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Ex-Journey singer Steve Perry planning to release acoustic version of his 'Traces' album this year

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Not much music has been heard from Steve Perry lately, but former Journey frontman is planning to release a collection of acoustic renditions of songs from his 2018 comeback album, Traces, on December 4.

“It’s eight songs from the Traces record done acoustically and I’m really proud of it,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It’s called Traces Alternate Versions and Sketches…I’m really pleased with the sonics and I’m really pleased with the simplicity of the song and the lyric and the chords, which is basically what it’s stripped down to.”

The 71-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also reports that he’s “always writing and always recording stuff” at his personal studio, adding, “I have lots of music.”

Perry says the acoustic album will “close the Traces chapter,” and maintains that he intends to be “opening up another chapter next year at some point.”

Steve, who last sang in front of a live audience when he made a guest appearances at three shows by the indie-rock act Eels in 2014, says he’d like to start playing concerts again.

“It’s always been on my mind,” he tells Rolling Stone. “My heart bleeds daily to be in front of people and to sing for them.”

Having said that, Perry says he’s apprehensive because he worries about how the rigors of touring might affect his health.

“I’ve got some physical injuries from touring,” he notes. “It’s a tough thing, touring. People don’t realize. It’s like sports…It’s a young man’s game, but I do miss it.”

Meanwhile, Perry says fans hoping for him to amicably reunite with Journey aren’t being realistic about the relationship he has with his ex-band mates.

“I don’t understand what these people base their thinking on,” he says. “There never was any ‘Kumbaya’ with us.”

By Matt Friedlander
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