Mark Weiss/WireImageThe 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and of all the talented musicians being recognized, only one will have the rare honor of entering the institution for a second time…ex-Journey member Gregg Rolie. The singer/keyboardist was first inducted in 1998 as a founding member of Santana, which he left in 1971 shortly before forming Journey with fellow Santana alum Neal Schon.
“Being there the second time is, as a friend of mine calls it, an exclusive club,” Rolie tells ABC Radio. “And when I look at the names that are there, a lot of them are my heroes.”
Rolie reveals that he’ll be playing one song at the ceremony with many of his old band mates. As for whether ex-Journey frontman Steve Perry also will perform at the big event, Gregg says, “It’s the ninth wonder of the world. I know that he’s supposed to be there, but nobody’s heard [if he’s performing].”
When Perry joined Journey in 1977, he took over lead vocal duties from Rolie, something that Gregg says he welcomed.
“I was playing about three or four instruments [and] singing leads,” Rolie explains. “So having someone else do that, I thought it was great.”
Rolie left Journey in 1981 to focus on family life, but tells ABC Radio that he feels he played a role in the massive success the group enjoyed after his departure. That’s because he recommended Jonathan Cain of The Babys as his replacement. Cain, of course, co-wrote many of Journey’s most enduring tunes, including “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
As for Rolie’s plans for tonight’s ceremony, he says, “I’m gonna sit next to Neal, go play with Neal and the guys, accept an award and enjoy myself.”
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