Steve Perry Describes the Time Eddie Van Halen Called With An Offer He Couldn’t Refuse

Back in 1978, newbies Van Halen opened for Journey for eight weeks on the Infinity tour. The outing was Journey singer Steve Perry’s first as the frontman of the band who would go on to release a string of multi-platinum albums that would rule the airwaves in the 1980s. But more importantly for Perry — who fronted the band from 1977-1987 and again from 1995-1998 before being replaced — it was a time when he bonded with VH guitarist Eddie Van Halen.

The eight-week tour of 3,000-capacity venues featured nightly opening sets from Montrose, whose Sammy Hagar would go on to front VH during their most fruitful late 1980s-early 1990s period, followed by VH and then Journey. And, as Perry tells Rolling Stone in a new interview, “Every f–kin’ night I’d stand on the side of the stage and watch their set. I would bring [Journey guitarist] Neal [Schon] … Read the rest