Steve Perry, iconic and elusive Journey frontman has been MIA since 1995, but that all changed when he walked on stage during the Eels’ concert to sing their 2000 cult hit “It’s a Motherf—er.”
Perry, NOW 65, also sang “Open Arms,” at the 1,000-capacity Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn.
His voice, instantly recognizable, sounded a bit horse, however surprisingly strong considering his well-publicized health problems.
Perry’s return to the spotlight this week may indicate that he is finally ready to follow up his solo sophomore effort, 1994’s For the Love of Strange Medicine. Back in 2010, Perry told Classic Rock magazine that he had more than 50 original compositions waiting to be recorded in his home studio in Del Mar, Calif., although the following year he admitted to the Associated Press that his perfectionism was making him stall, saying: “I’m so hard on myself. I play these sketches in my computer for friends and they say, ‘Gee whiz, the vocal’s beautiful.’ I hear, ‘It needs to be better.'” source