OK, let’s admit it — we all felt a weird little pang of regret when we saw Steve Perry singing along to Journey at the World Series, a sense of “Why in the hell don’t these guys just get back together already? Just patch up their differences and move on?” Right?
And enough with all these halcyon recollections of Perry-Journey’s “classic” album “Escape” — purists all know that “Infinity” and “Evolution” are where it’s at.
But Journey, Mach Umpteen will soldier on — with new Perry soundalike Arnel Pineda in tow — with another E effort, “Eclipse,” on May 24. With, of course, longtime members Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory and Deen Castronovo.
Schon, however, swears that “Eclipse” will prove to be one of the band’s strongest works, to date.
He ‘s reportedly very excited about this material, and can’t wait to hit the road with appropriately retro-opening acts Foreigner and Night Ranger. And they’ve teamed up with www.iloveallaccess.com to offer fans special VIP ticket packages, listed on their own site.
The jaunt starts in June, then finally wends its way to Shoreline in Mountain View on Oct. 15.
As for Perry? Hey — we can hope, can’t we?