Former Journey vocalist Steve Perry, who hasn’t released any new music for 15 years, may be hitting the recording studio sometime soon.  In a new interview, Perry says he’s got an abundance of  material, and is working to complete construction on a home studio with the aim to develop and finally record some new songs. He’s also made peace with the fact that his former group continues to perform without him, as he communicates with them while overseeing the upcoming vinyl releases of ”Greatest Hits” and the new “Greatest Hits Vol. 2” , which will both will be released this Tuesday, November 1st. Perry talked to in a rare interview about the releases, the new material, and his ex-band below:

Perry reunited briefly with his old bandmates for a new Journey album, ‘Trial By Fire,’ in 1996 but parted ways with them again a short time later due to a hip injury that kept him from being able to tour. A new album from Perry would be his first solo release since “For The Love Of Strange Medicine,” back in 1994.

He says that it was “emotionally hard” watching Journey carry on with a new lead singer on stage singing the legendary songs that he had been a part of creating, but he’s come to terms with it and now, “it’s really okay.”

“I did not want to see that happen. But, it was going to happen anyway. So, it looked like that’s where it was going. Life had showed up and there was a fork in the road between us. So, we went separate ways dare I say, not making a joke. And that’s okay. Now, I look back at it as the most painful time of my life. But you know what? They need to love their lives. They love performing out there all the time. The fans love the songs we wrote.

Perry also said: “I’ve converted an area of my house into a studio big enough to track some drums if I need to, so that should be done I would say in the next month or so. So my plan is to get in there and start recording some of these with musicians and start trying to get some tracks actually built on some of these songs. But that being the case, the only thing that would stop you from hearing it would be me because I’m my own worst enemy. I have always been. I’ll play things for friends and they just think they’re really great. And they’ll tell me the truth if they’re not.”

Check out the interview here: