don't stop believin

Watch Journey’s Steve Perry Perform for the First Time in 19 Years

Although it may sometimes feel like you can’t escape the songs of Journey (and, as our Jody Rosen argues in his essay “In Defense of Schlock Music: Why Journey, Billy Joel, and Lionel Richie Are Better Than You Think,” there’s nothing wrong with that), the band’s elusive lead singer, Steve Perry, hasn’t sung live in 19 years … until this weekend. He appeared onstage during the second encore of an Eels show in St. Paul, Minnesota — belting Journey’s “Open Arms” and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’.” Too bad the band already replaced him with a the lead singer of a Journey cover band that they found on YouTube in 2007. Yes, really. Perry didn’t sing “Don’t Stop Believin’.” No, you cannot sing it in his stead.

Watch Journey’s Steve Perry Return to the Stage