"When you're on the road as much as we are", he told us, "it's hard to think of any place as home except the road, the hotel rooms, the bus. I don't know if that's good or bad or healthy, but I feel more at home on the road than any place else. At first it was almost like a way of avoiding responsibilities, never having to grow up and behave yourself, that sort of thing, because if you haven't got a home you can't have a settled domestic life and all that entails. But it's different now; it's changing. Journey is a big responsibility--we have our own company, Nightmare, and we emply our own people, so it's like having a big family who you have to take care of, but who take care of you as well. But it's not all work. This band is so much fun!"
The members are very close indeed, all voting democratically at office meetings on their various projects, all seeing each other socially, and all keeping each other in line.
"There's no way any of us can get big-headed", said Steve. " For one thing, we've all worked too hard to have it go to our heads". And for another thing, the members invented a "Prima" award. Now and then they award it to the Journey member who is acting like "the biggest prima donna." Steve is the latest recipient, by though it's hard to believe this nice guy--who told us he's shy, and you believe him--could ever show off.
"The only time I really show off is onstage; that's what the audience wants and I enjoy it too. I just go out there and whamm I'm this vocalist running around all over the place. Maybe if I stood still in one spot I'd die of nerves." The only time he did get nervous onstage was when he first joined Journey, "in the middle of a big tour." His cute stage presence and more commercial rock voice did not go down too well with fans of the then cult band with the psychedelic almost progressive jazz sound. "I saw a lot of middle fingers back then," Steve recalled with a chuckle, glad he was fit enough to dodge the beer bottles thrown at him onstage.
Steve writes a lot of Journey's songs; most of them are love songs. "I'm just romantic, I guess", said Steve, who says he's never tired of singing about romancr. To it, you love it, you nurture it, and after a while it starts getting on your nerves! But the nice thing about Journey is we're always changing. When we do a song onstage, it's always a bit different from the last time and our music is always moving on." A journey towards greater and greater success? "I think so. People just can't ignore us any longer!"