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Neal Schon

The longtime guitarist for arena rockers Journey, Neal Schon was born February 27, 1954 in San Mateo, CA; a child prodigy, he joined Santana at age 17, making his debut on 1971's III LP. In 1973 Schon co-founded Journey with fellow Santana alum Gregg Rolie; although the group's early records favored a largely instrumental, progressive rock-influenced approach, with the 1978 addition of frontman Steve Perry their commercial fortunes ascended as slick hard rock hits like "Wheel in the Sky," "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'," and "Anyway You Want It" became FM radio staples. In 1981, Schon teamed with keyboardist Jan Hammer for the fusion-inspired Untold Passion; that same year, Journey achieved mega-stardom with the release of the chart-topping Escape, which yielded the Top Ten hits "Who's Crying Now," "Open Arms," and "Don't Stop Believin'." A second collaboration with Hammer, Here to Stay, followed in 1983, with Schon soon rejoining Journey for the smash Frontiers; however, despite the success of 1986's Raised on Radio, he left the band in 1989, recording the solo effort Late Nite before forming the supergroup Bad English with singer John Waite. After two LPs, Bad English imploded, and in late 1993, he joined the reformed Journey, issuing the acoustic solo outing Beyond the Thunder two years later. The two-disc Electric World followed in 1997, and in 1999 Schon returned with Piranha Blues. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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My dad played with him
One of the greatest guitarists of our time!
Those days maybe gone forever, but the music, those feelings and emotions are still alive... everytime i hear one of journeys songs it takes me back to a very special and youthful time in my life. Nice going guys... and god be with you!
Love music★★
What a talent!
sundevilmike 1 1
Whomever stated that he was born in California better check that. He was born in Oklahoma.
Neal's music will live forever. Just a shame he hasn't been inducted in the RRHOF!!!
Luv dis song.
This was the most calming album ever...and at the time it came out, I really needed this type of music in my life. I had become exposed to something fresh and alive!This album brings back so many wonderful memories for me. This is my favorite and Listen to this all of the time. Thanks Neal...
oishkamoi
Amazing player. Nice guy. Late 80's he came in regularly, with my friend Joe, to a place where I worked for drinks/ food. I had no idea who he was, just Neal, Joe's friend, who played guitar. We would chat sometimes. I remember trying to help him think of names for his new band. One day, I asked him, So Neal, are you good at the guitar? He laughed and said, yeah, I guess I'm pretty good. Yeah? have you been playing a long time? Well, I played with... Then he told me... LOL.
Neal has a gift that can not be duplicated in our lifetime. Meet him once and can tell that he loves his fans but the music is number one.
He really does inspire a person to keep practicing..
Beyond The Thunder is tremendous. This guy can rock and be mellow too.
shazierd7
He's incredibly talented ...
Neal also played with Hagar in 80's. He never left Journey. Journey took a break or went on hiatus after Raised on Radio. The band then came back with the Escape lineup for their Trial By Fire album. He IS Journey, founding member. Have seen him (Journey) three times and was blown away every time. He is an unbelievably talented guitarist.
I saw this guy in the Super Bowl of Rock Game #3 in the summer of 1977 at Soldiers Field in Chicago Illlinois.wh e n i was 13. he rocked all 80,000 of us .I will never forget this. they were the second of five bands to play . the line up was 38 special ,Journey, REO Speedwagon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Ted Nugent. only $12.00 . Nine hours of rock. anyone who attended this show remembers the plastic milk jugs. it looked like a giant Popcorn machine.
Seen Hardline and talked with neal after the show, great show and great nice guy . Great Guitarist!!!
what an amazing guitarist!!
I agree with infosysassoc . Hardline was an awesome band that had all around excellent musicians.
an artist and guitar master.
This guy plays Santana just like Carlos. What a treat watching him mimick him at the Fillmore when he was really a kid. A true master of the instrument.
They forgot to mention his totally rocking collaboratio n with the band Hardline and the album Double Eclipse. Some of my favorite works by Neal.
his music speaks for himself..:)
stan8122
Beyond Thunder in the tranquility of a black hole, perfection
Shihan It Simply couild not have been put any BETTER.. your are SOO right on about Mr Schon. I loved him in Journey Santan and Bad English, now he still gives me chille's to hear his AWESOME riffs licks and hits on the Guitar.. I wish I was his personal guitar so he could play me like that.. ☺
Schon is one of the most under-rated rock guitarists in history. His chops are as good as some of the biggest names in the genre, which he doesn't get credit for. He can shred like Van Halen and play emotionally like Shawn Lane. As far as chops alone, he is 50 times better than Carlos Santana.
I emailed Pandora about Hardline. The response I got was that Pandora is always adding music to their library and they would look into it. BTW, Schon's "Late Night" is one of my favorite solo releases from ANY guitar player including Satriani, Vai, Gilbert, or Petrucci.
jethomas88
Thanks for saying it Todd J, no Hardline. Unbelievable .
I generally love Schon's - saw him solo in Petaluma a numnber of years ago. Maybe it's just me, but this DVD sounds like elevator music. What's up? Love what his son Miles is doing musically - he definitely inherited the genes!! Great to hear from a new generation.. .
@Ranlau... Neal Schon is a wonderful guitarist. But I have to agree that Chiquico really is tight..I did see him live and WOW!! also if you have time Chieli Minucci is in this mix. Chieli co-founder of Special FX. All and all not bad for Pandora to play such artists and its free.
his solo stuff is definitely cool......
No mention of Hardline anywhere. Pandora doesn't even have it in their artist list...And I respect all the other guitarists listed below, but I'll take John Petrucci over ANY of them...
rdrmtt
Haven't you ever heard of Schon & Hammer?????? It doesn' say Hammer was in Journey.
It was Jonathan Cain who joined in 1981, not Jan Hammer!
ranlau
I'll take Craig Chiquico's guitar and skill over this... but is not a bad second place. CCis awesome mellow and jams better than most!
elijah.wolfo r d
Eric Johnson is more technically gifted than both of the them...im prov goes to Carlos though
Response to Jeff Alvarez below: YES, Mr. Schon is definitely one of the greats and can go toe to toe with Mr. Santana. BUT there is only one Carlos Santana! Carlos is THE most ditinctive and emotional electric guitar player on the planet! My two cents...
Ive seen Neal twicw in concert he totally rocked both times!!
Listened to his concert at the Belly Up Tavern in Solona Beach,Califo r n i a last Tuesday nite.
I was lucky to see Neil in the Winterland days of the 60's & &70's. I can honestly say this guy can go toe to toe with Carlos, and at times do Carlos better than Carlos!
No mention of the album he made called HSAS Hager Schon Aaronson Shrieve I saw them perform at the Old San Jose Civic. Great Show too badd they did not stay together. As history shows, Sammy went on to Van Hagar fame. I loved the albums he made with Jan Hammer as well.
Passion and technical prowess -- always a fan.
Z1
Lyrical guitar technician - never loses the drift of song and rhythm - they don't make guitarists like this any more...
Always loved Neal and Greg, but not Steve! I saw him about 1994 in Santa Cruz at Palookaville s with Greg and other former Santana percussionis t s playing as a band called Abraxas. Awesome talent!

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