The Calling will be released on October 19 in Europe and October 23 in North America
Taking a detour from his main job as lead guitarist for Journey, the multi-talented Neal Schon has put the finishing touches on his latest solo album, The Calling, which will be released by Frontiers Records on October 19th in Europe and October 23rd in North America. Produced by, and featuring, Schon on all guitars and bass, The Calling reunites Schon with former Journey bandmate, Steve Smith, who lends his virtuoso drum talents to all 12 tracks on the new album.
Schon set up shop at Berkeley’s famed Fantasy Studios during a break from Journey’s busy touring schedule, and recorded the album, completely from scratch, 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 album.
GRAMMY Award-winning special guest Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miami Vice soundtrack) recorded Moog synthesizer solos on two tracks – Fifty Six and Tumbleweeds. 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 as the band’s 2012 tour kicked off July 21 in Southern California and is scheduled to run through December, with most dates featuring special guests Pat Benatar featuring Neil Giraldo and Loverboy. Check www.journeymusic.com for updated tour details.
The Calling tracklisting includes: The Calling; Carnival Jazz; Six String Waltz; Irish Field; Back Smash; Fifty Six (56); True Emotion; Tumbleweeds; Primal Surge; Blue Rainbow Sky; Transonic Funk; Song Of The Wind II.
Song samples from The Calling can be streamed now on Neal Schon’s official website:
The sixth Drummer Live, launches in London on the 13th and 14th June and the UK’s biggest and coolest drumming show brings you more buzz, more excitement and more things to do than you can shake a stick at. Check out the most amazing line-up of world class musicians assembled at a music show, plus there’s a whole host of other activities and the best gear show you’ll ever see.
Drummer Live features the world’s best drummers and this years star studded line-up includes the finest talent, greatest drumming heroes and most respected names in the business to inspire, inform and entertain.
Confirmed artists included critically acclaimed Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard/ Tears for Fears), top drumming and Percussion duo, Derrick McKenzie and Sola Akingbola (Jamiroquai ) who will be playing both their own material and Jamiroquai tracks as well as explaining how they work together . The organisers are proud to confirm Prince’s drummer, Cora Coleman (plus her bass player husband and fellow Prince band member) will play her first UK drum clinic at Drummer Live.
Headlining Saturday will be drumming supremo Steve Smith (Journey/ Vital Information) and compére for the whole event will be our very own Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden). Nicko will also be playing on Sunday in a special performance with leading multi-percussionist Pete Lockett (Bjork, Jeff Beck/ Robert Plant/Jarvis Cocker/Peter Gabriel etc) which will be a memorable and unique collaboration guaranteed to be something different. More world class drummers are to be announced very shortly, so check the show website http://www.londoninternationalmusicshow.com for latest news…. watch this space!
New to this years show, will be a chance to have a free drum lesson in association with the Institute for Contemporary Performance and the organisers will be announcing an action packed schedule of seminars, workshops, artist signing sessions, instrument demonstrations and celebrity appearances. There will be a new retail section offering the chance to buy the very latest gear, plus an exhibition of most famous drum manufacturers and accessory companies in the business.
Drummer Live is part of the UK’s Biggest Music exhibition, The London International Music show, which includes The London Guitar Show, Unplugged and Sound Recording and Technology Show. It takes place at http://www.excel-london.co.uk/, now firmly established as one of the UK’s premier (and largest) exhibition venues. Located in the heart of London’s Docklands, ExCeL is set within a stunning waterfront environment in the dynamic and thriving Docklands and just across the water from The O2 arena. There’s easy access to ExCeL via the Docklands Light Railway/ Jubilee Line and easy road access from the M25, M11, A406, A13 plus there’s plenty on site parking. For international visitors ExCel is situated next to http://www.londoncityairport.com/ and is five minutes taxi journey away.
For further information and tickets for Drummer Live, the London International Music show and for all the latest news and show updates see: http://www.londoninternationalmusicshow.com