Jeff Scott Soto Leaves Journey
by Paul Cashmere - June 13 2007
Newly instigated lead singer of Journey, Jeff Scott Soto, has left the band after less than 12 months before the microphone.
Soto joined the band in July 2006 and last performed with the group on May 12 this year.
In a statement, guitarist Neal Schon said, "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 added, "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."
The band has no gone into hiatus to plot their next move. They will take the remainder of 2007 off.
Time seems ripe for a Steve Perry reunion tour though I've heard NOTHING of the sort ... no rumors or anything.