So I thought I'd throw my hat in the ring of internet pleas and open letters to Steve Perry and/or Journey and compose my own personal request, to Steve, to pretty please, with sugar on top and a pat on the ass, REUNITE WITH JOURNEY. However, unlike all those other inquiries floating around out there, I thought I'd take a different approach and highlight some of the more obscure reasons why he and the band should reunite.
Reason #1. The fanbase. If Steve and Journey were to reunite, they would be the biggest-selling rock group out there, guaranteed. The reason? In addition to the loyal fans they made during their hey- day, they have a whole new audience: Generation Y. See, we didn't have the privilege of seeing Journey live when they were touring back in the seventies and eighties. We either weren't born or were too young to really appreciate the band and Steve Perry. We discovered the magic of Journey via radio syndication and old concert footage aired on VH-1 (back when it actually aired music and music-related programming instead of crap like Rock of Love). Steve, if you were to reunite with the band, you would have double the fanbase, which would lead to multi-platinum album sales and sold-out concerts. It would be just like the old days!
Reason #2 dovetails on reason #1. Steve, the longer you and Journey remain "divorced," the more people you're preventing from having awkward first-time sexual experiences to Journey songs. Oh, sure, we Gen Yers could have lost our virginity to syndicated songs like "Faithfully" and "Open Arms," but it's not the same as being able to one day tell our children, "I remember when this song came out. I gave it up to your father in the backseat of his Saturn. Brings me back every time." Instead, we had to lose it to musicians like Ja Rule, Train, or, god forbid, boy bands! Please, don't make the next generation suffer like we had to!
Now, Steve, I'm going to bring up a topic that might be a little sensitive, but bear with me: is it your hip that's preventing you from getting back together with Journey? I know that you had hip surgery, and according to that old episode of Behind the Music you made a full recovery, but does it still give you a little trouble from time to time? Is that why, Steve? Because don't let that hold you back. I, and I'm sure any one of your other loyal fans, would be happy to provide acommodation. Do you need a wheelchair for the rough times? Crutches? Icy Hot? A personal driver? I'd drive you around in my Ford Focus (it's a nice car!). We'll provide a way, Steve. We'll provide a way.
Steve, if you ever stumble upon this little spot on the web, please give this request careful consideration. It would be amazing to have you back.