Steve Perry left Journey in 1998 because of creative burnout and health issues. Perry was unable to tour because of hip problems, leading his bandmates to issue an ultimatum that he either undergo surgery or leave the band. Perry did both.
After leaving Journey, Perry did not perform in concert until 2014, when he played several shows with The Eels. As of 2015, he has not released any new music since leaving the band. However, Perry said he earns a good living from sales of Journey's back catalog. The band's Greatest Hits album was certified 15 times platinum in the United States.