Current Journey lead singer Arnel Pineda posted a loving 70th birthday tribute to the band's former frontman, Steve Perry. Pineda, who joined Journey in 2007, first met Perry a decade later during Journey's 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Pineda's Instagram video stated, "To the one-of-a-kind and only true voice of Journey, happy, happy birthday! Thank you for your voice, Steve." Pineda also blew a kiss to Perry.

In what was undoubtedly the high point of Journey's Rock Hall inductions, Steve Perry's emotional recollections of his long-estranged former bandmates took most in the audience by surprise -- as was his generous and loving dedication to Arnel Pineda: "I must give a complete shout out to someone who sings his complete heart out every night -- and that's Arnel Pineda, where are you Arnel? (Applause) Where are you?! Where are you?! Well, you must be backstage. To Arnel, I love you."

IN OTHER JOURNEY NEWS

Journey guitarist Neal Schon responded to online video blogger "The Real Music Observer," who suggested that Schon offer an "olive branch" to Steve Perry in hopes of him sitting in with Schon's Journey retrospective band, Journey Through Time. Schon, who'll perform with Journey co-founder Gregg Rolie and former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, among others, was prodded into asking Steve Perry to appear at the band's two February shows. In recent years, Schon has gone out of his way to let Perry know he desperately wants to connect with him musically for their first collaborations since 1996.

So far, Journey Through Time only two dates on the books -- February 22nd at Jackson, California's Jackson Rancheria Casino and February 23rd at Oakland, California's Fox Theater.

Schon tweeted a message to Perry, which read: "Here’s an open invitation to Steve Perry to come out on either the 22nd or 23rd. Would love to see you, Steve."

The Journey Through Time shows will span the entirety of Journey's catalogue, and in addition to Schon, Rolie, and Castronovo features, Marco Mendoza -- best known for his work with Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake -- on bass and vocals, along with multi-instrumentalist Marti Frederiksen and Chris Collins on guitar and keyboards.

Neal Schon told us that the same exact thing that alienated the rock press back in the day, was what was driving Journey's album sales and concert attendance: "I've always felt, that Journey, y'know, has been a special band -- even from the very get go -- and that we were bringing something different from the table. And even at the height with Steve Perry in the '80s, that we were getting panned all the time by every writer, I never paid any attention to it, because I almost felt that the band was so musical and musically diverse; there really wasn't any type of music that we couldn't play. So, I think that a lot of writers got a little frustrated with it, 'cause they couldn't put us in a box with other bands and compare us. We came from so many different musical angles. I thought it was something that set us apart."

AUDIO: NEAL SCHON ON CRITICS NEVER UNDERSTANDING JOURNEY
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