Guitarist Neal Schon has confirmed the band plans to continue with singer Arnel Pineda, despite recent rumours of a reunion with Perry - and they will be working on a new album of old material once the group's U.S. tour ends in August (14).
Schon tells Billboard.com, "We are talking about... re-doing some songs - not stuff that we did with Steve Perry but other stuff that we had done before in the past that just never kinda saw the light, rearranging it, maybe adding some new sections to it, and writing some new stuff, too.
"We've got a lot of stuff sitting (around). We started playing some stuff in rehearsal and it really sounded great. When you start doing that and you get the juices flowing, there's always gonna be new songs to come out of nowhere, and usually those are the best ones."
Bandmate Jonathan Cain reveals that some of the reworked songs will be material from a 2000 album the band scrapped.
He adds, "We were gonna go back and look at some of that music and add (to) it 'cause we just felt that it never got recorded right, and we had another singer at the time and don't think they got it right."
Meanwhile, Schon insists a reunion with Perry is no longer being considered after the band's former singer revealed there were talks of a get together earlier this year (14).
The guitarist explains, "I think when Steve mentioned that, when somebody put him on the spot and asked him, we had been (communicating) with email, just saying, 'Hello, I hope you're well,' all that.
"He opened the door and shut the door. It wasn't anybody but him that created all that media for a second, and so we do want to reassure the fans that no, Arnel has not gone anywhere. He's still right here with us."