“I love Journey. The Roy Thomas Baker records are pretty great, so it’s hard to pick a favorite, but when I really think about it, I would say that Escape is probably their masterpiece.
“Don’t Stop Believin’, Who’s Crying Now, Stone In Love – how can you argue with those songs? Journey kind of gets lumped in with that early ‘80s corporate rock thing, but Steve Perry has a voice that the singers in those other bands didn’t have. The guy in Styx, his voice wasn’t anywhere near as good as Steve Perry’s.
“You hear these songs on Glee now, and they get reduced to theater music, but when you go back to the originals, it becomes apparent how brilliant Steve Perry is. He’s almost like Sam Cooke in his emotive force. There’s a really interesting timbre in his voice.
“Neal Schon is one of my favorite guitar players. He’s lyrical, his tone is great, you can hum everything he does, and every solo is just as good as the song itself. He always throws in a little technical flash, but he's all melody. In Don’t Stop Believin’, he actually plays the melody in a solo before they even get to the chorus. That’s stupendous.”