Last week, Steve Perry released his first album in nearly 25 years. To celebrate Traces, the singer stopped by the Billboard office to discuss why he took time off from music, what inspired his record and whether a return to the stage will follow.
Speaking with Billboard’s Associate Editor Lyndsey Havens, the former Journey frontman explained that when he decided to retreat from the spotlight, it was out of necessaity -- even though he knew his fans would be disappointed.
“It was something I had to do because I had lost my passion for the music that I love so much and I wasn't gonna just keep going with some empty sort of connection,” he says. “I didn't know if it was gonna come back, to be honest with you. So, I just kept going and then years go by and the further away I got from it, the more I thought I'll just keep going that way.”