Journey singer leaves band

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In a story that could be pulled straight from the pages of The Onion, a "chronic throat condition" has forced Journey's lead singer Steve Augeri to leave the band. Full Story
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Rob Thomas

Bristol, UK

#23 Jan 24, 2012
I've been a fan of Journey since the early 70's and yes Perry was awe inspiring and with the rest of the band a very complete package. For whatever the reason Steve Perry quit, he left Journey the challenge to revolve and re-invent themselves. Arrival is a Journey Album and Steve Augeri did a fantastic job with it. Jeff Scott Soto did his best to fill the gap Augeri left and my thanks goes out to him for doing so. Now with Arnel the direction is changing and the vocals are also moving on. So it leaves us with a set of fantastic albums to listen to and the memories that go with them, it's an individual choice if you want to continue your support of what is an iconic band, just remember for us it's the music they've left us. Not the antics in bringing it to us.
tpohil80

Darien, IL

#24 Apr 9, 2012
ELVIS wrote:
Lot's of good stuff here. I go back with Journey all the way.I've Been in the bizz for thirty five years. I personally witnessed Steve and Neal go through a lot. Crack binges. These guys used to try to out do each other even in the crack pipe category. On 711 Pacific Coast Highway Huntington Beach. at "Poor mans" (KROQ) house 1985 they would roll in there with five grand in smoking paraphernalia and never come out at least for five days to two weeks sometimes. Gnarly! lol
Drugs took their tole on Steve. Neal got away a tad bit less unscathed because he was not a singer. Journey lost its love over drugs then overinflated ego and false senses of self worth pulled them down. Standard Doctor Phil stuff. In truth Perry lost it a bit. His voice would have recovered, But he knew his insides were falling apart, Steve Perry needed to sing from the inside out to be who he was. I am sure this was horrible to go through. It was horrible to watch. "Separate Ways" etc really showed what drugs could do to a honey coated throat. "Spin it" they said and they did. Passing Perry off as going a bit "rougher" Yeah right. Road kill set in in and that was it. Irreversible nodes. Neal is a Tyrant when it comes to shows. Anyone who gets between him and his ego or his money is toast. Herbie epitomizes a business man and he knew everything about Journey down to their freaking underwear. After Hawaii, Perry was buttered and served for breakfast. Drugs and the downward spiral, irreversible damage to the physical and spiritual Journey this was was finite, Giving Schon all the reason to check the expendable box on Perry's application. New singer were a good way to keep going yes the other Steve is talented. But Soto. Yuk. That is like bringing a bologna sandwich to Arnie Morton's. Jeff Scott Soto was in way over his head. And he is marked as a plagiarizer. Just get out the Phenobarbital and put this dog down! Greatrun though. Unprecedented.
Thanks for all the great shows and records guys.
You are completely full of crap
Don

Perrysburg, OH

#25 Jun 30, 2012
I've seen Augeri a few times and will see him again tonight, amazing guy and an amazing voice. Is he equal to or better than Perry? The answer in my opinion.... He is NOT Perry! He IS Augeri, and I personally like him and his talent. All of this talk of Arnel, I like him as well. However, it is a little strange to hear that voice coming out of that guy. I will end with this: I am and always will be a Journey Fan! May they continue to do what we all enjoy from them.
Kelly Hoagland

Forney, TX

#26 Sep 3, 2012
I do not believe that drugs caused Steve to walk away. He said he drank sometimes and had some difficulty with his voice and his touring schedule and late night took a toll but I will never believe he was a drug abuser.
Ryan

Alexandria, VA

#27 Sep 19, 2012
Mark Beck wrote:
Ibet they dont pay him squat. They took advantage of a dirt poor guy. I think it wont be long and they will give him the axe now that they are back on top. You watch they will let him go and come up with an American singer that sounds more like Perry.
Well, Arnel, his wife, and his kids live in a mansion in Manila, so they definetly give him his fair share of cash!! He ain't dirt poor any more!
As for Journey replacing him, all the band members have said on several occasions that "when Arnel is done, we're done." meaning that when Arnel is tired of Journey or can't sing anymore, the band will be done.
REALLY

Los Angeles, CA

#28 Nov 5, 2012
Elvis, Elvis,Elvis... What gives you the right to say such a thing about that man?
rick

Ottawa, Canada

#29 Dec 18, 2012
Hi all, I recently saw Journey in Montreal recently and Arnel was having a very bad night. He was rapidly losing his voice as the night progressed and it looked like the rest of the guys were just going through the motions. Neal's guitar sound was so drenched in delay that you can barely make out what he is playing. I was blown away however when Dean sang a few songs. Pat Benatat and Loverboy kicked Journey's ass and stole the show in my opinion.
MarciaD

Charleston, WV

#30 Jan 5, 2013
Deen rocks!!!!!!! He needs to be singing lead vocals. He gives me chills listening to him. Unless you like the screaming non emotional Arnel.

Since: Feb 13

United States

#31 Mar 21, 2013
I think Steve Perry made all the right decisions when it came to singing, song writing,and Journey. Perry was in it for the music and the money came 2nd. I respect Steve Perry for doing what he believed in and doing what he thought was right for him and not letting nothing get in the way of who he was. It all happened the way it was meant to be even if doesn't seem that way. Steve Perry seems happy with himself now and doesn't have to prove anything to the world. He completed his mission in life and now its time for Steve to be the strong man he is and live his life the way he chooses and the way it was meant to be. Nothing but total respect for Steve Perry and whatever he does. Thanks for your contribution in this life and hope you the best life has to offer. KK
Marlene

Lynnwood, WA

#32 Jul 21, 2013
I think Steve Perry does want to disappoint himself or us,,,but he was using a more mature lower register vocal quality when he did last album with Journey ,Trail By Fire and his own FTLOSM album, which for me was fine, as I loved his soaring and "freak of nature, "one in a million" " effortless" vocal range..watch him sing, he does not even take breaths between his singing... but we all now he is the greatest singer around still...he should have no fears of disappointing his many fans that are just itching to hear more from the VOICE......he also has the gift of bringing the song to emotional highs for all of us...love his "I stand alone" which was done in 1998 for a movie called Quest for Camelot...that is the last time we have heard from him. He has not been using the vocals in awhile...need to see if he WANTS to do anymore recordings or just live his life as it is now....as far as Journey...not interested...he has been talking about having about 50 demos in the vault...but not ready to record them....

I was reading when he joined Journey he was 28, OLD in these days for starting a career...LOL...he is the oldest of the three Neal,Jonathan and himself. So he joined Journey with a this is it attitude and brought it all to the table and left nothng behind, he is know for doing his concerts up to and sometimes exceeding the studio recording, NIGHT after NIGHT..I have seen singers other then Steve in concert, and sometimes I would not hear them get near their studio recording...not Steve...he was know for the opposite,that is night after night, 5-6 days a week...it is said if managemenet of Journey had realized that what they had was one in a million,he might,I say might,still have the range..but that is spectulation. For Steve also did want to disappoint...for me Mother Father and Sweet and Simple, Lights, Wheel in the Sky are some of all time favorites....

Steve for me brings me to tears and they are of joy and pain....as he sings with such "I have been there" emotional.

Right now, I have rediscovered his music and of course I now am hungry for me....time will tell

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