Professionally filmed video footage of JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon performing the band's song "Lovin' You Is Easy" during the debut "Journey Through Time" concert, which took place in February 2018 at The Independent in San Francisco, can be seen below.
The first "Journey Through Time" tour will kick off this weekend. Schon will take the stage alongside founding JOURNEY and SANTANA singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, ex-JOURNEY drummer Deen Castronovo, bassist Marco Mendoza of THE DEAD DAISIES and THIN LIZZY, a musician named Chris Collins (on guitar and keyboards) and super-producer Marti Frederiksen (multi-instrumentalist, vocals).
Following a warm-up gig at the Jackson Rancheria Casino in Jackson, California on February 22 and the tour's official opening night at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California on February 23, the musicians will perform at The Van Buren in Phoenix, Arizona on March 1 and at The Orpheum in Los Angeles, California on March 2.
"Journey Through Time" tour dates:
Feb. 22 - Jackson, CA @ Jackson Rancheria Casino
Feb. 23 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Mar. 01 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Mar. 02 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Orpheum
"Neal Schon's Journey Through Time" will perform all the greatest JOURNEY hits we've all come to love. They will also perform choice selections from their earliest recordings.
"We're really going to play anything that's in our repertoire — anything that JOURNEY has recorded," says Schon. "I plan on mixing it up a lot and not playing the same set. Stuff from our first three records — we're going to update that a little bit — and have some fun jamming!"
Explaining his decision to play shows away from JOURNEY, Schon wrote on his blog: "I was told by management [John Baruck] that we all would take all of 2019 off, except for possibly a few dates near the end of the year leading into 2020 and that Jonathan Cain [and] Steve Smith [had] other things they wanted to do. At that point, I decided to go out and have some fun with Gregg Rolie, Deen Castronovo, Marco Mendoza, Marti Frederiksen and Chris Collins and dip into our catalog — deep tracks (from the beginning and beyond)."
Neal referred to Deen as "the baddest ass singing drummer on this planet," while Castronovo commented on his participation in "Journey Through Time", saying: "I will do the best I can with the songs you and I love, grew up with, and cherish. I'm no [Steve Perry] nor an [Arnel Pineda] but will try to honor the 'voices' and the legacy. I owe you all this."
JOURNEY and DEF LEPPARD's 2018 North American co-headline tour grossed $97.1 million from 1,003,198 tickets sold, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. The trek included 56 dates across the United States, plus two shows in Canada.