Steve Perry fans never stopped believin’! The popular former frontman of Journey and a familiar voice from the synth-driven, arena rock era has returned with his first solo recording in nearly 25 years with the newly released power track, “No Erasin'.” The fresh new single is the lead track on Perry’s upcoming solo album, Traces, which is due out on Oct. 5.
"No Erasin'" has everything that a Steve Perry fan would want to hear from the classic rock legend. From start to finish you hear big drum fills joined by equally present power chords, some easily hum-able melodies and of course, that unreachable tone of Perry’s trademark vocals which helped make Journey one of the most beloved rock acts in mainstream pop music back in the 1970s and 80s. Perry wastes no time in acknowledging that it’s been a minute since his fans have heard that voice of his, as he opens the power rock song in admitting, “I know it’s been a long time coming since I saw your face/It’s been so long since we’re together in the back seat of your car.”
“No Erasin’” can be heard in full in the official music video also shared with the announcement on Wednesday.
Perry left Journey in 1988 to pursue a solo career. Although he rejoined the band in 1996 to record their Trial by Fire album, no concerts ever came out of the reunion as Perry’s health became an ongoing issue that would never really work itself out. Perry’s last solo album came back in 1994 with For the Love of Strange Medicine. The upcoming album was co-produced by Perry alongside longtime Ataris’ collaborator, Thom Flowers. The 10-track album will include “No Erasin’,” in addition to a cover of The Beatles’ “I Need You.”
“Putting 30 years into 10 songs has certainly been an emotional experience for me,” Perry said in a statement about his return to recording and performing. “I started writing and recording these songs with the creative freedom that I was the only one who would ever hear them. Along the way, I rediscovered my love for music. Each track represents traces of my past, but is also a hopeful look into the future.”
Unfortunately, Perry did not reveal any touring plans or future concert dates to go with the new music on Wednesday morning, but fans should be hopeful that the singer will be making some kind of announcement for his return to the stage as he prepares to kick off his comeback two decades in the making. Until then, fans can also tune in to the newly published interview below with Minnesota's 92 KQRS radio, featuring Perry discussing his return to writing and recording.
1. “No Erasin’”
2. “We’re Still Here”
3. “Most Of All”
4. “No More Cryin’”
5. “In The Rain”
6. “Sun Shines Gray”
7. “You Belong To Me”
8. “Easy To Love”
9. “I Need You”
10. “We Fly”