Courtesy of The Moody BluesThe Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has announced a series of special events next month leading up to the 2018 induction ceremony on Saturday, April 14, which will honor The Moody Blues, Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Among the events will be Hall of Fame Series interview session with Moody Blues members Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge on Thursday, April 12, starting at 7 p.m. ET with themed happy hour. The event is free with admission to the Rock Hall, although space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Q&A also will be streamed live on the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page.

That same day, The Moody Blues’ new concert film, Days of Future Passed Live, will be screened all day for free at the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater.

Here are some of the other events and activities taking place at the Rock Hall in celebration of this year’s induction ceremony:

–On Friday, April 6, the new Joan Jett documentary Bad Reputation will be shown at the Foster Theater at 7:30 p.m. ET as part of the Cleveland International Film Festival.

–On Saturday, April 7, the museum will host a Celebration Day running from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET that will give fans the chance to get a first look at the newly revamped Rock Hall. The daylong bash will offer live music, new exhibit premieres, educational programs, a Bon Jovi album-listening event, film screenings, a fireworks display and more.

–On Saturday, April 14, the Rock Hall’s official website, Facebook page and YouTube channel will stream footage from the pre-ceremony red carpet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET.

Check out the full list of 2018 events at

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Credit: Glenn GottliebYes has announced plans to kick off a North American leg of its 50th anniversary tour in June. Official dates and other details about the cross-country trek, which will visit such major cities as New York, Philadelphia and Seattle, will be revealed next week.

The tour gets underway with a series of European shows starting tonight in Bristol, U.K., and mapped out through a March 30 concert in Paris. Those gigs will feature Yes performing most of its 1973 album Tales of Topographic Oceans along with a variety of hits and fan favorites from throughout its career. Check out the group’s full confirmed itinerary at

In other news, Yes will be releasing a new version of its 2011 album Fly from Here, called Fly from Here — Return Trip, on March 25. The updated collection features new lead vocals by the prog-rock band’s Drama-era frontman, Trevor Horn — who produced Fly from Here — replacing those originally sung by ex-singer Benoit David. The re-imagined record also includes a previously unreleased track called “Don’t Take No for an Answer,” which was recorded in 2011 and features guitarist Steve Howe on lead vocals, and the full-length version of the song “Hour of Need” that previously was only available as a bonus track in Japan.

With Horn added on vocals, Fly from Here — Return Trip reunites the full Yes lineup that recorded 1980’s Drama, which also featured Howe, late bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Horn and Downes, of course, were bandmates in new wave act The Buggles before joining Yes.

You can pre-order Fly from Here — Return Trip in various formats now at PledgeMusic.

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Michele Crowe/CBSThe star-studded tribute concert to Elton John that was taped a few days after the 60th annual Grammy Awards will air next month on CBS.

Stars from a variety of genres participated in the special, called Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A Grammy Salute. The lineup includes R&B songwriter and singer Valerie Simpson, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Ed Sheeran, Miranda Lambert, Sam Smith, Coldplay‘s Chris Martin and John Legend.

The special also featured celebrities like Neil Patrick Harris and Anna Kendrick introducing the participating artists’ performances of Elton John songs, and other entertainers doing poetic recitations of Bernie Taupin‘s lyrics. The show closed with Elton himself performing a medley of his greatest hits, with the cast joining him for a big finale.

Here’s a list of the performances you’ll see on the two-hour special, which airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT on April 10:

“The Bitch Is Back” — Miley Cyrus
“Candle in the Wind” — Ed Sheeran
“Daniel” — Sam Smith
“I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” — Alessia Cara
“Your Song” — Lady Gaga
“Rocket Man” — Little Big Town
“Border Song” — Recitation by Hamilton star Christopher Jackson, piano accompaniment by Valerie Simpson
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — SZA & Shawn Mendes
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” — Maren Morris
“We All Fall in Love Sometimes” — Chris Martin
“My Father’s Gun” — Miranda Lambert
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” — Kesha
“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” — John Legend
“Bennie and the Jets” — Elton John
“Philadelphia Freedom” — Elton John
“I’m Still Standing” — Elton John and Ensemble

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Joshua BrandaoMadonna is getting into the groove of a new movie.

Variety reports that the Queen of Pop will direct Taking Flight, a film about ballerina Michaela De Prince. Based on De Prince’s memoir Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina, it traces her unlikely story, from her life as an orphan in Sierra Leone to her success in the world of dance.

De Prince was adopted at the age of four and brought to the U.S.; she made her debut as a professional dancer at age 17. She appeared in Beyonce‘s visual album Lemonade and now dances with the Dutch National ballet.

Variety quotes Madonna as saying that the dancer’s “journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity.”

The star, who has adopted several orphans herself, adds, “We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honored to bring her story to life.”

Madonna’s directorial debut was the 2008 comedy Filth and Wisdom. In 2011, she directed W.E., about the life of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. She also has plans to co-write and direct The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, based on the novel of the same name.

In addition, Madonna produced and wrote a documentary about the million children in Malawi orphaned by the AIDS crisis, called I Am Because We Are.

Besides her film projects, Madonna is also, according to her Instagram, “Mak[ing] Amazing Music with brilliant songwriters!”

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicNokie Edwards, founding bassist and later lead guitarist of the influential surf-rock group The Ventures, died Monday, March 12, at age 82 after battling an infection following hip surgery this past December.

A message on the band’s website announced Edwards’ passing. “The Ventures family feels this loss very deeply: Nokie has been part of the Ventures’ history for almost 6 decades and helped to shape the early Ventures’ sound and the success of their career,” the note reads.

“He was an innovator and one of the greats on guitar, so much so that he influenced many young players over the course of his career.”

Edwards joined The Ventures in 1960, and played bass on the instrumental group’s biggest hit, “Walk Don’t Run,” which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year. In 1961, Edwards switched to lead guitar, taking over for fellow founding member Bob Bogle, who then became the band’s bass player.

In 1964, The Ventures with Edwards on guitar recorded an updated version of “Walk Don’t Run,” titled “Walk Don’t Run ’64,” that reached #8 on the chart. The band scored another big hit in 1968 with their rendition of the Hawaii 5-0 theme, which peaked at #4.

The Ventures also were very popular in Japan, and the band’s 1964 tune “Ginza Lights,” which Edwards wrote, is considered a standard in that country.

Nokie left the group that same year, but in 1972, he returned for another stint that lasted until 1984. Edwards continued to make guest appearances with The Ventures from 1999 to 2012, and also toured as a solo artist.

In 2002, Nokie launched his own guitar company, called HitchHiker Guitars. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Ventures in 2008.

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Courtesy of BAMMagazine.comA variety of top acts from the San Francisco area will take part in the Bammies Reunion Concert, a special event celebrating the history of the Bay Area Music Awards, also known as The Bammies, which were held from 1978 through 1998.

The show, scheduled for Saturday, March 24 at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom, will include performances by Journey‘s Neal Schon, Sammy Hagar, Eddie Money, Pablo Cruise and Jefferson Starship, as well as surprise guests.

Schon will be performing with renowned drummer, songwriter and producer Narada Michael Walden, while Jefferson Starship will pay tribute to their late band leader, guitarist and singer Paul Kantner.

Maestro Dick Bright, who hosted and served as music director for many Bammies ceremonies, will emcee the concert.

The show is being organized by, with an eye towards relaunching the Bay Area Music Awards sometime in the near future. Tickets are available now at

Meanwhile, at noon PT on Friday, March 23, Hagar will be inducted into Bay Area Music Awards-Bammies Walk of Fame, located in front of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

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Reprise RecordsNeil Young has unveiled full details of the soundtrack album to Paradox, the new movie he stars in which was written and directed by his girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah.

The film gets its world premiere this Thursday, March 15, at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The album, which can be pre-ordered now, will be released as a two-LP vinyl set and a digital download on March 23, and on CD on April 20.

Paradox (Original Music from the Film) features recordings Young made with his backing group Promise of the Real and an orchestra, with session drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Paul Bushnell, and solo. The soundtrack includes narration from the movie recited by Willie Nelson, new versions of older songs by Neil, covers, new original tunes, and solo electric guitar passages.

All of the music on the soundtrack was recorded spontaneously, with almost no overdubs added. The vinyl version features music on three sides and a specially designed etching on the fourth.

Paradox is Western fantasy set in an unknown year, focusing on a band of outlaws hiding in the mountains and searching for treasure. In addition to Young, the film features Nelson and the members of Promise of the Real, whose members include Willie’s sons Lukas and Micah.

Neil portrays the “Man in the Black Hat,” while Lukas and Micah play characters called the “Particle Kid” and “Jail Time,” respectively.

The film’s premiere is scheduled for March 15 at 7 p.m. local time at the Paramount Theater in Austin. Paradox will then get its television debut on March 23 on Netflix, and will have a limited run of theatrical screenings.

Here’s the full track list of the vinyl version of the Paradox soundtrack; all songs written by Young unless otherwise noted:

Side 1
“Many Moons Ago in the Future” (Narration by Willie Nelson)
“Show Me”
“Paradox Passage 1”
“Paradox Passage 2”
“Diggin’ in the Dirt” — Chorus (written by Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Micah Nelson)
“Paradox Passage 3”
“Peace Trail”

Side 2
“Cowgirl Jam”
“Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” (written by Willie Nelson)

Side 3
“Paradox Passage 4”
“Diggin’ in the Dirt” (written by Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Micah Nelson)
“Paradox Passage 5”
“Running to the Silver Eagle” (written by Neil Young + Promise of the Real)
“Baby What You Want Me to Do?” (written by Jimmy Reed)
“Paradox Passage 6”
“How Long?” (written by Huddle Ledbetter)
“Happy Together” (written by Garry Bonner & Alan Lee Gordon)

Side 4
Etched artwork

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Credit: Dave HoganFans in The Rolling Stones‘ U.K. homeland will have a couple more chances to see the legendary rockers when they launch the 2018 edition of their No Filer Tour. The band has added new shows in two more British cities — on May 29 in Southampton and June 2 in Coventry.

Pre-sale tickets will be available starting Tuesday, March 13, at 9 a.m. local time for those signed up to the Rolling Stones mailing list. Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Thursday, March 15, at 9 a.m. local time.

The No Filter Tour 2018 gets underway May 17 in Dublin, Ireland, and currently is mapped out through a July 8 show in Warsaw, Poland. The U.K. portion of the trek begins May 22 at London Stadium in London and is scheduled through a June 19 concert at another London venue, Twickenham Stadium.

Find out more information about the trek at

Here’s the full list of confirmed dates:

5/17 — Dublin, Ireland, Croke Park
5/22 — London, U.K., London Stadium
5/25 — London, U.K., London Stadium
5/29 — Southampton, U.K., St. Mary’s Stadium+
6/2 — Coventry, U.K., Ricoh Stadium+
6/5 — Manchester, U.K., Old Trafford Football Stadium
6/9 — Edinburgh, U.K., BT Murrayfield Stadium
6/15 — Cardiff, U.K., Principality Stadium
6/19 — London, U.K., Twickenham Stadium
6/22 — Berlin, Germany, Olympic Stadium
6/26 — Marseille, France, Orange Velodrome
6/30 — Stuttgart, Germany, Mercedes Benz Arena
7/4 — Prague, Czech Republic, Letnany Airport
7/8 — Warsaw, Poland, National Stadium

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In 2016, Sting released 57th and 9th, his first solo album of pop/rock songs in 13 years. Now, just 16 months later, he’s releasing yet another album of original material: 44/876, a collaboration with reggae/pop star Shaggy. What caused this sudden burst of creativity? “A happy accident,” Sting says.

“You can never tell when creativity’s gonna hit you,” he tells ABC Radio. “Bumping into Shaggy a year ago sparked something off in me — and in him — and so that’s the result of that happy accident. There’s no agenda, there’s no master plan for world domination. We just have fun.”

The two initially came together for just one song — “Don’t Make Me Wait” — but got along so well, they decided to do an entire album. In an unusual move, before anyone had heard any of the music, the duo decided to introduce it by performing live on some of the biggest stages that you can imagine.

They started with a charity concert for 15,000 people in Jamaica last year. Then, in January, Sting and Shaggy performed at the Grammys, followed by the Super Bowl Tailgate Show. This past Friday, they brought their double act to ABC’s Good Morning America.

Considering they’d never worked together before, you think they would’ve chosen a more low-key way of announcing their collaboration. Why the big splash?

“Well, we’re both very shy individuals,” Sting says sarcastically, while Shaggy laughs, “We’re just overly confident!”

Turning serious, Shaggy notes, “We don’t have anything to prove. He’s been successful at what he’s done, I’ve been successful at what I’ve done….We just wanna go out there and have fun, and make a record that we like. And we wanna be onstage and play it together — that’s what our whole thing is about.”

44/876 is due April 20.

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Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesA new documentary film about the life and career of legendary singer Whitney Houston is set to hit theaters this summer.

The film, by Academy-Award winning director Kevin MacDonald, is called Whitney, and it features unheard recordings, behind-the-scenes video footage, home videos and live performances from various stages of Whitney’s career. The doc, which will be released on July 6, is currently the only film officially supported by the Houston estate.

“I approached Whitney’s life like a mystery story; why did someone with so much raw talent and beauty self-destruct so publicly and painfully?” said Macdonald in a statement. “I was lucky enough to have the support of [Whitney’s sister-in-law] Pat Houston and the Whitney Houston estate in this quest. They entrusted me with the ‘keys to the vault’ while giving me complete freedom to follow the story wherever it went.”

He continued, “At heart, Whitney is an intimate family story that reveals a new side to a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew.”

This will be the second Whitney-centric documentary released in the last two years. The first, Whitney: Can I Be Me, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and aired on Showtime in August 2017. That documentary followed the late singer’s rise to fame and how it affected her, while also examining her tumultuous relationship with singer Bobby Brown, and the various rumors that surrounded her life.

Then in October, Whitney’s good friend and mentor, Clive Davis, released his own documentary, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives. That film, which debuted on Apple Music, highlighted Davis’ discovery of Whitney and his role in her rise to superstardom while also telling the story of his life and career.

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Capitol/UMeA new album that features all of late pop star Andy Gibb‘s biggest hits will be released on April 13. The Very Best of Andy Gibb is a 15-track collection that will be available on CD and as a digital download.

The album includes the singer’s three chart-topping singles — “I Just Want to Be Your Everything,” “Shadow Dancing” and “(Love Is) Thicker than Water” — as well as the top 10 hits “(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away,” “An Everlasting Love” and “Desire.” The latter tune features Andy’s older brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb, a.k.a. The Bee Gees.

Barry Gibb wrote or co-wrote many of Andy’s hits, some in collaboration with Andy and/or with his other brothers.

In addition, the compilation features “I Can’t Help It,” a duet with Olivia Newton-John that reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980. Closing out the record is a cover of the classic Carole KingGerry Goffin tune “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” that features Andy duetting with soul singer and backing vocalist P.P. Arnold.

Fans who pre-order the album now will get an instant free download of “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” as well as streaming access to the track.

Gibb was just 30 years old when he died in March 1988 from myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart.

Here’s full track list of The Very Best of Andy Gibb:

“Shadow Dancing”
“I Just Want to Be Your Everything”
“An Everlasting Love”
“Flowing Rivers”
“(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away”
“(Love Is) Thicker than Water”
“After Dark”
“Man on Fire”
“I Can’t Help It” (featuring Olivia Newton-John)
“Desire” (featuring The Bee Gees)
“Time Is Time”
“Me (Without You)”
“Wherever You Are”
“One More Look at the Night”
“Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (Album Version) (featuring P.P. Arnold)

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ABC/Randy HolmesAlice Cooper is in the middle of a North American tour leg in support of his 2017 album, Paranormal, that wraps up on March 29, but the shock rocker has just announced plans for a new trek that will wind its way around the continent this summer.

The new dates run from an August 3 show in West Allis, Wisconsin, through a September 7 performance in York, Pennsylvania.

Founding KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will be Alice’s special guest at two shows during the outing: in Las Vegas on August 10 and Los Angeles on August 12.

Tickets for the newly scheduled dates go on sale to the public starting this Friday, March 16, at 10 a.m. local time. Check out for more info.

Between the end of Cooper’s current North American tour leg and the start of the next, Alice make his previously announced appearance as King Herod in the NBC special Jesus Christ Superstar!, which airs Easter Sunday, April 1.

Here are all of the upcoming dates on the “A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper” tour:

3/13 — Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center
3/14 — Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
3/15 — South Bend, IN, Morris Performing Arts Center
3/17 — Cherokee, NC, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center
3/18 — Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
3/20 — Melbourne, FL, King Center
3/21 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
3/23 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
3/24 — Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
3/26 — Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
3/28 — Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
3/29 — Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre
8/3 — West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair
8/5 — Sioux Falls, SD, Washington Pavilion
8/6 — Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
8/8 — Colorado Springs, CO, Pike’s Peak Center
8/10 — Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea (with Ace Frehley)
8/12 — Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre (with Ace Frehley)
8/14 — San Jose, CA, City National Civic
8/15 — Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino
8/18 — Bonner, MT, Kettlehouse Amphitheater
8/19 — Everett, WA, Angel of the Winds Arena
8/20 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
8/22 — Calgary, AB, Canada, Southern Jubilee Auditorium
8/23 — Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Jubilee Auditorium
8/25 — Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre
8/26 — Estevan, SK, Canada, Affinity Place
8/28 — Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Burton Cummings Theatre
8/29 — Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
8/30 — St. Paul, MN, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
9/1 — Ft. Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
9/2 — Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights
9/4 — Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
9/6 — New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
9/7 — York, PA, York Fair

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Esoteric RecordingsAn expansive Procol Harum box set titled Still There’ll Be More: An Anthology 1967-2017 celebrating the British band’s 50-year history will be released on March 23. The remastered collection includes five CDs featuring a wide variety of studio tracks and live recordings, plus three DVDs containing archival performances from a variety of U.K. and German TV shows.

The first three CDs featured in Still There’ll Be More boast select songs from all of Procol Harum’s official studio albums, spanning from the group’s self-titled 1967 debut through 2017’s Novum. They also include the group’s classic singles “Whiter Shade of Pale” and “Homburg,” the 1969 B-side “Long Gone Geek” and tunes from the band’s hit 1972 concert album Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

The other two CDs document a pair of complete concerts, a memorable September 1973 show at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Roger Wagner Chorale, and a previously unreleased March 1976 performance at the Bournemouth Winter Gardens theater in Bournemouth, U.K.

The DVDs feature various 1960s and ’70s performances from such classic television shows as the BBC’s Top of the Pops and Germany’s Beat Club and Musikladen.

The box set comes packaged with a 68-page hardbound book featuring an essay by respected music writer Patrick Humphries and commentary from Procol Harum expert Roland Clare, as well as rare photos and memorabilia from frontman Gary Brooker‘s personal collection. A reproduction of a 1976 Procol Harum concert poster also is included.

To check out a full track or pre-order Still There’ll Be More: An Anthology 1967-2017, visit

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Jessica Gilbert, Image Courtesy of Legacy RecordingsPaul Simon has announced dates for the final leg of his farewell Homeward Bound tour, which will wrap up with four shows in his hometown of New York City and the surrounding area.

The shows are September 15 in Newark, NJ — where Simon was born — plus two shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden on September 20 and 21. The fourth show will be announced soon.

The final leg starts September 5 in New Orleans, LA. Tickets for the newly announced leg go on sale Friday, March 16 at 9 a.m. ET. As previously announced, the tour itself will kick off May 16 in Vancouver.

Here are Simon’s new tour dates:

9/5 — New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
9/7 — Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
9/8 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
9/11 — Orlando, FL, Amway Center
9/12 — Atlanta, GA, Cellairis Amphitheatre
9/14 — Washington, DC, Capital One Arena
9/15 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
9/17 — Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena
9/20 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
9/21 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
9/22 — New York, NY, TBA

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Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameWhen Journey was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last April, Neal Schon had the opportunity to reconnect with the group’s former lead singer Steve Perry, who made a rare appearance with his old band mates at the ceremony. Schon told Rolling Stone at the time that he hoped the reunion could lead to a renewed friendship with Perry and perhaps even a new collaboration, but the guitarist reveals to ABC Radio the two haven’t seen each other since the 2017 event.

“He talked about having some coffee [together], and we have not gotten there,” Neal explains. “But, you know, I’m sure it’ll happen if it’s supposed to happen.”

Regardless of what happens in the future between Perry and him, Schon says he was happy he got to spend some time with his one-time musical compadre again.

“It was great seeing him,” Schon. “And it felt like so many years had not been in between us knowing each other, you know, or talking to each other. When we did finally talk, I felt we had a lot in common still.”

Neal tells ABC Radio that his favorite part of the Rock Hall ceremony was being “able to actually hang with” all the Journey members honored at the event, including original singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie and drummer Aynsley Dunbar, whom, he notes, “had a big part in building what we started with.”

He adds, “[I]f I had it my way, I would’ve opened it up, like all our fans wanted, and had every member that had ever contributed” take part in the event.

Schon, of course, keeps moving forward with the current Journey lineup, which will be hitting the road with Def Leppard for a major North American headlining tour kicking off May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut.

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