Neal Schon

Thu
30
Apr

NEAL SCHON Debuts New Solo Track & Talks To Billboard

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From Billboard.com today - you can hear a new NEAL SCHON solo track from his upcoming solo album Vortex.
 
He's touring with Journey, finishing up a Santana reunion project and has a new solo album coming out. Look up "busy" in the dictionary and you'll likely find a photo of Neal Schon.
"I'm really busting ass this next year and this year," Schon tells Billboard. "I'm so busy I don't have a free day. I barely have a day off 'cause I bit off so much. But now that I'm in it, I'm not willing to go, 'Y'know what, man? I'm tired.' I'm a little fried, but everybody goes, 'You look great.' I'm feeling good and health-wise I'm really good, so I'm just gonna do it." The two-disc Vortex, whose title comes from a recent nickname for Schon bestowed by Carlos Santana, reunites Schon with early '80s collaborator Jan Hammer, after the keyboardist dropped in on 2011's The Calling. "I had sent Jan a couple tracks to play on for (The Calling) and I hadn't worked with him since the '80s, so we rekindled our friendship and renewed everything," Schon says. "For this album I went to him ahead of time and said, 'I'd love for you top-lay on this record but I'd love you to stretch out more and I'm gonna leave some open space,' and he said, 'Great.' He worked on it in his own studio and just killed it, man."
and on JOURNEY....
Schon plans to give Vortex a live airing during the Les Paul 100th birthday tribute concert on June 9 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. He has designs to do a solo tour as well but will have to fit those between his other endeavors. Journey begins its nine-show residency on Wednesday night (April 29) at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, which Schon predicts will be "really great. We're gonna be mixing up the set, so we won't be playing the same thing every show. We've rehearsed a lot of stuff that we didn't play in our tour last year, but we'll have time to rehearse even more." All nine shows will be recorded and filmed, according to Schon, and he also hopes that during downtime Journey will start working on new material. "I've been trying to get things going," Schon reports. "I have a few ideas, just everybody's been in different places and we haven't gotten together yet. But we could probably put together a couple songs while we're rehearsing in Vegas, maybe get 'em in movies or play some new stuff live. That'd be fun."

Vortex is out June 23 via Mascot Records.

CD1
01. Miles Beyond
02. Awakening
03. Cuban Fly Zone
04. El Matador
05. Eternal Love
06. In a Cloud
07. Irish Cream
08. Lady M (Our love Remains)
09. NS Vortex
 
CD2
01. Tortured Souls
02. Schon & Hammer Now
03. Airliner NS910
04. Unspoken Faith
05. Twilight - Spellbound
06. Triumph of Love
07. Mom
08. Talk to Me
09. White Light

 

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Mon
30
Jun

NEAL SCHON - SO U EPK

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Neal Schon
So U EPK
(Official / New Album / 2014 / Feat. M. Mendoza, D. Castronovo)

 

 
Order 'SO U' NOW
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Taken from the Frontiers Records release SO U.

 
Guitar legend Neal Schon has joined forces with bassist Marco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) to create a unique body of work with jazz and blues-inspired virtuosic hard rock playing, entitled SO U.  The new album features Schon, Mendoza and Castronovo splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee's songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades.
 
Neal Schon commented, "This is a great new record that features all three of us -- Deen, Marco and myself -- sharing lead vocals.  Enjoy!"
 
Best known as founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schon has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n' roll's top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time.  Beginning his career more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana.  Schon moved on in 1973 to form Journey.  With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious "Legend Of Live Award" at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was individually inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013.   As the only member to record on all of Journey's albums, Schon continues with the band today in its latest incarnation. 
 
In addition to 6 solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Neal Schon has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer, Hardline and supergroup Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects. 
 
His latest instrumental solo album, THE CALLING, released in 2012 via Frontiers Records, won rave reviews from fans and the media alike, with Vintage Guitar declaring "THE CALLING is a fine piece of work demonstrating that Schon still has it going on -- and then some...The songs are strong and his guitar tones are absolutely luxurious." 
 
In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schon also worked with Gibson to manufacture his own limited edition "Neal Schon Signature Model Custom Les Paul" guitar, but now uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars, made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.
 
Musicians
Neal Schon: guitars, lead vocals
Marco Mendoza: bass guitar lead vocals
Deen Castronovo: drums, lead vocals

 

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Mon
16
Jun

GUITAR LEGEND NEAL SCHON'S TRACK 'SERENITY' IS TOP 5 AT US CLASSIC ROCK RADIO

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GUITAR LEGEND NEAL SCHON'S TRACK 'SERENITY' IS TOP 5 AT US CLASSIC ROCK RADIO
 
SCH'N GIVES AWAY FREE TRACK TO FANS; CONTEST TO WIN SIGNED SIGNATURE PRS GUITAR ANNOUNCED

 
Guitar legend Neal Schon is enjoying great success at US Classic Rock radio with his track 'Serenity.'  'Serenity' is comfortably seated in the Top 5 and has risen as high as #2, alongside such mainstays as Led Zeppelin and Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers; the song has been on the charts for 8 weeks.  Check out the lyric video here.  'Serenity' is taken from Neal Schon's latest album SO U, a jazz and blues-inspired hard rock studio album featuring Sch'n, bassist Marco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline).  The three musicians split vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee's songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades.  The album is available now via iTunes, Amazon and via the Journey online store
 
Of SO U, Ultimate Classic Rock raved, '"SO U stands tall as one of the finest albums that Neal Schon has released to date. The combination of Schon with Deen Castronovo and Marco Mendoza is a potent triple threat which delivers on every level. With nine tracks spread over 51 minutes, SO U never overstays its welcome and the typically diverse blend of material will strongly resonate with fans of Schon's previous work, most notably Santana and Journey. I'll be standing by and waiting for a sequel." 
 
In other news, Neal Schon is giving away the title track 'So U' as a free download to fans who subscribe to his email list.  He has also announced a contest to win a signed signature PRS guitar to the best video submission for the track 'So U.'  Visit www.schonmusic.com for more information.
 
Never one to sit still for long, Neal Schon is currently on the road for an extensive summer tour with Journey.  He will next record and tour with his legendary mentor Carlos Santana and original Santana band members Gregg Rollie, Michael Carabello and Michael Shrieve.  Schon's forthcoming solo effort, tentatively entitled VORTEX, is nearing completion and he is helping to organize an all-star cast of musicians for the recording of a benefit album of songs by Sting and The Police to help raise awareness for global child slavery.  He will also appear on the album.
 
Best known as the founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schon has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n' roll's top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time.  Beginning his career 45 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana.  Schon moved on in 1973 to form Journey.  With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious 'Legend Of Live Award' at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was individually inducted into his native state's Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013.   Along with Journey band members Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain, Schon is responsible for co-writing 'Don't Stop Believin',' the 20th century's most downloaded song.  As the only member to record on all of Journey's albums, Schon continues with the band today in its latest incarnation. 

In addition to 6 solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Neal Schon has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer, Hardline and supergroup Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects.  His latest instrumental solo album, THE CALLING, released in 2012 via Frontiers Records, won rave reviews from fans and the media alike, with Vintage Guitar declaring 'THE CALLING is a fine piece of work demonstrating that Sch'n still has it going on ' and then some'The songs are strong and his guitar tones are absolutely luxurious.'  In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schon also worked with Gibson to manufacture his own limited edition "Neal Sch'n Signature Model Custom Les Paul' guitar, but now uses custom PRS Neal Sch'n LTD Private Stock guitars, made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.
 
 
For more information please visit: www.schonmusic.com

 

 

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