Since Journey was announced as one of the 2017 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, rumors have swirled about whether vocalist Steve Perry ― who last performed with the band in 1991 ― would sing with the group at the induction ceremony.
Now, hours before the event takes place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, those rumors have gained new steam. A TMZ report Friday afternoon claimed Perry “will sing with the band at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony.”
But a rep for the band has countered those claims, telling EW, “We have just spoken with Steve Perry’s manager and he confirmed to us that he will NOT be performing tonight.”
Perry’s exact role in Friday night’s ceremony, however, remains somewhat unclear. Members of Journey confirmed to TMZ that he’ll appear onstage with them during their induction ceremony. And last week, keyboardist Jonathan Cain told Dayton Daily News that “the ceremony is the first time we’re going to get to see Steve Perry in a long time.”
And an insider tells EW, “No one knows what Steve Perry’s plans are. He wasn’t at rehearsal.”
EW has reached out to Rock Hall organizers for comment.
While Perry last performed with Journey in 1991, he sang on their 1996 studio album Trial By Fire. He officially left the band in 1998; since 2007, Arnel Pineda has done vocals for the group.
Along with Journey, the Rock Hall will induct Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Tupac Shakur, and Pearl Jam on Friday.