Steve Perry Says He Has New Music Coming This Fall
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
October 7, 2019
A year after releasing his first new solo album in over two decades, Traces, Steve Perry announced that there's more new music on the way from him this year.
Perry explained in a celebratory Tweet that he's not going back into hiatus.
"[Thank you for receiving it [with] such kindness," the former Journey singer wrote. "More to come [including] Xmas music this [year]. [Thank you] for [your] support & acceptance of this new music. [Thank you] to my label Fantasy Records for their constant support. It wouldn't be possible [without] all of you!"
Perry officially parted ways with Journey in the mid-'90s some years after performing with the iconic band for the last time. The front man admitted last year that he gave up music entirely during the bulk of his hiatus.
1 yr since Traces my 1st record in 25 yrs was released. TY for receiving it w/ such kindness. More to come incl Xmas music this yr. TY for ur support & acceptance of this new music. TY to my label @fantasyrecords for their constant support. It wouldn’t be possible w/o all of you! pic.twitter.com/92iQXcsWY7— Steve Perry (@StevePerryMusic) October 5, 2019
Journey's relentless touring and recording schedule in the '70s and '80s left Perry physically injured (he needed a hip replacement in his mid-40s) and creatively burnt out.
"For a long time, I could barely even listen to music," he explained in the initial Traces announcement. "My last show with Journey was February of 1987. Then one day, it hit me that I couldn't do this anymore. I felt as if I had to jump off this merry-go-round — this big beautiful mothership that we had all worked so hard together to build."
After starting to write songs again around 2009, Perry credits his late-partner Dr. Kellie Nash with encouraging him to complete the album and making him promise he wouldn't isolate himself again. She died of breast cancer in 2012.
After rediscovering his love of music and songwriting, the question remains whether Perry will ever perform live again. The singer has left the question open-ended, conceding that he has discussed doing a tour. He's made little indication over the past year, however, that he is looking forward to going back on the road with a band.
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