Ex-Journey Frontman Steve Perry Sings Live for the First Time in Over 20 Years (VIDEO)

Steve Perry Sings Journey Songs with Eels in St Paul
Steve Perry in 2013
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updated 05/27/2014 AT 12:30 PM EDT

originally published 05/27/2014 AT 12:15 PM EDT

Ex-Journey frontman Steve Perry's return to the stage was welcomed with open arms.

The near-reclusive singer, who hasn't performed live in almost 20 years after getting "burned out" on performing with Journey following a hip injury in 1998, made a guest appearance with indie rockers Eels in St. Paul, Minnesota, singing two Journey songs and one Eels cut. Perry hasn't performed with Journey since 1991, and the last time he was onstage was in 1995, in support of his second solo album, "For the Love of Strange Medicine.

Perry joined Eels for an encore after their show at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater. His choice for a first song was a bit odd: The man known for skyrocketing vocals on "Open Arms" and "Don't Stop Believin'" performed the Eels song "It's a Motherf–––er," a quiet, piano-based balled.

"I love that song," Perry said afterward, before asking the band if they'd ever performed any of his songs. What followed next was a fan's dream: Eels performed the Journey tunes "Open Arms" and "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" with Perry singing lead.

You can watch the full video below, but be forewarned of that tune's profanity.

Fans hoping for a true Journey reunion should probably, well, stop believin'. The band is doing quite well with replacement singer Arnel Pineda, and Perry hasn't expressed much interest in returning to them. Perry's connection with Eels is unknown, but maybe a collaboration with that group's frontman, Mark Everett, isn't too far afield at this point.

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