Former Journey lead singer Steve Perry scored a victory in his battle with a musician attempting to release music the public has never heard from the 1990s after a judge granted him an order barring its release.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order in Perry’s favor, which prohibits a musician named Phil Brown from releasing the unheard tracks.
The judge ordered that Brown cannot use Perry’s name or likeness to promote his music or band. Brown also cannot release a CD containing any of Perry’s vocal performances recorded at Brown’s home or anywhere else.
Perry argued if the music was released it could threaten to harm his 40-year music career. He says Brown has not released those recordings for at least 27 years and will clearly not suffer waiting until the outcome of the lawsuit filed by Perry.
The restraining order will block the music from coming out until a final decision is made in the lawsuit filed by the former Journey singer.
As The Blast first reported, Perry sued Brown to block him from releasing songs they recorded back in the 1990s.
Perry said he met Brown through his manager and they recorded tracks for “demo” purposes 8-track tape recorder that Brown had in his garage. Perry says he paid the guy $1,500 to record the songs.
The former Journey frontman claimed the songs were recorded at a low quality and “he did not perform them as he would if the recordings were intended for public release.”
Perry says he released his third solo album, “Traces,” in October and it hit the Billboard charts. Following the release, he claims Brown threatened to release the 90s tracks to the public.
Perry says, “By intentionally using Perry’s image and misleadingly implying that Perry has authorized or approved Brown’s conduct, and that Perry is a member of Brown’s band just as Perry’s solo ‘Traces’ album is in wide release and garnering significant publicity, Brown is seeking to confuse and mislead Perry’s fans and the consuming public into believing that Brown is associated with Perry when he is not, to induce them to purchase Brown’s music rather than Perry’s.”
Steve Perry is suing for an injunction prohibiting Brown from releasing the music and for unspecified damages.
The case is ongoing.