Personality differences brought Fleischman into conflict with Herbert and his bandmates, and the decision was quietly made to fire Fleischman before the band’s next album would be recorded.
On the strength of the Alien Project demo song, “If You Need Me, Call Me,” Perry was brought in as a replacement.
The album was at one point ranked 8th in the nation in sales.
Journey was now a major event, selling out arenas worldwide.
Perry’s parents encouraged his musical interests from a very young age.
In college, Perry took his interest in singing public, joining the choir of the College of the Sequoias as a tenor.
The band’s hit albums attracted criticism that they had sold out and betrayed their San Francisco origins.
Perry and his bandmates also clashed over Perry’s popularity.
If you’ve ever wondered whatever happened to the man who gave us these timeless classics, you aren’t alone in that either.
Perry co-wrote the soft rock ballad “Lights” with Neal Schon.
The song was the perfect exhibition for Perry’s powerful, dulcet vocals.
Departure had a harsher, edgier vibe to it than its predecessors.
This has been attributed to the band performing the songs live in studio, rather than laying down one instrumental track at a time, as is often more typical.