Zayn Malik: One Direction Mate Beseeching Journey

    December 27, 2013
    Kimberly Ripley
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Zayn Malik, member of the popular British boy band One Direction, is beseeching the 1980s band Journey to reunite and play at the reception for his wedding to Little Mix Singer Perrie Edwards. The young couple became officially engaged a few months back and they plan to tie the knot some time in 2014. Zayn wants Journey to play their mega-hit Don’t Stop Believin’ as Perrie Edwards walks down the aisle.

Getting Journey to reunite would be no small feat. Original lead singer Steve Perry (he really was Journey, after all) has refused every offer made to him over the past 17 years to get back together with the rest of the band.

Zayn Malik has incredible contacts and clout in the music world so don’t discount this notion until the 1D singer officially throws in the towel. Maybe it won’t come to that?

“I know my missus wants the lead singer from Journey. We’ll see what we can do about that,” he was quoted as saying a while back.

You really can’t blame Zayn and Perrie for wanting Journey in its original state to perform this amazing song.

Since 2007, Journey has been touring off and on with lead singer Arnel Pineda. Original Journey member Neal Schon found YouTube videos of Pineda singing covers of Journey songs and they auditioned him for the lead spot. He bears a striking voice resemblance to Steve Perry and has even collaborated with the band writing new music. It’s not likely Zayn Malik will settle for him, however. He definitely wants the original band.

It will certainly be interesting to see exactly how much pull Zayn Malik has. Can he draw Steve Perry out of hiding and get him to reunite with Journey? And if that works out, could it even remotely mean a future for him with the band?

That’s likely pushing it–a lot. But good luck to Zayn Malik. Perrie Edwards should be incredibly pleased with the effort her future husband is putting into this plan, even if it doesn’t work out.

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  • Tesla Stillman

    That is the cutest thing ever! Of course, Zayn would try to get the original Journey to play at their wedding. After all, that’s who Perrie is named after! I really hope that Steve Perry will agree to it!!

  • mindy

    I love 1D &wish Zayn &Perrie the best! With all my heart I hope Steve Perry will step frm retirement 2sing @this wedding. What a beautiful honor &wonderful way 2make a public comeback…make a new couple SO happy &hav ur incredible voice enjoyed&loved by new & old fans alike. Steve, we miss ur incredible voice! P.S. We’re not looking 4perfection, just ur gr8 voice!

  • Louis Styles

    Sorry, Zayn & Perry. I’m a Journey & 1D fan .but I don’t think Steve Perry will ever come out of retirement because that will only expose to the world how Journey’s songs damage d his vocal chords. He won’t be able to sing Journey’s soaring chords which he himself set when he was a lot younger during the band’s heydays. Zayn will understand because he’s a professional singer. He does falsetto and high notes like Steve P. but only 1/5 of each song. Steve Perry sang entire songs for years which took a toll on his most precious asset. At present, Journey did adjustments to preserve the voice of current lead singer, Arnel Pineda because he sounds like Steve and is a nice guy to work with. I’ve seen him perform live with Journey and he’s great. I hope that Zayn will settle for Arnel because he is keeping Journey alive as a band. Journey can’t exist without a lead vocalist can it?