Monday, August 11, 2008

Final Results of the Recent Reunion Poll

With just a shade over half the vote, ex-Journey frontman Steve Perry was the one most of you wanted to see rejoin his former bandmates. Even though (as stated on Steve Perry's Wikipedia page) tensions between he and his ex-bandmates were reduced when he appeared with them at Journey's star unveiling at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005, a reunion seems unlikely at this moment. At this time, the best we can hope for is that Steve mounts a solo tour and includes some Journey tunes on the set list.

Receiving the 2nd most votes in the poll was former Chicagoan Peter Cetera. Although Peter still actively records and tours, don't hold your breath for him ever reteaming with Chicago. While watching a VH-1 Behind the Music special on Chicago a few years ago, I was surprised by Cetera's refusal to be interviewed for the project. He even went as far as to not allow any of the songs he wrote while with Chicago to be used in the special. I'm not sure if this was due to his unhappiness with the content of the special, an acrimony between him and Chicago, or a combination of both. According to their websites, there aren't any plans for Peter Cetera to reunite with Chicago.

12% of voters selected the "Other" option and came up with their own choices for who they'd like to see reunite with their ex-bandmates. Some of the "write-in" candidates included Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett (Genesis), Dennis DeYoung (Styx), and Robbie Robertson (The Band).

Tied for fourth place were Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac) and Lionel Richie (The Commodores). These two potential reunions seem the most likely to occur. Although she left the band in 1998 (because of her desire to retire from touring), McVie did provide some backup vocals on their most recent album (2003's Say You Will). As for Richie, he last performed with The Commodores over 25 years ago. However, in June 2008 he said that a reunion tour would be coming soon; adding that, "We better do it now, or in the next 10 years nobody would care". Having said that, no formal announcement has been made at this time for a Lionel Richie/Commodores reunion.

Here are the final results:

Steve Perry- 51%
Peter Cetera- 17%
Other- 12%
Christine McVie and Lionel Richie- 9% each

Here is the video for Journey's last hit, 1996's When You Love A Woman. Incidentally, the Journey album that contained this song (Trial By Fire) was the last to feature Steve Perry.

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