It is perhaps the very day that many have been waiting for: Journey’s iconic singer Steve Perry, one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time, has apparently booked himself his first tour date in over 14 years. Set to perform a two one-hour sets at the intimate Pipeline Cafe in Honolulu, Hawaii, the announcement comes as a shock to fans and followers. Known for his private disposition, and given his lengthy absence from the spotlight, it is surprising to learn that Perry is at last re-entering the realm of live concerts. In the 1980s Perry worked with his Journey bandmates in creating what is arguably the hardest catalog to sing – hits like “Don’t Stop Believin‘” and rockers like “Edge of the Blade,” each layered with stunning high notes sung in a tone that few can emulate.
According to promoter Greg Azus, “It is a total rarity to see Steve Perry in a show like this.” Indeed this is a situation in which even the phrase “total rarity” is an understatement. You can read the full write-up at HonoluluAdvertister.com, or from the original source at the Honolulu Star Bulletin.
*Please note that as of this evening, there is no official announcement from the Steve Perry camp. Nonetheless, what are your thoughts on this reality (or possibility)?
UPDATE at 6:13PM: Just over an hour after the announcement was made, the venue has rescinded it.
Here’s the latest: “According to a Los Angeles-based attorney for the singer, Pipeline never had permission to host a public performance by Perry. Club owner Greg Azus confirmed a few minutes ago that the concert is not going to happen.” (link)
Well, it was certainly a nice thought while it lasted.
UPDATE at 8:06PM: A bit more information has found its way out. It now sounds like the date was indeed in the works, but the plug was pulled by Perry’s management – at least that’s what promoter Greg Azus claims:
“This morning everything was all set, and then we got word from Perry’s management company that it’s not going to work out after all. Everything was confirmed and signed, but I guess one hand didn’t know what the other was doing, and it fell through. We’ll be sending out an official press release tonight.”
Update at 9:40PM: Official statement from Steve Perry brings closure to the day’s bizarre turn of events:
“I am posting this statement on fanasylum.com for it’s the only site I post my official statements. Today I was made aware that there was an attempt to perpetrate a hoax on my most faithful fans. It has been brought to my attention that there was an announcement of a show that I was supposedly to perform at in Hawaii. This is absolutely a hoax and should be treated as such…It has also been brought to my attention that several news sites are reporting that my management had canceled the supposed performance. There were never any plans for any such performance made by me or anyone authorized by me. This is the first we have heard of this. I’m only posting this out of concern for my faithful fans” (Read Steve’s full note at Fan Asylum)