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Steve Perry Looks Back on Touring With Van Halen and the Eddie Collaboration That Might Have Been – Rolling Stone

The former Journey frontman reflects on how the bands’ joint ’78 tour changed his life, and sets the record straight on the infamous “guacamole incident”



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On October 6th, Steve Perry got a text from his recording engineer that read, “Oh man, Eddie Van Halen. I can’t believe it.” The former Journey frontman had no idea what he was talking about. “I don’t watch the news anymore,” he says. “And so I picked up the phone and said, ‘What’s going on?’” When he heard the tragic news that the guitarist died after a long battle with cancer, Perry’s mind instantly went back to 1978 when Van Halen opened for Journey for eight weeks on the Infinity tour. He ph…

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