(HawaiiNewsNow)- Journey will close out their five month 2012 tour with two very special concerts in Hawaii at Honolulu's Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena on December 12 and December 14.
Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, JOURNEY has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums. The band's Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album holders. Journey was awarded the prestigious "Legend Of Live Award" at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards in honor of the band's significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and in acknowledgement of their commitment to the fans and the art of performing live. 2011 also marked the 30th anniversary of the band's seminal anthem, Don't Stop Believin', which was honored as the top-selling digital classic rock song in history by Nielsen SoundScan. The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. For more information, visit the website by clicking HERE.
Neil S. Blaisdell Center Arena
Dec. 12, 14 & 15
Show Time: 8pm
VIP Packages for the 2012 tour will be available through VIP Nation, including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information please visit the website by clicking HERE
JOURNEY is also teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity.com® to offer fans some of the best seats in the house to benefit Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area and its mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. These special charity seats will be available exclusively at the website HERE.
GA: $125/ $75/ $65
Best known as founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, NEAL SCHON has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n' roll's top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time. His story began more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area, when a 15-year-old Schon left home to join Santana as a teenage prodigy. As a member of that classic rock band during their early ‘70s peak, Schon recorded on 1971's No. 1 album, Santana III, which features Schon playing lead guitar for the hit song, "Everybody's Everything," and 1972's Caravanserai, which reached the Top 10 of Billboard's Top 200 chart.
But bigger things were in store, and Schon moved on in 1973 to form Journey. Schon has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums, was awarded the prestigious "Legend Of Live Award" at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. As the only member to record on all of Journey's albums, Schon continues to lead the band today in its latest incarnation. With new lead singer Arnel Pineda in the fold, the group released 2008's Revelation, which marked the band's biggest first-week sales in more than a decade, debuting at #5 on Billboard's Top 200 and earning the band their 11th Platinum album certification to date. 2011's Eclipse soon followed, which became the band's second straight Top 20 Billboard album with Pineda, hit the Top 40 internationally, and launched one of the band's most successful tours ever, drawing nearly one million fans worldwide.
In addition to his five solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Schon has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer and supergroup Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects. In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schon also worked with Gibson to manufacture his own limited edition "Neal Schon Signature Model Custom Les Paul" guitar, but now uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars, made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.
Taking a detour from his main job, the multi-talented Schon just released his latest solo album, The Calling. Produced by and featuring Schon on all guitars and bass, the 2012 album also marks a reunion with former Journey member and current in-demand drummer Steve Smith, who lends his virtuoso talents to all 12 tracks on The Calling. Schon set up shop at Berkeley's famed Fantasy Studios during a break from Journey's busy touring schedule, and started recording completely from scratch to finish the entire album's worth of tracks in just four days. After overdubbing multiple guitar and bass parts, Schon recruited two keyboard masters to flesh out the music. Igor Len, an accomplished classical, jazz and film composer who had previously collaborated with Schon, is featured on acoustic piano throughout The Calling; while GRAMMY Award-winning special guest Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miami Vice soundtrack) recorded Moog synthesizer solos on two tracks. Recently, Schon teamed up with Dan Barnett (Journey: Live In Manila) to produce the video for the first single and title track from The Calling.
While celebrating the release of The Calling, Schon will be back on the road with JOURNEY this year, as the band's 2012 tour begins on July 21 in San Bernardino, California at the San Manuel Amphitheatre. Concerts are scheduled through December, with most dates featuring special guests Pat Benatar featuring Neil Giraldo and Loverboy. Check the website by clicking HERE.
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