Whatever Happened To… Steve Perry’s Journey After Journey

(via Culture Sonar) by Will Wills

Did you know that Journey had a singer before Steve Perry?  The band had been around since 1973, with plans to be a backing group for solo acts. Then they switched to being a jazz fusion band with Gregg Rolie on vocals.  That particular incarnation of Journey released a few albums through 1977 that only charted as high as #85 on the Billboard Top 200.

In 1977, the band hired Robert Fleischman to take over lead vocals and transitioned to a musical style more rock than jazz. They opened for acts such as Judas Priest, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. And while they found slightly more success, it wasn’t until Steve Perry was snuck onto the stage during a soundcheck that it was immediately decided that he would be their new lead singer…

Read more: Steve Perry’s Journey…After “Journey” – CultureSonar

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