22 Facts About Neal Schon


Neal Joseph Schon was born on February 27,1954 and is an American rock musician, best known as the founder and lead guitarist for the band Journey.


Neal Schon is the sole original member to remain throughout the group's history.


Neal Schon was a member of the rock band Santana before forming Journey, was a member for the group Bad English during Journey's hiatus from 1987 to 1995, and was an original member of Hardline.


Neal George Joseph Schon was born at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, the son of Matthew and Barbara Schon.


Neal Schon's father was a big band musician, arranger, and composer, and played and taught all reed instruments with emphasis on jazz tenor saxophone; his mother was a big band singer.


Neal Schon attended Aragon High School in San Mateo, California, later dropping out to pursue his music career.


Neal Schon has said he was asked by Eric Clapton to join Derek and the Dominos, but that he joined Santana instead, performing on the albums Santana III and Caravanserai.

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Neal Schon didn't have a lot to say but he sat in with us.


Neal Schon was real talented, young guitar player, early teens.


We didn't know who [Neal Schon] was, he showed up with his daddy.


Neal Schon was just one of the many people who wanted to play with us.


Neal Schon can be heard on other albums including three tracks on Michael Bolton's The Hunger, with the Neal Schon sound most recognizable on " The Dock of the Bay".


Neal Schon joined Larry Graham to play in an all-star band for cult funk artist and ex-wife of Miles Davis, Betty Davis.


On February 9,2018, Neal Schon played a charity show at San Francisco's The Independent, benefiting North Bay Fire Relief.


Neal Schon played "The Star-Spangled Banner" on electric guitar for the opening game of the 2022 NBA Finals.


Neal Schon's first guitar was an acoustic Stella, followed two years later by a Gibson ES-335.


Neal Schon has used Gibson guitars over the years, having used Fender and Ovation guitars during Journey's Departure tour.


Neal Schon had a limited edition signature Les Paul model called the Neal Schon Signature Model Custom Les Paul, of which Gibson made only 35, according to the Gibson Custom website.


Neal Schon has previously employed Godin guitars on his 1995 solo album Beyond the Thunder, and more recently uses Paul Reed Smith guitars.


In September 2011, Neal Schon publicly confirmed he was in a relationship with Michaele Salahi.


On October 14,2012, Neal Schon proposed to Salahi onstage during a charity concert at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Maryland, offering her an oval 11.42 carat diamond engagement ring.


Neal Schon has confirmed that he has tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ears, common in musicians who have toured extensively.