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Journey's reclusive former lead singer surprises crowd in St. Paul

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Reclusive former Journey frontman Steve Perry, 65, surprised a Sunday night crowd at the 1,000-seat Fitgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul when he took the stage and sang following a gig by the indie rock band The Eels.

The Current's blog said that the crowd got the bonus when Eels singer Mark Everett brought the elusive Perry to the stage for the band's third encore. They started out with the Eels 2000 cult hit “It’s a Motherf****r,” then played two Journey classics, “Open Arms” and “Lovin’ Touchin’, Squeezin,’” which turned into an impromptu singalong with the delighted audience.

The blog noted that "...Perry’s appearance on stage was so mind-boggling because he has been notably absent from public performances" for more than two decades.

Yahoo Music added that Perry hasn't performed with Journey since 1991, or performed solo concerts since 1995. The post said Perry's voice was "...instantly recognizable and sounding surprisingly strong considering his well-publicized health problems (ongoing arthritis, hip-replacement surgery in 1998, two melanoma-removal surgeries in 2013)."

"They don't applaud like that for me! I guess I gotta disappear for 25 years!" joked Everett about the audience's welcome for Perry.

Blabbermouth said that Perry is preparing to release his first solo album in 20 years. Don't stop believin,' Perry fans!

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