Neal Schon's live celebration of Journey: supremely musicianly and surprisingly rough-and-ready

A live recording from the Journey alumni show to raise money for victims of the fires that ravaged the North Bay area of San Francisco in 2017

Neal Schon: Journey Through Time cover art
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All hail the return of The Fabulous Baker Boys (AOR division): Neal Scone and Bread Rolie, otherwise known as Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie, founding members of Journey way back in 1973. 

This epic three-CD set immortalises a February 2018 benefit show that raised funds for the city’s North Bay area that had been ravaged by wildfires. Guitarist Schon assembled a one-off troupe of Journey alumni for the show (including keyboard player/vocalist Rolie, natch), and the results are both supremely musicianly and surprisingly rough-and-ready. 

With Schon in full-on guitar-hero mode and an eclectic setlist (including Kohoutek, an instrumental throwback to Journey’s jazz-rock roots), this is about as glossy as a piece of scuffed carpet – and all the better for it.

No Jonathan Cain, who was down the cake shop at the time.

Geoff Barton

Geoff Barton is a British journalist who founded the heavy metal magazine Kerrang! and was an editor of Sounds music magazine. He specialised in covering rock music and helped popularise the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) after using the term for the first time (after editor Alan Lewis coined it) in the May 1979 issue of Sounds.