When Journey is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next April 7 in Brooklyn it will be represented by members from its first and classic lineups during the 70s and early 80s. This will not, however, include current frontman Arnel Pineda, who's been with the band since Journey discovered him via YouTube in 2007.
Guitarist and co-founder Neal Schon tells us that Journey has no plan to campaign for Pineda's inclusion as an inductee, but he's hoping the singer can be present at the ceremony and even perform during Journey's part of the evening:
"I think it would be great for Arnel to be there, too, and for everybody to witness him and everybody to give thanks to him for carrying on our legacy so well with us. We're truly grateful for finding him, and I think Steve Perry would be, too -- or should be...Ultimately that would be the coolest thing. Whether that would happen or any of it would happen, or we just play as we are now, who knows. It's not really in my hands or anyone else's."
The big question, of course, is what Perry -- who sang Journey's greatest hits from 1977-98 -- will do that night. He's not indicated a thing other than to tweet on Tuesday (December 20) that, "I am truly grateful that Journey is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame."
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.