NEAL SCHON Pays Homage to PRINCE with “Purple Rain” Tribute

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NEAL SCHONJOURNEY Founder, has revealed a first taste of his upcoming, solo LP, Universe, with a Birthday homage to Prince, an inspirational tribute to “Purple Rain.”

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“Prince, pancakes and Journey guitar riffs at 4 am…. late eighties and I am sitting with Prince on the floor in his apartment at Paisley Park. We’ve listened to Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel and I notice a worn Journey Escape record in his collection. Surprised I turned to him and said “Never took you for a Journey fan”. He gave me that doe eyed look that always made me uncomfortable and said: “Neal Schon is one of my favorite guitarists on the planet, he is a genius.”

I thought it only fitting that Neal would return the respect by playing a fiery, inspired version of “Purple Rain”. Having worked for Prince for the last few years of his life, Neal’s beautiful interpretation makes the loss of the colossal talent of “P” a little less sad. They are each prodigy’s that have woven themselves into the fabric of our lives and our lives are richer as a result.”

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Neal Schon founded Journey in 1972 and has been the only consistent member, having participated in every album and tour to date. Schon is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist who is not only the founding member of Journey, but was a member of Santana and has performed with a variety of other acts including Bad EnglishJan HammerHSAS and has released 10 solo albums including his latest Votex. His guitar style has been described as soulful and melodic, admired by such fellow legends as Eric Clapton and Prince, who reportedly asked for Journey’s blessing to release “Purple Rain”, which echoed a similar sound to Journey’s “Faithfully”.

Journey’s worldwide sales have reached over 100 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with a wide selection of chart-topping hits like “Don’t Stop Believin­'”, “Open Arms”, “Lights”, “Faithfully”, and “When You Love a Woman”, among others.

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JOURNEY Founder NEAL SCHON Launches New Augmented Reality App, “StraxAR™”

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Neal Schon, Founder and legendary lead guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Band JOURNEY, has announced, with Strax Technologies Inc., the launch of a new augmented reality application, “StraxAR™”, that will combine entertainment, exclusive “sneak peek” distribution of new music and events, and present rewarding retail opportunities. Augmented Reality brings the digital world together with the physical world by “augmenting” digital content or a digital experience onto a physical object or image. In the case of “StraxAR™”, millions of Schon’s album covers, posters, and other imagery are being combined to form a network that will be able to showcase his legendary music, performances, and new material for fans around the world. “StraxAR™” also will enable Schon to change content at will, effectively “broadcasting” it across millions of target images continuously. For launch, Schon will be adding to the image library every “STOP” sign in America – the signs being one of the image targets.

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“Last week we launched our commerce site, NealSchonMusic.com, and promised more to come – today we are fulfilling our promise by delivering an exciting app that gives the fans a whole new way to get closer to what we are doing,” said Schon, “the platform will allow us to very quickly release material worldwide and share it in this unique way, combining it with all kinds of rewarding experiences for our fans.”

“Neal has incredible insight into how people think and feel and a creative mind that never stops” said Eric Singleton, CTO of Strax Technologies, “during the development process it was invaluable to have his feedback as we brought the whole concept together to deliver an experience fans will want to have again and again.”

“The opportunity to film Neal Schon and Journey Through Time in the studio has been incredible, requiring a new production approach for AR, capturing the authenticity of the moment”, said Lee West, creative officer for Strax.

To use the application, one simply launches it on their device (iPhone or Android) and points it at the “target” image. In seconds the experience begins. There is an “Image Targets” button in the app that references which images are active (at the moment every major album cover that Neal Schon has played on, and any STOP sign in the country too).

“This approach to augmented reality delivers a powerful expression of music and entertainment in the real world the user is immersed in,” said Alan Mariotti, technologist and cybersecurity advisor for Strax Technologies, “its simplicity and ability to deliver multiple experiences quickly jumps over earlier boundaries.”

To see the “Neal Schon Collection,” visit *www.nealschoncollection.com*

For more information on Strax Technologies Inc. please visit: www.straxart.com

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Neal Schon founded Journey in 1972 and has been the only consistent member, having participated in every album and tour to date. Schon is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist who is not only the founding member of Journey, but was a member of Santana and has performed with a variety of other acts including Bad English, Jan Hammer, HSAS and has released 10 solo albums including his latest Votex. His guitar style has been described as soulful and melodic, admired by such fellow legends as Eric Clapton and Prince, who reportedly asked for Schon’s blessing to release “Purple Rain”, which echoed a similar sound to Journey’s “Faithfully”.

Journey’s worldwide sales have reached over 100 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with a wide selection of chart-topping hits like “Don’t Stop Believin­'”, “Open Arms”, “Lights”, “Faithfully”, and “When You Love a Woman”, among others.

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NEAL SCHON is Celebrated with Heartfelt Birthday Messages & Sold Out JOURNEY THROUGH TIME Shows!

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NEAL SCHON’S Mindblowing Birthday Celebration!

Neal Schon’s wife, Michaele Schon (Real Housewives D.C. Star) organized a celebration for her husband, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame JOURNEY Founder, NEAL SCHON’s Birthday.

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Neal and Michaele Schon at Neal’s Birthday Party 2/23/2019

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Custom Schon PRS Guitar Shaped Birthday Cake

The celebration began with a surprise birthday party following the JOURNEY THROUGH TIME Sold Out Show in Oakland, CA on Saturday, February 23, which included a stunning, custom Schon PRS Guitar shaped cake and the presence of Schon’s friends from across the country.

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Neal Schon’s Birthday Gift – Gibson Vintage 1954 Les Paul Gold Top

The legendary musician was also gifted, from his wife, Mrs. Schon, a rare Gibson Vintage 1954 Les Paul Gold Top that she specially located and purchased in Europe. Schon took to Twitter to share his overwhelming excitement and gratitude to his ‘Lady M’:
“Ok I’m freaking the f* out !!! My wife Michaele -LadyM bought me this Gibson Vintage 1954 Les Paul Gold top for my BD Its from Europe !!!”

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Click to Watch Video of Neal & Michaele Celebrating!

Michaele Schon also organized a special video “Birthday Card” featuring many of Neal’s closest friends and fellow guitar greats including Joe Elliott, Zach Wylde, Sammy Hagar, Michaele, Gregg Rolie, Deen Castronovo, Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Vai, Marti Frederiksen, Adam Day, Richie Surrency, Chris Collins, Robert and MaryAnne McKnight, Dean O’Neal, Iron Mike and the Island Band, Erik Kabik, Steve Rose, Steve Toomey, Raz, Gary Bauer, Scott Boorey, Brett “Bucky“ Enzensperger, Danny James, Matt Wilenchik, and Randy Garber.

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Neal, Surrounded by Friends and Family, is Surprised with Birthday Celebration!

The couple would also like to thank all of the additional Journey fans, friends, crew, and the entire Journey family for all of their messages and videos.

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Fans can catch Neal Schon live with JOURNEY THROUGH TIME, with additional dates updating at SchonMusic.com.

Catch JOURNEY THROUGH TIME Live: 03/01 @ The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ 03/02 @ Orpheum Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

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Neal Schon founded Journey in 1972 and has been the only consistent member, having participated in every album and tour to date. Schon is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist who is not only the founding member of Journey, but was a member of Santana and has performed with a variety of other acts including Bad English, Jan Hammer, HSAS and has released 10 solo albums including his latest Votex. His guitar style has been described as soulful and melodic, admired by such fellow legends as Eric Clapton and Prince, who reportedly asked for Schon’s blessing to release “Purple Rain”, which echoed a similar sound to Journey’s “Faithfully”.

Journey’s worldwide sales have reached over 100 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with a wide selection of chart-topping hits like “Don’t Stop Believin­'”, “Open Arms”, “Lights”, “Faithfully”, and “When You Love a Woman”, among others.

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NEAL and MICHAELE SCHON Put Spotlight on Elder Care Abuse to Save Fragile Mother

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JOURNEY founder and only remaining original member NEAL SCHON and his wife, former Real Housewives D.C. star MICHAELE SCHON, are opening up their heretofore private lives to draw attention to the growing crisis of systemic elder care abuse in America. Originally revealed on Blast.com, the story of Michaele’s mother, Rosemary Holt’s, ongoing suffering at the hands of a broken legal system in Virginia is fast bringing much needed scrutiny to the critical social problem.
The evidence of insufficiency and abuse cited by the Schons includes frequent injuries, documented neglect, medical malpractice–including the administration of inappropriate and dangerous sedative medications–and untruthful reporting to the family concerning Rosemary’s care.

Several of those involved with the case, including guardian ad litem Elizabeth L. Wildhack, temporary guardian Paul W. Barnett (Arlington, VA), as well as those family members that are insistent that she remain in assisted living against her wishes, have been contacted by the Schons with the goal of mediating towards the best resolution for Rosemary. When contacting any of the above to discuss Rosemary’s future or to obtain any statement, all have declined, while Rosemary herself remains isolated at the facility. Unfortunately, until the Schons went public, there has been no willingness to address Rosemary’s desires for her future.

Finally, the Schons, despite providing all financial support for Rosemary’s care, are being blocked by the Court from seeing Rosemary, isolating her from all but a handful of family. She will not even be allowed to leave the facility to be with family over the Holiday season, further alienating and isolating her from most of her friends and family.

The couple has revealed that there is a major network documentary in process. “Saving Rosemary” will discuss the disconnected and profit driven multi-million dollar elder care business with the resulting abuse, neglect, and exploitation that is destroying the most vulnerable and fragile American citizens (for more on the elder care crisis in Virginia specifically, see USA Today’s article on Elder Care Abuse in the VA Nursing Homes)

The couple’s immediate goal is to obtain conservatorship of Rosemary in order to return her to the previous level of independence and dignity that she rightfully deserves, but also want to share their experience to create a meaningful dialogue about the condition of the American health care system.

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Journey star Neal Schon is helping his wife, Michaele Schon gain a conservatorship over her mother to take the woman out of a facility where they feel she is being given insufficient care.

Michaele, who is formerly a “Real Housewives D.C.” star, is trying to become the conservator over her mother, Rosemary Holt.

According to documents, filed by both Neal and Michaele, Rosemary recently fell in the parking lot and was hospitalized. During the hospitalization, the hospital made the decision to release her and file to appoint a temporary guardian (a lawyer connected to the hospital) to handle her care, and admitted her to an assisted living facility.

Michaele claims she wasn’t involved in the decision to leave her mother, and says that since being admitted she is now being held against her will and has developed severe medical issues. Included in the filing, Michaele claims her mother developed an sacral wound on her back that caused her to become delirious.

The documents, filed by attorney Troy Martin, ask that the Schons take over full control of Rosemary’s personal decisions and her estate. Neal and Michaele claim it has gotten so bad that she is “in a substandard and dangerous assisted living facility,” and claim “She has suffered lacerations and contusions at this facility. She is being denied dental care which has resulted in severe dental problems.”

The couple attached graphic photographic evidence of the injuries and sores, and also included photos of the 91-year old Rosemary sleeping upright in a chair and appearing to be in pain while laying on a couch. They say, “She is so uncomfortable in her room, she frequently sleeps on the couches or chairs in the lobby.”

She also says her mother was diagnosed with dementia by the hospital, but they believe she was just delirious from the wound, and cannot express the severity of the situation. In seeking to become a guardian, Michaele also explains she and Neal want to move Rosemary out to California.

The stars claim they’ve already been paying for Rosemary’s expenses and care, and have recently purchased her a home where they will pay the full cost of hiring a nurse and provide constant care.

However, we’re told the other members of Michaele’s family are supportive of Rosemary staying in the Virginia assisted living facility, so it appears the fight will have to be settled in court.

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Documentation & Court Filings

On November 18, 2018, the Schons were contacted by Rosemary’s long-time physician, Dr. Sia Sobhani, who had visited Rosemary in the facility that same day. At that time, he observed that she was being administered sedative / anti-psychotic medications that are not only inappropriate to her condition, but which are dangerous in regards to her current kidney function. Dr. Sobhani was alarmed and profoundly concerned about the long-term effects of the medications and immediately alerted them to the issue. Upon being informed of this, the Schons contacted the on-duty nurse, with several witnesses, to inquire about any medications being administered, and were told that Rosemary was only being administered Tylenol, despite Dr. Sobhani’s having witnessed the administration.

Letter from Dr. Sia Sobhani Alerting Neal & Michaele Schon of Sedative / Anti-psychotic Medications Administered to Rosemary

Rosemary’s Current Depressed and Potentially Sedated Condition

Rosemary Holt’s Letter to Arlington, VA Court Judge Newman

Arm Injury Suffered By Rosemary Holt

Police Incident Report Regarding Above Injury and Police Involvement

Rosemary’s Story Outlined in Petition

Individuals Associated with the Case

Who Is Judge William T. Newman?

Who is Rosemary’s Guardian Ad Litem, Elizabeth L. Wildhack

Who Rosemary’s Temporary Guardian, Paul W. Barnett?

Severe Sacral Wound Sustained in Hospital

Rosemary’s Current Condition

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STATE OF MINE Release Official Music Video for Newest Single, “What Hurts the Most”

Michigan based hardcore rock band STATE OF MINE has released the Official Music Video for “What Hurts the Most,” which was produced and directed by Drake Whelton at White Knuckle Films.

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“A couple loses everything when they can’t stop cheating and drinking. Torn apart but full of regret, and we are the choir to her inner thoughts. Our video is the illustration of her reflection on their relationship.” – State Of Mine

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Established in 2010, State Of Mine is made up of five life long friends who hail from the small town of Laingsburg, Michigan. Comprising this band of diehard metal heads are vocalist-Steve, lead guitar-Shawn, rhythm guitar-Matt, bass-Corey and drummer-Mike. While we are a bonfire sitting, horsepower loving, and concert going crew, we are most at home on the stage. Its where everyone and anyone is welcome.
Our roots are from every aspect of music, ranging from Pantera, Slipknot, to Journey and even Motown’s finest jams…. we are Michigan boys after all!

It’s been a crazy few years for us, from going from 1,000 fans to over 57,000 in just over a year, to playing alongside bands like Adelitas Way, Buckcherry, Deadset Society, Soil,Bobaflex, Saving Abel, Zach Meyers of Shinedown, Saliva, PowerMan 5000, Three Years Hollow, Otherwise and many more. Playing shows in Indiana, Ohio, Las Vegas and countless shows in Michigan. With the help of B.J. Perry of Wall of Sound (I prevail’s producer) we released our first EP (St8 of Mine) in April of 2015 and our most recent sophomore EP Devil in Disguise was released September 2016. Our music had graced iTunes top 200 almost daily, receiving tens of thousands of streams daily and over 40 million views on YouTube. Gaining more and more recognition every day.

Our goal is to spread our music to be the sound track of our fans!

We are State Of Mine!

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NEAL SCHON to Make Large Donation of Personal Collection to OKPOP MUSEUM

JOURNEY founder and only remaining original member NEAL SCHON, with wife Michaele Schon, has announced that he will be donating a portion of his personal collection to the highly anticipated OKPOP Museum. The announcement was made immediately prior to Journey taking the stage with DEF LEPPARD at the BOK Center on July 9th.+

Born at Oklahoma’s Tinker Air Force Base, Schon was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the other members of Journey in 2017.

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“We’re going to get a nice collection for you all. I’m going to have to go through my zillion guitars and figure out which ones I’m going to ship. I’m also going to get you a giant platinum plaque with all our records on it.” – NEAL SCHON

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At the 4th of July, Milwaukee, WI stop of the tour, Schon also invited active-duty soldiers onstage with a heartfelt performance of the “Star Spangled Banner,” in honor of their upcoming deployment. The performance can be enjoyed online HERE.

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Neal Schon founded Journey in 1972 and has been the only consistent member, having participated in every album and tour to date. Schon is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist who is not only the founding member of Journey, but was a member of Santana and has performed with a variety of other acts including Bad English, Jan Hammer, HSAS and has released 10 solo albums including his latest Votex. His guitar style has been described as soulful and melodic, admired by such fellow legends as Eric Clapton and Prince, who reportedly asked for Schon’s blessing to release “Purple Rain”, which echoed a similar sound to Journey’s “Faithfully”.

Journey’s worldwide sales have reached over 100 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with a wide selection of chart-topping hits like “Don’t Stop Believin­'”, “Open Arms”, “Lights”, “Faithfully”, and “When You Love a Woman”, among others.

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NEAL SCHON RELEASES FIRST EVER HOLIDAY EP

2017 Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Neal Schon has released his first ever holiday EP that includes “Ave Maria,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and instrumental renditions of Journey hits “Open Arms” and “Faithfully”.

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Schon founded Journey in 1972 and has been the only consistent member, having participated in every album and tour to date. Schon is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, songwriter and vocalist who is not only the founding member of Journey, but was a member of Santanaand has performed with a variety of other acts including Bad EnglishJan HammerHSAS and has released 10 solo albums including his latest Votex. His guitar style has been described as soulful and melodic, admired by such fellow legends as Eric Clapton and Prince, who reportedly asked for Schon’s blessing to release “Purple Rain”, which echoed a similar sound to Journey’s “Faithfully”.

Journey’s worldwide sales have reached over 100 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with a wide selection of chart-topping hits like “Don’t Stop Believin­'”, “Open Arms”, “Lights”, “Faithfully”, and “When You Love a Woman”, among others.

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