News

Journey ‘reworking’ old Steve Perry songs

Journey ‘reworking’ old Steve Perry songs

WHAT'S OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Arnel Pineda singing with Journey during a recent concert. Photo: Associated Press

Rockers Journey are heading back to their archives to rework old tunes the bandmates never recorded with former frontman Steve Perry.

Guitarist Neal Schon has confirmed the band plans to continue with singer Arnel Pineda, despite recent rumors of a reunion with Perry – and they will be working on a new album of old material once the group’s U.S. tour ends in August.

Schon tells Billboard.com, “We are talking about… re-doing some songs – not stuff that we did with Steve Perry but other stuff that we had done before in the past that just never kinda saw the light, rearranging it, maybe adding some new sections to it, and writing some new stuff, too.

“We’ve got a lot of stuff sitting (around). We started playing some stuff in rehearsal and it really sounded great. When you start doing that and you get the juices flowing, there’s always gonna be new songs to come out of nowhere, and usually those are the best ones.”

Bandmate Jonathan Cain reveals that some of the reworked songs will be material from a 2000 album the band scrapped.

He adds, “We were gonna go back and look at some of that music and add (to) it ’cause we just felt that it never got recorded right, and we had another singer at the time and don’t think they got it right.”

Meanwhile, Schon insists a reunion with Perry is no longer being considered after the band’s former singer revealed there were talks of a get together earlier this year.

The guitarist explains, “I think when Steve mentioned that, when somebody put him on the spot and asked him, we had been (communicating) with email, just saying, ‘Hello, I hope you’re well,’ all that.

“He opened the door and shut the door. It wasn’t anybody but him that created all that media for a second, and so we do want to reassure the fans that no, Arnel has not gone anywhere. He’s still right here with us.”

Recent Headlines

in Sports

This week’s top sports shots

AP491836413688

A look at some of the biggest hits and best scores this week in sports.

in Entertainment

Coming soon: The Mustache Hall of Fame

burtreynolds

There are halls of fame for everything from baseball to rock 'n' roll, so why not those with a hairy upper lip?

in Music

Pink Floyd warns album ‘not for iTunes generation’

pinkfloyd

David Gilmour has warned the band's younger fans they might not enjoy the upcoming album.

in Sports

This weekend’s sports schedule

mississippi

A complete look at this weekend's sports schedule.

in Entertainment

Inspiration for ‘Harry Potter’ nemesis revealed

harrypotter

J.K. Rowling says the much-hated character Dolores Umbridge is based on a teacher to whom she took an instant dislike.