Why did Steve Perry and Journey part ways? What happened?

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Why did Steve Perry and Journey part ways? What happened?

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In 1994, Perry released For the Love of Strange Medicine, his second solo effort. The album enjoyed some success, partly due to the Strange Medicine world tour (supported for a short time by Sass Jordan), before being cut short by Journey’s reformation. Journey reunited with Journey’s classic 1981-85 lineup in 1996 to record Trial by Fire. The album was a success, entering the Billboard charts at #3 and going platinum before year’s end, but its triumph was short-lived. Before the Trial By Fire tour could begin, Perry suffered a hip injury while hiking in Hawaii and was unable to perform. Perry was diagnosed with a degenerative bone condition and a hip replacement would be required. Reluctant to rush into surgery, Perry wished to postpone the tour. The rest of the band waited until 1998, just over two years after Perry was injured. Growing impatient and realizing the window of opportunity was closing to follow up Trial By Fire with a world tour, they issued an ultimatum to Perry that ei