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October 26, 2021
Founding Journey manager Herbie Herbert is dead at 73.

Walter James "Herbie" Herbert was road manager for Frumious Bandersnatch and Santana before helping found Journey, eventually incorporated as Nightmare Productions. Herbie worked as Journey's manager until 1995 and continued to serve as a director of Nightmare until his death, and of Nocturne until the company was sold in 2011. Over the years he also managed the Steve Miller Band, Eric Martin, Gregg Rolie, Mr. Big, Roxette, The Storm, and Hardline. As Sy Klopps, his alter ego, he sang with The Trichromes.

Some articles on Herbie's death:
  • Journey manager Herbie Herbert dies at home in Orinda, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Herbie Herbert dead: Manager of rock band Journey dies aged 73, The Mirror
  • Herbie Herbert, Longtime Manager of Journey, Dead at 73, People Magazine
  • Herbie Herbert, Longtime Manager of Journey, Dies at 73, Variety
  • Herbie Herbert, manager of Journey and Steve Miller Band, dies of natural causes at 73, Daily Mail

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    05 September, 2018
    "Steve Perry Walked Away From Journey. A Promise Finally Ended His Silence," by Alex Pappademas, New York Times. Click HERE for the article.

     


    September, 2018
    "Steve Perry Quit Journey And Never Looked Back. Then Music Saved His Life Again. 'I needed to get out. It wasn’t easy to keep walking,' the singer said about leaving music," by Lauren Moraski, HuffPost. Click HERE for the article.

     


    04 September, 2018
    "Neal Schon talks Journey, solo music, Hall of Fame and Steve Perry's return to active duty," by Ed Masley, AZCentral. Click HERE for the article.

     


    25 August, 2018
    "Journey Founder Neal Schon Corrects the Record Once Again," by Andy Cush, Spin. Click HERE for the article.

     


    24 August, 2018
    "Journey Guitarist Demands Sole Credit for Onstage Tribute to Aretha Franklin," by Chris Willman, Variety. Click HERE for the article.

     


    23 August, 2018
    "Steve Perry's Promise to His Late Girlfriend Helped Bring Him Back to Music," by Martin Kielty, Ultimate Classic Rock. Click HERE for the article.

     


    23 August, 2018
    "STEVE PERRY Says He 'Got The Blessing' Of GEORGE HARRISON's Widow To Reimagine THE BEATLES' 'I Need You'," by Blabbermouth.Net. Click HERE for the article.

     


    20 August, 2018
    "Former JOURNEY Singer STEVE PERRY On Being Away For Two Decades: 'I Just Wanted To Step Out Of The Limelight'," by Blabbermouth.Net. Click HERE for the article.

     


    18 August, 2018
    "Former JOURNEY Frontman STEVE PERRY - "It Took A Long Time For Me To Just Find My Love For Music Again"," by Bravewords.Com. Click HERE for the article.

     


    17 August, 2018
    "Former JOURNEY Vocalist STEVE PERRY Says Response to His Comeback Has Been 'Overwhelming,'" by Blabbermouth.Net. Click HERE for the article.

     


    17 August, 2018
    "How You Can Reassemble Steve Perry's Lost Against the Wall LP," by Rob Smith, Ultimate Classic Rock. Click HERE for the article.

     


    15 August, 2018
    "Steve Perry Opens Up About Leaving Journey: 'I Was Like a Wrung Out Sponge,'" by Blabbermouth.Net. Click HERE for the article.

     


    15 August, 2018
    "Hear Steve Perry’s First New Song in Nearly 25 Years," by Kory Grow, Rolling Stone.

    Steve Perry, the reclusive former Journey frontman who hasn’t put out a new album in nearly a quarter century, will return this fall with a new LP, Traces. The record, which Perry coproduced with Thom Flowers, contains nine original songs and a cover of the Beatles’ “I Need You.” It’s due out October 5th.

    The first single, “No Erasin’,” tells the story of a school reunion with an ex-flame but its words also fit his story of walking away. “I know it’s been a long time comin’ since I saw your face,” he sings in a soulful tone over an urgent backdrop built from drums, piano and acoustic guitars. It builds as the song goes on, adding synths and heavier guitars. “My soul’s burning, just like it was before,” he howls in the chorus.

    “Putting 30 years into 10 songs has certainly been an emotional experience for me,” the singer said in a statement. “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. I invite you to listen with an open heart.”

    He went into greater detail in statements on his website, claiming he had thought he was done with music. “I just wasn’t feeling it anymore,” he said. By the late Nineties, he could “barely even listen to music.” Subsequently, he stopped singing and began “living life on its own terms.” He met a woman named Dr. Kellie Nash who was battling breast cancer in 2011 and fell in love with her. She died the next year. “When Kellie was very ill, she made me promise not to keep isolating myself anymore,” Perry said. So he revisited some songs he’d written before they met and later recorded them for Traces.

    “This was not about seeking closure or moving on, but about taking it all with me, about feeling it all, and expressing it all in hopes that it might move and help other people too,” Perry wrote. “She told me one night, ‘If something happens to me, promise me that you won’t go back into isolation because I feel that it would make this all for naught.’ In the years after her passing, that conversation never left me, and my love for music slowly returned.”

    Perry’s songwriting collaborators on the album are his “Oh Sherrie” co-writer Randy Goodrum, Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 and former Semisonic member and songwriter Dan Wilson, among others. Its musicians include Booker T. Jones and onetime Zappa drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, among others.

    He said he’d like to perform live again but revealed no details about when he would do so.

    Perry made his first step toward public reemergence in 2014 when he joined the band Eels onstage in St. Paul, Minnesota for performances of Journey’s “Open Arms” and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” and a few other songs. It was his first time in front of an audience in decades. He reunited with his Journey bandmates last year when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, though he chose only to give a speech in lieu of performing with the group. But it was around that time he felt comfortable talking about his work on Traces and the loss of Nash.

    Traces Track List
    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”

     


    07 August, 2018
    "Journey Are the Latest Proud American Institution That Donald Trump Threatens to Destroy," by Andy Cush. Click HERE for the article.

     




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