Legendary rockers JOURNEY have released the following statement:
“We are sorry to say that Arnel [Pineda, vocals] is under strict doctor’s orders to rest his voice today, so unfortunately, tonight’s show in Lafayette, Louisiana is canceled.
“JOURNEY was looking forward to tonight’s show after Hurricane Isaac forced the August concert to be postponed.
“The band truly regrets now having to cancel the show tonight due to Arnel‘s illness, but hopes to be able to perform in Lafayette the next chance they get.
“JOURNEY‘s tour resumes as planned on October 30, 2012 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“Tickets purchased for tonight’s concert via Internet or phone will automatically be refunded. All other tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.”
JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon told The Pulse Of Radio that he called upon keyboardist Jonathan Cain to use one of the band’s classics as the template of the new material he wanted for the group’s latest album, “Eclipse”. “Jon, y’know, he had brought in some ballads and they were good, but I felt that we had other stuff that was more relevant for this record,” he said. “And I said, ‘Y’know, you wrote ‘Separate Ways’, man, with [Steve] Perry,’ I said, ‘Go grab one of those. I know you have one of those sitting somewhere. And so ‘Resonate’ he brought in and I went, ‘That’s frickin’ great!’ Y’know, I love that.”
“Eclipse” arrived in May 2011 and is being sold exclusively through Wal-Mart.
Perhaps the album’s nod toward JOURNEY‘s older style is what led Schon to recently say that former singer Steve Perry is welcome to join the band as a special guest on tour.
Schon said current singer Arnel Pineda is “totally down, and such a humble human being, that he would be overjoyed” if Steve performed with the band.
Perry said last year that he had written 50 songs for his first solo album since 1994, but no further information about the project has surfaced.