How The San Francisco Giants Helped Steve Perry Get His Groove Back
OK, Steve Perry was not, as claimed in the video below, "the original front man for Journey." But if you're depending on Fox Sports for your rock music history facts, that's your problem. At any rate he was that band's lead singer for the duration of its most formidable years, and is now on to a solo career.
But these days Perry is a musician second and a San Francisco Giants fan first. He grew up in central California, and has made a habit in recent years of turning up at Giants games and leading the crowd in karaoke versions of his biggest hits. Most popular: Don't Stop Believin', which became the team's anthem in its 2010 World Series title run.
And Perry turned up at AT&T Park again on Tuesday, leading the crowd in a sing-along during the seventh-inning stretch of Game 3 of the NLDS. (See full video below).
Some fans are wondering what he's doing at baseball games instead of in the studio finishing his new solo album. But to Perry, it's more than just a game. He told reporters this during a 2011 interview:
“I can’t put into words what the Giants have done for me emotionally. It’s beyond words,” he admitted. “In a lot of ways, they’ve saved me and they’ve gotten me back into music, to be perfectly honest with you. They touched me in a way that made me excited about music again.”
Wow. The Giants are responsible for the past two Steve Perry albums?
— Cut4 (@Cut4) October 7, 2014
The San Francisco Giants concert series continued on Tuesday as Tony Bennett sang God Bless America. The Nationals won, 4-1, but the most impressive stat was this: Bennett is in his seventh decade of show business.
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