Guitar great Carlos Santana has confirmed reports suggesting the original line-up of his namesake band has regrouped for a new album and tour. The Smooth hitmaker reveals Journey star Neal Schon, his former bandmate, has masterminded the get together and Santana has been working with his old pals for the first time since 1972.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "He (Schon) hunted me down like a guided missile."
And now the group is planning a tour after Santana completes his upcoming dates with Rod Stewart.
He adds, "It's been so much fun to be back in the room with them. If you stand back near a woods (sic), you can really see the trees emanating oxygen. It's like that being with this band. You can hear the music coming out just looking at them."
And there will be a very special guest onstage if the tour comes together - Santana's former drummer Marcus Malone.
The rock star recently reached out to the percussionist after learning Malone had fallen on hard times following a prison stint on manslaughter charges - and was living on the streets of Oakland, California.
Santana explains, "Until recently, he was living in a container on the street... I made sure he was taken care of. I'm going to invite him to play on at least two songs with the original Santana."
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry made a triumphant return to the stage on Sunday night (25May14) when he joined rockers Eels for impromptu, pitch-perfect renditions of classics Open Arms and Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' at their Minnesota gig. The show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul marked Perry's first public performance since the late 1990s.
The singer quit Journey in 1986 but briefly reunited with the group a decade later. His name has been back in the news recently after he revealed he was discussing a possible comeback with his former bandmates.
However, guitarist Neal Schon insists a reunion is no longer a talking point, explaining, "I think when Steve mentioned that, when somebody put him on the spot and asked him, we had been (communicating) with email, just saying, 'Hello, I hope you're well,' all that.
"He opened the door and shut the door. It wasn't anybody but him that created all that media for a second, and so we do want to reassure the fans that no, (current frontman) Arnel (Pineda) has not gone anywhere. He's still right here with us."
Rockers Journey are heading back to their archives to rework old tunes the bandmates never recorded with former frontman Steve Perry. Guitarist Neal Schon has confirmed the band plans to continue with singer Arnel Pineda, despite recent rumours of a reunion with Perry - and they will be working on a new album of old material once the group's U.S. tour ends in August (14).
Schon tells Billboard.com, "We are talking about... re-doing some songs - not stuff that we did with Steve Perry but other stuff that we had done before in the past that just never kinda saw the light, rearranging it, maybe adding some new sections to it, and writing some new stuff, too.
"We've got a lot of stuff sitting (around). We started playing some stuff in rehearsal and it really sounded great. When you start doing that and you get the juices flowing, there's always gonna be new songs to come out of nowhere, and usually those are the best ones."
Bandmate Jonathan Cain reveals that some of the reworked songs will be material from a 2000 album the band scrapped.
He adds, "We were gonna go back and look at some of that music and add (to) it 'cause we just felt that it never got recorded right, and we had another singer at the time and don't think they got it right."
Meanwhile, Schon insists a reunion with Perry is no longer being considered after the band's former singer revealed there were talks of a get together earlier this year (14).
The guitarist explains, "I think when Steve mentioned that, when somebody put him on the spot and asked him, we had been (communicating) with email, just saying, 'Hello, I hope you're well,' all that.
"He opened the door and shut the door. It wasn't anybody but him that created all that media for a second, and so we do want to reassure the fans that no, Arnel has not gone anywhere. He's still right here with us."
Aerosmith star Steven Tyler, SLASH and Julian Lennon have joined forces to cover songs by Sting and The Police for a new child slavery awareness album. Set Them Free will also feature tracks recorded by Journey's Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda, Heart, Glenn Hughes and En Vogue.
Proceeds from sales of the compilation will benefit Rock Against Trafficking, a new nonprofit group dedicated to raise awareness about child slavery worldwide.
Reports suggest many of the stars on the record will appear at a concert in the U.K., which is being planned for later this year (14).
Guitarist Schon, who recorded the Police's Synchronicity II with bandmate Pineda for the album, tells Billboard.com, "All kinds of artists are on this record... Hopefully (there will be) a live show that will be filmed."
Journey frontman Arnel Pineda is embarking on a solo album amid rumours former rocker Steve Perry is set for a return to the band. The Filipino singer rose to superstardom when guitarist Neal Schon spotted Pineda on YouTube.com performing with a Journey tribute band, and decided to hire him in 2007.
Now Pineda is ready to show the world his own original music with his first solo album in the U.S. due to hit shelves later this year (14).
He reveals, "Even though I am still with Journey and we are touring, I am also working on my original materials and I am also recording them", adding he aims to launch the album this year.
While Perry recently revealed he and Schon are in talks to reunite the classic line-up, Pineda denies the rocker is returning to the group but says he's willing to step down as the frontman if need be.
Pineda admits, "If that happens, I'd be more than happy to give way. As long as they need me I will be there, I'm never gonna quit on them."
Rock supergroup Journey are edging closer to a reunion with legendary frontman Steve Perry. The Don't Stop Believin' singer has revealed he and former bandmate Neal Schon are in talks to reunite the classic line-up.
He tells Classic Rock magazine, "We’re trying. It’s tough. I’m doing my best in that area, and I can only do so much."
The news comes less than a year after Perry suffered a cancer scare, and he admits the health emergency made him take stock of his life and career.
He adds, "The older I get, the more I do realise how important what we had all together and how it worked. The older I get... the more I realise we brought that out of each other. I brought things out of them, and they certainly brought a lot of my vocal stuff out of me."
Schon sparked reports that a Perry reunion was in the works last year (13) when he reached out to the singer on Facebook, writing, "We had amazing chemistry together. I love him with all the love and admiration you could even have. Steve, let’s talk soon."
Perry was Journey's frontman from 1977 to 1983. He reunited with his bandmates twice in the 1990s but was replaced after injuring his hip in 1997. He returned to join the band at its 2005 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.
His successors have included Steve Augeri, Jeff Scott Soto and current singer Arnel Pineda, who was hired after Schon spotted him on YouTube.com performing with a Journey tribute band in his native Philippines.
It isn't clear when Perry plans to rejoin the group, but Journey have North American dates with Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power booked for May and June (14).
One Direction star Zayn Malik is hoping to reunite U.S. rockers Journey for a gig at his wedding to Perrie Edwards next year (14). The British pop star became engaged to the Little Mix singer earlier this year (13) and he is determined to have the Don't Stop Believin' hitmakers perform at the upcoming nuptials.
According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, guitarist Neal Schon is willing to appear at the party but Malik is hoping the happy occasion will also persuade vocalist Steve Perry, who led the band during its most successful period and hasn't played with them for 17 years, to join the line-up.
A source says, "Zayn is hopeful Journey will be there in some guise. Neal has made it clear through his channels he is up for it. He has his touring band who can play. But he knows Steve was the voice of that hit record, and no one on Earth really sounds like him.
"If Steve and Neal were to reunite, it would be a massive affair and payday. It's a feat but Zayn's reach across the music industry is huge."
Journey rocker Neal Schon is a married man again after exchanging vows with his reality TV star fiancee Michaele Salahi on Sunday (15Dec13). The couple tied the knot at San Francisco, California's Palace of Fine Arts in front of more than 300 guests, including the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, rocker Sammy Hagar, R&B singer Brian McKnight and Schon's Journey bandmates Arnel Pineda and Jonathan Cain.
The ceremony was also made public via a live pay-per-view TV service to raise funds for charity. The three-hour special, titled Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event, was advertised for $14.95 (£9.99), with a portion of proceeds set to be donated to victims of the Philippines' Typhoon Haiyan, which caused devastation last month (Nov13) when it claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people and left thousands more homeless.
Schon proposed to Salahi onstage last year (12) after beginning an affair while they were both still married.
The 59 year old was previously wed to former Playboy Playmate Ava Fabian, who became his fifth wife in 2011. Salahi's marriage to businessman Tareq Salahi was finalised in August, 2012.
Journey fans will have the chance to celebrate Neal Schon's wedding as the rocker plans to televise the upcoming ceremony to raise money for charity. The guitarist is set to marry his fiancee Michaele Salahi on 15 December (13) at the Palace of the Fine Arts in San Francisco, California and he plans to make the ceremony public through a live pay-per-view TV service.
Fans will be able to watch the three-hour special, titled Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event, hosted by a TV crew including Debbie Matenopoulos, Cameron Mathison, and Karyn Bryant and featuring a live performance from the rock band for $14.95 (£9.96).
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines earlier this month (Nov13), claiming the lives of more than 5,200 people and leaving thousands more homeless.
Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar has become the latest star to rework his back catalogue in the studio with a bunch of famous friends. Ronnie Dunn and Kid Rock have already signed on as featured artists on Sammy Hagar & Friends, the rocker's first album of collaborations.
Dunn will duet with him on Bad on Fords and Chevrolets, while Kid Rock will sing Knockdown Dragout with Hagar.
Heart's Nancy Wilson, Journey's Neal Schon, former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony and his Chickenfoot bandmates Chad Smith and Joe Satriani will also hit the studio with the rock star.