Steve Perry has been in the studio for much of 2015 putting the finishing touches on a new album, his first in over two decades. The former Journey singer says it’s felt like he’s been recording for years but the new album should be complete early in 2016.
ContactMusic.com reported December 13 that Steve Perry, who released two solo albums while still the lead singer of Journey, is set to release his third solo studio album in 2016. Perry, now 66, told Los Angeles’ 100.3 The Sound last week that he’s been recording since March and he is really looking forward to getting it done and released.
“I’m in the studio,” Perry replied when asked what he’s been up to. “You know, actually, I started — there’s been so many rumors going around that I’m in the studio, that I’ve been there for years. The truth is, I finally went into the studio in March, and I’ve been in there ever since, just trying to finish this record.”
So when is he expecting to finish the new album? “I’ve asked myself that today,” he joked. “I’m looking forward to finishing it, put it that way. I want to get it done probably in the early part of this coming year.”
So all you fans that have been waiting on new Steve Perry music since 1994’s For the Love of Strange Medicine, it would seem the singer is close to dropping new tunes. You’ll just have to wait a little while longer…
Perry, who is ranked by Rolling Stone at No. 78 on its “100 Greatest Singers” list (compiled in 2010), was with the now legendary band Journey from 1977 to 1998, providing lead vocals on seven studio collections, the seven biggest selling albums the band ever produced. Those studio albums, beginning with 1978’s Infinity and extending through to 1996’s Trial By Fire, all went platinum or multi-platinum, selling upwards of 27 million units in the United States alone. As noted, while he was still a member of the band, he released his two solo albums, 1984’s Street Talk (which also went double platinum — 2 million sold) and the aforementioned For the Love of Strange Medicine. The former generated his biggest solo hit, “Oh, Sherrie,” which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1984.
Perry has made just a few appearances since leaving Journey but has not released any new music. In fact, Rolling Stone reported that he performed a couple times in one week in early 2014 with the band Eels. The magazine also reported that Perry had AWOLNATION frontman Aaron Bruno was even then working with the ex-Journey singer on some new material.
The band Journey, which, according to BBC News, has sold over 75 million albums worldwide and is one of the best-selling artists in history, remains popular, still putting out albums and touring. The band’s latest, Eclipse (its second with Perry sound-alike Arnel Pineda on lead vocals), was the band’s fourteenth studio album and the fourth since Perry left the band after 1996’s Trial By Fire. Its Greatest Hits album, which has sold over 17 million units, currently holds the No. 190 position in the Billboard 200 albums chart, marking week 386 on the all-genres album list.