• November 9, 1994
    Beacon Theater, NYC

In the 10 years that Steve Perry spent writing, singing and performing with Journey, that band sold in the neighborhood of 35 million records throughout the world. From 1978 to 1987, through six multi-platinum- selling albums and seven top 10 singles, Steve Perry’s name was synonymous with success.

But following Journey’s 1986-87 tour, Steve Perry disappeared. He vanished. He left the building. Not only had Journey disbanded, but its frontman had become MIA.

“At the end of that tour, I honestly had to stop,” he says today, armed with the objectivity of one who has carefully observed these events from a safe distance of about seven and a half years. “I was suffering from serious fatigue, job burnout, and all sorts of other things happening in my personal life as the result of the 10-year burn.”

So, in essence, Steve Perry set out in search of Steve Perry. “I had to get off the merry-go-round,” he admits. “And there is no easy way to get off when everybody else is on it with you. But it really felt that my life depended upon it.”

It took a year, but eventually Perry began to feel the need to write again. But with no intention of getting back into the game so soon, he allowed the rest of the ’80s to expire as he casually wrote and recorded a number of songs at his own pace.

Finally, in 1992, Steve hooked up with keyboardist/guitarist Paul Taylor, and things started to really click. “He had a sense of melodics in his chord changes that I had not heard before, and I liked a lot,” Perry says of his new collaborator. A few months later, Randy Jackson (A VP/A&R at Columbia and himself an alumni of Journey) gave Steve a tape that had come across his desk. The demo was from a guitar player by the name of Lincoln Brewster. Unlike the other guitarists Steve had been checking out, Brewster’s playing had “heart.” He was in. A short time later, one Moyes Lucas, Jr. wandered into the drum auditions and asked if he could have a shot. The first thing Moyes played with Perry, Taylor and Brewster was an impromptu jam that turned into a song that made it to the album (“Listen To Your Heart”). Steve had his drummer.

In early 1993, Steve began recording the album. Perry and his band (along with a combination of Mike Porcardo, Larry Kimpel on bass, and Todd Jensen) entered the studio to begin recording For The Love Of Strange Medicine. It’s his second solo outing, and ultimately comes 10 years after 1984’s double-platinum Street Talk which produced four hit singles, including the #3 smash “Oh Sherrie” and “Foolish Heart.”

“After eight years of absence from the music scene I must say that I never knew how much I loved something so much until I let it go. It feels good to be back.”

October 21, 1994 Riverside Theater. Milwaukee, WI Sass Jordan

October 22, 1994 Minneapolis, MN Sass Jordan

October 24, 1994 St. Louis, MO Sass Jordan

October 28, 1994 Taft Theater. Cincinnati, OH Sass Jordan

October 29, 1994 Music Hall. Cleveland, OH Sass Jordan

October 30, 1994 Arie Crown Theater. Chicago, IL Sass Jordan

November 1, 1994 A.J. Palumbo Auditorium. Pittsburgh, PA Sass Jordan

November 2, 1994 Fox Theater. Detroit ,MI Sass Jordan

November 5, 1994 Stabler Arena. Lehigh Campus. Bethleham, PA Sass Jordan

November 7, 1994 DAR Constitution Hall. D.C. Sass Jordan

November 9, 1994 Beacon Theater. New York City, NY

November 10, 1994 A.J. Palumbo Center. Pittsburgh, PA Sass Jordan

November 14, 1994 Albany, NY Sass Jordan

November 15, 1994 Massey Hall, Toronto, ONT Sass Jordan

November 16, 1994 Tower Theater, Philadelphia Upper Darby, PA Sass Jordan

November 17, 1994 Central Maine Civic Center. Lewiston, ME Sass Jordan

November 18, 1994 Orpheum Theater. Boston, Ma Sass Jordan

November 20, 1994 Hershey Park Arena. Hershey, PA Sass Jordan

November 22, 1994 Fox Theater. Atlanta, GA Sass Jordan

November 23, 1994 Jacksonville, FL Sass Jordan

November 24, 1994 Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. Orlando, FL Sass Jordan

November 25, 1994 Sunrise Musical Theater. Sunrise, FL Sass Jordan

November 27, 1994 Mahaffey Theater. St. Petersburg, FL Sass Jordan

November 30, 1994 Orpheum Theater, Memphis, TN Sass Jordan

December 2, 1994 Municipal Auditorium. San Antonio, TX Sass Jordan

December 3, 1994 Will Rogers Memorial. Forth Worth, TX Sass Jordan

December 7, 1994 Aladdin Theater, Las Vegas, NV Sass Jordan

December 9, 1994 Fort Worth, TX Sass Jordan

December 10, 1994 Warner’s Theater. Fresno, CA Sass Jordan

December 12, 1994 Speckles Theater .San Diego, CA Sass Jordan

December 16, 1994 Pantages Theater. Los Angeles, CA Sass Jordan

December 17, 1994 Pantages Theater . Los Angeles, CA Sass Jordan

December 18, 1994 Pantages Theater . Los Angeles, CA Sass Jordan

January 9, 1995 Spokane Opera House, Spokane, WA Sass Jordan (Concert Review: The Spokesman)

January 11, 1995 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR Sass Jordan

January 13, 1995 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, Washington

January 15, 1995 Abravanel Hall. Salt Lake City, Utah David Broza

January 17, 1995 Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO

January 19, 1995 Memorial Auditorium. Burlington, WI Sass Jordan

January 20, 1995 Memorial Hall . Kansas City, Kansas Sass Jordan

January 22, 1995 Veterans Memorial. Columbus, OH Sass Jordan

January 24, 1995 Stranahan Theatre, Toledo, OH

January 25, 1995 Wings Stadium. Kalamazoo, MI Sass Jordan

January 27, 1995 Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Buffalo NY Sass Jordan

January 28, 1995 Rochester Auditorium Center, Rochester, NY Sass Jordan

January 31, 1995 Erie Civic Center, Erie, PA Sass Jordan

February 2, 1995 DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC Sass Jordan

February 3, 1995 Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, NY David Broza

February 5, 1995 Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

February 6, 1995 State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ David Broza

February 8, 1995 Springfield Symphony Hall, Springfield, MA Bonepony

February 9, 1995 The Palace, New Haven CT

February 11, 1995 F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA

February 12, 1995 Wheeling Civic Center, Wheeling, WV

February 15, 1995 Johnstown War Memorial, Johnstown, PA

February 20, 1995 Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN (Canceled)

February 22, 1995 Grand Old Opry House, Nashville, TN (Postponed to Apr 03)

February 23, 1995 LA Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA (Postponed to Mar 26)

February 28, 1995 Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham, AL (Postponed to Apr 12)

March 2, 1995 Sunrise Musical Theatre, Sunrise, FL (Postponed to Apr 14)

March 7, 1995 Robinson Center Music Hall, Little Rock, AR Bone Pony

March 8, 1995 Brady Theatre, Tulsa, OK Bone Pony

March 10, 1995 Abraham Chavez Theater, El Paso, TX Bone Pony

March 11, 1995 Mesa Amphitheater, Mesa, AZ

March 13, 1995 Bren Events Center, University of California, Irvine, CA Bone Pony

March 14, 1995 Santa Barbara, CA Bone Pony

March 16, 1995 San Francisco, CA

March 18, 1995 Warnors Theater. Fresno, CA

March 22, 1995 San Juan, Puerto Rico

April 23, 1995 San-Paresu Fukuoka, Japan (Canceled)

April 27, 1995 Shimin-Kaikan Nagoya, Japan (Canceled)

April 29, 1995 Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan (Canceled)

April 30, 1995 Bay NK HAll, Tokyo, Japan (Canceled)