One of the memorable images from this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was that of Journey’s Neal Schon embracing his former Journey bandmate Steve Perry onstage. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Schon said he’s hopeful the rekindled friendship can be sustained.

“I went in his room backstage,” said Schon, who was nearly overcome with emotion when he stepped up to the podium. “I think it was one of the reasons I was so highly emotional. I hadn't seen him in a long time and I realized how tight we always were. Looking at the old pictures and listening to the music we made together, I got emotional … Steve and I were very, very tight for so many years.”

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Schon later said that while he doesn’t foresee a full-scale reunion, he would love to join forces with Perry for a side project. “I have nothing but respect for him,” said Schon. “I can also tell you after we get together some more and get our friendship even more solidified, I almost feel like we're back where we started. We have some talking to do, but I'd love to work with him on something on the side, not necessarily Journey, something more bluesy more R&B-ish, soul.”