The story of Steve Augeri’s invitation to replace Journey lead vocalist Steve Perry is almost cheesy enough to warrant its own Journey song.
Something along the lines of the never-lose-sight-of-your-dreams mantra of "Don’t Stop Believin’" crossed with the equally hokey strong-will-survive optimism of "Still They Ride," maybe.
No disrespect to endearingly humble, relentlessly upbeat nice guy Augeri. But his recounting of how a failed musician went from Manhattan-area maintenance manager for a chain of clothing stores to vocalizing "Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’" for thousands of Journey fans every night is storytelling on the higher levels of gouda. [more]