Steve Perry’s Stellar Vocals Shine on Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” Live in 1981

Journey’s Steve Perry is often hailed as one of the greatest singers ever. For proof, just watch his live performance of “Don’t Stop Believin'” from 1981. The song had just been released earlier that year and became a worldwide hit, turning into the band’s signature tune.

In Houston, Texas, Perry sings with ease, showcasing his incredible vocals and rockstar charisma, captivating the audience completely. Many fans even think he sounds better live than in the studio. Journey’s HD remaster of this performance is available on their YouTube channel, and it’s amassed over 274 million views, making it their most popular live performance video.

The recording was captured during Journey’s Escape Tour, supporting their seventh album, Escape. While it’s unclear if the performance was from November 5 or 6, it’s clear the band was on fire during this tour. Another popular live performance from this tour, “Who’s Crying Now,” was also recorded in Houston.

Fans praised the live cut of “Don’t Stop Believin'” for its raw talent and authenticity, noting there was no Auto-Tune or backing tracks, just pure musical prowess. The song itself became a top 10 hit in the US and internationally, eventually going 18 times Platinum in the US.

If you’re a fan of Journey and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” this 1981 live performance is a must-watch. It highlights the band’s musicianship and Steve Perry’s powerful vocals, cementing their place in rock history.

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