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Journey brings its lucrative tour to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on Saturday.

Travis Shinn

Journey is back on the road this summer, with Steve Smith returning on drums and with Arnel Pineda singing songs that former vocalist Steve Perry made famous in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. The band comes to Borgata 8 p.m. Saturday, June 17.

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Plenty of people wish Perry would return to Journey. And for his part, guitarist Neal Schon maintains he’d welcome Perry if he wants to perform with the band, which was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But according to Schon, one thing Perry fans shouldn’t count on as a motivation to bring about a more substantial Perry/Journey reunion is the lure of a lucrative tour.

“You know what people don’t understand is that we couldn’t even possibly be doing better right now even if he (Perry) was with us,” Schon says. “It’s taken a lot of hard work to build it back up, but you know what, we’re here again. We’re sitting there. And management is the first one to tell me it couldn’t possibly be bigger.”(tncms-asset)d77eaabc-4f3c-11e7-b0ac-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)

The fact is, Schon is perfectly happy with Journey as things stand. And there’s little reason for him to think otherwise.

As he mentioned, Journey has done what many considered highly unlikely — if not downright impossible — by regaining its stature as one of rock’s most bankable arena and outdoor amphitheater headlining bands — despite the absence of Perry, who sang all of the band’s hits.

The rest of the Journey lineup is now the same as the one that recorded the band’s two biggest albums, 1981’s “Escape” and 1983’s “Frontiers” — with Schon on guitar, Jonathan Cain on keyboards, Ross Valory on bass and Smith, who handled drums from 1978 to 1985 and 1995 to 1998, back on board, replacing Deen Castronovo.

The group has released four albums since Perry’s departure — “Arrival” (2001),” “Generations” (2005), “Revelation” (2008) and “Eclipse” (2011). Some band members have balked at doing any further writing and recording because the plummeting sales of albums in the internet age makes it hard to justify the expense and effort that goes into making a new album.

But Schon hopes to reverse that thinking, and says he has a number of song ideas in hand and plans to start writing soon with Pineda. He thinks the success of “Santana IV,” his 2016 reunion album with the classic early lineup of that band, will convince his bandmates that a new Journey album can be viable.

That edition of Santana is already talking about making another album, but for now, Schon will be busy touring with Journey into summer.(tncms-asset)aa0d18a0-4fa2-11e7-9e55-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)

Along with the hits, Schon says Journey might dust off a song or two that hasn’t been performed in years (such as “Line of Fire” from the 1980 album “Departure,” which was in the band’s live set last summer) and do a little stretching out instrumentally.

“I think right now we’ve got it going on,” Schon says. “What I did notice is that in the earlier shows we did, we tried to cram more songs in with less segues, less solos for myself and Jonathan and Steve Smith and everybody else. But really, I felt like the audience liked it better when we had them in.”(tncms-asset)e3d4a7f8-49f6-11e7-9b40-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)