Journey singer Arnel Pineda -- who just months ago vehemently denied rumors he was looking to leave the group -- has once again raised eyebrows by publicly stating that former singer Steve Perry "should come back" and "take over his righteous place" fronting the band.

After Perry performed with the Eels on Sunday (the inside story of which can be found here), a fan tweeted the YouTube video to Pineda, who engaged the woman in conversation.

"He should come back. His voice us still there..missed that voice." He later added, "He can take over too. It's his righteous place anyway..wanna see them happy together."

This echoes words Pineda made back in April when he announced that he was recording a solo album. “I’d be more than happy to give way," he said, adding, "As long as they need me, I will be there. I’m never gonna quit on them.”

On Tuesday, he tweeted, "Let me be clear. I took Journey's leap of faith coz they generously gave it to me. Yet, I'll never be addicted to fame."

Pineda hopes to have his solo album out later this year. He was rumored to have been wanting out of Journey back in February, citing the demands that their touring schedule places on his family. However he quickly sent Ultimate Classic Rock a statement denying those reports on February 7. It read:

“I am as happy to be in Journey today as I was when I first joined the group. Next to my family in Manila, Journey is my family. When I’m not working, I spend time at home with my wife and kids, and my Foundation. Now, I am busy preparing for our tour with Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power. I wish whoever is making up these lies would put their time to good use and stop spreading these false stories.” – Arnel Pineda

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