From Andrew at Melodicrock.com:
JOURNEY ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF JEFF SCOTT SOTO:
Press Release / June 12, 2007 — Journey has parted ways with their recently named lead singer Jeff Scott Soto. Jeff s first appearance with Journey was July 7, 2006 in Bristow, VA. He had been filling in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the tour shortly after it began on June 23 due to illness. Jeff s last performance was May 12, 2007 in Leesburg, VA.
According to guitarist Neal Schon, “We appreciate all of Jeff s hard work and we can t thank him enough for stepping in when Steve Augeri got sick last year. He did a tremendous job for us and we wish him the best. We’ve just decided to go our separate ways, no pun intended. We re plotting our next move now.”
Keyboardist Jonathan Cain continues, “We were lucky to have a friend who was already a Journey fan step in on a moment s notice during the Def Leppard tour to help us out. Jeff was always the consummate professional and we hope that he remains a friend of the band in the future. We just felt it was time to go in a different direction.”
Journey—Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards) and Deen Castronovo (drums) is taking the rest of 2007 off to spend time with their families, write new songs and map out plans for 2008.
Comment from me? Where does one start? Right now I am too disappointed to comment, but I guess Neal and Jon have a different vision for Journey than that of Jeff Scott Soto.And no…Steve Perry is not returning to the band.
This is a huge shock for me. I saw the Def Leppard/Journey show last summer and JSS at the mic for Journey was a true highlight. JSS put on a great performance and the band seemed to have a new energy. The pairing seemed like a natural relationship and JSS even put Talisman on hold due to future committments with Journey. I have to agree with Andrew…..this is a MAJOR disappointment! Obviously, this breakup will trigger rumors of Steve Perry coming back into the band. I doubt it but the rumors will persist. Stay tuned on this one, more info as it’s released, I’d like to hear more on this.