If you didn’t know better, being the lead vocalist in a rock band seems like the easiest job in the world. You get the time of your life on stage, party as much as you want day and night, and all you have to worry about is looking half-decent when you get ready to take the stage. Once you get to the heart of the matter, there is a lot more you can do to make a great singer.
As well as being the person everyone pays attention to, you are also the spokesperson for the group and will be called out for all that the group has to offer. This means that you sing each song like it’s the last, and you can put as much emotion into those words as you can hope to muster. It’s no easy task, and yet some pros make it look like a walk in the park.
Instead of just sitting and playing on a stool, these singers made the most of their time on stage, turning their songs into incredible works for how much they were willing to stretch their vocal prowess. The voice is an instrument after all, so you might as well use it to reach people in the back rows.
Part of the appeal that comes with a lot of rock singers is how able you are to scream. Since you’ll need to be heard on loud guitars, having a powerful voice that can hit soaring high notes certainly can’t hurt your chances. Sometimes, however, it’s best to reach the top of the heap through the sheer power of your delivery.
Without Steve Perry leading them into superstars, there’s a good chance we probably won’t be talking about Journey the way we are today. After spending a few fusion albums under the radar, it wasn’t until that voice was sprinkled into the mix that they really found their rhythm, working perfectly alongside Neal Schon’s incredible work on the fretboard. Singing, however, is only one thing. Let’s see how good this guy can write then.
Throughout Journey’s glorious years, Perry has consistently proven himself with Schon and Jonathan Cain, creating songs that became the late ’70s soundtrack like Any Way You Want It and the Immortal Don’t Stop. Believin. Even though there are millions of people trying their hand at singing Journey during karaoke, it’s about time we removed a few of these songs from this setlist. I mean, when you hit perfection the first time with Steve Perry, why try to change it?