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Watch: JOURNEY Guitarist NEAL SCHON Performs U.S. National Anthem For Game 1 Of NBA Finals

JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon carried out the U.S. nationwide anthem in the course of the pregame festivities Thursday evening (June 2) forward of Recreation 1 of the NBA Finals.

The efficiency, which might be seen under, got here minutes earlier than the Golden State Warriors took on the Boston Celtics at Chase Heart in San Francisco.

Admired as a trailblazer and inspiration to tens of millions, the JOURNEY founder has lengthy established his place as one of many best guitarists of all time, with a number of the high all-time best-selling singles and albums, together with a number of gold and platinum in addition to two diamond certifications, over 100 million information offered, and over a billion Spotify streams.

Schon based JOURNEY in 1972 and has been the one constant member, having participated in each album and tour to this point. He isn’t solely the founding member of JOURNEY, however was a member of SANTANA on the age of 15 and has carried out with a wide range of different acts together with BAD ENGLISH, JAN HAMMER and HSAS, and has launched 11 solo albums, together with his newest, “Universe”.

Schon‘s guitar type has been described as soulful and melodic, admired by such fellow legends as Eric Clapton and Prince, who reportedly requested for Schon‘s blessing to launch “Purple Rain”, which echoed the same sound to JOURNEY‘s “Faithfully”.

JOURNEY‘s extensive number of chart-topping hits contains classics like “Do not Cease Believin'”, “Open Arms”, “Lights”, “Faithfully” and “When You Love A Lady”.

JOURNEY‘s new studio album, “Freedom”, will probably be launched on July 8. The 15-track assortment got here collectively whereas JOURNEY was off the street because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In the course of the pandemic, there wasn’t a lot to do,” Schon mentioned. “I spent a variety of time in my little studio at dwelling, studying how you can play keyboards and looping. A few of these concepts ended up being songs. So it form of got here out of nowhere.”

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