BIG Music News: Steve Perry and Journey

JOURNEY:  Guitarist Neal Schon opens up about seeing Steve Perry

After Journey accepted its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friday night in Brooklyn, New York, guitarist Neil Schon spoke about seeing Steve Perry for the first time in 12 years.

"It was very emotional for both of us. We like done so much together and accomplished so much, I think it's difficult when you're like sober, I think, you know, and you like just realize how much people mean to you. He finally said to me, 'I think it's time for us to have coffee,' and I went, 'Thank God,' you know. It's like, I've never done anything wrong to him. I didn't kick him out of the band. We waited around and he didn't want to do anything at the time. I don't know if you're supposed to wait past two years, what the protocol is, how many years you're supposed to wait. But, you know, really when you go, 'Ok, I can't go on stage, my hips hurt.' And I go, 'You wanna write? Do you wanna go in the studio? Do you want to do anything?' He was not into it then."

Neil Schon on attempting to communicate with Steve Perry in regards to him joining Journey at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony:

"I've been emailing and, you know, the only thing he has allowed, thus far, is to go through Lee Phillips. So I asked him tonight when I saw him for the first time. I said, 'Do you ever get my emails?' And he said, 'I did. We were correlating,' but he says, 'Then I told Lee not to accept them anymore.'

 

Perry last worked with Journey on the 1996 album, Trial By Fire. Since then the band has had three different singers -- Steve Augeri, Jeff Scott Soto, and current singer and Perry sound-a-like Arnel Pineda.

Perry plans to release a new album this year, his first since 1994's For the Love of Strange Medicine.

JANET JACKSON:  Marriage troubles for pop star

Janet Jackson's latest marriage has fallen apart.

The New York Post reports that, three months after giving birth to her first child, the 50-year-old "Rhythm Nation" star has left husband Wissam Al Mana after five years of marriage.

Blame a clash of lifestyles and backgrounds: Al Mana, a billionaire Qatari businessman, is an observant Muslim who demanded she dress modestly during her 2014 concert tour. Reports say he told her to stop "bumping and grinding" in her videos. Insiders say Wissam's demands were "driving her crazy."

But the last straw was his lack of concern for her mother, who is currently pursuing an elder abuse suit against a nephew. Janet flew without her husband from the couple's London home to be with Katherine Jackson.

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