So--who's thinking about hitting up some music festivals next summer? Journey guitarist Neal Schon has definitely got festival season 2021 on the brain, casually dropping to radio host Eddie Trunk that South Detroit's favorite band is slated to headline Chicago's Lollapalooza fest next summer.
"I'm dying to get on stage again. We have our first date booked for Lollapalooza, and we're headlining in Chicago. And that's supposedly in April," Schon dropped to Trunk on SiriusXM's Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk. "Hopefully that'll not get pushed back, because vaccine is finally here. And hopefully they start dispersing it very quickly so everybody can get back on their feet and can get out and hear music, 'cause that's what heals the world, I think."
When an obviously startled Trunk wondered how Journey was going to work at a festival famous for it's decidedly alt-rock roots, Schon pretty much shrugged.
"I have not seen the bill. All I know is we're headlining it," he insisted. "I can guarantee you that with the new blood in the band, when we get together for two weeks of rehearsal before that show, we will be the new alternative. We're gonna add a lot to the show. We're gonna bring some new dynamics and open things up a bit and show people what the musicianship is really like in this band."
The "new blood" Schon referred to his Journey's current rhythm section of drummer Narada Michael Walden and bassist Randy Jackson. They joined the band (or in Jackson's case, rejoined) after bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith were sacked after an attempted "coup" in order to gain control of the Journey trademark.