Billboard.com — Journey is hitting the road this May for a 58-city co-headlining North American tour with Def Leppard, mixing arena dates with big stadium shows at iconic ballparks like Rogers Centre in Toronto, Wrigley Field in Chicago and Fenway Park in Boston. The two bands are coming back together after their 2006 co-headlining tours of amphitheaters, evenly dividing which band gets the shows’ closing slots.
Journey is getting back to work after a tumultuous break following the huge Classic West and East dates at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles and Citi Field in New York that saw band feuding over a White House selfie.
“How do we get past it? We just don’t talk about it,” says Journey guitarist Neal Schon, laughing about his social media feud with keyboardist Jonathan Cain over the influence of politics and religion on the band.
“What can you say other than let the music do the talking,” he said about his feud with Cain after a picture surfaced this summer with President Donald Trump alongside singer Arnel Pineda and bassist Ross Valory. Cain’s wife Paula White is a Pentecostal televangelist and spiritual advisor to Trump and Schon said the band had agreed not to do the visit, writing on social media after the photo surfaced “Journey should never be used and exploited by anyone, especially band members for politics or any one religion.”
For most Journey fans, the hubbub was just one more disagreement in the band’s rocky 45-year history, punctuated by the exit of singer Steve Perry from the band, once in the 1980s and again in 1998. Schon and Perry were reunited in 2017 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Billboard caught up with Schon recently to discuss the Hall of Fame reunion and how the stadium rocker likes to sound at music’s biggest venues. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.Read More