Steve Augeri was the voice that made it possible for Journey to move forward after its split from Steve Perry. Augeri, who joined the band in 1998, brought a sound-alike quality to a voice many people thought inimitable and helped Journey once again recapture a large part of its fanbase as a live band. But when Augeri blew out his voice early in a co-headlining tour with Def Leppard in 2006, Journey forged ahead with Jeff Scott Soto and then, eventually, with Arnel Pineda, who remains with the band to this day.
While it's easy to understand the band's need to find a temporary replacement to uphold its part of a prominent tour — I couldn't quite understand why Journey didn't stick longer with Augeri and allow him time for recovery moving forward.
"Well, I really can't answer that question for them. But I want to say that there's a chance that they thought that was about the end of my shelf life," Augeri said. "Look, the thing was, at the time (of the split with Journey), I could not carry on, and their train had left the station and it was full speed ahead with the resurgence of 'Don't Stop Believin'' all over television between 'Glee' and 'The Sopranos.' They were in high gear, and I was in low gear. I was in first (gear). So it's as simple as that. ... I was out of gas, what can you say? And ultimately, I had to tell myself, if they're able to go on without Steve Perry, one of the greatest voices that ever lived, then they can certainly go on without me. I had to be a realist. It stung a little at first, it hurt a little bit, but I can't say I have many regrets because I would have never had the opportunity. I lived the life, and I worked with one of the finest bands that perhaps ever came out of the United States, and I truly feel that in all sincerity. So I was still ahead of the game, even being that I was knocked out of the batter's box, I was still positive. So that's where I am psychologically about it."
— Doug Fox