Steve Perry has returned to music — thanks to a push from his late girlfriend Kellie Nash.
Nash made the former Journey frontman, 69, promise before she died of breast cancer in December 2012 that he would end his years-long retreat from public life.
“One night she said, ‘If something was to ever happen to me, promise that you won’t go back into isolation, for I think it would make this all for naught,'” Perry recalled on CBS Sunday Morning. “But I had to make the promise, and I said, ‘I promise.'”
The “Don’t Stop Believin'” hitmaker thinks that Nash would approve of his work. “I think she would love it,” he told CBS’ Tracy Smith. “I really do.”
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His broken heart led him to his music. “Look, I’m not doing this for money, honey,” he explained. “I don’t need any money. I eat too much already. I can only drive one car at a time. This is about the passion. But maybe it took a broken heart to get there.”
Though Perry has embraced music once more, he is not as enthusiastic about a Journey reunion. When Smith asked if one could be in the cards, Perry replied, “I love going forward. I love going to the edge of what’s next. And for me, that would be a return. I have to do, at this point in my life, what really makes me feel purposeful at this moment and on the right track for me.”
Smith said, “That sounds like a no.”
Perry answered, “If you’re looking for the answer I have right now, then that’s the answer I have.”