Steve Perry was flattered and humbled that Journey was finally inducted.
He told ABC Radio: "To be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the people I grew up with -- Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, the people I love listening to -- it's beyond a dream come true. It's kind of surrealistic."
Fans will be thrilled to learn that Perry plans to release a new solo album later this year. While it was inspired by a personal tragedy, Perry said making it has been "cathartic."
Hello, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! ... I'm going to keep my cheat sheet because I've got a lot to say. I'm going to start with, when I was living in Los Angeles, I was looking to get a record deal, trying my very best. It was tough to get signed at those times. And I would always go to see Journey perform cause these guys have the most amazing musical ability. I've never seen a band like that in my life. So every time they'd go [perform], I had to go watch with amazement. Though their musicianship was absolutely par to none, there was one instrument that was flying about the entire city of Los Angeles. That was the magic fingers of Neal Schon's guitar! Somehow, one of my piano tapes fell into the hands of Herbie Herbert. I would not be here tonight if it were not for Herbie Herbert. Because he did not have to call. He gets tapes all the time. But there's something about the demo tape, and he called me. And the next thing I knew, because of Herbie, I was writing music for Neal Schon. And the very first song we wrote together was "Patiently," you remember that? So, I absolutely must tell you, I must thank Herbie Herbert for believing in me. Thank you.