Journey's Steve Perry to release first solo album in 24 years, shares lead single 'No Erasin': Listen
No Erasin' is the first taste of Steve Perry's upcoming solo album 'Traces', a comeback effort that comes a full 24 years after 1994's 'For the Love of Strange Medicine'.
Former Journey singer Steve Perry is all set to make a comeback to music. The reclusive singer last released a solo record in 1994 with 'For the Love of Strange Medicine', which was followed two years later with his final album with Journey, 1996’s 'Trial By Fire.'
This October however, Perry marks his solo comeback with a new album titled 'Traces.' The ten-track effort is due out October 5 via Concord records. Perry previously mentioned the solo album in an interview last year. Speaking to ABC Radio, Perry said the album was inspired by the death of his girlfriend in 2013. “I met someone and I fell in love with this person,” he said. “And I lost this person to breast cancer four years ago. In the midst of that, I had written some songs, and before I met her I had sketched some. And so about a year ago, I started recording.”
“Basically the record is an emotional expression, and a reason to make one,” Perry added. “It’s been a real cathartic experience going back to that emotional place that I thought I would never go back to. And we really have been doing our very best to capture what I think are some timeless songs.”
In anticipation of the album release, Perry has shared the music video for the lead single 'No Erasin''. Watch the video below.
In a statement posted on his official website, Perry further discussed his return to music. “Years ago, I disappeared. There were many reasons, but mainly my love for music had suddenly left me. I knew that simply stopping, was what I had to do if music was ever to return to my heart. Then and only then I would figure out what to do. If not… so be it For I had already lived the dream of dreams. Many years passed. One day, I began sketching some musical ideas with the creative freedom that I was the only one who would ever hear them. One song led to many. My love of music had returned. Then another beautiful thing happened. I found love."
My precious Kellie gave me a life I never knew I had. I lost her December of 2012. I now deeply understand the meaning of ‘It’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all’", Perry wrote, referencing the famous quote by Lord Alfred Tennyson. "May of 2015, I began recording. These are special to me. I respectfully ask that you listen to them and whatever they make you feel. Thank you for listening.”
On Monday, Perry teased the album’s impending release by launching a new website and social media accounts. “I know it’s been a long time comin’,” reads a message posted to Twitter.
In 2014, Steve Perry performed onstage for the first time in 20 years, singing three songs with his friend Mark Everett’s indie rock band Eels at a club show in St. Paul, Minnesota. However, when he attended last year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, at which Journey was inducted, he opted not to perform with his former bandmates, whom he had not seen in over a decade. But it looks like Perry has not "stopped believin'" yet and is turning over a new leaf, adding yet another chapter in the recent spate of comeback acts in the music world.
Find the album art for 'Traces' followed by the tracklisting for the album below.
Album art for 'Traces':
01. No Erasin’
02. We’re Still Here
03. Most of All
04. No More Cryin’
05. In the Rain
06. Sun Shines Gray
07. You Belong to Me
08. Easy to Love
09. I Need You
10. We Fly