How did you spend your Memorial Day weekend? Did you go to the beach, hang out at a barbecue, or get married in a cartoonishly extravagant ceremony you’re bound to regret?
Former Journey singer Steve Perry found his own way to celebrate the holiday– by stepping up on stage and singing live for the first time in almost 20 years.
Just before the second encore during an Eels show in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday night, frontman Mark Everett took the microphone and announced that Perry would be joining him. He noted that the last time Perry played the area it was in a giant arena, but that Sunday night somehow felt right.
Perry put his special spin on the melancholy Eels sorta-classic “It’s a Motherf—er,” then followed up with a pair of Journey songs: “Open Arms” and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’.” His voice sounded pretty good, though the impossibly sad “It’s a Motherf—er” sounded a little odd as a Perry-fied arena blast. You can check out the entirety of Perry’s appearance with Eels below.
Perry, 65, hasn’t performed as a member of Journey since 1991, and Sunday night’s performance marked the first time he’s appeared in concert since 1995. He has continued to record, but health problems have kept him off the road. His voice got a resurrection in the mid 2000s when Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” showed up on heavily watched episodes of Laguna Beach, Glee, and The Sopranos.