Thursday, June 25, 2015

Neal Schon to open Canadian tour for Journey

Journey guitarist Neal Schon will perform double-duty by opening shows on the band’s upcoming Canadian tour.

Schon – who just released his latest solo album, “Vortex” – will be joined by current Journey touring drummer Oamar Hakim, keyboardist Rachel Z Hakim and bassist Jerry Brooks for the dates, which begin in Winnipeg, MB on July 6.

The month-long, 16-show run starts July 6 in Winnipeg, Manitoba before crossing the country from west to east, wrapping things up in St, John’s Newfoundland on August 2.

“It's on and start rehearsing soon!,” says the guitarist.

Released this week, “Vortex” 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.

Journey have been in the headlines lately following the June 14 arrest of longtime member Deen Castronovo on domestic violence charges in his hometown of Salem, Oregon.

It’s the second domestic violence incident involving Castronovo in recent years: he was also arrested in Oregon in 2012 for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

Journey brought in Hakim to handle drum duties for the group’s summer tour of North America, including the Canadian dates.

See also:

VIDEO: Journey debut new touring drummer at the Hollywood Bowl
Journey hire drummer following Deen Castronovo’s arrest
Journey drummer charged with domestic violence
Journey guitarist Neal Schon streams Vortex ahead of release
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