It’s safe to say that every Journey fan probably wishes they were at the Eels concert in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Sunday. The lucky people who were there got to witness a surprise performance by former Journey frontman Steve Perry, who hasn’t been on stage for nearly 20 years.
Eels frontman Mark Everett made the big announcement just before the second encore towards the end of the show. The video of Perry’s comeback had already been viewed over 626,000 times on Tuesday:
“The interesting thing about this guy is that he hasn’t sung his songs for twenty something years,” Everett told a cheering crowd. “He walked away from it because it didn’t feel right.”
Perry went on to sing the Eels’ song “It’s a Motherf***er” and then belted out two of Journey’s big hits, “Open Arms” and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’.”
“The 65-year-old crooner hasn’t performed with the band since 1991, and Sunday night’s concert marks the first time that he’s even appeared on stage since 1995,” EOnline notes.