The Reunion That Could Have Been-But Wasn't

Just think what could have been.

Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friday night. But the bigger news was that former lead singer Steve Perry was going to show up, and possibly even sing with his old band. 

As a Journey fan, I was on pins and needles all day. My wife also loves Steve Perry, and don't get me started on my 11 year old son. He was jacked up from morning until the ceremony started that evening, with the possibility of seeing his favorite singer reunite with his favorite band.

Alas, it wasn't meant to be. 

Since it wasn't broadcast on TV, I was following coverage on twitter. Journey sang three songs, and the expectation was Perry would join them for the last song of the set, "Don't Stop Believin'."  He did give a very emotional and heartfelt speech at the ceremony, but what he didn't do was sing. 

Fans were upset, with many on social media calling him "selfish." I don't know about that. I have mixed emotions. As much as I would have loved to hear Perry sing, if he had, I'm sure everyone would complain he hadn't lived up to expectations. I guess we'll never know. 

But I can't help think this would have been one of those "moments" in music history to look back on for Perry...and his band...even if "the voice"( as Perry's called), and performance, hadn't lived up to the hype. 

If you're a fan of Journey, there's always hope for a Perry reunion. Don't stop believing.'

Dan Mitchinson

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