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Jun022014

Ex-Journey Singer Steve Perry Performs Again with Alt-Rock Group Eels

Lisa Walker for the Lincoln TheatreSteve Perry apparently is enjoying getting back on stage.  On Saturday, alternative-rock group Eels once again welcomed the former Journey frontman onstage with open arms.  Billboard reports that Perry sang four songs with the band at a concert that night at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.

The event marked the second time in a week that Perry has performed with Eels, following a May 25 appearance with the group at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Before that show, Perry hadn't performed in public since 1995.

At the Lincoln Theatre concert, Steve performed the same three songs he sang at the Fitzgerald Theater gig -- Eels' "It's a Motherf**ker," and Journey's "Open Arms" and "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'," as well as an abbreviated rendition of Sam Cooke's "Only Sixteen."

In fan-recorded video of Perry's performance this past Saturday, he tells the audience how he became a fan of Eels, thanks to their 2000 album Daisies of the Galaxy, and that he particularly related to the tune "It's a Motherf**ker," which he says is "a song about profound loss."  He then explains that the song holds even more meaning to him now because he lost the love of his life a little over a year ago.  He was likely referring to girlfriend Kellie Nash, who died of cancer in December 2012.  Later in the video, Perry explains how, after being friends with Eels for many years, the band's frontman, E -- aka Mark Oliver Everett -- eventually convinced him to "get [his] ass out and sing with [them]." 

Meanwhile, another video has been posted on YouTube -- this one that Steve filmed himself at the Lincoln Theatre, capturing E introducing him to the crowd and him walking on to the stage.

Eels currently are touring the U.S. in support of their latest album, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett.  The trek is scheduled through a June 11 concert in Los Angeles, but it's not known if Perry plans to join the band at any of its remaining dates.


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