Journey guitarist Neal Schon is premiering “Lady M”, a track from his forthcoming instrumental solo album, “Vortex.”
Due June 23, the 2CD set sees Schon regroup with keyboardists Jan Hammer and Igor Len and former Journey drummer Steve Smith to mix elements of rock, jazz, classical and world music over an 18-song package.
"Jan is all over this album,” says Schon of the follow-up to 2014’s “So U.” “I wrote the material to give Jan room to stretch. There are not many three-minute ditties. It's all huge, epic, bombastic…futuristic.
“This is an evolutionary album for me,” continues the guitarist. “I've always aspired to be a better player and push musical boundaries. And sure, I've sold 80-million records with Journey, and I'm proud of that, but this album is really me — all based on my guitar, which is my 'voice.' It's bold. There's love, and there's definitely fire and an element of danger. And the energy level is off the hook."
Schon and Journey recently wrapped up their first Las Vegas residency, a run that saw the band perform 9 shows at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Up next, Journey will perform with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra on the opening night of the prestigious venue’s 2015 season on June 20.
The band will play a full set with the Orchestra, led by Principal Conductor Thomas Wilkins, marking the group's first-ever performance with an orchestra.
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