Steve Perry gives “Glee” cover of Journey song an ‘A’

A juggernaut of the 80s, Journey is making quite the resurgence this year. The band is on tour with a new lead singer and its classic song “Don’t Stop Believin’” is reaching a whole new fan base thanks to the Fox hit “Glee.” The cover of the song went Gold back in October and continues to be a top-seller on iTunes. But what does former Journey front man, the reclusive Steve Perry, think of all this?

“I would give it an A,” Perry tells PopEater exclusively. “I think they did a good job.” He then added, laughing along the way, that “A+ is reserved for the original. That’s a little shameless promotion, forgive me.”

When asked directly if ‘Glee’ “crapped on” the song, the singer answered honestly. “No. They did a really nice heartfelt high school interpretation of a song,” Perry tells PopEater.

Perry has maintained vigilance with projects using his former-group’s classic song, making sure they “don’t degrade the music” — even insisting on knowing how the ‘Sopranos’ producers were going to use the song to end that iconic series. “I didn’t want to see Tony Soprano get whacked during Just a Small Town Girl,” Perry tells us.

For ‘Glee,’ Perry was shown a rough cut of the wildly popular show’s finale before it aired and was blown away. “I thought it was edgy writing and I was impressed,” he says. “That was before we got to the song.”

He’s not alone in loving the revamped version, which hit gold certification for digital sales in excess of 500,000 downloads.

The new take on the tune didn’t exactly bring back high school memories for the rocker who didn’t do the glee-club. Not surprisingly, he rocked drums in an R&B band. “The jocks didn’t like us and the glee club didn’t like us,” Perry admits. “We were admired by the people who went to the after-game dances. They could dance to our music.”

The dancing continues. Perry even heard that whole new generations of “Believin’” fans were belting out the tune as ‘Glee’ producers accepted the gold plaque for the song. “There were people around the area singing during the ceremony,” Perry says. “Can I ask you one thing? What is possibly wrong with that?”

[From PopEater]

I have always wondered what happened to Perry. Journey was the first concert I ever saw, during the “Escape” tour. Steve left the band to pursue a solo career, had a few monster hits including “Oh Sherrie,” then disappeared. I do remember reading that he had some kind of degenerative hip disorder requiring major hip replacement surgery, that prevented him from performing live. According to his official web site, Perry is retired. It’s a shame, because that guy can sing his face off. Rolling Stone named him one of the “Top 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.”

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  1. fizXgirl314 says:

    who the fock has all this time for these stupid shows? between celebitchy and work, all my time is spoken for :/

  2. Darlene says:

    Steve Perry is one of my all-time favorite singers, and Glee is shaping up to be one of the best shows this year.

    Thanks for covering this.

  3. lucy2 says:

    I love their cover of this song.

  4. Praise St. Angie! says:

    wow…that ROCKED!

    that’s the kind of song you sing along with in the car…loud, embarrassing, and just plain awesome.

  5. Meghan says:

    Oh Lord, my mother is going to have a fit. She adores Steve Perry and swears up and down he would have invited her on stage at one of his concerts but then he saw that she was pregnant (with me!) and didn’t invite her on stage. And don’t even suggest to her that she go see the new Journey, she will bite your head off!

    I still love me some Journey though! Maybe I should have her watch Glee to see them cover that song, if it is that good!

  6. UrbanRube says:

    OMG, your Mom loves Steve Perry. I feel old. :) He is an amazing singer and I really think we’re missing out because of his retirement. He seems rock-solid about it, though. Not playing games (“I’m in. I’m out!”) like Steven Tyler these days.

  7. ggboo says:

    love journey. reminds me of college days… also love the glee version.

  8. Bete says:

    That’s a great Journey video…ahhh…back when music was music and not sold on the premise of a Beyonce bum shake.

  9. Emily says:

    I like Journey, and I like Glee. They’ve done some awesome covers so far. I didn’t like their Queen one, though, nobody can come close to Freddie.

  10. snowball says:

    I’m waiting for them to cover “Livin’ on a Prayer,” or something from Jefferson Starship.

    UrbanRube, c’mon over here. I’ve reserved a couple of benches for the fellow old folks.

  11. la chica says:

    love Glee. adore Steve Perry.

  12. filthy cute says:

    snowball, that would be awesome! Or something by Def Leppard. I’m thinking Pour Some Sugar on Me.

  13. Julie says:

    Noone could belt it like Steve Perry. One of the all time great rock voices.

  14. Steve says:

    Heard a lot about “Glee”.
    Haven’t actually watched it.
    Saw your clip.
    Officially will never, ever, ever watch this show.


  15. Anna says:

    Steve is a class act and a wonderful person. Wish he’d bless all his old fans with one more performance. Maybe on Glee, maybe Idol, I don’t care I just need one more Perry fix before I go. What a man! What a voice!!

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