A lot of Journey fans -- and Journey members -- are celebrating this morning with the news that the group will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Long considered one of the Hall's greatest snubs, Journey will part of the Rock Hall's class of 2017, joining Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur and Chic's Nile Rodgers on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Journey won the Rock Hall fan vote with 250,758, and guitarist and co-founder Neal Schon tells us that victory meant more to the band than just the one extra vote it gave Journey in the final tally:
"I think we've had the credentials for quite some time but really it was our fans that just, like, they just came on full force and voted like maniacs, and their dedication to us and the music throughout all the years of just standing by us is testimony itself to what's about to happen...The fact that our fans voted so hard, even though they say it's only one point, I think that they (the Rock Hall) would've severely gotten thrashed by them if something didn't happen."
In addition to Schon, Journey's induction will include original members Gregg Rolie, Ross Valory and Aynsley Dunbar as well as longtime singer Steve Perry, drummer Steve Smith and keyboardist Jonathan Cain.
The big question, of course, is if the reclusive Perry, who sang and co-wrote Journey's greatest hits from 1977-98, will attend the ceremony and perform with the group. Schon tells us that:
"I'm trying to get through to Steve to say congratulations, and hopefully he'll give me a call back...I would hope that Steve would at least do something with us...I'm keeping my fingers crossed but not counting on anything. We'll be able to go one way or the other."
Journey returns to the road in February for a Japanese tour playing its Escape and Frontiers album in their entirety. A North American tour next spring includes a nine-date May residency at the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.