several reports, Perry began working on new material around 2010. He even built a studio in his California home. “I’m finishing that room up and I’ve written a whole bunch of ideas and directions, all over the map, in the last two, three years,” Perry told Billboard in 2012. But fans should not expect a tour when Perry finally does release some new songs—nor should anyone expect him to reunite with Journey any time soon. Perry has struggled with arthritis for years. While he has said that he is civil with his former bandmates, they have all moved on. “We really don’t have a lot to say to each other, at this point,” Perry has said. “We have certainly, for years now, gone our separate ways, and we’re all living different lives.”

    In 2014, Perry broke from his self-imposed exile from the concert stage. He appeared with the Eels at several of their shows. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Perry explained that “I’ve done the 20-year hermit thing, and it’s overrated.” His return to performing “has to do with a lot of changes in my life, including losing my girlfriend a year ago and her wish to hear me sing again.”

    Regardless of what the future holds, Steve Perry has already earned a place in rock history. Rolling Stone magazine named him one of music’s top 100 singers. According to American Idol judge and former Journey bassist, Randy Jackson, Perry’s voice is one of kind. “Other than Robert Plant, there’s no singer in rock that even came close to Steve Perry,” Jackson said. “The power, the range, the tone—he created his own style. He mixed a little Motown, a little Everly Brothers, a little Zeppelin.”

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STREET TALK 2X Multi-Platinum
FOR THE LOVE OF STRANGE MEDICINE Gold
Journey: Greatest Hits 15X Multi-Platinum
Journey: Escape 9X Multi-Platinum
Journey: Frontiers 6X Multi-Platinum
Journey: Departure 3X Multi-Platinum
Journey: Evolution 3X Multi-Platinum
Journey: Infinity 3X Multi-Platinum
Journey: Raised On Radio 2X Multi-Platinum
Journey: The Essential Journey 2X Multi-Platinum
Journey: Captured 2X Multi-Platinum
Journey: Trial By Fire Platinum
Journey: Time3 Gold
Journey: Greatest Hits Live Gold
Fun Fact

Long heralded as “The Voice”…this widely-known and accepted nickname was given to Steve Perry by Jon Bon Jovi in 1989.

THE VIDEOS

Official Videos, Rare Performances, Television Appearances, Promotional Events, Interviews, Documentaries, Full Length Concerts, and MORE!

After The Fall

After The Fall

Anytime

Any Way You Want It

Any Way You Want It

Any Way You Want It

Any Way You Want It

Journey Arcade Game

Ask The Lonely

Be Good To Yourself

Best of the Midnight Special

Bill Graham Tribute Concert

Can Do

City of The Angels

Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

Day on the Green

Dixie Highway

Don"t Stop Believin

Don"t Stop Believin

Don"t Stop Believin

Escape

Escape

FTLOSM Tour - FULL CONCERT

Faithfully

Feeling That Way

Feeling That Way & Anytime

Foolish Heart

Frontiers Press Conference

FRONTIERS AND BEYOND

Girl Can"t Help It

I"ll Be Alright Without You/Cupid (LIVE)

Homemade Love

I"m Crying

I Stand Alone

I"ll Be Alright Without You

JOURNEY: LIVE in Concert

JOURNEY SOUNDSTAGE PBS

Journey: LIVE at International Exposition Hall
FULL CONCERT

JOURNEY: LIVE in Tokyo 1981

JOURNEY Making of Budokan

JOURNEY Live in Philadelphia

JOURNEY

Just The Same Way

Just The Same Way

Keep On Runnin

Keep On Runnin

LA DO DA

LA DO DA

LA DO DA

Lay It Down

Lights

Lights & Stay Awhile

Lights & Stay Awhile

Line of Fire

Lovin Touchin Squeezin

Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin & City of The Angels

Lovin Touchin Squeezin (w/Coat Drop)

Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin

Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin

Lovin You Is Easy & Just The Same Way

Lovin You Is Easy

Missing You

Mother, Father

Open Arms

Open Arms

Open Arms

Oh Sherrie

Oh Sherrie (I Remember Intro)

Only The Young (LIVE)

Patiently

People & Places

Precious Time

Raised On Radio

Rubicon

Record Factory 1978

Send Her My Love

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

Separate Ways

Separate Ways

Still They Ride

Stone In Love

Stone In Love

Strung Out

Street Talk Promotional Video

Sweet Little Angel

The Party"s Over (Hopelessly In Love)

The Party"s Over (Hopelessly In Love)

Too Late

VH1 - Before They Were Rock Stars

VH1 Behind The Music: JOURNEY

We Are The World

Wheel In The Sky

Wheel In The Sky

Wheel In The Sky

Wheel In The Sky

Wheel In The Sky

Wheel In The Sky

When You Love A Woman

Where Were You

Who"s Cryin" Now

Who"s Cryin" Now

Why Can"t This Night Go On Forever

Winds of March

You Better Wait

Steve Perry

STEVE PERRY

(THE) EELS

Steve Perry’s Three Surprise Performances with The Eels in 2014

It was such a beautiful moment.

Again, it sent chills down my spine just to be there with him in his element doing what he was made to do.
And as my friend, it felt good to see him feeling so good about that. 

— Mark Oliver Everett of (the) Eels

  • May 25, 2014
    Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul MN

  • May 31, 2014
    Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC

  • June 11, 2014
    Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Fan Asylum

Fan Asylum: Your three performances with The Eels really blew up social media! The YouTube videos have several million views, you were a trending topic on Twitter and just about all major media outlets picked up the story. Were you surprised by how big the reaction to you joining The Eels on stage was?

Steve Perry:  Yes, I was very surprised. I woke up in St. Paul MN thinking I’d have a little YouTube leak about the gig and that would be it. After 20 years of not singing Live I really thought I could just stick my toe in the Waters of Love and then go home and start blowing the rust off my pipes…but that’s not what happened. So I flew out for a second one in D.C. and that was even more fun SO– I did L.A. and that was even more FUN-NER!

Continued…

The Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul MN
The Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul MNMay 25, 2014

Steve Augeri

Today I experienced what I or any singer or songwriter dreams of and aspires to but seldom achieves. That is to be moved to tears, tears… by a singer and his or her song. The singer, Steve Perry, and the song penned by The Eels, “It’s a Mother Fucker”.

I am/was apprehensive of writing and expressing myself because there will be those who will perceive this to be either a kissing of the “tuckus” or… a show of disrespect to the gentleman who so successfully and beautifully followed us both, Arnel. They are neither, but a tribute to, and an acknowledgement of, an achievement that so many thought no longer obtainable.

This should be a lesson and an inspiration to us all. It certainly is to me.

Welcome home Mr. Perry.

The Lincoln Theater, Washington D.C.
The Lincoln Theater, Washington D.C.May 31, 2014

Bob Lefsetz

Steve Perry’s been gone for twenty years. For him to sing is like having Mickey Mantle come back from the dead, kick the dirt from his cleats, smile at the stands and then hit one over the fence. 

Because that’s what Mantle did. 

Steve Perry did what he does tonight. He emoted, he reached out and grabbed the audience, he gave a performance. One that was based not upon dancing or set decoration, but purely the music itself.

He told stories, he sang to the heavens, he touched me.

And I’m not gonna listen to a single jaded fuck say a negative word about it.

Steve Perry Returns
Steve Perry at The Orpheum

The Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles CA
The Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles CA June 11, 2014
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