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Replacement Singers


Original Singer: Steve Perry

Reason for Departure: Perry fronted the band during its salad days in the '80s and early '90s, and then again during a reunion stint in the mid '90s, but was fired after a hip injury prevented him from touring.

The Replacements: Steve Augeri, Jeff Scott Soto, Arnel Pineda

Journey replaced Perry with Steve Augeri in 1998, but fired him in 2006 for chronic throat infection. Augeri was succeeded by Jeff Scott Soto. He lasted less than a year. Eventually, the band settled on Filipino singer Arnel Pineda (above right), whom guitarist Neal Schon discovered singing covers of Journey songs on YouTube. The new version of Journey has released two albums, although the members are wisely keeping one foot planted in their lucrative past. A greatest hits collection curated by Steve Perry is due in November. —Jeff Royer

(Photos: Evan Agostini, Getty Images; Mike Coppola, Getty Images)

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