Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Journey guitarist Neal Schon to donate archives to new Oklahoma museum

Journey guitarist Neal Schon has announced plans to donate items from his personal archives to the new Oklahoma Museum Of Popular Culture (OKPOP).

Tulsa World reports Schon revealed the news prior to the band’s July 9 show at the city’s BOK Center with Def Leppard, part of an extensive North American tour by the classic rock acts.

“We’re going to get a nice collection for you all,” said Schon. “I am going to have go through my zillion guitars and figure out which ones I am going to ship, and I’m also going to get you a giant platinum plaque with all our records in it and dedicate it to the museum.”

Groundbreaking is expected later this year for OKPOP, which will pay tribute to Oklahoma creatives who impacted pop culture.

Schon’s Oklahoma connections run deep: he was mentored early in his career in Tulsa by singer Elvin Bishop, and he was born at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City to parents who were also musicians

“My mom was a jazz singer,” explained the rocker, “My dad was the leader of the band, swing band.”

The Journey-Def Leppard tour mixes arena and stadium shows and sees the bands switch headlining slots throughout the run until it wraps up in Los Angeles in early October.

With worldwide sales of more than 100 million records, Journey were inducted into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during a ceremony in New York.

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