Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer and Journey frontman Steve Perry will release a stripped back version of his 2018 album ‘Traces’ on 4 December via Fantasy Records. ‘Traces’ was Perry’s first new album in 25 years.
Perry has taken his favourite tracks from the album and stripped away things like the grand production touches, to leave a selection of songs in their rawest and most original form.
Perry told Rolling Stone that he decided to drop out of music in 1998, after being sidelined by a hip injury. Journey opted to hire a new vocalist to take his place. “I had my time and I was very pleased with all the history I was fortunate to be around and I was proud of my musical contributions to any of it.”
However, after losing partner Kelly Nash to breast cancer in 2012, Perry “made a promise to her that I would not go back into hibernation. If something was going to happen to her, she asked that I wouldn’t do that because she felt it would make everything for naught. Those were her words. I kept that promise.”
Having released ‘Traces’, his comeback album in 2018, Perry will in December release an ‘Alternative Versions And Sketches’ version of the album.
Steve told MetalTalk: “When writing these songs, the original inspiration is always my first compass – where the songs should go.
“‘Alternate Versions and Sketches’ is exactly that and I am very excited to have you hear the original seeds of these songs.”